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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 12, 2011 Hospital Is Drawn Into Bahrain Strife
QUOTE: To the government, Salmaniya, Bahrain’s largest public hospital, and local clinics are nests of radical Shiite conspirators trying to destabilize the country. But to many doctors at Salmaniya, the hospital has been converted into an apparatus of state terrorism, and sick people have nowhere to go for care.
New York Times Apr 12, 2011 Giving Doctors Orders
QUOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that health care workers, even doctors and nurses, have a “poor” record of obeying hand-washing rules… one out of every three people suffer a mistake during a hospital stay.
New York Times Feb 10, 2011 Trafficking Investigations Put Surgeon in Spotlight
QUOTE: The illicit trade in human organs is a multimillion-dollar business built on paying desperately poor people to extract their organs — mostly kidneys. These organs are then sold and transplanted to wealthier people facing long waits on government-approved lists for legal transplants...in the late 1990s some members of the Kosovo Liberation Army held Serb prisoners in detention centers in Albania and executed them with gunshots to the head to extract organs for shipment to Istanbul.
New York Times Aug 13, 2010 Pharmacists Take Larger Role on Health Team
QUOTE: While some of the services being offered to Ms. Gelinas resemble those found in an old-fashioned neighborhood drugstore, others reflect the expanding role of the nation’s pharmacists in ways that may benefit their customers and also represent a new source of revenue for the profession as a whole. Some health plans are even paying pharmacists to monitor patients taking regular medications for chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart disease. “We are not just going to dispense your drugs,” said David Pope, a pharmacist at Barney’s. “We are going to partner with you to improve your health as well.”
New York Times Aug 13, 2010 F.D.A. Approves 5-Day Emergency Contraceptive
QUOTE: Federal health officials on Friday approved a new type of morning-after contraceptive that works longer than the current leading drug on the market.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 Chinese Hospitals Are Battlegrounds of Discontent
QUOTE: SHENYANG, China — Forget the calls by many Chinese patients for more honest, better-qualified doctors. What this city’s 27 public hospitals really needed, officials decided last month, was police officers.
New York Times Aug 09, 2010 Where Millions Need Care, Starting With One
QUOTE: Southern Sudan has barely emerged from more than two decades of civil war, in which at least two million people died. Since the war ended in 2005, many of the aid agencies that were sustaining education, nutrition and health care have pulled out, and despite the heroic efforts of those that remain, most citizens’ day-to-day existence is shocking. As a tent camp manager in the town of Wau observed, “The peace is killing us.”
New York Times Jul 31, 2010 After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks
QUOTE: The overdoses, which began to emerge late last summer, set off an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration into why patients tested with this complex yet lightly regulated technology were bombarded with excessive radiation.
New York Times Jul 30, 2010 Taking Calls From Veterans on the Brink of Suicide
QUOTE: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, veterans account for about one in five of the more than 30,000 suicides committed in the United States each year. Under growing pressure from veterans groups and Congress, the Veterans Affairs Department in recent years has hired more than 5,000 therapists and counselors and established a system of suicide prevention coordinators at more than 150 medical centers.
New York Times Jul 30, 2010 F.D.A. Clears Way for Embryonic Stem Cell Trial Using Patients
QUOTE: The world’s first authorized test in people of a treatment derived from human embryonic stem cells has been cleared to begin by the Food and Drug Administration.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 As Europe Seeks to Ban Food Made From Clones, Some Makes Its Way to Market
QUOTE: Many Europeans recoil at the very idea of cloning animals, but a handful of breeders in Switzerland, Britain and possibly other countries have imported semen and embryos from cloned animals or their progeny from the United States, seeking to create more consistently plump and productive livestock.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Move to Restrict Pain Killers Puts Onus on Doctors
QUOTE: In an unusual move, a state government is developing regulations meant to stop doctors from prescribing higher doses of powerful — and often dangerous — pain killers for patients who are not benefiting from them.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 Tobacco Funds Shrink as Obesity Fight Intensifies
QUOTE: As the antiobesity financing rose to $58 million last year, a new compilation from the foundation shows, the organization’s antismoking grants fell to $4 million.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 Radiation Questions Over a Body Scanner
QUOTE: Radiation is a hot issue, so to speak. Reader reaction to the backscatters has ranged from a few claiming “there is no safe level of radiation exposure” to the many others expressing concern that the T.S.A. has rushed into buying these devices without adequately assessing the health question of repeated exposure to radiation.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 Should Patients Read the Doctor’s Notes?
QUOTE: For 40 years, the tension over patient access has been playing out in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices. Although medical records have always been accessible to clinicians, payers, auditors and even researchers, it was not until the 1970s that a few states began giving patients the same rights.
New York Times Sep 08, 2009 ER nurse sees patients normally treated by primary care
QUOTE: Deborah Franklin runs Express Care, a division of the emergency department. The unit runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week, with space for up to six patients at a time. They treat patients who would normally be seen in a primary-care office, with conditions such as sprains, dental pains, rashes or back pain.
USA TODAY Aug 28, 2009 Design For Corruption--Why US Healthcare is Failing
QUOTE: The US has designed a corrupt political culture that undermines our meritocracy and makes a joke of the “public good.” Health care is the most glaring example.
BusinessWeek Aug 09, 2009 Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
QUOTE: Whether because exercise makes us hungry or because we want to reward ourselves, many people eat more — and eat more junk food, like doughnuts — after going to the gym.
Time Magazine Jul 21, 2009 Hospitals Tally Their Avoidable Mistakes
QUOTE: It used to be that if a doctor, nurse or technician was responsible for injuring you, your insurance company was billed for the action that caused the injury as well as what might be needed to treat it. Maryland health regulators estimate that insurance companies paid $522 million last year to cover preventable complications in hospitals, which occurred in 55,000 of the state's 800,000 inpatient cases. Now, following the lead of Medicare, some other public and private insurers are starting to refuse payment -- for example, they won't pay for treatment of urinary tract infections caused by a catheter.
Washington Post Jul 16, 2009 Amendment on Needle Exchange Program Worries AIDS Activists
QUOTE: AIDS activists are concerned that a proposed amendment to the District's federal appropriation for 2010 would drastically reduce public funding for needle exchange programs and take away a weapon in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Washington Post Jun 16, 2009 Study Finds Possible Link Between Childhood Deaths and Stimulants for ADHD
QUOTE: Children taking stimulant drugs such as Ritalin to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are several times as likely to suffer sudden, unexplained death as children who are not taking such drugs....In a press briefing called on short notice yesterday, FDA officials said that given the seriousness of ADHD and the rarity of sudden death -- which strikes fewer than 1 in 10,000 children -- the benefits of the drugs outweigh their risks.
Washington Post Jul 23, 2008 Drug Companies Get Healthy, but at Whose Expense?
QUOTE: As if the idea of a $4,800 tab wasn't bad enough, when the Foltzes submitted their claim, they found out the company that made the drug, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, had just recently jacked up the price—to $23,000 per vial, or $69,000 for a three-vial treatment—and the insurance company wasn't going to pay. And all the while, unbeknownst to anyone at that time, an alternative, for $15, existed.
Wired Jul 17, 2008 Advocating a Treatment, but Denied Access to It
QUOTE: In a lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday, the mother, Cheri Gunvalson, is suing the company for access to an experimental drug that she says could help her 16-year-old son in his battle with a rare but devastating disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. While the mother claims that executives repeatedly assured her that her son would get the drug, the company denies ever making such promises and says the drug is not ready for widespread use.
New York Times Jul 17, 2008 Don't become the victim of a surgical error
QUOTE: But experts tell me my husband was right on. Mistakes do happen, no matter how great the surgeon, and it behooves you to help them get it right. Witness these headlines: Minnesota doctors remove the healthy kidney of a cancer patient while leaving the diseased one behind; California doctors remove the appendix of the wrong patient; one of the most experienced surgeons in a Boston, Massachusetts, hospital operates on the wrong side of a patient. All of these mistakes happened in the past year.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 10, 2008 Doctors' Group Plans Apology For Racism
QUOTE: The country's largest medical association is set to issue a formal apology today for its historical antipathy toward African American doctors, expressing regret for a litany of transgressions, including barring black physicians from its ranks for decades and remaining silent during battles on landmark legislation to end racial discrimination.
Washington Post Jul 09, 2008 Should Doctors Lecture Patients About Their Weight? (Well)
QUOTE: Is obesity a problem? Sure it is. But we need to get off of our self-righteous pulpits. Obese people should not be made into a group of outcasts. The “them” mentality and the finger-wagging are no more than insecure people trying to feel better by putting down others.
New York Times Jul 09, 2008 Abuses Are Found in Online Sales of Medication
QUOTE: A large majority of 365 Internet sites that advertise or sell controlled medications by mail are offering to supply the drugs without a proper prescription, according to a new study. The online trade is stoking the rising abuse of addictive and dangerous prescription drugs, the authors and federal officials say.
New York Times Jul 07, 2008 Challenges of $600-a-Session Patients (Age of Riches)
QUOTE: More than a dozen therapists who are respected by their peers in the counseling of extremely wealthy patients said in interviews that, as with the real estate mogul, it can be hard to resist the temptation to sycophantically adopt their point of view. In some cases, the patients treat their therapists as but another member of their entourage of servants. Some therapists also cited a heightened difficulty with frustration and setbacks for people used to getting what they wanted. And they are resistant to opening up, to showing vulnerability.
New York Times Jul 06, 2008 10-year battle highlights Lyme disease debate
QUOTE: One IDSA critic, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, conducted an antitrust investigation of the guideline process, saying the panel ignored or minimized other medical opinions regarding chronic Lyme disease. Blumenthal said the process was tainted by conflict of interest because members of the panel consulted for insurance companies and at least one had a patent for a Lyme disease treatment.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 04, 2008 Some Seek Guidelines to Reflect Vitamin D's Benefits
QUOTE: A flurry of recent research indicating that Vitamin D may have a dizzying array of health benefits has reignited an intense debate over whether federal guidelines for the "sunshine vitamin" are outdated, leaving millions unnecessarily vulnerable to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments.
Washington Post Jul 03, 2008 E. Coli Illnesses Prompt Beef Recall
QUOTE: The company, Nebraska Beef Ltd. of Omaha, recalled the beef produced since May after some of its products, sold by the Kroger Company with sell-by dates of May 21 to July 5, was linked to reports of illnesses in Ohio and Michigan, the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Tuesday. In addition to Michigan, Nebraska Beef reported some of the contaminated products were distributed in Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. Other beef products were reportedly sent to Colorado and Texas for further processing, although it was not immediately clear whether any contaminated beef was sold in the other states.
New York Times Jul 03, 2008 Catholic Aid for Abortion Creates Stir in Virginia
QUOTE: A spokesman for the United States Department of Health and Human Services said that in April the department asked its inspector general to investigate whether the charity or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops had violated state and federal laws. The conference receives $7.6 million a year in federal money, and Commonwealth Catholic Charities is a subcontractor of the bishops’ conference, the spokesman said. Federal law forbids the use of federal money to pay for abortions, with exceptions for rape, incest or threats to the life of the pregnant woman. Virginia law requires parental consent for an abortion for a girl under 18.
New York Times Jul 01, 2008 Lying About Your Vegetables (Well)
QUOTE: But when it comes to fruits and vegetables, it appears people lie in the other direction — vowing that they consume far more than they really do. The finding, reported in the current Nutrition Journal, suggests the data the health community has collected on fruit and vegetable consumption are tainted by “approval bias.” We know we are expected to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, so that’s what we say when we are asked, and we may even really believe it to be true.
New York Times Jul 01, 2008 Tape shows woman dying on waiting room floor
QUOTE: A 49-year-old woman collapsed and died on the floor of a waiting room at a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital and lay there for more than an hour as employees ignored her, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which on Tuesday released surveillance camera video of the incident.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 30, 2008 Black Lawmakers Seek Restrictions on Menthol Cigarettes
QUOTE: The 43-member caucus is taking aim at a provision in the bill that would ban candy-, fruit- and spice-flavored cigarettes but that specifically exempts menthol. In recent weeks the exemption has become the focus of controversy because menthol brands are heavily used by black smokers, who develop a large share of smoking-related cancers and other health risks.
New York Times Jun 25, 2008 City Questions 9/11 Workers’ Claims of Illness
QUOTE: The first detailed review of the medical records of nearly 10,000 ground zero workers who are suing New York City and its contractors suggests that many are not as sick as their lawyers have claimed, attorneys for the city say. The city’s review, based on medical records submitted in federal court by the workers and their lawyers, found that as many as 30 percent of the workers reported nothing more than common symptoms like runny nose or cough. Their records, according to the review, did not indicate that doctors had ever diagnosed a specific disease.
New York Times Jun 23, 2008 DNA Testing Company Stops Direct-to-Consumer Sales in California
QUOTE: A genetic testing company has stopped direct-to-consumer sales in California as a result of receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the state's health department. HairDX, which offers a genetic test that claims to predict clients' risk of hair loss, has decided, on advice of legal counsel, to require California (and New York) residents to order their tests through a doctor.
Wired Jun 22, 2008 Agency Sees Theft Risk for ID Card in Medicare
QUOTE: Social Security officials, concerned about the risk of identity theft, are calling for immediate action to remove Social Security numbers from the Medicare cards used by millions of Americans. But Medicare officials have resisted the proposal, saying it would be costly and impractical.
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Online medical records offer convenience, may limit privacy
QUOTE: Patients can input their records themselves or have them added by the few doctors' offices and other medical facilities that keep compatible electronic records online. Because the field is so new, standards and legislation still are under development. And privacy advocates worry about sensitive records falling into the wrong hands.
USA TODAY Jun 10, 2008 Doctors Miss Cultural Needs, Study Says
QUOTE: The lead author of the study said in an interview that he attributed the differences less to overt racism than to a systemic failure to tailor treatments to patients’ cultural norms. The problem, said the author, Dr. Thomas D. Sequist, an assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, may be that physicians do not discriminate in the way they counsel patients.
New York Times Jun 07, 2008 Child Experts Fail to Reveal Full Drug Pay
QUOTE: By failing to report income, the psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Biederman, and a colleague in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Timothy E. Wilens, may have violated federal and university research rules designed to police potential conflicts of interest, according to Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa. Some of their research is financed by government grants.
New York Times Jun 05, 2008 A City Where Hospitals Are as Ill as the Patients
QUOTE: “We have an all-out crisis here,” said Carol Meyer, the director of governmental relations for the Los Angeles County Health Services Department. “In terms of lack of access to care, emergency room overcrowding and total underfunding of the health care system.”
New York Times Jun 03, 2008 Nearby Firing Ranges Complicate Soldiers' Recovery From Stress
QUOTE: Like many of the wounded soldiers living in the newly built "warrior transition" barracks here, the soft-spoken 25-year-old suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. But even as Strickland and his comrades struggle with nightmares, anxiety and flashbacks from their wartime experiences, the sounds of gunfire have followed them here, just outside their windows.
Washington Post May 26, 2008 $1.85 Fee to See a Doctor? Some Say It’s Too Much
QUOTE: Countries rich and poor struggle with how best to provide affordable health care to their citizens without breaking the bank. In places like the Czech Republic, there is a sense of betrayal, because the state long took care of them, but also a justified fear for those left behind in the recent years of growth and change.
New York Times May 07, 2008 Identity thieves prey on patients' medical records
QUOTE: Pam Dixon, executive director of the World Privacy Forum, an advocacy group, says "sophisticated crime rings" often can make more money by stealing medical identities than by going after individuals' bank accounts or credit cards. "If you steal someone's medical identity, then multiply that by 100 or 1,000" other thefts "and do fake billings, you can make hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars," Dixon says.
USA TODAY May 02, 2008 Congress Passes Bill to Bar Bias Based on Genes
QUOTE: On the House floor on Thursday, Democrats and Republicans alike cited anecdotes and polls illustrating that people feel they should not be penalized because they happened to be born at higher risk for a given disease.
New York Times Apr 21, 2008 How air pollution hurts your kids' lungs
QUOTE: [Dr. Bill] Sears called the long-term effect of air pollution on a developing child devastating. "Children do not grow as well because they do not breathe as well. The brain really needs a lot of oxygen. They don't think as well. They don't learn as well."
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 17, 2008 Warning on Storage of Health Records
QUOTE: In an article in The New England Journal of Medicine, two leading researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could drastically alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy of patient records.
New York Times Apr 17, 2008 Are There Too Many Women Doctors? As an MD shortage looms, female physicians and their flexible hours are taking some of the blame
QUOTE: McKinstry argues that "society still expects women rather than men to reduce work commitments to look after children and not to return to full-time work until the children are older." He laments the unfairness of it all but concludes that "in the absence of a profound change in our society in terms of responsibility for childcare, we need to take a balanced approach to recruitment."
BusinessWeek Apr 15, 2008 Ghostwriters Used in Vioxx Studies, Article Says
QUOTE: The drug maker Merck drafted dozens of research studies for a best-selling drug, then lined up prestigious doctors to put their names on the reports before publication, according to an article to be published Wednesday in a leading medical journal.
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