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Risk Of Death When Waiting For A Heart Varies Widely

February 3, 2014 10:24 am | by Salynn Boyles | Comments

The risk of dying within 90 days of being placed on a heart transplant wait-list was 10 times greater for patients with the most risk factors compared with those with the fewest, suggesting a need for revising the current heart allocation system, researchers found...

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More Than One-Fourth Of American Families Faced Financial Burden Due To Medical Costs

January 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

More than one out of four American families -- 26.8 percent -- felt a financial squeeze because of medical bills during 2012, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed. The findings showed that nearly 9 percent of families currently couldn't make their payments, and a total of 16.5 percent had faced financial issues stemming from medical costs in the previous year...

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Survey: To Schedule A Doc Visit, Get In Line

January 29, 2014 10:48 am | by Jenny Gold | Comments

Need to see a doctor? You may have to wait. A survey of physician practices in 15 metropolitan areas across the country, which was taken before the health law expanded coverage, found that the average wait time for a new patient to see a physician in five medical specialties was 18.5 days...

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Man Found Dead In NYC Hospital Waiting Room More Than 8 Hours After Entering

January 28, 2014 9:48 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

Reports have emerged that a man died in a hospital waiting room in New York City more than eight hours after he sought emergency care. According to multiple reports, 30-year-old John Verrier entered the emergency room of St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx at around 10 p.m. on Jan. 12 complaining about a rash. He was found dead in the waiting room about 6:40 a.m. the next day when a guard failed to wake him up...

Doctors Abusing Medicare Face Fines And Expulsion

January 27, 2014 9:19 am | by Robert Pear | Comments

The Obama administration is cracking down on doctors who repeatedly overcharge Medicare patients, and for the first time in more than 30 years the government may disclose how much is paid to individual doctors treating Medicare patients...

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Toddler Overcomes Spine-Crushing Dwarfism To Become Internet Singing Sensation

January 23, 2014 11:13 am | by Susan Donaldson James | Comments

When she was born, doctors said Grace Anna Rodgers, a cherubic 3-year-old with blond curls and a “pistol” personality, would likely be deaf, and that her crushing scoliosis could impair her lung function. Despite their dire predictions about her ability to hear, Grace has been singing since she was 16 months old. Not only is she a minor celebrity in in her hometown of Liberty, Ky., but in 2013, she became a YouTube sensation...

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Study: Tonsillectomy Procedures Vary Depending On Hospital

January 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

Getting a tonsillectomy can vary depending on where you get the procedure done, a new study reveals. The research looked at 36 children’s hospitals that performed the procedure on almost 140,000 kids. They found that the facilities provided different levels of antibiotics and the steroid dexamethasone...

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Halted After Deaths, Kids' Heart Surgeries Resume At Kentucky Hospital

January 20, 2014 3:40 am | by Elizabeth Cohen | Comments

Shortly after the fifth death in 2012, Kentucky Children's decided to stop its heart surgeries and placed its only pediatric heart surgeon But now, pediatric heart surgeries are resuming there -- without any reported investigation by the state health department and without oversight by anyone...

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U.S. Emergency Care System Gets 'D+' In New Report

January 17, 2014 9:16 am | Comments

People seeking urgent medical care could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emergency doctors said in a report that gives the nation's emergency infrastructure a near failing grade. In its latest "report card," the American College of Emergency Physicians said such reduced access earned the nation a "D+" - that's down from the overall "C-" grade from the group's last report in 2009...

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Public Hospitals Hope To Attract More Upscale Patients Under Affordable Care Act

January 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Anemona Hartocollis | Comments

Public hospitals are looking to attract a different class of patients — somewhat higher-income, more educated and more stable — to a system whose historic mission has been to serve the poor, and whose finances have been straining...   

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Some Medical Schools Shaving Off A Year Of Training

January 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Sandra G. Boodman | Comments

For Travis Hill, it was an offer too good to refuse. Last year when the 30-year-old neuroscientist was admitted to a new program at the NYU School of Medicine that would allow him to complete medical school in only three years and guarantee him a spot in its neurosurgery residency, he seized it. Not only would Hill save about $70,000, he would also shave a year off the training that will consume the next decade of his life...

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Why A Woman's Heart Is A Bad Fit For A Man

January 14, 2014 10:08 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Using equations that incorporate height, weight, age, and sex to predict heart mass may better allocate donor hearts to transplant recipients than considering body mass alone, a retrospective study suggested. Although differences in body mass were not predictive of survival after heart transplantation, differences in predicted heart mass using those equations were related to survival up to 5 years after the operation...

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Enrollees At Health Exchanges Face Struggle To Prove Coverage

January 13, 2014 9:01 am | by Robert Pear and Abby Goodnough | Comments

Paul D. Donahue and his wife, Angela, are among more than a million Americans who have signed up for health coverage through the federal insurance exchange. Donahue has a card in his wallet from his insurer to prove it. But when he tried to use it to get a flu shot and fill prescriptions, local pharmacies could not confirm his coverage, so he left without his medications. Similar problems are occurring elsewhere...

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For Heart Surgery, A Glue Replaces Needle And Thread

January 9, 2014 10:31 am | by Karen Weintraub | Comments

When Dr. Pedro del Nido operates on an infant’s or small child’s heart, he closes the surgical cuts the old-fashioned way: with needle and thread. As tried and true as it is, sewing a patch onto a child’s heart is difficult and risky. Frustrated by these limitations, del Nido, head of the cardiac surgery department at Boston Children’s Hospital, and medical researchers in Boston have come up with a replacement: glue...

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Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

January 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

New data released by National Nurses United revealed that not only do a handful of hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the actual cost of treatment but that prices have been steadily increasing for nearly two decades. Skimping on care, patients often pay for it with their health, said Joan Ross, co-president of National Nurses United...

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