Heart patients face a long wait for procedures on weekends
Following previous studies comparing weekend vs weekday care, this comes as no surprise.

The NY Times writes about the dehumanization of patients in the hospital
"Mary Duffy was lying in bed half-asleep on the morning after her breast cancer surgery in February when a group of white-coated strangers filed into her hospital room.

Without a word, one of them - a man - leaned over Ms. Duffy, pulled back her blanket, and stripped her nightgown from her shoulders.

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A 71-year-old man fatally shot his ailing wife in her hospital room and then killed himself

Why primary-care is doomed, in a nutshell
"Medical schools across the nation are producing fewer primary care doctors. Today's medical students instead are choosing niche surgical specialties, according to annual surveys by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Most of those students are motivated by lifestyle goals, said Dr. Gilhooley, the medical director in Wilkes-Barre.

Family doctors usually work 10 to 12 hour days, often skipping lunch and ...

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Blue Cross is being sued for denying rehabiliation treatment in a woman's alcohol-related death
"Sandra S. Lobb, a 57-year-old high school teacher, was divorced, living alone, and killing herself with gin.

Her family urgently wanted to place her in a residential alcohol-treatment program.

The family says that Independence Blue Cross rejected that treatment as being "unnecessary" in August 1997 - at a time when Lobb was hospitalized for ...

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The jury finds for the defense in the early C-section case
"After deliberating for about three hours Monday, a jury found for the defendants, George Cole and Parkhill Clinic for Women, in a malpractice suit filed by the estate of Malik Brooks Jr., a boy born in January 2002 who suffers from cerebral palsy."

More can be found here.

Rising malpractice costs and poor reimbursement are reasons why this natural birth home is shutting down
"A 94-year-old house on Railroad Avenue where hundreds of mothers gave birth without the use of pain-killing drugs is closing its doors.

Since founding The Birth Home in 1997, midwife Beah Haber and Dr. Michael Bleecker have helped bring 450 babies into the world. Most of those births took place at the ...

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Michael Schiavo is planning another malpractice suit
"While he did not offer details, Schiavo said he was looking into a potential medical malpractice incident that occurred around Aug. 14, 2003 - about 19 months before his wife's death.

Around that date, Mrs. Schiavo was admitted to Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater at least twice for problems ranging from a bleeding esophagus to a urinary tract infection to pneumonia, attorneys ...

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Strange bedfellows: A hospital accepts a $25 million gift and decides to name a tower after a trial lawyer
"But doctors questioned the source of the generosity. A plaintiff's lawyer who often has sued doctors, O'Quinn made some of his fortune on litigation involving breast implants, which bankrupted a company (Dow Corning) even though the consensus later developed that the science didn't back up the claims. Doctors ultimately were dismissed ...

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A 14-year old cheerleader dies after complaining of abdominal pain
"She was practicing an 'arabesque double down' stunt with four other teammates just before she started to complain of pains. The routine requires the flyer to be thrown twice up in the air and then be caught.

Burns' coach said she was caught in her teammate's arms and never hit the floor, but a short while later she ...

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