It is alleged that TennCare's drug limit contributed to a patient's death
"An East Tennessee man's lack of needed medicines "” which had been capped by TennCare "” was a contributing factor to his death last month, his doctor found, noting it on the death certificate.

James Bryant, of Rutledge, Tenn., was a very sick man, with a hereditary bleeding disorder similar to hemophilia, hepatitis C from blood transfusions, ...

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Some heartbreaking pictures of the Japanese encephalitis outbreak in India




"An encephalitis outbreak has killed nearly 1,000 people _ almost all of them children _ in India and neighboring Nepal, as too few doctors struggle to care for thousands of sick children in outdated hospitals . . .

. . . Japanese encephalitis, closely related to West Nile virus, is found only in Asia, where ...

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Stay or go? The NY Times looks at the plight of hospitalized patients in New Orleans

Did medical liability prevent doctors from treating patients in New Orleans?
"Refugees from New Orleans died when private doctors were ordered to stop treating them because they were not covered by US government medical liability insurance, two US surgeons say.

Mark Perlmutter, an orthopedic surgeon from Pennsylvania, was told by a senior US Coast Guard officer representing the embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency that he must leave the ...

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The cost of medical malpractice is forcing OBs to switch hospitals
"For us it was the difference between staying in practice and going out of business."

"Essentially the health care infrastructure of New Orleans is gone it no longer exists."
"This city's health care facilities have been shattered to an extent unmatched in U.S. history, and its hospital system faces grave challenges as residents begin returning, the vice president of the national hospital accreditation organization said Sunday.

The official, Joe Cappiello, said several hospitals were probably damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Katrina, while some may ...

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Two gastroenterologists lose a malpractice suit by missing a case of C. Difficile colitis
From the sketchy information in the story - a 69-year old man was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia. Antibiotics were given, but it appeared that this caused a case of C. Difficile colitis. The gastroenterologists were called in, but for some reason did not test for this:

"The doctors failed to do tests ...

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An infectious disease doctor is chasing down health myths in New Orleans
"'Everybody 'knew' that two dogs went in the water and dropped dead instantly,' said Dr. Tom Clark, an infectious disease specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Clark spends much of his day chasing down and either proving or disproving similar reports.

'It is incredible how people don't have access to any ...

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Some are hiring their own private nurses when they are admitted to the hospital
"Interestingly enough, almost every medical authority I spoke to noted that when a relative was hospitalized, they made sure someone - either a paid professional or a friend with nursing experience - was at the bedside.

But that doesn't mean hiring a nurse is a must. The professionals also say it depends on the ...

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An "anti-rape" condom has been invented in South Africa
"A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker's penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world . . .

. . . The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the ...

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