Red Sox manager Terry Francona hospitalized
"Boston manager Terry Francona was taken to a hospital Wednesday with tightness in his chest, and was expected to miss the Red SoxÂ’s afternoon game against the Yankees.

Francona, who turns 46 on April 22, said all morning he was not feeling well, according to general manager Theo Epstein. Francona was taken by ambulance to New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan."


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Canada weighs free health care versus long waits
"Americans who flock to Canada for cheap flu shots often come away impressed at the free and first-class medical care available to Canadians, rich or poor. But tell that to hospital administrators constantly having to cut staff for lack of funds, or to the mother whose teenager was advised she would have to wait up to three years for surgery to repair ...

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The Pope is in grave condition
It appears that the Pope is suffering from an episode of urosepsis. The articles states that he has elected to stay at home, rather be transported to a hospital.

Treatment at this time involves intravenous antibiotics. With a description of septic shock (i.e. the inability to maintain a blood pressure due to the infection spreading to the blood), the ...

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A hospital is urging patients who had recent colonoscopies to get tested for hepatitis and HIV because the instruments may not have been disinfected adequately
One instrument you want to be sure is disinfected properly would be a colonoscope.

People who rely on their primary-care doctor to coordinate their health-care needs fare better than those who don't
"In addition, having a long-term relationship with a doctor resulted in fewer hospitalizations and other reductions in health-care costs, the researchers found."

Hospital advertising to consumers is now coming under scrutiny
"Direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs had come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the recent Vioxx debacle. Experts across many fields felt that the huge advertising effort behind Vioxx and other cox-2 inhibitors contributed to an over-prescribing of the drugs, and the subsequent heart-related problems experienced by some users.

Ads by medical centers are a more recent phenomenon, another ...

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A police officer faces charges for delaying an OB speeding on the way to a delivery
"Rather than release Chidiac [the OB] at that point, Lilliston [the officer] drove him to the hospital and marched the doctor to the maternity ward with his motorcycle helmet still on and his hands cuffed behind his back.

A nurse urged the doctor to hurry, because the baby's head was showing."

It was just reported that Tedy Bruschi is undergoing surgery for a hole in his heart:

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi -- who once played for the University of Arizona - is back in the hospital tonight, according to sources in Tucson and Boston.

The team isn't confirming this news yet, but KOLD News 13 has learned Bruschi is undergoing surgery to repair a hole in his heart. ...

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A postcall resident crashes while driving home. Is the hospital liable?
"At stake, legal experts say, is the broader issue of resident work hours. If Rush is held responsible for the car crash, then teaching hospitals nationwide could be vulnerable to similar suits, even though residents are no longer allowed to work 36-hour stints."

Another story showing how the current malpractice system is failing us
"Other advocates say that the malpractice system encourages healthcare providers to remain silent about mistakes, undercutting efforts to improve patient safety. They want to get away from courts altogether, setting up a schedule of payments for victims of medical mistakes if they can simply prove their injury was 'avoidable' rather than a result of negligence. Last month, the panel ...

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