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    Violence Against Health Care Workers a Growing Concern

    Violence Against Health Care Workers a Growing Concern
    Here is some of the on-the-job training Tyrne Wade has learned while working as a nurse at Danbury Hospital. When you're trying to restrain a patient who is already at the flailing stage, keep your guard up. "I've been punched," Wade said. Not a serious injury, she said, but a punch. Don't wear a necklace that hangs outside your uniform. Don't ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Health Premiums Could Rise 17 pct for Young Adults

    Health Premiums Could Rise 17 pct for Young Adults
    CHICAGO (AP) - Under the health care overhaul, young adults who buy their own insurance will carry a heavier burden of the medical costs of older Americans - a shift expected to raise insurance premiums for young people when the plan takes full effect. Beginning in 2014, most Americans will be required to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty. That's ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Puts Forward Last-Ditch Health Care Plan

    Obama Puts Forward Last-Ditch Health Care Plan
    WASHINGTON - Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. The White House immediately demanded an up-or-down vote in Congress on the plan, or something close to it. But it's highly ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    House Dems Move to Vote on Health Bill

    House Dems Move to Vote on Health Bill
    WASHINGTON – House Democrats on Thursday pushed ahead with legislation that would deliver on President Barack Obama's promise to remake the health care system and cover some 50 million uninsured, despite concerns from their own party's moderate and conservative lawmakers that the $1.5 trillion plan costs too much. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf warned lawmakers the legislation that he has ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Outside Experts to Review WHO's Swine Flu Response

    Outside Experts to Review WHO's Swine Flu Response
    GENEVA - A group of outside experts will scrutinize the World Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak and likely examine whether the global body could have been clearer when it declared a pandemic of what has turned out to be a relatively mild disease, the World Health Organization said Monday. The review starting later this month will be conducted ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    School Nurse Pleads Guilty to Sex with Minor

    A Bolingbrook elementary school nurse faces a three to seven-year prison sentence after admitting to having sexual relations with a minor in 2006, authorities said. Laura J. Obzera, 50, of the 800 block of Bonnie Brae in Bolingbrook, was arrested in September and charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly having had sexual relations with three teen ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Oldest Woman to Give Birth Dies, Leaving Twins

    Oldest Woman to Give Birth Dies, Leaving Twins
    MADRID – She devoted years to caring for her mother, who died at age 101. Then Maria del Carmen Bousada embarked on a quest to become a mom herself. She lied to a California fertility clinic to skirt its age limit, and later pointed to her mother's longevity as a reason to expect she'd be around to care for her kids. ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    UK Publishes New Rules for Assisted Suicide

    UK Publishes New Rules for Assisted Suicide
    LONDON (AP) - New guidelines published Thursday offer people in England and Wales broad hints about how to help a gravely ill loved one end their life with minimal fear of prosecution. Assisted suicide remains illegal, but Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said six factors would make it less likely that prosecutors would bring criminal charges in individual cases. Starmer ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Expectant Moms Packing on Too Many Pounds

    Expectant Moms Packing on Too Many Pounds
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eating for two? New guidelines are setting how much weight women should gain during pregnancy -- surprisingly little if they're already overweight. The most important message: Get to a healthy weight before you conceive, says the Institute of Medicine in the first national recommendations on pregnancy weight since 1990. It's healthiest for the mother -- less chance of ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    EDITORIAL: Governor Right to Act Quickly: Our View: New Board Should Speed Up Review and Discipline for Nurses Who Endanger Patients.

    EDITORIAL: Governor Right to Act Quickly: Our View: New Board Should Speed Up Review and Discipline for Nurses Who Endanger Patients.
    Gov. Schwarzenegger didn't waste any time firing most members of the state Board of Registered Nursing after an L.A. Times report Sunday described in frightening detail how the board failed to discipline scores of nurses who endangered patients in their care. The Times and the nonprofit ProPublica news organization found that, on average, "it took more than three years to investigate ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Study Finds Hospitals Speeding Heart Attack Care

    Study Finds Hospitals Speeding Heart Attack Care
    WASHINGTON - Hospitals are giving faster care to lots more heart attack patients, a speed-up sure to be saving lives. More than three-quarters of people suffering major heart attacks are getting their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arriving in the emergency room, says a Yale University study of 831 hospitals that participated in a major campaign to accelerate that ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Study: Drug Combos May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Study: Drug Combos May Raise Breast Cancer Risk
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Breast cancer survivors risk having their disease come back if they use certain antidepressants while also taking the cancer prevention drug tamoxifen, worrisome new research shows. About 500,000 women in the United States take tamoxifen, which cuts in half the chances of a breast cancer recurrence. Many of them also take antidepressants for hot flashes, because hormone pills ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Schwarzenegger Swears in Six New Nursing Board Members

    Schwarzenegger Swears in Six New Nursing Board Members
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger moved Wednesday to head off a burgeoning controversy over the failure of a state nursing board to promptly weed out nurses accused of misconduct including drug theft, violence and medical incompetence. Upon swearing in six new members of the state Board of Registered Nursing, the governor vowed a concerted effort to "protect the people of California." He promised ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Many Healthcare Workers Ignore Flu Shots

    Many Healthcare Workers Ignore Flu Shots
    Nearly 50 percent of U.S. healthcare workers have decided against flu shots, said officials concerned about seasonal flu and a renewed outbreak of H1N1. Doctors and nurses are most likely to get vaccinated while less likely are workers such as lab technicians, orderlies and housekeepers, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said. Nursing home workers are the least ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Studies Find Fighting Global Warming Reduces Diseases

    Studies Find Fighting Global Warming Reduces Diseases
    WASHINGTON - Cutting global warming pollution would not only make the planet healthier, it would make people healthier too, newly released studies say. Slashing carbon dioxide emissions could save millions of lives, mostly by reducing preventable deaths from heart and lung diseases, the studies show. They were published in a special issue of The Lancet British medical journal, released Wednesday. The ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Houston Hospitals Compete to Lure Expectant Moms

    Houston Hospitals Compete to Lure Expectant Moms
    After Valerie Sulma gave birth last week, nurses applied ink to her baby girl’s feet and stamped the footprints on the scrub shirt the new dad was wearing, a keepsake for the occasion. The following day, Sulma watched The Newborn Channel and ordered breakfast from the hospital room-service menu. Isabella Faith, 6 pounds, 14 ounces, lay in her mother’s lap, wearing ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Cruise Ship Back in SC After Norovirus Outbreak

    Cruise Ship Back in SC After Norovirus Outbreak
    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A cruise ship hit by a virus outbreak that sickened hundreds returned Friday with passengers glad to be back and praising the crew for the way they handled the challenge. The Celebrity Mercury docked about 1:30 a.m. after an 11-day cruise and passengers began disembarking shortly after dawn. Celebrity Cruise spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said at the height of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Doctors Ditch Drug Samples to Avoid Influencing Treatment

    Doctors Ditch Drug Samples to Avoid Influencing Treatment
    Who doesn't like freebies, especially when it comes to pricey pills? But free medication samples, which at first glance look like a win-win-win situation for manufacturers, doctors and patients, can have hidden costs. Doctors might pick a sub-optimal drug simply because they have a sample. Plus, only makers of expensive brand-name drugs are doling out samples. And leaving pharmacists out of ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Seniors Fear Health Care Remake Will Hurt Medicare

    Seniors Fear Health Care Remake Will Hurt Medicare
    WASHINGTON - Seniors aren't breaking out the champagne for President Barack Obama's health care law, and for good reason. While Democrats hail the overhaul as their greatest health care achievement since Medicare, seniors fear it's a raid on that same giant health care program - a bedrock of retirement security - in order to pay for covering younger, uninsured workers and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Nurses Union Awaits Next Move in Wake of 'Bad Faith' Charge

    Nurses Union Awaits Next Move in Wake of 'Bad Faith' Charge
    YOUNGSTOWN -- A nurses' strike at Northside Medical Center is not imminent. However, in a document filed recently in federal bankruptcy court, the nurses union said the membership is prepared to strike rather than permit Forum to engage in what the union called "the bad-faith reneging on a tentative agreement with impunity." Forum filed in March for protection under Chapter 11 ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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