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    Ala. Nurse Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A former health care consultant will serve 18 months in federal prison for defrauding the Medicare Program. 62-year-old Marie Weller King was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said from Jan. 2002 until approximately Dec. 2006, King admitted creating documents which falsely indicated physicians had approved services provided by her company, King ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rate This
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    New Nursing Program to Help Sexual Crime Victims

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A new program at the University of Indianapolis hopes to train graduate students in the School of Nursing to help victims of sexual crimes. The university on the south side of Indianapolis is offering a new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certificate. The program aims to train nurses to deal with the physical, psychological and legal needs of sexual ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Cancer To Be World's Top Killer by 2010, WHO Says

    Cancer To Be World's Top Killer by 2010, WHO Says
    ATLANTA – Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world's top killer by 2010, part of a trend that should more than double global cancer cases and deaths by 2030, international health experts reported Tuesday. Rising tobacco use in developing countries is believed to be a huge reason for the shift, particularly in China and India, where 40 percent of the ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Lessons as Pilot Help Speaker in Nurse Seminars

    Lessons as Pilot Help Speaker in Nurse Seminars
    WINTER HAVEN | Working as an airline pilot made Gary Sculli a better nurse by teaching him management and safety techniques that he now shares with nurses and hospital officials nationwide. Among them are moving away from a dictatorial style in which physicians intimidate nurses and nurses direct nursing assistants without making them feel part of a team in which their ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Studies: Surgeons Could Save Lives, $20B By Using Checklist

    Studies: Surgeons Could Save Lives, $20B By Using Checklist
    Eight hospitals reduced the number of deaths from surgery by more than 40% by using a checklist that helps doctors and nurses avoid errors, according to a report released online today in the New England Journal of Medicine. If all hospitals used the same checklist, they could save tens of thousands of lives and $20 billion in medical costs each year, ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks

    Smoking Ban Leads to Major Drop in Heart Attacks
    ATLANTA – A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations, according to a new study that is considered the best and longest-term research to show such a link. The rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such ...
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    Doctors Say More Ovary Transplants Possible

    LONDON – Two new techniques to preserve and transplant ovaries might give women a better chance to fight their biological clocks and have children when they are older, doctors announced Monday. In the past, scientists have performed ovarian transplants in women with cancer, since chemotherapy often causes infertility. Doctors typically take out patients' ovaries before the toxic treatment begins and then ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Vaccine for E. Coli Developed

    Vaccine for E. Coli Developed
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher has developed a working vaccine for a strain of E. coli that kills 2 million to 3 million children annually in the developing world. Mahdi Saeed of Michigan State University's colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Human Medicine said that enterotoxigenic E. Coli is responsible for 60 percent to 70 percent of ...
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    PA Secretary of Health 'Walks the Walk' to Kick Off National Public Health Week

    PA Secretary of Health 'Walks the Walk' to Kick Off National Public Health Week
    Department of Health Secretary Everette James today kicked off National Public Health Week by leading a lunchtime fitness walk around the Capitol complex to bring awareness to the need for all Pennsylvanians to take control of their own health. "As the state agency with the mission to promote healthy lifestyles, we realize that we cannot just talk about the health of ...
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    Congress To Hold Hearing on Peanut Butter Recall

    Congress To Hold Hearing on Peanut Butter Recall
    WASHINGTON – A congressman has announced the first public hearing on the salmonella outbreak that's being blamed on tainted peanut butter. California Democrat Henry Waxman says he wants to focus on the Georgia peanut processing plant at the center of the investigation, which has led to a massive recall. More than 500 people have gotten sick in the outbreak, and at ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Biden Unveils Child Care, Vaccines Funding

    Biden Unveils Child Care, Vaccines Funding
    Programs that provide care for children and vaccines will receive $2.3 billion in stimulus funds, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. The $2 billion in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds will allow states to support childcare services for more working parents, Biden said in a news release. "Parents are worried about finding a job or keeping the job they ...
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    16 Patients Have Hepatitis in Army Needle Scare

    EL PASO, Texas — Army officials say 16 patients exposed to a mismanaged insulin needle program at a military hospital in Texas have tested positive for hepatitis B or C. The patients at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center were among more than 2,000 diabetics who may have been exposed to blood-borne illnesses because multiple patients were given injections from the ...
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    Stimulus Funds for Rural Clinics Available

    Stimulus Funds for Rural Clinics Available
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden toured a health clinic in rural North Carolina to show how stimulus funds benefit the facility, the White House said Wednesday. Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited Goshen Medical Center in Faison, one of the community health centers across America that will receive a total of $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, ...
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    UK Nurse Accused of Killing Care Home Residents

    LONDON: A nurse who ran a care home for the elderly has appeared in court charged with murdering three residents whose medication had been removed. Prosecutors say 43-year-old Rachel Baker killed three women aged 79, 85 and 97 as a result of her dependency on prescription drugs. She also is charged with 11 counts of drug possession. Baker ran the Parkfields ...
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    Flowers Banned in Scottish Hospitals

    Flowers Banned in Scottish Hospitals
    EDINBURGH, Scotland - Flowers are being banned from an increasing number of hospitals in Scotland amid fears the traditional get-well gift is a health hazard, officials say. National Health Service officials say the ban makes sense because vase water may harbor dangerous bugs, bouquets can trigger allergies and spilled water can damage equipment, Scotland on Sunday reported. A spokeswoman for Shetland ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Obama Establishes Health Reform Office

    Obama Establishes Health Reform Office
    President Barack Obama signed an executive order establishing the White House Office of Health Care Reform Wednesday to examine the U.S. healthcare system. "The healthcare system suffers from serious and pervasive problems, access to healthcare is constrained by high and rising costs, and the quality of care is not consistent and must be improved in order to improve the health of ...
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    US Agency Wants Data on Black Nurses At Prisons

    US Agency Wants Data on Black Nurses At Prisons
    LANSING, Mich. - The federal government is accusing the Michigan Corrections Department of ignoring a request for information on the race of some prison nurses. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is asking a federal judge to order the department to produce the documents. The EEOC says it is investigating an allegation that a black licensed practical nurse lost a job at ...
    Published over 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Ohio Nurse Ready to Talk Healthcare with Obama

    Ohio Nurse Ready to Talk Healthcare with Obama
    MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio - An Ohio nurse says she's looking forward to giving President Barack Obama her perspective on health care reform. Cathy Stoddart of Mingo Junction in eastern Ohio works at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, 35 miles away. She says she's among a group of nurses from across the U.S. invited to the White House on Thursday. About 100 ...
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    Air Force Nurse Charged in 3 Patients' Drug Deaths

    Air Force Nurse Charged in 3 Patients' Drug Deaths
    SAN ANTONIO – An Air Force nurse has been charged with giving lethal amounts of medication to three terminally ill patients in his care, military officials said Tuesday. Capt. Michael Fontana, 35, was formally charged in military court with deliberately giving three Wilford Hall Medical Center patients lethal amounts of medication, and with conduct unbecoming an officer for allegedly changing a ...
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    'Right of Conscience' Move Criticized

    'Right of Conscience' Move Criticized
    Repealing a U.S. rule that expanded healthcare workers' right to withhold services they find morally objectionable would be discriminatory, critics say. The Bush administration rule, enacted the day before President Barack Obama took office, expanded the existing "right of conscience" law, under which doctors and other healthcare workers who didn't want to perform abortions could legally refuse to do so. Under ...
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