Top News: #Healthcare

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Surgical death rates for babies kept secret from parents:

Take a look at a newborn’s tiny fist. Now imagine the fist is a heart — they’re about the same size — and a surgeon must operate on it. Patch up holes. Widen vessels the diameter of a cocktail straw. Sew in thin plastic tubing. It’s incredibly risky business. For the most complex types of children’s heart surgeries, one out of five patients will die. Read more


In Cheyenne, Wyo., emergency room patients who show up more than a few times a month requesting pain pills will now be told no, except in dire emergencies. A similar program at a New Mexico hospital cut ER visits by 5 percent annually, and saved $500,000.Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills:

Kimberley Enyart was never interested in doing recreational drugs. But then she was in a car accident — and her doctor prescribed a powerful opiate for the pain. “It just would put me off in la-la land, and make me feel better,” she says. “I loved it. I loved that high.” Read more


The question of how to communicate with parents about vaccines is getting increasing interest from academia.Training Doctors To Talk About Vaccines Fails To Sway Parents:

As more and more parents choose to skip vaccinations for their children, public health professionals and researchers have been looking at new ways to ease the concerns of parents who are hesitant. Read more


A vial of BCG, a drug for bladder cancer that has been in short supply because of manufacturing problems.U.S. Drug Shortages Frustrate Doctors, Patients:

Robin Miller, a 62-year-old oncologist in Atlanta with bladder cancer, was scheduled to receive a potentially lifesaving drug in December. But her doctor’s office called shortly before the appointment to say: “Sorry, we don’t have any. We can’t give it to you,” according to Dr. Miller. Read more

FE_PR_101026science.vaccination.jpgUnsafe Injections Put Patients in Peril:

Far from a healthy shot in the arm, some injections carry more than medicine into the veins and bodies of patients. Read more