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2 years 5 months ago

Venezuela court: Replace faulty implants for free

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's Supreme Court has sided with women who have defective French-made breast implants, saying in a preliminary injunction that the cost of removing and replacing the implants should be paid by surgeons, hospitals and a company that imported them. The court announced in a statement Thursday...

2 years 9 months ago

Electronic health records need work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- America may be a technology-driven nation, but the health care system's conversion from paper to computerized records needs lots of work to get the bugs out, according to experts who spent months studying the issue. Hospitals and doctors' offices increasingly are going digital, the Bipartisan Policy...

3 years 2 months ago

Hospitals face drug price-gouging

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A severe drug shortage of life-saving medications is endangering patients across the country. It's forcing hospitals to buy the drugs from secondary suppliers at exorbitant markups because they can't get them any other way. The Associated Press found at least 15 recent deaths are blamed...

4 years 1 month ago

Colorado to allow nurses to give anesthesia

Colorado has joined 15 other states in allowing advanced-practice nurses to administer anesthesia without a doctor's supervision. Gov. Bill Ritter said Monday he made the change to help rural hospitals that don't have anesthesiologists on staff. Anesthesiologists fought the proposal, saying it would put lives at risk. ...

4 years 3 months ago

Study: Weight loss surgery is safe

Serious complications after bariatric surgery appear to be low, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Researchers there analyzed data on more than 15,000 patients. Overall, about 7-percent of patients who underwent weight-loss surgery like gastric bypass had complications, most of which were minor. Bariatric surgery...

4 years 9 months ago

CDC: MRI and other diagnostic scans have tripled

New government statistics show the rate of high-tech diagnostic imaging has dramatically increased since the mid-1990s. From 1996 to 2007, the frequency of MRI , CT or PET scans done in emergency rooms quadrupled. And the frequency nearly tripled for doctor offices and outpatient hospital visits. The Centers for Disease...

5 years 1 month ago

Nurses' union threatens strike over swine flu

A nurses' union is threatening a one-day strike at 34 hospitals across California, accusing them of poor swine flu preparedness. California Nurses Association spokesman Chuck Idelson says up to 16,000 registered nurses will strike on Oct. 30 if federal swine flu recommendations aren't written into their contracts. Idelson said Monday...

5 years 1 month ago

Questions about the flu? Call the hotline

If you have questions about the seasonal or swine flus, the Pueblo City-County Health Department has set up a Public Health Flu Hotline to run through the flu season. The hotline will be staffed by medical professionals and is for generally healthy individuals who are able to stay home and...

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