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The Checkup Archive: Hospitals

Cancer patients too often die in hospitals, study says

The proportion of cancer patients who die in the hospital and get hospice care varies widely from region to region and hospital to hospital across the country, according to a new report. Researchers at the Dartmouth Atlas Project in Lebanon, N.H., analyzed the records of 235,821 Medicare patients ages 65...

By Rob Stein  | November 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Cancer, Hospitals, death and dying, end-of-life care, palliative and hospice care  
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Superbug on the decline

There's finally some good news in the long battle against "superbugs" -- those germs that have become resistant to treatment. One worrisome bug -- known as MRSA for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus--appears to be in retreat, according to new research. MRSA is a bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics including...

By Rob Stein  | August 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Hospitals, Infectious Disease  
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Do doctors rat on each other?

If a doctor knew that a colleague was incompetent, drunk or high on drugs, would they turn them in? A new survey has some disturbing answers to that question. Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of 2,938 doctors practicing in the...

By Rob Stein  | July 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, Bioethics, General Health, Hospitals, The Business of Health  
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Gallbladder surgery deaths rare

Rep. John Murtha served 19 terms in congress. (Melina Mara-The Washington Post) U.S. Rep. John Murtha's death yesterday from complications following gallbladder surgery he had in January was a very rare occurrence. According to the American College of Surgeons, among generally healthy people undergoing such surgery, deaths occur in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 9, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Health, Hospitals, Medical Technology, Popular Procedures  
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H1N1 reveals weaknesses, report concludes

The swine flu pandemic may turn out to be less severe than many had feared, but the H1N1 virus has revealed disturbing weaknesses in the nation's defenses against public health emergencies, according to a new report. The report, released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health, a private non-profit think...

By Rob Stein  | December 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls, General Health, Health Policy, Hospitals, Influenza, Vaccinations  
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Bad Blood?

Next time you need a blood transfusion, you might consider asking your doctor to check the expiration date. A new study has found that patients who receive "old blood" are significantly more likely to develop infections afterwards even if the blood is still good according to current standards. Raquel Nahra...

By Rob Stein  | October 30, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Hospitals  
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