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Louisiana receives plans for Charity Hospital redevelopment

By Associated Press  |  July 05, 2015

Five potential development groups have submitted plans to rescue New Orleans' Charity Hospital — the huge art-deco style building vacant since the catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Editorial: Save AHRQ; spend more on delivery system R&D

Editorial: Save AHRQ; spend more on delivery system R&D

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 04, 2015

For decades, the nation has poured hundreds of billions of dollars into basic and applied science to devise cures for diseases. But investing in research and development for new and better ways of delivering care in hospitals and physician offices remains a stepchild in Washington.

Florida hospital testing new snake anti-venom

By Associated Press  |  July 04, 2015

Florida Hospital DeLand is one of three hospitals in the state testing an experimental anti-venom for coral snake bites. The brightly colored snake rarely bites, but just a drop of its venom is a lethal dose.

Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

By Associated Press  |  July 04, 2015

Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a...

Pilot in Colorado medical helicopter crash dies, 2 injured

By Associated Press  |  July 04, 2015

The pilot of a medical helicopter that crashed in Colorado on Friday has died, but a flight paramedic and flight nurse aboard the crash are being treated at Denver-area hospitals and are expected to survive.

Putting placebos to the test in plain sight

Putting placebos to the test in plain sight

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 04, 2015

The power of placebos is well-known. But placebos are now being tested as an actual treatment for a very real disorder—the crushing fatigue that often follows cancer treatment, even years later. And the participants will know they're taking placebos.

 Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

By Melanie Evans  |  July 04, 2015

MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.

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