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French hospital opening wine bar for hospice patients
By Modern Healthcare | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
lf you figured a French hospital would be the natural place for a wine bar, you'd be right. Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital, about 260 miles south of Paris, plans to open a wine bar this month for terminally ill patients in its palliative-care center.
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Ebola kills 120 healthcare workers in West Africa
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of more than 120 of the region's healthcare workers, threatening efforts to control the spread of the virus, according to the World Health Organization.
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Ebola fight needs $430 million to end outbreak, WHO says
By Bloomberg.com | August 26, 2014
More than $430 million will be needed to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control, according to a draft document laying out the World Health Organization’s battle strategy.
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Vital Signs
International clampdown needed on e-cig use, says WHO
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 26, 2014
The World Health Organization on Tuesday called on countries to impose tougher regulations on electronic cigarettes out of concerns over their unknown health risks, recommending bans on indoor use as well as sales to minors.More regulation of e-cigarettes are needed in light of the boom in popularity of such devices in recent years, with more than 400 brands and sales reaching about $3 billion in 2013, the United Nations health agency said in its report.
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Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies
By Associated Press | August 25, 2014
A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country's information minister said Monday, as a top U.N. delegation promised more help for countries battling the virulent disease during a visit to Sierra Leone.
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U.S. CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries
By Associated Press | August 23, 2014
A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding.
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WHO warns of 'shadow zones,' hidden cases in Ebola outbreak
By Reuters | August 22, 2014
The scale of the world's worst Ebola outbreak has been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of "shadow zones" that medics cannot enter, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
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Two U.S. hospitals report patients undergoing Ebola tests
By Businessweek | August 20, 2014
Blood samples from two patients at separate U.S. hospitals are being tested for Ebola as countries in West Africa struggle to contain the worst-ever outbreak of the disease. Health officials from both states said neither person is likely to have the disease.
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Ebola death toll in West Africa tops 1,200
By New York Times | August 19, 2014
As West African nations grappled with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall severe food shortages in areas isolated by quarantines.
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Despite noted revenue growth, Medtronic sees drop in profits
By Jaimy Lee | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medical devicemaker Medtronic reported a drop in profits even as the company enjoyed what CEO Omar Ishrak described as its “highest revenue growth performance in five years.” The Minneapolis-based company disclosed no new information about its pending deal to acquire Irish medical supplies company Covidien.
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The best care money can buy? | The U.S. delights in its medical technology, and pays a premium for it, but studies show other countries beat us in outcomes, value
By Cinda Becker | August 09, 2004 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No other country in the world can beat the U.S. in medical technology. No other country spends as much for it either.The mantra "Americans have the best medical care in the world" is frequently recited by U.S. policymakers and clinicians, according to a study published in the May/June issue of the journal Health Affairs that compares the quality of care in five English-speaking countries. But international data--limited though it is--places the U.S. in the bottom quartile of industrialized countries in terms of life expectancy and infant mortality, according to the report.The best...
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