Saturday , 20 September 2014


Researchers Call for Improved End-of-Life Care

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drpnncpp/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at the Institute of Medicine released a report on Wednesday calling for improved end-of-life care. “For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the end of life,” the study reads. Researchers point out that factors including barriers to access for certain groups, a mismatch between services needed and ... Read More »

Sierra Leone to Start Three-Day Nationwide Lockdown to Stop Ebola

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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sierra Leone is set to begin a three-day lockdown Thursday night at midnight to curb the spread of Ebola, according to Doctors Without Borders. Government authorities have ordered the country’s six million people to stay in their homes from Sept. 19 through Sept. 21, while volunteers go door-to-door to screen for Ebola and take infected people in ... Read More »

Mother’s Dying Wish Granted After Her Nurse Takes in Her Son

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Courtesy of Tricia Seaman(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — When Tricia Somers was given the devastating diagnosis that she had terminal liver cancer last spring, her main concern was figuring out who would care for her 8-year-old son, Wesley. Somers, a single mother, didn’t have any family she believed could take on caring for a child and her parents had died years earlier. ... Read More »

Enterovirus D68 Prompts Hospital Wards to Ban Child Visitors

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Several hospitals have banned children from visiting patients amid fears of a respiratory virus that has sent some children to the hospital gasping for breath. Hospitals in upstate New York — including SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse — are the latest to restrict young visitors as Enterovirus D68 spreads primarily among children nationwide. State health departments ... Read More »

Liberian Refugee Befriends Family of Ebola-Infected Doctor

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iStock/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — As an American doctor recovers from Ebola at a Nebraska hospital, a Liberian refugee who works at the hospital has tried to provide extra comfort to the doctor’s family. Dr. Richard Sacra arrived at the bio-containment unit at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha earlier this month after being infected with Ebola in Liberia. When Sacra arrived ... Read More »

Detroit Doctor Pleads Guilty to Administering Unnecessary Chemotherapy to Defraud Medicare

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yanyong/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — A Detroit-area doctor pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare and insurance companies by providing patients with unnecessary chemotherapy. Dr. Farid Fata, 49, had been accused of fraudulently billing about $225 million in claims to Medicare over a six year span. He pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 13 counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay or ... Read More »

Doctor Who Recovered from Ebola Calls Outbreak a ‘Fire Straight from the Pit of Hell’

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ABC News(ATLANTA) — The doctor who was the first U.S. Ebola patient to be treated in America testified before a congressional committee Tuesday recalling the horror and “humiliation” of a disease that has killed thousands. Dr. Kent Brantly, working on behalf of the U.S.-based missionary group Samaritan’s Purse, was treating patients in Monrovia, Liberia, when he became infected with the ... Read More »

Respiratory Virus, Enterovirus D68, Likely Infected Thousands

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The respiratory virus that’s been sweeping the nation and sending asthmatic children to the hospital may have only been officially reported in 97 children, but experts say that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Claudia Hoyen said the virus, called enterovirus D68, probably affected thousands of children — and that’s just in Cleveland, where she works. ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Sisters Give Birth 22 Hours Apart

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Courtesy Brigid Bink(NEW YORK) — Two Pennsylvania sisters who found out they were pregnant just days apart and shared the same due date say they think their sons will be “best buds” after being born just 22 hours apart. The two boys, Jack Bink and Owen Whitaker, will celebrate different birthdays — Jack on Sept. 10 and Owen on Sept. ... Read More »

Respiratory Virus Spreads to the Northeast

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Enterovirus D68, the respiratory illness suspected of hospitalizing hundreds of children across the nation, has now spread to the Northeast and is likely to hit the whole country, according to experts. Connecticut and New York are the latest states to report cases of the rapidly spreading virus that has targeted young children, especially those with asthma, in ... Read More »