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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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ACOG Releases Guidance on Surgical Errors

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2010

Preventing surgical errors requires more particular care by providers in creating checklists, systems, and routines and minimizing distractions, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises.

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Kindred to Pay $218 Million for Hospitals, Nursing Homes

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2010

Kindred Healthcare announced plans this week to acquire five long-term acute care hospitals in Southern California, and three nursing homes in Dallas-Fort Worth in two separate cash deals totally $218 million.

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25% of Californians Uninsured

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2010

The number of California residents under age 65 who were uninsured for all or part of a year increased from nearly one in five to nearly one in four between 2007 and 2009, UCLA study says.

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Prostate Cancer Care Costs Vary by Treatment

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2010

For most cases, costs are highest in the initial year of the diagnosis then drop sharply and remain steady over the next several years, researchers at Johns Hopkins find.

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Risk of Mortality Increases with Waist Size

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2010

Study scrutinizes the link between waist circumference and mortality in each of three standard categories of BMI: normal, overweight, and obese. Authors suggest that clinicians evaluate waist circumference even in patients who are not overweight.

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Nursing, Medical Students Partner on Interdisciplinary Care to Needy

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

A program at Florida International University is partnering students from multiple healthcare disciplines in an outreach project to work to bring care to families in need.

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Words Matter When it Comes to Tech-Savvy Patients

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

Steel yourself for some alarming news: Cyberchondriacs are on the rise, up from 50 million in 1998 to 175 million today, according to market research firm Harris Interactive. And they're also getting more active: "Fully 32% of all adults who are online say they look for health information 'often,' compared to 22% last year."

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