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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:30:19 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:30:19 GMT

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These hospitals are doing something shocking: Giving refunds to unhappy patients

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:03:00 GMT

At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, hospital officials want to keep their customers happy. So when patients are upset about a long wait in the emergency department, or a doctor's brusque manner, or a meal that never arrived in a room, Geisinger is doing more than apologizing.

It's offering...




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Number of deadly infections from dirty scopes is far higher than previously estimated

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:01:00 GMT

The number of potentially deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes is far higher than what federal officials previously estimated, a new congressional investigation shows.

As many as 350 patients at 41 medical facilities in the U.S. and worldwide were infected or exposed to tainted gastrointestinal...




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Canada's new assisted suicide law precludes tourists

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:08:00 GMT

Canada on Thursday introduced a new assisted suicide law that will apply only to citizens and residents, meaning Americans won't be able to travel to Canada to die.

Canadian government officials said a person would have to be eligible for health services in Canada to take advantage of the law,...




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Report: Americans spent 8.5 percent more on prescription drugs in 2015

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:34:00 GMT

U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose 8.5 percent last year, slightly less than in 2014, driven mainly by growing use of ultra-expensive new drugs and price hikes on other medicines.

A report from data firm IMS Health estimates patients, insurers, government programs and other payers spent a...




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CDC: No doubt now that Zika virus causes rare birth defects

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 23:44:00 GMT

Confirming the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America, U.S. health officials said Wednesday there is no longer any doubt the Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects.

Since last year, doctors in Brazil have...




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Hopkins doctor debuts play about end-of-life decisions

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:01:00 GMT

Like many a medical school student, Madeline Leong initially expected to become a primary care physician. But along the way, she was introduced to the field of palliative care. That ended up becoming her vocation — and inspiration for her avocation.

In addition to her position as a palliative care...




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Anne Arundel Medical Center applies for mental health facility

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:33:00 GMT

Anne Arundel Medical Center is one step closer to establishing a 16-bed mental health unit, the hospital announced Wednesday.

The hospital recently filed a Certificate of Need for a new unit with the Maryland Health Care Commission. If approved, the unit would more than double the number of in-patient...




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Sean Parker, ex-Facebook president, bankrolls $250M project to speed cancer work

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:17:00 GMT

A project to speed development of cancer-fighting drugs that harness the immune system has academic and drug industry researchers collaborating and sharing their findings like never before.

The newly created Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy is being funded by a $250 million grant from...




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Legislation to hasten closing of Harford Memorial Hospital, development of new medical center passes General Assembly

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:51:00 GMT

Legislation that would allow health systems, such as the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, which operates two hospitals in Harford County, to open medical centers and close hospitals without going through the state's extensive certificate of need process, was approved on Monday's...




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Health apps: Unlimited promise or 'like having a really bad doctor'

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:00:00 GMT

For Julie Hadduck, a smartphone app that could diagnose cancer seemed like a miracle.

Her husband died of skin cancer in 2010. She worried that her three children could also be at risk, so she took them to a dermatologist twice a year.

When Hadduck photographed one of her daughter's moles, the...




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Kaiser to use database to find cures for disease

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:13:00 GMT

Kaiser Permanente is expanding a database of DNA and other medical information donated by patients to use in research it hopes will lead to groundbreaking cures and treatments for some of the most common chronic diseases.

The health system, which started collecting data from patients in California...




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U.S. officials: The more we learn about Zika, the scarier it is

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 23:23:00 GMT

The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials said Monday as they urged more money for mosquito control and to develop vaccines and treatments.

Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes...




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Children of Rite Aid founder donate $10 million to Johns Hopkins University

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:57:00 GMT

The children of the founder of drugstore chain Rite Aid will donate $10 million to Johns Hopkins University to support the humanities and establish an institute in their father's name, university officials announced Monday.

The Alexander Grass Humanities Institute will support programming for 10...




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Scientists: Zika tied to another adult brain disease

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:51:00 GMT

Brazilian scientists studying 151 patients who recently sought help at a local hospital for symptoms similar to those caused by Zika have made a worrisome discovery - that the virus may be associated with a second serious brain issue in adults.

Maria Lucia Brito Ferreira, a doctor at Restoration...




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Water from a fountain? Not in Baltimore city schools

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:05:00 GMT

At Cecil Elementary School in Baltimore, where bone-dry water fountains stand next to brimming water coolers, several third-graders who've never drunk from the fountains puzzled over why they didn't work.

Maybe the fountains need batteries and they don't have them, one student said. Maybe the pipes...




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Maryland professor roughs it for National Geographic and primitive experience

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:14:00 GMT

After tracking down a wild boar in the Eurasian country of Georgia, Bill Schindler raised a primitive spear-thrower called an atlatl and fired at his next meal.

As the boar squealed, Schindler and Cat Bigney scrambled to hold down the wounded animal.

"I've got the trachea right there," Schindler...




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Maryland health institutions join forces to combat cyberattacks

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:55:00 GMT

At least six major health systems across the country have suffered debilitating cyberattacks this year, including most recently Columbia-based MedStar Health. The rate has unsettled health system information technology administrators who are now working together to block future attacks.

The constant...




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Mid-Atlantic Health Care plans an 80-bed skilled nursing center on downtown's West Side

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:04:00 GMT

Mid-Atlantic Health Care plans to convert a largely vacant building in downtown Baltimore into a $20 million skilled nursing facility with 80 beds where frail, elderly residents could go for rehabilitation after a hospital stay.

The center, Restore Health Baltimore, will be designed to appear as...




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Five Minutes with Sinai Hospital President Amy Perry

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:55:00 GMT

When Sinai Hospital President Amy Perry talks about the changing role hospitals are playing in health care, she refers to the double amputee who used a wheelchair and lived in a second-floor apartment.

The patient would show up frequently to the emergency room with complications from diabetes....




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Bel Air girl receives gift of 'Miracles from Heaven'

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 00:36:00 GMT

A Bel Air girl, who has the same rare disease as the heroine in a new movie, "Miracles From Heaven," was given a free screening of the film from Sony Pictures and a limo ride to Regal Cinema in Abingdon, where she was joined Thursday night by her classmates.

Mickey Brietenback, mother of 14-year-old...




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