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Dignity Health Resolves Overcharging lawsuit with $37 million
Dignity Health agreed to reimburse $37 million in order to resolve its allegations. The Northern Californian hospital was accused of overbilling the Federal Medical program. The charges include 12 hospitals that come under the San-Francisco based Health ...

Nurse free to move about as restrictions eased
A nurse in who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a judge eased state-imposed restrictions on her, handing officials in Maine a defeat in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public ...

US praises Cuba's contribution in fight against Ebola
New York, Nov 1 (IANS/EFE) US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, praised Cuba's contribution to the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and said that her country is very grateful. "Although I did not encounter them personally, I have to commend Cuba ...

Woman undergoing Ebola monitoring in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A woman who recently visited one of the countries involved in the Ebola outbreak developed a high fever Friday morning and was taken to Providence Milwaukie for evaluation, officials with the Oregon Health Authority said at a ...

Baystate's Ebola preparedness plan
One of six hospitals that the department has designated to treat Ebola patients is in western Massachusetts. Loaded firearm discovered at TUS. 34 loaded firearms and a cane sword discovered on carry-on bags. 4:00 am. The TSA discovered 41 firearms this ...

US asks Australia to build three ebola field hospitals
The United States has asked Australia to step up its efforts in the global fight to stop Ebola, which has so far claimed 5,000 lives. Washington has asked the Abbott government to build three field hospitals in West Africa and to send at least 100 doctors and ...

Ohio adopts mandatory Ebola quarantine for exposed workers
A roundup of stories related to the latest cases of Ebola in the United States and around the globe. Timeline: Ebola in the United States. See More. Browse an interactive timeline of Ebola in the United States. Health Headlines. Guide to life: Is an annual ...

Pinay doc hails colleague quarantined for Ebola
PALO ALTO, California - The Stanford doctor who is now being monitored for Ebola in the San Francisco Bay Area is being considered a hero by a Pinoy colleague, who said he went where others simply refused to go. Dr. Julietta Gabiola is all praises for her ...

Hefty fine of $37 million to be paid by Dignity Health for overbilling patients
The San-Francisco based Dignity Hospital represents one of the nation's five largest systems. While their spokespeople claim that they are not at fault, they have been fined $37 million which will have to be handed over to the government. They have been ...

Study: Milk may not be very good for bones or the body
Milk is often touted as one of nature's most perfect foods -- and for good reason. It contains many essential nutrients and in particular, the high calcium content has been touted as crucial for good bone health when fortified with vitamin D, as it is in the United ...

Government Penalizes Hospitals That Treat The Poor - And There Are More To ...
Government Penalizes Hospitals That Treat The Poor - And There Are More To ...

UK to build three new Ebola labs in Sierra Leone
Britain has pledged £20 million to build three new Ebola testing laboratories in Sierra Leone, a move that will save lives by slashing the time required to tell whether a patient has the virus. At present, the sheer number of cases is overwhelming the ability of ...

Eluding Ebola: Gear Matters, But Technique Matters More
New guidelines for the personal protective equipment that health workers should have on when treating Ebola patients make clear that what you wear counts — but even more important is how you put it on and take it off. And the guidelines that the World ...

Cancer Cells are being Reprogrammed to Destroy Themselves Says New Report
A new cancer treatment which gets the cancer cells to destroy themselves has been announced in a breakthrough discovery that could have a massive impact on the methods used to treat patients. When cancer cells reach the end of their useful life, they do ...

Ebola outbreak: NYC doctor Craig Spencer's condition upgraded to stable
Hospital officials say a New York doctor who became infected with Ebola while treating patients in Guinea has been upgraded from serious but stable to stable condition. The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation issued the upgrade for Dr. Craig ...

New York doctor with Ebola improves, nurse reunited with dog
1 of 9. Nurse Kaci Hickox (L) joined by her boyfriend Ted Wilbur speak with the media outside of their home in Fort Kent, Maine October 31, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Joel Page. Related Video. Video · Newsmaker: The Ebola Epidemic. Fri, Oct 31 2014. Video ...

Fraud & Dignity: Is There Any Connection Between Them?
With health care costs skyrocketing, a California based Hospital chain overcharged Medicaid to generate capital by cheating a Federal program. Dignity Health, a good-sized hospital chain in San Francisco, has been accused of overcharging their Medicare ...

Days after waving to US envoy, Liberian boys are Ebola free
NEW YORK, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Just a few days after Solomon, 14, and Joe, 11, stood in t-shirts and pyjama pants waving as U.S. envoy Samantha Power visited an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia, their recovery was complete -- they tested negative for the ...

Cuban Doctors Help Fight Ebola in Liberia
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf inaugurated Friday the first of 17 new Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Congotown, not far from the capital, Monrovia. The U.S.-financed ETUs were constructed by the military. During her speech at the unveiling, Sirleaf ...

It's open season for Medicare scams
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers the Medicare program, will never ask or request your Social Security number, bank-account numbers or other personal information. By Pamela Yip. The Dallas Morning News ...

Dallas nurse Nina Pham reunites with her beloved Bentley
They were together again, at last. She shrieked and he wagged his tail, no doubt like never before. Nina Pham, the 26-year-old Texas nurse who survived the Ebola virus, was reunited with her dog, Bentley, on Saturday after the 1-year-old King Charles ...

Does drinking lots of milk really do a body good?
Drinking lots of milk could be bad for your health, a new study reports. Previous research has shown that the calcium in milk can help strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. These benefits to bone health have led U.S. health officials to recommend milk ...

Report: Jim Kelly says he has MRSA infection
Nearly two months after doctors told him he was cancer-free, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly revealed he is facing a new health scare: a staph infection in his bones. "I came down with MRSA," Kelly told the Miami Herald. "I was cleared in September ...

NYC's famed Bellevue Hospital put to the test with Ebola patient
The eyes of the world are upon them — the doctors, nurses and courageous staff at Bellevue, New York's oldest public hospital. With seven of the eight Ebola patients having been cured and released from major medical centers in Atlanta; Bethesda, Md., and ...

Ministry associates promote breast cancer awareness
Members of Ministry Health Care's occupational medicine team wear pink shirts to promote breast cancer awareness. (Photo: Contributed photo ). 3 CONNECT 10 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. STEVENS POINT – Ministry Health Care ...

Dignity Health will pay $37 million to settle overbilling claims
A three-state hospital chain based in San Francisco will have to fork over $37 million after the government claimed that it overbilled Medicare and a military health program. The U.S. Justice Department targeted Dignity Health, previously known as Catholic ...

Death And Dying Debate: 5 Things Brittany Maynard's Example Teaches Us
WASHINGTON (RNS) Brittany Maynard's decision to die soon by a legal, lethal prescription, rather than let a brain tumor kill her, has provoked a national conversation and debate about end-of-life decisions. In a new video, released Wednesday, she says she ...

Sierra Leone doctor tests positive for Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone say another doctor there has tested positive for Ebola, marking a setback for efforts to keep desperately needed health care workers safe. Government Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo ...

Can a US military Ebola treatment center slow Ebola in one hard-hit city?
GANTA, LIBERIA — The site of the U.S. military's future Ebola treatment center is now an overgrown grassland next to an abandoned airstrip on the Guinean border. Two miles away, in a converted eye clinic that now houses a makeshift Ebola ward, this ...

Maine nurse sees Ebola quarantines as 'abundance of politics'
(Reuters) - A U.S. nurse who challenged quarantines of health care workers returning from treating West African Ebola patients said on Sunday she thought "an abundance of politics" lurked behind them. Kaci Hickox has fought a heated public battle over ...

NFL Pro Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Has MRSA
(Photo : Jason Miller/Getty Images) Jim Kelly on the sidelines prior to the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants at the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium on August 3, 2014. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly was ...

'Pink Walk' for breast cancer awareness organized in city
Patna: City doctors and a couple of civil society organizations took out a 'Pink Walk' on Sunday as part of programmes to mark the breast cancer awareness month. Early detection is the key to survival - was the message to one and all by over 200 doctors, ...

Crash Test Dummies Getting Bigger In America
The Michigan company Humanetics, which makes the dummies, is working on models that are about 270 pounds (120kg), rather than the current 167 pounds (75kg). Humanetics CEO Chris O'Connor said that obese drivers or passengers are 78% more likely ...

Dignity Health Care systems to pay $37 million to settle Patients overbilling ...
Dignity Health Care systems to pay $37 million to settle Patients overbilling ...

France Evacuates UNICEF Worker from Sierra Leone for Ebola Treatment
France says a United Nations employee suffering from Ebola has been flown to France from Sierra Leone for treatment. A spokesman at France's U.N. mission in New York said Sunday the worker had been transported aboard a specially equipped jet and ...

Weight loss surgery reduces diabetes risk
Weight loss surgery can dramatically reduce the odds of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a major study. Doctors followed nearly 5,000 people as part of a trial to assess the health impact of the procedure. The results, published in the Lancet Diabetes ...

U.S. Liberia lab chief tells hip hop-dancing boys they're Ebola-free
(Reuters) - For the past five weeks U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Espinosa has been testing blood samples for the deadly Ebola virus at a mobile laboratory in Liberia. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been gripped by the worst outbreak ...

Milk's Nutritional Value Questioned
Yet another new study on milk and its health benefits, particularly those surrounding daily calcium intake, has hit the internet. The British Medical Journal recently published results of a study conducted by a Swedish research team which tracked the milk intake ...

Duke University evaluating potential Ebola patient; risk downplayed
A patient who entered the United States from Liberia on Friday was in isolation at Duke University Hospital in Durham after developing a fever and was being tested for Ebola, North Carolina state health authorities announced Sunday night. The North ...

Another Sierra Leone doctor tests positive for Ebola; France treating UN patient
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Another doctor in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, marking a setback for efforts to keep desperately needed health care workers safe, authorities said Sunday. Dr. Brima Kargbo, the government's chief medical officer, ...

Death With Dignity advocate Brittany Maynard dies in Oregon
Brittany Maynard, the East Bay newlywed who touched off a national debate over whether terminal patients wishing to avoid suffering should have access to life-ending drugs, has died in Portland, Ore., a spokeswoman said Sunday. She was 29. Maynard ...

Hospital network pays $37 million as compensation for overbilling patients
Following allegations that it has always overbilled patients and even caused the government to pay more for medical aids, the Dignity Healthcare system, formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West, has agreed to pay $37 million settlement as compensation ...

Sleep apnoea tied to memory problems
The ability to remember locations and directions may suffer when deep sleep is disrupted by breathing difficulties, a new study suggests. Sleep apnoea affects spatial memory. People with sleep apnoea tended to score worse on spatial memory tests after ...

Norfolk parishioners support ebola crisis appeal
Parishioners in Norfolk are supporting CAFOD and the Disasters Emergency Committee by praying for those affected and donating to the appeal, their gifts are providing life-saving hygiene kits, food for quarantined families and helping CAFOD partners ...

Baby talk: Researchers say dads need to speak up
It may come as no surprise that babies hear more words and get more back-and-forth baby talk from their mothers than their fathers. Moms, after all, still do more hands-on baby care and take more time off from work to be with babies. But researchers say they ...

Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Study Shows
(HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery significantly lowers an obese person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers report. This reduced risk was independent of other factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according ...

Brittany Maynard, Advocate for Death With Dignity, Ends Her Life
Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who became the face of the death with dignity movement since she was diagnosed with brain cancer, has ended her life, according to an organization she worked with closely. Maynard took lethal medication ...

Study Suggests Milk May Actually Increase The Risk Of Bone Fracture
Despite what most people have heard their entire lives, milk may not be so good for bones or for longevity, according to a new study in the journal BMJ. The research found that consuming more milk was linked to greater risk of bone fractures and to earlier ...

Ebola Infections Dropping With Safer Burials, Power Says
New Ebola infections in west Africa, the epicenter of the disease outbreak, have dropped in places where U.S. and British aid workers encourage safe burial practices, according to Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Power recently ...

What About The Flu?
Normally, we hear a lot about the flu this time of year. But recently, there's been much more attention on Ebola. WABE's Michelle Wirth reports on what affect that could have on this year's flu season. Listen. Listening... /. Matt Spears is getting a flu shot at his ...

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