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Florida's Hospitals Have a Secret

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 03.28.2012 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

Florida's medical secrecy laws are buried deep into Florida's statutes and are supported in part by federal laws. Hospitals are permitted by law to practice under a veil of secrecy that no public corporation or government division enjoys.

After Recent Revelations, Hospitals Must Finally Become Safety-First Environments

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For decades, and through one administration after another, the lack of safety in our healthcare system has gone un-addressed, placing us at greater and greater risk.

Growing Up Is Hard to Do: Forced Into Adulthood by an Aging Parent

Sarah Khan | Posted 03.12.2012 | Home
Sarah Khan

I texted the one person I know who would understand the unfamiliar emotions that left me so unsettled. "Being a grown-up sucks. I don't think I like it," I wrote to my brother. "No one does, Beany," he replied. "No one does."

Holiday Blues: Dealing With Crisis In December

Third Age | Posted 12.15.2011 | Fifty

I have had a lot of experience with sick people at the holidays. Five years ago my husband was recovering from a knee replacement and could barely hob...

The 'United State' Of Health Care

online.wsj.com | Posted 12.13.2011 | Fifty

Call it the united state of health care. Amid enormous pressure to cut costs, improve care and prepare for changes tied to the federal health-care ...

Health Workers Deliver First Aid to Protest Movements

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Movements are also discovering the connection between health and activism in another way, through medical workers joining the front lines to deploy their skills and their conviction.

Art With Heart: Nonprofit Decorates Hospital Rooms

Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact

If you've ever spent a night in a hospital room, you know that the bare-walled, drab rooms can be enough to make you feel sick in themselves. Lucky...

Laura Bassett

House Passes Controversial Anti-Abortion Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After an emotional floor debate, the House of Representatives on Thursday passed the so-called Protect Life Act, which prohibits women f...

Hospital Drug Shortages Present Deadly, Costly Crisis

AP | By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 11.24.2011 | Healthy Living

TRENTON, N.J. -- A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15...

Yolanda González Gómez

Major Healthcare Provider For Latinos Risks Medicare Funding Due To Negligence

HuffingtonPost.com | Yolanda González Gómez | Posted 11.12.2011 | Latino Voices

DALLAS -- Parkland Memorial Hospital, which has been cited by federal regulators for continued threats to patient safety, plans to sign a "systems im...

Nonprofit Hospitals Running Out Of Cash, Face Downgrades: Moody's

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business

A dwindling number of patients, combined with oncoming Medicare and Medicaid cuts, are making more likely the prospect of nonprofit hospitals being is...

The Card That Could Mean The Difference Between Life And Death

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.09.2011 | Healthy Living

You have your credit card to make purchases, your drivers license for identification, but what about a card that could save your life in an emergency?...

LA Lawsuit Against VA Demands Accountability and Treatment

Hal Donahue | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

"War can take a serious toll, both physical and emotional, and it is shameful when our wounded warriors return home and are left to live on our street...

Using New Technology as Early Detection to Fight Costly Silent Killer

Hilary Kramer | Posted 08.07.2011 | Technology
Hilary Kramer

Healthcare-acquired infections, or "HAIs", have not been given a lot of airtime in the continuing debate on healthcare. This is really surprising give...

Cuba's Much Lauded Health Care System No Longer Has Even Aspirin to Give Us

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.05.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Given the choice between the Hippocratic oath and ideological fidelity, many physicians prefer to violate the privacy of their patients rather than to oppose, with the truth, the State that employs them.

Job Available: No Experience Preferred

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

If you are looking to dramatically transform your organization then you might want to consider the idea of bringing in managers who don't fit the traditional mold.

Dave Jamieson

Nurses On The Attack: Hospital Workers Fight Layoffs By Blasting Executives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.17.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- In recent months, the management at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has approached workers with a set of proposals that includ...

When Medical Residents Don't Get Enough Sleep

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.04.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

As a frequent flier, I wince at every story of an inattentive air traffic controller. A parallel dilemma related to the working hours of medical residents is playing out at lower altitudes.

Connecting Through Texting: Saving Women's Lives With Social Media

Sarah Costa | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Sarah Costa

After 15 years of combating maternal mortality and disability in humanitarian settings at the policy level, it's time to do more than work on policies; we now need to improve the practice.

Le Chaim!

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

We are fragile corporal fragments. We bleed, we breathe. When we are pulled into the theater of illness we suddenly, simultaneously, feel our ephemeral immortal pulse. One we measure, the other we sense.

Ask Me About My Gall Bladder

Meredith Lopez | Posted 05.30.2011 | Home
Meredith Lopez

I have to say, spending nearly a week in the hospital and having surgery was way more fun than any stupid plans I may have had, like St. Patrick's Day parties and Purim carnivals.

President Of Company Behind Japan Nuclear Plant Hospitalized

AP | By MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

TOKYO -- The president of the beleaguered Tokyo utility company that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant leaking radiation in the northeast h...

Cutbacks Give Rise To Health Care Entrepreneurs

Rod Shrader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rod Shrader

The new health care legislation's provisions are far reaching and will usher in enormous change in the way health care is delivered in this country. To an entrepreneur, change means opportunity.

Why Hospitals Are The Worst Place To Be When You Are Sick (Part 2)

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

The spread of infections in hospitals has reached epidemic proportions. In this followup, I want to share some of the resources that were shared with me in emails from readers.

Reduce Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions

Diane C. Pinakiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane C. Pinakiewicz

Patients discharged from America's hospitals return much sooner than one might expect, exacting an enormous and unnecessary human and financial toll.