Business of Medicine

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When it comes to toys that cause serious injuries, those little scooters kids push along with one foot are unique.

A look at trends in injuries that sent kids to the emergency room over more than 20 years shows an Everest-like mountain of problems with ride-on toys, including scooters, that reached its zenith in 2001 — an estimated 109,000 injuries.

Holly Dawson believes her job is a calling.

She is one of about 2 million home care workers in the country. The jobs come with long hours and low pay.

Each workday, Dawson drives through the Cleveland suburbs to help people take their medicines, bathe and do the dishes. She also takes time to lend a sympathetic ear.

While Ebola stokes public anxiety, more than 1 in 6 hospitals — including some top medical centers — are having trouble stamping out less exotic but sometimes deadly infections, federal records show.

Hospitals With Aggressive Treatment Styles Had Lower Failure-To-Rescue Rates

Oct 1, 2014
University of Michigan Health System

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity (HCI), had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication, but longer hospitalizations, according to a study led by the University of Michigan Health System.

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

Sep 19, 2014

A hospital is probably the last place a foodie traveling abroad wants to grab a bite.

University of Michigan Health System

It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms.

The decision to admit an emergency patient to the hospital, or not, for non-life-threatening illness carries many implications - including major differences in care costs.

Despite concerns first raised a few years ago, hospitals do not seem to be abusing their electronic data systems to generate bigger bills and boost their income — at least according to authors of a large study released Tuesday. Other leaders in the field say the jury's still out.

When 'Never Events' Happen

Jun 9, 2014
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When you check into the hospital for routine surgery, there are some things that should just never happen. But you may be surprised to learn how often they do. Jeremy Shere has more.

Hospitals are increasingly giving women the option of going through labor or giving birth in a pool of warm water. Laboring in the tub is fine, the nation's obstetricians and pediatricians say, but there's not enough proof that it's safe to actually give birth in one.

The doctors' statement has raised eyebrows among nurse-midwives, who have been helping women deliver in water for decades in order to ease pain and speed delivery.

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Solving It.

About Rebecca Onie's TED Talk

Health advocate Rebecca Onie describes how our health care system can be restructured to prevent — and not just treat — illness.

About Rebecca Onie

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