How Much Does Your M.R.I. Cost? Buy It First to Find Out.

Across the country, thousands of hospitals have largely ignored price transparency laws.

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The Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Denial

It can’t defend the world it has made.

#abortion, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #miscarriages, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

We Know What Happens When Medicine Is Criminalized

Medicine is hard to govern with the blunt instrument of criminal law.

#abortion, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation

Monkeypox Patients Face Painful Symptoms and Struggle For Care

As the city and federal government strain to supply enough vaccines, patients face a private battle to find treatment and relief from serious symptoms.

#adams-eric-l, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #monkeypox, #sex, #vaccination-and-immunization

After New Abortion Laws, Some Patients Have Trouble Obtaining Miscarriage Treatment

Surgical procedures and medication for miscarriages are identical to those for abortion, and some patients report delayed or denied miscarriage care because doctors and pharmacists fear running afoul of abortion bans.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #miscarriages, #missouri, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #states-us, #stillbirth, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #wisconsin, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Biden’s Mideast Message: Good News for Israel, Small Steps for Palestinians

To Israelis, President Biden’s visit was mostly a source of celebration of growing ties with Arab countries. For the Palestinians, Mr. Biden brought funding and sympathy — but no long-term plans.

#abbas-mahmoud, #abu-akleh-shireen, #arabs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #heaney-seamus, #hospitals, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Drug-Resistant Infections in Hospitals Soared During the Pandemic, C.D.C. Says

A new report says the havoc wrought by the coronavirus reversed gains made by health care facilities to combat deadly pathogens.

#antibiotics, #candida-auris-fungus, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-resistance-microbial, #hospitals, #infections, #medicine-and-health, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-healthcare

‘It’s Like Parallel Realities’: Rituals of Life and Death Blur in a Vibrant Ukrainian City

In Lviv, babies are born in a hospital just steps away from the military cemetery where Ukraine’s young soldiers are laid to rest.

#deaths-fatalities, #funerals-and-memorials, #hospitals, #lviv-ukraine, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

The Quest by Circadian Medicine to Make the Most of Our Body Clocks

Researchers are trying to figure out the right hour of the day to do everything. Can their studies sync us up with better health?

#biorhythms, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #genetics-and-heredity, #hospitals, #preventive-medicine, #sleep

A Clunky, Reusable Mask May Be the Answer to N95 Waste

Experts say the U.S. government has unintentionally encouraged a dependency on imported masks by failing to promote elastomeric respirators, a reusable mask that is domestically produced.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hospitals, #masks, #national-institute-for-occupational-safety-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Paolo Macchiarini, Star Surgeon, Loses Court Ruling in Sweden

Dr. Paolo Macchiarini became a star by creating a “bioartificial” windpipe. But it did not work, and a court in Sweden has found him criminally liable for the harm inflicted on a patient.

#hospitals, #karolinska-institute, #macchiarini-paolo, #organ-donation, #surgery-and-surgeons, #sweden, #transplants

America’s Hospitals Are in Transition

I am not taking care of a single patient with the coronavirus. But is that as good as it gets?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals

When Psychiatrists Decided Who Could Get an Abortion

It was once an “open secret” that this was the safest pathway.

#abortion, #depression-mental, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #women-and-girls

11 Families in Senegal Welcomed Newborns. A Fire Left Them Devastated.

Joy over the births turned to shock and grief after a blaze swept through a neonatal ward at a hospital in Senegal. “There’s nothing we can do but suffer,” said a man who lost his grandson.

#accidents-and-safety, #babies-and-infants, #fires-and-firefighters, #hospitals, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #sall-macky, #senegal

Imaging Contrast Dye Shortage Delays Tests for Diseases

Many U.S. hospitals are postponing scans used to diagnose diseases after a Covid lockdown in China hobbled the main U.S. supplier of an imaging chemical.

#cancer, #computerized-axial-tomography-cat-scans, #contrast-imaging, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ct-scan, #emergency-medical-treatment, #ge-healthcare, #hospitals, #shanghai-china, #shortages, #supply-chain, #tests-medical, #tests-and-examinations, #united-states

A Million Pandemic Deaths, and These Are Still Uncounted

These pandemic deaths are still uncounted.

#adventist-health-lodi-memorial-hospital, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #medicine-and-health, #respiratory-diseases

She Was Told Surgery Would Cost About $1,300. Then the Bill Came: $229,000.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Lisa French had never agreed to pay the full price when she signed service agreements with a hospital.

#finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #johns-hopkins-university, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surgery-and-surgeons, #westminster-colo

Why Adams Is Rejecting Mask Mandates as Covid Cases Rise in New York

Mayor Eric Adams has focused on antiviral treatments and at-home testing as coronavirus cases surge again.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hospitals, #masks, #new-york-city

In Ukraine, Gruesome Injuries and Not Enough Doctors to Treat Them

Operating with skeleton crews, doctors and nurses race to save limbs, and lives. It’s a grim routine for medical personnel often working around the clock. And not all limbs can be saved.

#american-society-of-plastic-surgeons, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #surgery-and-surgeons, #ukraine

How Australia Saved Thousands of Lives While Covid Killed a Million Americans

The United States and Australia share similar demographics, but their pandemic death rates point to very different cultures of trust.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #masks, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Toll of One Million Covid Deaths in the U.S

Nearly one million people have died from Covid in the United States. Many of the loved ones they left behind are grieving in a nation that wants to move on.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #widows-and-widowers

In South Korea, ‘Ghost Surgeries’ Lead to Cameras in Hospitals

After scandals in which doctors let unsupervised assistants operate on patients, the country is becoming one of the first to require cameras in operating rooms.

#doctors, #frauds-and-swindling, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #nursing-and-nurses, #south-korea, #surgery-and-surgeons

Russia’s Attacks on Ukraine Health Centers Show a Vicious Pattern

In some regions of Ukraine, there are virtually no hospitals left. 

#hospitals, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

When Health Care Workers Are Protected, Patients Are, Too

Why health care needs labor peace agreements.

#health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #strikes

Hundreds of Suicidal Teens Sleep in Emergency Rooms. Every Night.

With inpatient psychiatric services in short supply, adolescents are spending days, even weeks, in hospital emergency departments awaiting the help they desperately need.

#anxiety-and-stress, #aurora-colo, #boston-childrens-hospital, #children-and-childhood, #colorado, #depression-mental, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Loss of Pandemic Aid Stresses Hospitals That Treat the Uninsured

Hospitalizations from Covid-19 are receding, but safety-net providers are facing tremendous unmet needs from poor and uninsured patients who delayed seeking care during the pandemic.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #nashville-tenn, #tennessee

What Happens When New York’s Covid Alert Level Moves to Medium Risk?

The city will reach a yellow, or medium, risk level if new cases surpass 200 a week for every 100,000 residents. Here’s what that would mean.

#adams-eric-l, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hospitals, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization, #westchester-county-ny

Myanmar’s Health System Is in Collapse, ‘Obliterated’ by the Regime

The country is also now one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a medical worker. At least 30 doctors have been killed since the coup, a rights group says.

#assistance-assn-for-political-prisoners, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #doctors, #hospitals, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #vaccination-and-immunization

From the U.S. to China: A 3-Month Quarantine Horror Story

A lawyer flew home to China hoping to see his family for the first time since the pandemic began. Instead, he was trapped in three months of quarantine.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #california, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #guangzhou-china, #hospitals, #los-angeles-calif, #lunar-new-year, #quarantines, #shandong-province-china, #shanghai-china, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

This Psychiatric Hospital Used to Chain Patients. Now It Treats Them.

Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries, is working to build a modern mental health system from scratch.

#doctors, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-and-nurses, #partners-in-health, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #sierra-leone, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #third-world-and-developing-countries

Inside a Maternity Hospital in Ukraine as War Grinds On

As artillery shells fall, pregnant women are delivering prematurely, being shuttled in and out of bomb shelters or having babies in basements without even a midwife to help. Tens of thousands more are displaced.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #hospitals, #kyiv-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #women-and-girls

Six Nuns Came to India to Start a Hospital. They Ended Up Changing a Country.

It is hard to overstate the boldness of what the sisters at Nazareth Hospital accomplished.

#bihar-india, #hospitals, #india, #kentucky, #nuns, #nursing-and-nurses

Covid Outbreak at Shanghai Hospital Exposes Risks to China’s Seniors

Coronavirus infections have spread at an elder care facility in Shanghai. Workers said deaths are increasing and resources dwindling.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elder-care, #elderly, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #tests-medical

In Hong Kong, China’s Covid Aid Gets the Cold Shoulder

Disputes about medics, squat toilets and diaper-changing duties underscore longstanding tensions between residents of Hong Kong and the mainland.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #lam-carrie-1957, #nursing-and-nurses, #politics-and-government

Shanghai’s Lockdown Tests Covid-Zero Policy, and People’s Limits

A staggered lockdown on China’s commercial capital of 26 million people has sent beleaguered residents scrambling and raised fears of broader damage to the economy.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shanghai-china

Another Covid Surge May Be Coming. Are We Ready for It?

“We’ve been wearing rose-colored glasses instead of correcting our vision,” one scientist said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Some Transgender People Used Remote Work to Make a Change

After transitioning in private, they are preparing to return to the workplace at a time when gender identity itself is a politically divisive issue.

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Two Years Later, New York City’s Lessons from the Pandemic

The city was slow to react, and the vaccine rollout was flawed. Poor neighborhoods still need help. But shutdowns and mandates saved lives.

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Woman Photographed After Russian Strike On Maternity Hospital Has Died

Her baby also died, the news organization said. The photo captured last week has become one of the defining images of human suffering in the war.

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Russia reportedly strikes Ukraine maternity hospital as health care attacks mount

A nurse waits as another staff places sand bags near the window for protection in Kramatorsk City Hospital in eastern Ukraine.

Enlarge / A nurse waits as another staff places sand bags near the window for protection in Kramatorsk City Hospital in eastern Ukraine. (credit: Getty | SOPA Images)

The World Health Organization has verified 18 Russian attacks on health care resources in Ukraine, including attacks on health care facilities, health workers, and ambulances, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing Wednesday. The verified attacks, which are all in violation of international humanitarian law, involved 10 deaths and 16 injuries.

The latest tally came as reports circulated online that Russian forces had carried out a “direct strike” on a maternity hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted video footage of the wreckage, writing, “People, children are under the wreckage. Atrocity!” The footage shows a person walking through a hallway, passing room after room in ruin. The brightly colored rooms have their windows blown out, furniture destroyed, and other rubble strewn about. The video captures glimpses of flipped beds, a crib, a pink changing table, a small child-sized cot, and a trail of blood on the debris littering the floor, though no injured people are seen.

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#hospitals, #science, #ukraine, #who

As Fighting Gets Closer, a Kyiv Hospital Treats the War’s Atrocities

As Russian bombings have grown more indiscriminate, hospitals in Ukraine have become perilous places to work.

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Need Help in a Hospital? Call a Patient Advocate

Most hospitals have designated problem solvers on staff, but many people don’t know how to find them.

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Russia attacked Ukrainian hospitals, violating humanitarian law, WHO says

KYIV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 28: A mother tends to her baby under medical treatment in the bomb shelter of the pediatric ward of Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital on February 28, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Enlarge / KYIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 28: A mother tends to her baby under medical treatment in the bomb shelter of the pediatric ward of Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital on February 28, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (credit: Getty | Chris McGrath)

The World Health Organization on Wednesday said Russia is in violation of international humanitarian law based on several reported attacks on Ukrainian hospitals and health workers.

Several of the reports are unconfirmed, but in at least one confirmed case, a hospital came under a “heavy weapons attack” that killed four and injured 10 others, including six health workers. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the agency is working to confirm several other reports.

“The sanctity and neutrality of health care—including of health workers, patients, supplies, transport and facilities—and the right to safe access to care, must be respected and protected,” Dr. Tedros said in a press briefing Wednesday. “Attacks on health care are in violation of international humanitarian law.”

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For Older Americans, Some Positive Health News

Three recent developments — incremental and undramatic but encouraging — are likely to improve the lives and health of seniors.

#california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Overturning Roe Isn’t Just About Abortion

If the Supreme Court rules for Mississippi in the Dobbs case, it will reach deep into maternal medicine.

#abortion, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops, #womens-rights

The I.C.U. Patient, and the Family

Exploring the dilemmas involving patients, their families and health care providers in end-of-life care. Also: Quotation marks; calling and driving.

#death-and-dying, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #english-language, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health

‘Somebody’s Got to Save Us While We’re Saving Everybody Else’

Burned out and exasperated, many nurses are quitting the profession, leaving the U.S. health system with a critical shortage.

#audio-negative-sad, #audio-neutral-informative, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #mississippi, #shortages

Doctors Are More Likely to Describe Black Patients as Uncooperative, Studies Find

Patients with diabetes are also more likely to be described as “noncompliant,” according to large studies of medical records.

#black-people, #diabetes, #discrimination, #doctors, #electronic-health-records, #hospitals, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

How We Are Failing Mentally Ill People

Readers describe a mental health system that one calls “inhumane, disgraceful.” Also: Columnists too downbeat on President Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #deaths-fatalities, #homeless-persons, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #united-states-politics-and-government

Turkey’s Doctors Are Leaving, the Latest Casualty of Spiraling Inflation

Doctors, worn down by grueling hours and violence, are emigrating in rising numbers, undermining one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s signature achievements.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #finances, #germany, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #justice-and-development-party-turkey, #labor-and-jobs, #relocation-of-business, #turkey, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations