Aug 15, 2014

Aussie hospital declares 200 patients dead instead of discharged

An Australian hospital has apologized “unreservedly” after sending out notices to the doctors of more than 200 patients telling them they had died, instead of being discharged. Thursday’s error by Austin Hospital in Melbourne was spotted within hours and the doctors were contacted, but ...

Aug 12, 2014

Mexico doctors remove woman's 130-pound tumor

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 130-pound (60-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 51-year-old woman who had been unable to leave her home for two years. Dr. Gilberto Inzulza says a team of surgeons needed four hours to remove the giant tumor ...

Jul 24, 2014

Japan to help Brazil accelerate drug safety assessment

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to tell Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil on Aug. 1 that Japan will provide expertise to speed up its ability to assess the safety of new drugs, a government source said Wednesday. Japan plans to offer data ...

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. appeals court deals blow to health law

President Barack Obama’s health care law is snared in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue Tuesday. A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and ...

Jul 17, 2014

Ebola survivor shunned as a 'zombie' joins fight against virus

Jamila got a cold reception when she returned home after 12 days in an isolation ward battling the Ebola virus in her hometown of Conakry, Guinea’s capital. Though she survived, Jamila was fired from her job as a philosophy teacher because her school feared ...

Health care system needs a new diagnosis

| Jul 12, 2014

Health care system needs a new diagnosis

by Philip Brasor

In March 2007, the city of Yubari in Hokkaido became the first Japanese municipality to declare bankruptcy, letting loose a flood of media coverage characterized by expressions of sympathy for residents. Yubari’s debt had reached ¥63 billion, the result, according to national press reports, ...