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Some U.S. hospitals weigh withholding care to Ebola patients

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CHICAGO/NEW YORK - The Ebola crisis is forcing the American healthcare system to consider the previously unthinkable: withholding some medical interventions because they are too dangerous to doctors and nurses and unlikely to help a patient.

Hospital patients rarely wash their hands, may spread disease

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although healthcare workers are urged to wash their hands often and hand sanitizer dispensers are everywhere in hospitals, patients are less scrupulous and may be contributing to the spread of hospital-acquired infections, say Canadian researchers.

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U.S. hospitals gird for Ebola panic as flu season looms

NEW YORK - A young woman complaining of abdominal pain and nausea who had traveled to Africa arrived at a Long Island hospital fearful that she had contracted Ebola. She did not have the virus, but the pregnancy test was positive.

U.S., Health 19 Oct 2014

Exclusive: Fresenius, buyout groups eye Danone Medical Nutrition unit - sources

FRANKFURT - German healthcare group Fresenius as well as buyout groups PAI and Permira are exploring an acquisition of the medical nutrition business of Danone after efforts of U.S. drugmaker Hospira to buy the unit failed, people familiar with the matter said.

17 Oct 2014

Dallas health workers monitored for Ebola to stay out of public

DALLAS - Some 75 healthcare workers being monitored for Ebola after treating an infected patient in Dallas will stay out of public places and avoid public transportation, officials said on Thursday.

Politics, U.S., Health 16 Oct 2014

U.S. medics to soon start staffing Ebola hospital in Liberia

WASHINGTON - Some 65 U.S. medical personnel will arrive in the next week or so to staff a U.S.-military built hospital in Liberia that will treat healthcare workers who contract Ebola, a centerpiece of U.S. efforts to fight the epidemic, a top general said Thursday.

U.S., Health 16 Oct 2014

India's Ranbaxy to pay $40 million to settle Texas Medicaid pricing litigation

MUMBAI - Indian generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd said it has agreed to pay $39.75 million to settle litigation concerning its participation in Texas Medicaid, the U.S. federal-state healthcare program for people with low incomes.

Extreme measures: U.S. hospitals take on Ebola, but at what risk?

CHICAGO - The infection of two U.S. healthcare workers who cared for a dying Ebola patient in Dallas is challenging assumptions about how to protect Western medical workers who perform advanced, life-saving procedures that may increase their risk of exposure.

U.S., Health 16 Oct 2014

Obama vows more aggressive response to Ebola fears

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama vowed a more aggressive response to the handling of any new U.S. Ebola cases on Wednesday after the infection of a second Texas healthcare worker prompted him to postpone a political trip in a sign of growing concern.

15 Oct 2014

Malpractice laws that favor doctors fail to cut health costs: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For decades, it's been the conventional wisdom that U.S. healthcare costs are high because doctors order expensive tests to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits, but new evidence says that assumption is wrong.

15 Oct 2014

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