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Consumer Reports scores more than 2,500 US hospitals on safety

Consumer Reports has released safety scores for U.S. hospitals, combining five key measures into one composite score (from 1 to 100), giving consumers a way to compare hospitals on patient safety. Consumer Reports has rated […]

03/31/2014

Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, right, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Make-a-Wish seeks mileage donations to help recipients travel

Remember when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham last year to grant the wish of a Batman-loving kindergartener who suffered from leukemia, and the city pulled out all the stops to make it a success? […]

03/31/2014

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Hospital asks patients to get tested for HIV and other blood-born diseases

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco hospital has asked nearly 200 patients to get tested for HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases after it failed to properly sterilize equipment. The San Francisco Chronicle reports […]

03/31/2014

In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, Don Walker, a human osteologist with the Museum of London, poses for photographers, with one of the skeletons found by construction workers under central London's Charterhouse Square. Twenty-five skeletons were uncovered last year during work on Crossrail, a new rail line that's boring 13 miles (21 kilometers) of tunnels under the heart of the city. Archaeologists immediately suspected the bones came from a cemetery for victims of the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century. The Black Death, as the plague was called, is thought to have killed at least 75 million people, including more than half of Britain's population. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black Death

LONDON (AP) — You can learn a lot from a tooth. Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death — and of […]

03/29/2014

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Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems

What’s good for the heart? Marriage, researchers say. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds that married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart […]

03/28/2014

A doctor vaccinates a patient against measles in her doctor's office in Stuttgart, Germany, Monday, April 28, 2008.  (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)

Orange County officials stress measles vaccinations

SANTA ANA (CNS) – Orange County public health officials today recommended measles vaccinations for anyone not already inoculated, in light of 21 confirmed cases of measles so far this year, compared to one or two […]

03/28/2014

This screen grab provided by the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., shows the A-CHESS app. The app, developed for recovering alcoholics, includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns. The app is being commercially developed and is not yet available. (AP Photo/Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies)

Sober smartphone app aids boozers’ recovery

CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the […]

03/27/2014

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US autism estimate rises to 1 in 68 children

NEW YORK (AP) — The government’s estimate of autism has moved up again to 1 in 68 U.S. children, a 30 percent increase in two years. But health officials say the new number may not […]

03/27/2014

Drug recalled after foreign pills found in bottles

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles. The over-the-counter drug comes in a turquoise blue capsule with a dark blue band and the […]

03/27/2014

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 11, 2014, line cook Javier Rodriguez uses his bare hands to make chicken tacos at the Hock Farm restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In California, chefs fight for bare-hand contact

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders. One used her hands to […]

03/24/2014

Tracy Smith at the infusion center at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. on Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Study ties breast gene to high-risk uterine cancer

Women with a faulty breast cancer gene might face a greater chance of rare but deadly uterine tumors despite having their ovaries removed to lower their main cancer risks, doctors are reporting. A study of […]

03/24/2014