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The third highest cause of death in the United States is mistakes by medical staff

Mistakes by medical staff have been ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States in a new study.<p>Researchers from Johns Hopkins …

Hunger shouldn’t be a crime: This is what a humane response to food insecurity looks like

An Italian court overturns a homeless man’s conviction for stealing food because he acted out of “a state of need”<p>It may ultimately not establish a legal precedent anywhere, but should be an object lesson in what justice, tempered with mercy, can look like. In Italy this week, the country's highest …

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Latin America

A Santa Barbara 'safe parking' program for homeless people may be coming to L.A.

Office workers were still at their desks when Thomas Goodwin's 1974 motor home clanked out of a downtown parking lot one recent evening, power steering groaning as Lego blocks flew around the plaid interior.<p>The 54-year-old single father moved the newly acquired camper to clear a parking place for …

Homelessness

Budget 2016: Crisis support workers concerned about lack of funding certainty for homeless

Crisis support workers are calling for funding certainty beyond 2017 for a homelessness program to ensure those at risk are not left without …

Housing

America’s Mental Health Care Gap

0<p>SHARES<p><i>The Affordable Care Act improved things a little for Americans with mental-health problems, but we still have a long way to go.</i><p><b>By Francie …

A Guide To Microphone Techniques For Studio Recording

Recording<p>Sponsored by<br>PreSonus<p>You can use nearly any mic or placement on any instrument if it sounds good (to you), but consider this guide a starting …

How Our Biases Can Affect How We See Others

<b>Neuroscientists find evidence for visual stereotyping.</b><p>The stereotypes we hold can influence our brain’s visual system, prompting us to see others’ …

Psychology

Hospital discharge: One of the most dangerous transitions for patients

Within two weeks of Joyce Oyler’s discharge from the hospital, sores developed in her mouth and throat, and blood began seeping from her nose and …

Scientists show how we start stereotyping the moment we see a face

Scientists have known for a while that stereotypes warp our perceptions of things. Implicit biases — those unconscious assumptions that worm their way into our brains, without our full awareness and sometimes against our better judgment — can influence grading choices from teachers, split-second …

Psychology

Big Healthcare Companies Pump $220 Million into VC Firm

Heritage Group, a Nashville, Tenn.-based venture capital and growth equity firm focused on the healthcare sector, has closed its second fund with …

Venture Capital

Urgent-care centers changing health-care landscape

Dr. Alejandro Badia started an orthopedic urgent-care center out of frustration.<p>"Every patient that came to see me had already been somewhere, and …

Health Care

Office for Victims of Crime - Help for Crime Victims

Help for Crime Victims<p>If at any time you feel that you are in immediate danger, we strongly urge you to call your local police department’s emergency …

Sociology

AHIP insurance exchange forum kicks off

<b>DRIVING THE DAY: AHIP's INSURANCE EXCHANGE FORUM —</b> CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt kicks off with a speech on how exchange plans can serve patients in a retail world. It's an interesting follow-up to Slavitt's call last week at HIMSS for providers to prepare for the "retailization" of health …

Health Care

Can Obamacare Avoid a Death Spiral in 2017? 1 Factor May Determine Its Fate

Image source: White House on Flickr.<p>There's little denying that the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has had its share of ups and downs since it was signed into law by President Obama in March 2010 and became the official health law of the land on Jan. 1, 2014.<p>Looking at the top-line …

Health Care

Thousands Leave Maryland Prisons With Health Problems And No Coverage

Stacey McHoul left jail last summer with a history of heroin use and depression and only a few days of medicine to treat them. When the pills ran out she started thinking about hurting herself.<p>"Once the meds start coming out of my system, in the past, it's always caused me to relapse," she said. "I …

Health Care

A Cancer Survivor Shares 5 Ways To Get Better Healthcare

<i>This is the fourth article in series that focuses on your rights as a patient—both inside the hospital and out. Previously, we’ve explored the Patient’s Bill of Rights, informed consent, and medical sherpas. In this article, cancer survivor Grazyna Klim explains how she became her own healthcare</i> …

Cancer

Better Care At A Fraction Of The Cost -- Only A Plane Ride Away

Have you ever wondered why hospitals don’t compete on quality? Say there is a hospital in your area that has lower mortality rates, lower infections rates and lower readmissions rates than any of its competitors. In any other market, the business would be scrambling hand over foot to make sure …

Medicine

Where living poor means dying young

SAN FRANCISCO — This city is full of parks that invite exercise and bike lanes that make commuting a workout. It's home to social services that tend the poor, and taxpayers who willingly fund them. Smoking is banned at restaurants and bars — as well as in workplaces, at bus stops, throughout public …

Demographics

This Woman Secretly Recorded Her Doctors Body-Shaming Her During Surgery

This is horrifying.<p>After growing concerned about the surgeon who would be conducting an operation on her hernia, Houston, Texas, resident Ethel Easter secretly recorded the procedure — she hid a small audio recorder in her hair extensions before the surgery. Listening back afterward, she found out …

Total Inequality

Researchers know that it’s expensive to be poor. But they are only beginning to understand the sum of the financial, psychological, and cultural disadvantages that come with poverty.<p>Two years ago this month, Thomas Piketty published his massive tome on inequality, <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i>. …

Blues say that ACA enrollees are more expensive, sicker than other customers

<b>DRIVING THE MORNING: BLUES SAY OBAMACARE ENROLLEES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER CUSTOMERS</b> — That's according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which concluded that individuals signing up for Blues plans were 19 percent more expensive than their counterparts in employer-based …

Health Care

Obamacare Enrollees Are Sick And They're Getting A Lot Of Health Care

The good news is, that's why the law exists. The bad news is, all that treatment costs money.<p>WASHINGTON -- The landmark health care reform law known as Obamacare appears to be succeeding in its twin goals of extending health coverage to the uninsured and enabling people to access life-saving …

Health Care

Rebecca Solnit on Hope in Dark Times, Resisting the Defeatism of Easy Despair, and What Victory Really Means for Movements of Social Change

“This is an extraordinary time full of vital, transformative movements that could not be foreseen. It’s also a nightmarish time. Full engagement requires the ability to perceive both.”<p><i>“There is no love of life without despair of life,”</i> wrote Albert Camus — a man who in the midst of World War II, …

Economic Justice

Startup strikes out hunger with per diem money

Some well-paid professionals are lending a hand to a creative new effort to fight hunger.<p>A charitable startup redirects so-called "per diem" …

Small Donations, Big Results: The Changing Face of Philanthropy

<i>This post was previously published by the World Economic Forum.</i><p>Parkinson's Law is not so much a piece of legal doctrine as it is a proverb counseling that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." We have all seen this in action - the same task can take us a week or an …

World Economic Forum

MedStar paralyzed as hackers take aim at another US hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Modern medicine in the Washington area reverted to 1960s-era paper systems when one of the largest hospital chains was crippled by …

Health Care