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Welfare Can Pay More Than That Entry-Level Job

Wel­fare pro­grams pay more than min­im­um wage in 35 states.<p>That’s ac­cord­ing to a new study re­leased this week by the Cato In­sti­tute, a …

Horror of North Korean prison camps exposed at UN inquiry

Harrowing accounts from defectors now living in South Korea related how prison guards chopped off a man’s finger, forced inmates to eat frogs and a mother to kill her own baby.<p>Harrowing accounts from defectors now living in South Korea related how North Korean prison guards chopped off a man’s …

One Nurse at a Time

All eyes watched the fine crimson streak following the surgeon's scalpel as he traced it across the woman's swollen belly. Immediately, the Finnish nurse said the opening was not big enough to pull a mouse through, much less a baby. He carved a beautiful line. After all, the 75-year-old doctor was …

Schools can administer insulin without licensed nurses, court says

California Supreme Court says the law allows trained school employees to give insulin injections. A nurses' group calls the ruling 'a disturbing precedent.'<p>August 12, 2013|By Maura Dolan<p>The California Supreme Court rejected the contention by a nurses'… (Arkasha Stevenson / Los…)<p>SAN FRANCISCO — …

"Self Expiring" Packaging Saves Lives by Providing a Visual Indication That Medicine Has Expired

Self Expiring is a packaging material for medicinal products that visually “expires” over a fixed period of time. Once a product has reached its …

ColaLife: Simon Berry is trying to make medicine as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola in rural Africa.

<i>To get vital medicines to children in need throughout Zambia, entrepreneur Simon Berry started taking cues from Coca-Cola.</i><p><b>How did you get the idea</b> …

Music & Memory: Treating Nursing Home Patients With Music

For so many people, the music we listen to from childhood to adulthood is not just something playing in the background, but the bonding of music and memories. Every song is a scribbled note in the margin of a diary and the music of our lives becomes a soundtrack to the emotional scrapbooks we keep …

Locks changed at Filner's office

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner accused of sexual harassment by as many as 13 women, finished his intensive behavior therapy but might not be able to get back into his office.<p>The City Attorney’s Office said the locks on Filner’s office have been changed, according to the KFMB.<p>A spokesman for the City …

California law protects rights of transgender students

<b>California has become the first US state to enshrine rights for transgender schoolchildren.</b><p>A new law requires public schools to allow pupils from kindergarten to the 12th grade to access male or female toilets according to their preference.<p>The legislation also allows transgender schoolchildren to …

100,000 people apply for a one-way trip to Mars

Mars One wants to send humans on a one-way trip to the Red Planet in 2022. Four individuals will be selected out of the more than 100,000 that have already applied, according to the Dutch nonprofit. But would members of such an expedition, estimated to cost $6 billion, survive the trip?<p>The Obama …

Patients Can Pay A High Price For ER Convenience

Medical entrepreneurs are remaking the emergency room experience. They're pulling the emergency room out of the hospital and planting it in the strip mall.<p>It's called a "free-standing ER," and some 400 of them have opened across the country in the past four years.<p>The trend is hot around Houston, …

Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

The Affordable Care Act has set new standards — called essential health benefits — outlining what health insurance companies must now cover. But there's a catch: Insurance firms can still pick and choose, to some degree, which specific therapies they'll cover within some categories of benefit. And …

Brain scans reveal which 'vegetative' patients are alert, trapped in bodies

A man who had appeared to have been in a vegetative state for 12 years knew his name and knew where he was, Canadian researchers report in a study showing it’s possible to use MRI brain scans to establish communication with people who seem completely unconscious.<p>Three people tested using a special …

The Brain

Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care

New York's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional, judge rules

A New York judge ruled Monday that stop-and-frisk searches carried out by city police are unconstitutional – and ordered that a federal monitor be brought in to oversee their reform.<p>In a major victory for civil rights activists who have long contended that stop-and-frisk amounts to racial …

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