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Aden's overwhelmed hospitals turn into hospices

Aden - Overwhelmed by hundreds of sick and wounded each day, hospitals in Yemen's second city Aden have been reduced to hospices lacking medicines and space as the country's bloodshed rages on.

Giving hospital gowns a makeover

There are many things about staying in hospital that are unpleasant for the patient, in addition to the procedure. These may include the environment, the food and even the gown. But one innovator wants to change what patients wear.

Increased hand washing is causing harm to healthcare workers

London - As part of the improvements in hospitals to minimize the rate of healthcare acquired infections affecting patients, healthcare workers have been told to frequently wash their hands. One downside is an increase in skin conditions.

Montreal teen invents $500 dialysis machine for home use

Montreal - While volunteering at her local hospital, Anya Pogharian, 17, found out how difficult it is for many patients to go to the hospital when they need help, something she especially noticed of kidney dialysis patients coming in three days per week.

Thousands sign up to Antibiotic Guardians

London - Across the U.K., over 8,100 healthcare professionals and some 3,600 members of the public have pledged to do their own part to help reduce antibiotic resistance by becoming “antibiotic guardians.”

Kaiser hospitals say they'll stay open if nurses strike

Oakland - Kaiser Permanente pledged Friday to keep all of its Northern California hospitals open next week when nurses walk off their jobs to demand greater safety precautions against the Ebola virus.

Fighting back against hospital superbugs

A new method has been proposed to fight superbugs. For this, researchers are targeting the specific genes that allow bacteria to survive antibiotic treatment.

Obama's strategy to tackle antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Washington - President Obama has launched a new national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance. The strategy seeks to find new types of diagnostic testing and to improve disease surveillance.

Microscopic bumps could repel hospital superbugs

New research suggests that coating surfaces in hospitals with microscopic bumps and ridges could repel hospital superbugs (or at least prevent their attachment).

Ebola crisis strikes healthcare workers at unprecedented levels

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are an "unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola.”

Hospital staff say they were tricked into selling execution drugs

Lake Charles - It is clear that a local hospital sold state prison officials drugs used to execute prisoners. What is not so clear is whether the hospital staff knew what jailers were going to use them for.

Documenting death: The man who counts the bodies in Gaza

Gaza - Inside Ashraf al-Qudra's cramped office in Shifa hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of the latest victims of Israel's devastating 20-day military operation.

More than 100 dead in Gaza, medical facilities overwhelmed

Gaza - Four days of Israeli airstrikes on the densely populated Gaza Strip have left more than 100 people dead, and overwhelmed hospitals.

Overworked nurses linked to higher death rates

Paris - Investigations in nine European countries have given statistical backing to claims that patients' lives may be at risk when nurses are overworked, specialists said on Wednesday.Published in The Lancet, the study touches on a sensitive topic in countrie...

Op-Ed: To sue or not to sue? The case of Mexican gynaecology units

In the western world, seemingly outrageous lawsuits are always making headlines and leaving the people questioning whether or not something should be done with the law to make suing more difficult. But what would things be like if we did so?

Doctors ditch ties and lab coats to thwart spreading infections Special

Doctors and health care workers that come in direct contact with patients have a new set of general guidelines for attire when working with patients in a non-surgical setting — an effort to control the spread of infections in health care settings.

Op-Ed: Hospitals to face reduction in Medicare payments over flu shots

There are always two sides to a story or an argument, and I am not above playing the devil's advocate when it comes to taking sides over whether or not a person should get a flu shot. But there comes a time when even I have to say, "enough, already."

Op-Ed: 4 On Your Side investigates how traffic stop became a nightmare

Deming - Recently, 4 On Your Side reported an incident which took place at Luna and Grant County. It's been described as "a science fiction film" but sadly, it's real.

Over 18,000 cancer records 'missing' from UK hospitals

Around 18,000 cancer patients have their medical files lost every year in hospitals. This impacts on the treatment and quality of care, according to a leading cancer charity.

Japanese man dies after 25 hospitals turned him away 36 times

Kuki - A 75-year-old Japanese man died after 25 hospitals refused 36 times to admit him to their emergency room in two hours. The hospitals rejected the man because they did not have enough bed-space or because there were no doctors to treat him.

Hurricane Sandy: 5 million without power, NYC hospitals evacuate

Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey and New York Monday night with heavy rain and 80 mph winds, causing 5 million power outages spanning from North Carolina to Maine. It's just been reported a New York hospital is moving 215 patients to other hospitals.

Jimmy Savile's lone visits to morgue

Stoke Mandeville Hospital is investigating Jimmy Savile's lone visits to its morgue. The hospital, where Savile is alleged to have sexually assaulted children, is conducting a probe into concerns that he may have "interacted inappropriately" with corpses.

Woman has stomach removed after drinking liquid nitrogen cocktail

Lancaster - A teenager on a night out in Lancaster, UK required a life-saving operation to have her stomach removed after drinking a cocktail which contained liquid nitrogen at a local night spot popular with teenagers.

UK targets overseas expansion for state-funded hospitals

The British health care system may soon be available in foreign countries with the setting up of a body called Healthcare U.K. to help hospitals organize overseas branches.

Op-Ed: Unbearable cost of the dark night rises

Their faces still haunt us from our paper and cyber pages, even as the days turn into weeks since that awful night at the movies. Most of us probably do not know their names; we probably could not pick them out of a list.

Creator of 'House' to be honored

Beverly Hills - When "The Emmy Awards" are handed out in September, the name "House" will not heard, as far as winning any of the coveted TV prizes. But, it will be heard when another annual ceremony takes place that month in Beverly Hills, CA.

ATM scamming going on at area hospitals in Toronto

Toronto - Today Toronto Police alerted the public about criminals targeting hospital ATM's for scamming. Since November 8 hospitals in the GTA including Sick Kids, Scarborough General, North York General, West Toronto General and East Toronto General have been hit.

U.K. hospital wards close as cases of winter norovirus soar

Hospital wards are being forced to close down in Britain in effort to contain spread of the winter vomiting bug norovirus. Cases of the infection which causes vomiting and diarrhea are spreading and have been reported in more than a dozen hospitals.

Report: CEO's in Ontario hospitals overpaid

Ontario pays hospital CEO's some of the highest salaries in the business, according to reports, up to 6 times more than their American counterparts

Study: Rate of children poisoned by medicine rising dramatically

Atlanta - A new study has found the number of children under 18 seen in emergency rooms due to an accidental overdose of prescription or over-the-counter medication has risen dramatically, with over 70,000 visits to hospitals occurring each year.
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