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>  Hurricane Katrina just about killed the healthcare system in New Orleans, according to a new study. Article

> Aetna has finalized the acquisition of Schaller Anderson, a physical and behavioral health administrator based in Phoenix. Article

> Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital will get $5.3 million from the Fulton County Commission to help it stay afloat. Article

> A new bill that would let low- and moderate-income adults buy drugs at Medicaid prices is a good idea, according to this editorial. Column

> HealthSouth has closed the sale of its diagnostics division to a private equity firm. Article

And Finally...  They thought this brain-damaged man would never wake up. Then one day, he did--and began to talk. Article