Ebola virus mutating slower than expected; Kaiser Permanente ordered to pay $28M to patient after delayed MRI;

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> New research in Science finds that the Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as earlier reports suggested. Study

> A Los Angeles jury awarded more than $28 million to a former Kaiser Permanente patient who claimed that doctors wrongly delayed her MRI, which could have detected an aggressive cancerous tumor that resulted in the loss of her right leg, the LA Times reported. Article

> The governor of Indiana on Thursday declared a recent outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana as a public health emergency, according to the New York Times. Article

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>  Are America's hospitals the villains in the ongoing war against healthcare costs? Reihan Salam argues in a recent issue of Slate that hospital business practices drive up costs and that politicians regularly close ranks to protect their interests. Article

> Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a scourge in hospitals, infecting thousands of patients a year, but a new study suggests that it may be too expensive to treat aggressively. Article

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> The majority of voters in the 34 states using Healthcare.gov do not want to see state exchanges if the Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell says that the federal exchange cannot sell subsidized plans. Article

And Finally… Please don't feed the birds. Article

 

 

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