Income drops 51% at LifePoint Hospitals; Cancer docs make palliative care referrals too late;

> LifePoint Hospitals saw its third-quarter income fall 51 percent, thanks to acquisition expenses, higher operating costs and lost revenue from Hurricane Isaac, the Tennessee-based system announced Friday. Earnings report

> Stony Brook University Hospital in Long Island, N.Y., is the latest hospital to embrace the rooftop farming trend that provides patients with fresh produce, according to the Food Nutrition & Science newsletter. Announcement

> Despite guidelines to refer early, many studies show that cancer doctors often refer their patients to palliative care too late, in the last few months of life, according to a new Canadian survey published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Study abstract

> A federal lawsuit accuses Oregon's Columbia Health District of a racketeering scheme, in which public officials and commissioners allegedly mismanaged public funds, the Portland Tribune reported. Article

And Finally… Not your typical breaking-and-entering report. Article