Miniature horses lift patients' spirits; ERs need their own pharmacists;

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> Chicago's Rush University Medical Center decided a little horsing around would do everyone some good, so it invited two miniature equine visitors--named Mystery and Lunar--to its pediatric unit, in a new twist on pet therapy, reports CTV News. Article

> The new Peterson Center on Healthcare announced three major initiatives to improve healthcare in the United States, including identifying high-performing primary care practices, analyzing the performance of the overall system, and improving data transparency, according to PR Newswire. Article

> Every emergency department should have its own dedicated pharmacist in order to improve patient safety and reduce medication-related errors, writes Nadia Awad, an emergency medicine pharmacist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in New Jersey, in MedPage Today. Article

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> States running their own health insurance marketplaces are under pressure to re-enroll those who bought plans last year but taking varying approaches to doing so, according to a report from the Urban Institute. Article

> Additional details have surfaced about a key argument in last month's lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives, which claimed the White House is violating the Constitution in its implementation of the healthcare reform law. Article

And Finally …The case of the missing brains. Article