Montana nurses to vote on non-endorsed contract agreement; Admission rates vary across U.S. children's hospitals;

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> There was more than a three-fold variation in severity-adjusted admission rates for common pediatric conditions across U.S. children's hospitals, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics. Research

> Nurses at Billings Clinic in Montana will vote on a new three-year contract, which is not endorsed by the nurses' union, the Billings Gazette reported. Article

> In the face of tough economic times, Prime Healthcare Services is in the midst of acquisition talks with the struggling California-based Daughters of Charity Health System, MedCity News reported. Article

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> The longtime tradition of doctors' offices displaying photos of babies delivered by their physicians is going the way of cigars in the waiting room, thanks to patient privacy concerns related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, according to an article from the New York Times. Article

> As medical marijuana legalization expands, many U.S. physicians agree it has clinical benefits, but want more information on the medical science of cannabis and how it may help their patients. Article

And Finally… Ding dong the witch is dead. Article