Room service dining boosts patient satisfaction scores; No need for repeat CT for patients with mild head trauma;

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> Researchers publishing in the January Neurosurgery journal have determined that a second CT scan for patients with mild head trauma is unnecessary in cases where the condition of patients is unchanged or they have improved neurologically. Article

And Finally… Going to the hospital just got more exciting. Article