Rural hospitals receive USDA funds; U.S. Naval ships acts as a floating hospital;

> Rural hospitals will receive millions of dollars in USDA loans and grants for development projects designed to improve the quality of life in communities across the U.S., the agency announced late last week. Press Release

> Doctors are arguing that they have a right to prescription-information privacy, reports UPI. They claim that drug companies use the data to persuade doctors to switch patients to expensive, new drugs. Article

> The U.S. Naval Ship Comfort has been converted into a floating hospital set to visit nine Caribbean and Latin American countries, reports Fox News. The nautical hospital includes an operating room, a blood-bank pharmacy, an intensive care unit, a CAT scan machine and a dental ward. Article

> Massachusetts is bracing for two strikes, as nurses at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester announced plans for a one-day strike on May, reports the Boston Globe. Both hospitals will bring in replacement nurses for at least five days. Article

> The FDA has started a new push to help patients take their meds correctly, in an effort to hinder a rise in emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to adverse outcomes from taking meds, reports the Wall Street Journal's Informed Patient. Post

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