Worker may have exposed newborns to TB; Hospital prices increase .01 percent;

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> A maternity ward worker at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City has tested positive for tuberculosis and may have exposed hundreds of newborns to the disease, the Daily News reports. Article

> Nine out of 10 kidney transplant patients rehospitalized within 30 days of surgery did so because of medical factors related to the surgery, leaving roughly one in 10 rehospitalizations categorized as potentially preventable, according to a report from ScienceDaily. Report

> Hospital prices increased .01 percent in September, 1.5 percent higher than a year ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week. Report (.pdf)

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> Unless the Keystone State moves to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Pennsylvania's hospitals should expect to carry a 10-figure annual burden regarding uncompensated care, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. Article

> Raising the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 as a way to reduce the deficit would save far less money than previously thought, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Article

And Finally… The danger of body spray. Article