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Sat May 28, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Your Health Podcast: Doctors Misbehaving And Measles Raging

A look inside a single measles virus particle, or virion, made with an electron microscope.
Cynthia S. Goldsmith; William Bellini CDC
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On this week's podcast we chat about results from a national survey that found more than two-thirds of U.S. doctors say they've seen other physicians' behavior disrupt patient care or collegial relationships at least once a month. More than 1 in 10 say they see it every day.

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Sat May 28, 2011

Hospitals Face New Pressure To Cut Infection Rates

Hand washing at California's Pacific Hospital, especially in the ICU, is now so routine that nurses complain their hands are chapped.
Leah-Anne Thompson

What's worse: Losing face or losing money?

Under laws in more than two dozen states and new Medicare rules that went into effect earlier this year, hospitals are required to report infections — risking their reputations as sterile sanctuaries — or pay a penalty. That's left hospital administrators weighing the cost of 'fessing up against the cost of fines.

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Sat May 28, 2011

Revved Up For The Indy 500 Every Year Since 1947

Robert Joss has his tickets ready for this year's Indy 500 — as he has every year since Harry Truman was president.
Alan Petersime The Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis 500, billed as the "greatest spectacle in racing," celebrates its 100th birthday on Sunday.

It's also a big day for Robert Joss. The 82-year-old has attended every Indy 500 since 1947.

Joss, who lives in Indianapolis, got his first ticket from his Uncle Floyd back when Harry Truman was president. Fresh out of Howe Military School, Joss says, he wasn't particularly fresh that first race day.

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Sat May 28, 2011
Around the Nation

Buzz Kill: Federal Warnings Hit Medical Pot Boom

Marijuana buds for sale at the Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

From California to Arizona, Colorado to Maine, states across the country are legalizing the sale of medical marijuana. Recent warnings from U.S. attorneys, however, are making local governments rethink their plans.

Seth Bock stands in what's supposed to be one of Rhode Island's first medical marijuana stores. His group was going to install grow lights and a ventilation system this week, but not anymore.

"We can't really invest any money into the carpentry and the building process until we know that this will go on," he says.

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Sat May 28, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Reporter Was Filming As RPG Hit His Head; He's OK

Carmen Gentile, freelance journalist, points to where an RPG hit his face.
USA Today

It felt "like being bashed across the cheek with a lead pipe."

That's how Carmen Gentile, a freelance journalist who has done a lot of reporting from Afghanistan for USA TODAY, describes what it was like last September when a rocket-propelled grenade fired at U.S. troops in Kunar province caught the side of his head.

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