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July 16th, 2010
04:02 PM ET

Magazine's top hospital again: Johns Hopkins

For the 20th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital ranks No. 1  in U.S.News and World Report's annual guide to America's best hospitals. Next to top the list were the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The hospital guide evaluated most of the medical facilities in the nation, except military hospitals, to rank the best in 16 specialties from heart surgery to cancer. Out of almost 5,000 hospitals considered, 152 made it to top ranking status and 14 were chosen for this year's honor role, or most elite category.

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July 16th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Doctors reluctant to report impaired peers

It's one of those things that doesn't happen often, but when it does, it garners headlines.   A few years ago CNN  reported on a California doctor who was accused of negligence and malpractice due to his drinking.  One of his patients claimed he had been arrested for DUI, for which he was later convicted, while on the way to treat her.  The doctor said he never treated patients while under the influence of alcohol.  However there were other complaints and California eventually revoked his medical licence.

study this week Journal of the American Medical Association, looks at if doctors feel a responsiblity to turn in colleagues who exhibit behavior that may put patients at risk.  64 percent of doctors agreed they had a professional responsibility to report other doctors who are impaired or incompetent to practice medicine.  Only 69 percent said they were felt prepared to effectively deal with an impaired colleague in their practice.

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July 16th, 2010
11:27 AM ET

Young engineer develops weights to wear

As a child, Patrick Whaley was so skinny, he carried extra books in his bag to build up muscle.

He came to realize that if his own clothing could weigh more, that would also help him bulk up. That's how he invented a clothing line called Omega Wear, which incorporates hydro-gel weights, strategically placed over major muscle groups.  The extra weight helps raise the number of calories you burn and improve muscle endurance - read more from Georgia Tech.

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July 16th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Fast food chains reduce fats

The oils used to cook those french fries, chicken nuggets, onion rings and other deep-fried goodies have become less bad for you  in recent years, according to research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Researchers analyzed nutritional data from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Jack in the Box and Dairy Queen’s french fries and found that three of the restaurant chains had decreased trans fat and saturated fats in their cooking oil. FULL POST


July 16th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Traveling the road to the NYC triathlon

Outside my window, I can still see the cracks in the wall of the Port-au-Prince airport. I am sitting on the Tarmac, my plane getting ready to taxi to the runway for takeoff. I am headed back to the states - to JFK International Airport. Over the past couple weeks I have been in the Gulf, covering the oil spill and now the six-month mark of the earthquake in Haiti.

It is notable, because when I first started training for the Nautica NYC triathlon, it happened to be on the day of this earthquake. Earlier that day, Jan 12, 2010, I had met with the Fit Nation team in its entirety for the first time. We were all a little nervous as we started our routines. However, I think we all took comfort that six months lay ahead of us, allowing us plenty of time to prepare. Of course, within 12 hours of that meeting, I was on my way to Haiti, where I would spend the next several weeks. And, now again six months later, just a couple days before the triathlon, I am in Haiti once again.

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