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Study: Treatment mistakes for 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare patients
November 16th, 2010
05:44 PM ET

Study: Treatment mistakes for 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare patients

One in every seven hospitalized Medicare patients are harmed by treatment mistakes,  according to new analysis by the Department of Health & Human Services released Tuesday.

The report cites a variety of "adverse events" or causes for treatment errors, including excessive bleeding after surgery, urinary tract infections linked to catheters and incorrect medications.  Researchers estimate that these types of adverse events contribute to 15,000 deaths per month or 180,000 deaths each year, according to the report.

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Study: Location determines quality of care for Medicare patients with advanced cancer
November 16th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

Study: Location determines quality of care for Medicare patients with advanced cancer

End of life care for Medicare patients with advanced cancer varies by hospital and state, according to a report by the Dartmouth Atlas Project.  Researchers found the care patients receive has less to do with what patients want and more to do with where they live and the hospitals where they receive care.

"Geography is destiny," says lead study author Dr. David Goodman.  The report looked at the records of 235,821 Medicare patients who were 65 or older. Each had aggressive or metastatic cancer and passed away between 2003 and 2007. 

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November 16th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Lessons of an Urban Planet: Toxic air

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports this week  from Kobe, Japan, on the health concerns of an increasingly urbanized world. Today's focus: the toxic effects of air pollution.


November 16th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

Lessons of an Urban Planet: Disasterproofing cities

This week, as the World Health Organization hosts its Global Forum in Kobe, Japan, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the health concerns of an increasingly urbanized world: Pollution, stress, safety in a natural disaster. First, he looks at the challenge of disasterproofing cities, and shows how Kobe, Japan learned from a crippling earthquake that struck in 1995.


Filed under: Environment • Global Health

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