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Hello, Cancer: One Madison Woman Tells What She Learnednew

I remember that she wore red shoes. Her feet were tiny and she was wearing pantyhose. She examined the lump on my neck for all of 20 seconds before leaning back in her swivel chair and pronouncing: "This is probably a lymphoma."
Isthmus  |  Sally Franson  |  01-04-2010  |  Science

Health Care or Hell? A Diary of H1N1new

I asked myself what other business in civilized society would allow a customer to sit in their lobby for an entire day. Waiting. Hour after hour. No apologies, no apparent attempt to speed things up or call in extra help. I actually thought it was normal...for the first six hours.
Weekly Alibi  |  Michael P. D'Arco  |  12-08-2009  |  Science

Attempted Deportation of an Infant by an Arizona Hospital Reveals Legal Murknew

The University Medical Center returns about 50 patients each year to their home countries. Yet there seems to be no record of written consent from these patients -- in what amounts to quiet, informal deportations.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  09-04-2008  |  Immigration

Hospitals Ship Immigrants Home ... and Often to Uncertain Futuresnew

Critics call it international patient-dumping that occurs beyond the oversight of federal agencies, such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But the government is beginning to take notice: a Florida state appeals court has ruled that only the federal government has the power to remove a person from this country.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tim Vanderpool  |  08-15-2008  |  Immigration

I Want My Midwife!new

The list of Orange Count hospitals that allow midwife-assisted births just got shorter -- but moms-to-be and midwives aren't taking it lying down.
OC Weekly  |  Daffodil J. Altan  |  07-29-2008  |  Sex

Inside Baltimore's Home-Birth Undergroundnew

Disenchanted with a medical system that treats birth as an emergency instead of an emergence, seeking an alternative to the tubes and wires and monitors of a high-tech birth, some women are stepping outside of the hospital to have their babies. And some say their numbers are growing. But is home birth safe?
Baltimore City Paper  |  Michelle Gienow  |  07-01-2008  |  Sex

A Look Inside the Complicated Politics of Lyme Diseasenew

Lyme, the most politicized and contested disease since the emergence of AIDS, is also the fastest-growing infectious illness since AIDS. The medical establishment debates over almost every aspect of Lyme, and of course the wars rage on two levels: There are white-haired dudes pushing paperwork in offices, and there are the people in the trenches who deal with the fallout.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  06-23-2008  |  Science

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