June 10, 2010

He Couldn't See for a Week

1 UK Man Nearly Blinded in Cactus Eyeball Incident

A 22-year-old maintenance man in Hertfordshire, England, is suing his former employers over injuries sustained in a cactus pruning incident. Carl Woodbridge was sprayed with toxic sap while pruning a giant 30 foot tall cactus, suffering burns to his face, body, and in particular his cornea. "It felt like horrific burning, like there was a fire under my eyeball," said Mr. Woodbridge, who was blinded for a week, and remains sensitive to light. Physicians scraped a layer of latex-like film that had formed on Mr. Woodbridge's eyeball. His former employer, Rentokil Initial UK Ltd, has already been fined for safety breaches for allowing Mr. Woodbridge to trim the cactus without adequate training. Mr. Woodbridge has given up horticulture and now works as a roofer.

More at Metro | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Woman Conscious While Eyeball Is Being Cut Out, Ophthalmologists Warn on Vodka Eyeballing, African Worm Grows in Human Eyeball

Tags: Eyeballs, Hertfordshire, Carl Woodbridge, Cactus, Toxic Cactus Sap, Rentokil Initial UK Ltd

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It’s a Bad Time to Be Sick

2 Is Hospital Care Compromised by Recession?

Researchers at the University of Michigan and St. Joseph Mercy Health Systems say that recessionary hospital cutbacks in staff, technology and building construction negatively affect the quality and safety of health care delivery. Charitable donations, reimbursement from insurance companies and patient admissions are down. In fact, during this long recessionary period, every source of income hospitals rely on is in jeopardy, according to an American Hospital Association report. "Our primary concern is that hospitals are making decisions to hold off on improvements in infrastructure and technology and cut staffing in ways that lead to a decrease in quality of care," says lead author Jeremy Sussman, M.D., M.S. whose analysis of hospital care appears in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Hospital Infections

Tags: Recession, Technology, Hospitals, Hospital Care, Staffing, University of Michigan Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Hospital Cutbacks, Quality of Health Care, Charity, Insurance Companies, Patients, American Hospital Association, Dr. Jeremy Sussman, Journal of Hospital Medicine

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Gay or Straight, Blood Is Needed

3 Gay Blood Ban Is Being Revisited

Since the 1980's it has been illegal for gay men to give blood. The lifetime ban was put into place at the height of the AIDS epidemic stemming from fears that gay men would more quickly spread the disease. Now a special government health committee has been formed to investigate whether the Food and Drug Administration should remove or revise the ban. Since it's inception the law has been reviewed every 10 years with no changes. According to the William Institute at the UCLA School of Law, 219,000 additional pints of blood could be donated annually if the ban was removed. Gay rights groups argue that a heterosexual man who has sex with an HIV-positive partner or a prostitute must only wait 12 months before donating. The Red Cross would like a more lenient one-year "Deferral" system.

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Time to Kill the Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

Tags: Blood Donors, Gay Blood Donors, Gay Donors

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When Drug Chains Bicker You Pay

4 CVS Caremark Drops Walgreens from Coverage

"I have CVS Caremark coverage and have always used Walgreens. Whatever happened to freedom of choice?"
- Betty Hicks in the comments

Walgreens customers with CVS Caremark prescription drug coverage may find themselves shopping for another pharmacy. According to CNN, CVS has dropped Walgreens from their pharmacy benefits plan. The change will take effect in 30 days or as allowed by law. Consumers with CVS coverage who continue to use Walgreens may have to pay a big price to stay with the chain. CVS terminated Walgreens from its plan after Walgreens said they'd stop participating in new or renewed CVS drug plans. Walgreens accused CVS of unpredictable drug reimbursement rates and of increasingly requiring patients to use CVS instead of other pharmacies. CVS said that Walgreens is merely trying to get a higher drug reimbursement rate and that its network still includes about 57,000 pharmacies without Walgreens.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Walgreens Ice Cream

Tags: Walgreens and Cvs Battle, Arguing Drug Chains, Bickering among Cvs and Walgreens, Cvs Drops Walgreens from Pharmacy Benefits, Cvs Drug Coverage Changing

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Cobb Salad Lunch for 10 Years

5 Aniston, Cox, Kudrow in Love with Cobb Salad

According to a new article in People, actresses Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow from the TV show Friends ate a special version of Cobb salad each day for lunch for 10 years! What's their skinny secret? According to the People article, Cox, currently starring in the show Cougar Town, says that the Cobb salad contained ingredients added by Aniston like turkey bacon, garbanzo beans and other mystery items she referred to as "I don't know what." Cox says that her former Friends co-star "has a way with food." When asked whether there will be a Friends movie in the vein of the Sex and the City movies, Cox says she doesn't think so though she's daydreamed about it.

More at People | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Cobb Salad Diet, Cobb Salad Lunch, Friends Stars Lunch, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Weird Things in Cobb Salad, Jennifer Aniston Cooks, Turkey Bacon, Garbanzo Beans, Sex and the City Movie, Friends Movie

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