August 3, 2013

Surgical Care Rated Just So-So

1 Some Renowned US Hospitals May Be Merely OK

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, has released its ratings of the surgical care provided by 2,463 U.S. hospitals nationwide, in which some of the most celebrated facilities wind up with unimpressive rankings, among them Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic, and some Mayo Clinic hospitals. In contrast, some small, little-known hospitals score very well, and rural hospitals outrank others on average. The first attempt to rank hospitals' surgical care on a grand scale, the report bases its ratings on just two factors -- the percentage of post-op patients who die in the hospital, or who remain there longer than would be expected -- which some hospital officials question as arbitrary and unrepresentative. The study used records for 86 kinds of surgery from 2009 to 2011.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Medicare Patients Harmed in Hospitals

Tags: Best US Hospitals, Ranking US Hospitals, Best US Surgical Care, Consumers Union on Hospitals, Rating Surgical Care

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20 Parts Per Million Is Cool

2 FDA Officially Defines "Gluten-Free"

In 2004 Congress authorized the FDA to set a standard for the amount of gluten that could be in a food product advertised or labeled as gluten-free, and on Friday the FDA finally did so. The maximum amount that the agency determined is 20 parts per million. This is roughly the same maximum allowed by Canada and the European Union, and establishes an essentially universal standard that was both expected and is welcomed by the food industry as well as by many of the three million Americans who are afflicted with celiac disease. Gluten, an element in wheat, barley and rye, can sicken and damage the small intestine of those with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder. Gluten-free products are now a $4 billion market, partly because many people mistakenly think they promote weight loss.

More at Www.nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Don't Go Gluten Free for Weight Loss

Tags: Celiac Disease, Gluten Free Foods, Gluten in Food Products, FDA Regulations, FDA and Gluten, FDA Defines "Gluten Free"

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