How well-meaning donations end up fueling an unproven, virtually unregulated $2 billion stem cell industry

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Summer Bummer

April 30, 2019

The snake struck a 9-year-old hiker at dusk on a nature trail. The outrageous bills struck her parents a few weeks later

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With much fanfare, federal officials required hospitals nationwide this year to post their “list” prices online. But it’s not yet clear how many are doing it, even as the government has taken the rare step of asking consumers to monitor hospital compliance.

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As pharmaceutical companies seek to profit from the curative wonders of human feces, doctors worry about new regulations, higher prices and patients attempting DIY cures

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Tens of millions of Americans undergo surgery each year. They expect their surgeon to be in the operating room for the entire procedure. That’s not always the case — the surgeon may have two operations scheduled at the same time

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Mary Politi writes, “Weeks after my father passed away from cancer in 2010, my newly widowed mother received a bill for US $11,000.”

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It’s generally “ethically unacceptable” agrees Dr Ruth Faden, the founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Nevertheless, she said that the patient’s rights and interest have to be balanced with the potential benefits of the research to humanity as a whole

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Hospitals are contemplating a future in which Alexa, or another voice avatar, becomes a virtual member of the medical team — monitoring doctor-patient interactions, suggesting treatment approaches, or even alerting caregivers to voice changes that could be an early warning of a health emergency

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