Hedge funds move in on non-profit hospitals in worrisome new trend

Non-profit hospital Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) was saved from possible bankruptcy this week as it was purchased by hedge fund BlueMountain Capital Management in a $260 million deal. The agreement, which is the largest non-profit hospital transaction in California history, enables BlueMountain to buy all of the DCHS hospitals within a few years. The deal … [Read more...]

Carrie Fisher swears during live Star Wars telecast

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Carrie Fisher swore during a live telecast at the Hollywood premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday night. The 59-year-old actress, who is reprising her role of Princess Leia in the hotly-anticipated movie, turned the air blue when she joked about talking to her younger self during the star-studded event at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. After her co-star … [Read more...]

Jennifer Lawrence reveals she is a “big-time puker”

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Joy actress Jennifer Lawrence has revealed she is a "big-time puker" and joked she gets "Lindsay Lohan grade exhaustion" but without "drugs or alcohol." She says she is always in bed early, but is still tired. The Hunger Games actress revealed she always feels tired and vomits regularly, but believes throwing up is her body's way of telling her to slow down in her life … [Read more...]

Antibiotics – sick patients expect them, rate doctors lower who don’t prescribe

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In these days of managed care, physician satisfaction scores grow increasingly important. However, when it comes to antibiotics, physicians may be in a no-win situation. One in five sick patients who go to their doctor expect to be given antibiotics, even though their condition may be a cold or flu for which antibiotics are ineffective. The family practice journal GP says th … [Read more...]

San Bernardino shooters radicalized long ago and discussed jihad and martyrdom

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The suspects in the San Bernardino shooting last week that killed 14 and injured 21 more were radicalized long ago, and discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013, according to the FBI. Syed Farook, a U.S. citizen, and his bride, Pakistani-born Tashfeen Malik, met online in 2013, and the FBI reports they soon discussed violence, even before developing a cyber-romance rel … [Read more...]