Clear up confusion surrounding observation services and admission into hospitals/ Your rights?

Kaiser Health News - Susan Jaffe How do I know what my hospital status is?  Ask your doctor or other hospital officials if you are in the hospital for observation or as a regular inpatient. If you are an observation patient, ask why. Even if you are admitted as an inpatient, the hospital can switch you to observation status; in that case, the hospital is required to notify you. If you do not have three consecutive days of hospitalization as an inpatient…

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CBD Is Everywhere, but Scientists Still Don’t Know Much About It

By Roni Caryn Rabin Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonintoxicating component of the marijuana plant, is touted as a magic bullet that eases pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Salves, sprays, tinctures and oils containing CBD are marketed as aphrodisiacs that boost desire; as balms for eczema, pimples and hot flashes; and even as treatments for serious diseases like diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Unlike THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the “psychoactive” component of the cannabis plant, CBD won’t get you “high.” But scientists know little about what…

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The Case Against Cough Medicine

The evidence is sorely lacking for the value of any over-the-counter remedy to treat most coughs. by Jane E. Brody /NYTimes/ 02/20/2019 On a South American trip last month with two of my grandsons, the younger — 14-year-old Tennyson — developed a cough. He had no fever, congestion or fatigue, said he felt fine, ate and slept normally and stayed well-hydrated. But eight days later, after watching a live raptor show for 90 minutes in freezing winds, his cough was noticeably worse.…

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Awake on the Table

By Kate Johnson NYTimes 01/30/2019 Could a medical procedure you don’t even remember give you a stress disorder? The doctor ordered a “push” on my sedative, and I succumbed to the sweet blackness. But then something went wrong, and I was awake too soon, flailing and crying, the medical team scrambling to maneuver the tube that had been placed down my throat in what should have been a straightforward gastroscopy. I put up a violent struggle on the table: gagging and choking, trying…

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