Hospitals Hire Hand-Washing Coaches Because Staffers Are Fucking Gross

Despite major advances in technology and innovation, infection spreads at modern-day hospitals like dysentery spread on (your last game of) Oregon Trail. Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital employees only wash their hands about 30 percent of the time they're interacting with patients. Paging Dr.… » 5/30/13 4:20pm 5/30/13 4:20pm

Pregnant Women Everywhere Are Being Bullied Into Having C-Sections

A pregnant woman in Ireland who is is two weeks overdue, according to her records at Waterford Regional Hospital, was taken to High Court after refusing the C-section procedure recommended by hospital staff. The woman, who insists that her due date is actually March 18th, in contradiction with the… » 3/09/13 5:45pm 3/09/13 5:45pm

Your Hospital Might Be Catholic, and That Might Be a Problem

Around one in eight Americans seeks treatment at a Catholic hospital, whether they realize it or not. In the Northwest, the percentage of Catholic hospitals is 44 percent and growing. The Stranger has a great piece on Catholics who are taking over and potentially imposing their faith on your health care. Here's a… » 2/20/13 4:50pm 2/20/13 4:50pm

Israeli Patch Adams Brigade Facilitates Healing and IVF

Hospitals can be pretty terrifying places even without grotesquely painted jesters shuffling through their wards in oversized shoes, but that hasn't stopped Israeli hospitals from relying on medical clowns to help put tremulous patients more at ease because apparently not enough Israelis know who Pennywise is. » 8/21/12 9:15pm 8/21/12 9:15pm

Doctors Push for Right to Crush Spirits of Dying Kids' Parents

Obvious statement: when faced with the imminent death of a child, most parents urge doctors to try everything, to keep working to turn things around, to try experimental treatments with a low likelihood of success, even when everyone else has given up hope. Less obvious side effect of that manifestation of parental… » 8/15/12 3:20pm 8/15/12 3:20pm

New York City Will Encourage Moms to Breastfeed by Locking Up All the Formula

Breastfeeding, according to all the trendiest news stories, is the best thing ever — it turns your baby into a super genius with a brain the size of a mutated cantaloupe and all but ensures that child's eventual acceptance into an elite university, either Oxford or the Sorbonne, but maybe Harvard as a back-up. There… » 7/29/12 8:00pm 7/29/12 8:00pm

Say, “Cheese!” and Push that Baby Out of Your Body

Even before people started vivisecting their daily routines on Facebook, there existed the camcorder and the failed filmmaker-turned-parent that would produce it at every family gathering just at that moment when everyone else was getting ready to candidly enjoy themselves. Tell the future family Merry Christmas,… » 6/17/12 2:00pm 6/17/12 2:00pm

Should McDonalds Be Allowed in Hospitals? Does It Really Fucking Matter?

An advocacy group called Corporate Accountability International is urging hospitals to sever their ties with McDonalds franchises, "to help curb the epidemic of diet-related disease and to stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health." There are at least 27 hospitals around the country offering… » 4/16/12 1:00pm 4/16/12 1:00pm

Rapidly Expanding Religious Hospitals Are Trying to Govern Ladyparts

Some of the nation's largest health networks are run by religious orders. Because of this, they invoke "conscience clauses" in refusing to provide birth control, perform abortions, or sterilize women who want a tubal ligation. But now, some states are attempting to block religious hospitals' expansion, saying their… » 2/21/12 4:15pm 2/21/12 4:15pm

Leaving The Toilet Open Causes Everyone Else To Get The Vomits

You probably already knew that when you flush the toilet with the lid open, a great big cloud of bacteria shoots up into the air like a mushroom cloud of poo germs. But did you know that if you leave the lid open even when the toilet is just hanging out and not being shat in, you're exposing all nearby surfaces to a… » 1/03/12 5:00pm 1/03/12 5:00pm

Why Do So Many New Mothers Choose Sterilization?

New mothers interested in long term birth control typically have two options after giving birth. One is completely reversible and renewable every 5 to 10 years, the other is permanent, more expensive, and difficult to reverse. It seems that, for women in a position to choose, the . Why, then, do so many women opt for… » 8/27/11 11:35am 8/27/11 11:35am

Your Go-To Hospital For Dirty Speculums

Last year, dozens of women who had been treated at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas opened their mail and found a letter that read, "We would like to let you know that you may have been exposed to a speculum that may not have been properly sterilized." Two days later, another letter informed them "there is one… » 8/22/11 9:50am 8/22/11 9:50am