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Would You Pay Extra to Stay in a "Hotel Hospital"?


Aug 29, 2016
Caitlin Bird

"More and more hospitals are increasingly beginning to look and operate like hotels, not just in terms of their design but also the services they offer. Patient satisfaction scores have increased, as have patient and family perceptions of well-being." -- Makarand Mody

(Boston, MA) — [Boston University] The last thing you might expect to see in a hospital room are the offerings of an expensive hotel: a marble bathtub, for instance, or a butler or maid on call. Yet these and other luxuries are now available at some hospitals, abroad and in the United States...



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Could a Sugar Tax End Obesity in the U.S.?


Aug 29, 2016
News Staff

Here’s what happened when the first “soda tax” was employed in this California town.

(Washington, DC) — [CBN News] America's first "soda tax" implemented at the University of California, Berkeley last year has led to less consumption of sugary beverages. (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)

A new study from the American Journal of Public Health shows a 21 percent drop in the amount of Soda consumption when buyers were suddenly forced to pay a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. 

Low-income communities surrounding UC Berkeley responded the most dramatically to the tax. They reported a 63 percent increase in drinking tap or bottled water after the tax was enacted...



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New Technology May Prevent Terrible Scars From Burns


Aug 29, 2016
News Staff

"People don't die from scars, but they do suffer from them." — Dr. Alexander Golberg

(Israel) — [Israel21c.org] A group of researchers from Tel Aviv University and Harvard University is proposing a new non-invasive method to prevent burn-related hypertrophic scars — raised tissue caused by excessive collagen — using short, pulsed electric fields. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com via Israel21c.org)

"People don't die from scars, but they do suffer from them," said Dr. Alexander Golberg of TAU's Porter School of Environmental Studies. "We believe that the technology we developed, called partial irreversible electroporation (pIRE), can be used to prevent debilitating burn scars from forming...



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