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Ending Life

CBS – Anderson Cooper interviews Emeritus Professor of Medicine Ira Byock on “60 Minutes” about his views on physician-assisted suicide in light of a recent case in which a woman was arrested and charged with aiding her ill father’s death.

Bill for Ebola Adds Up as Care Costs $1,000 an Hour

Bloomberg – An article on the recent Ebola diagnoses in the U.S. and the hospital costs associated with treating the disease. Cites the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which reports that health care is generally more costly in Dallas, Texas—where the first U.S. Ebola patient is being treated—than in the rest of the country.

Ebola Risk In Area Low, Experts Say

Valley News – An article on the recent cases of Ebola and efforts to control the outbreak. Area health experts agree that Ebola does not pose a major threat to New England residents. Associate Professor of Medicine Elizabeth Talbot comments on the chance of a sustained transmission of Ebola in the Upper Valley.

Medicare Penalizes Nine N.H. Hospitals For Too Many Readmissions

New Hampshire Public Radio – One in five Medicare patients treated for a list of common conditions – like pneumonia and heart failure – are readmitted to the hospitals that treated them within a month. Jeremiah Brown, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute, says since the feds rolled out these penalties two years ago, readmissions have dropped. Quotes Jeremiah Brown, an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute.

For Women, Help but Also Risk

New York Times – Prozac’s introduction by Eli Lilly and Company in 1988 transformed not only the treatment of depression but also our views and expectations of pharmaceuticals. But was it a true step forward in medicine, or did it just open the flood gates to aggressive marketing and commercial branding of drugs? Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin, professors of medicine and codirectors of the Center for Medicine in the Media at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, participate in a debate.