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Husband of Brain-Dead Texas Woman Forced onto Life Support Sues Hospital

The husband of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman on Tuesday sued the hospital keeping her on life support, saying doctors are doing so against her and her family’s wishes.

The lawsuit filed in state district court asks a judge to order John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to remove life support for Marlise Munoz, a North Texas woman who fell unconscious in November while pregnant.

Erick Munoz has said a doctor told him his wife is considered brain-dead. Munoz says that he and his wife are both paramedics and are very familiar with end-of-life issues. He says his wife had made her wishes clear to him that she would not want life support in this kind of situation. Marlise Munoz’s parents agree.

Community Members to Help Design DMC’s Community Input Process

ROCHESTER, Minn. — About 80 Rochester community members have helped design a framework for the community input process for Destination Medical Center (DMC). DMC is long-term, public-private economic development initiative to further establish Minnesota and Mayo Clinic as a global medical destination and provide the ideal overall experience for those visiting, residing and working in and around downtown Rochester.

From now through the beginning of February, eight groups, each representing a focus area (see below), will meet regularly and work to ensure that the community input process encompasses the community as a whole. This marks the first phase in a comprehensive community input process approved by the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board last month. T

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Study Examines Meditation Programs of Psychological Well-Being

Mindfulness meditation programs may help reduce anxiety, depression and pain in some individuals, according to a review of medical literature by Madhav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and colleagues. Many people meditate to cope with stress and promote good health. To counsel patients, clinicians need to know more about meditation programs and how they might affect health outcomes, according to the study background. The review by researchers included 47 randomized clinical trials with 3,515 participants. Study findings indicate moderate evidence in the medical literature that mindfulness meditation programs show small improvements in anxiety, depression and pain. Read full post…

Mayo Clinic hosts Ice Hockey Summit II on concussions

0 7 0 0 St. Louis Blues Andy McDonald skates in the third period against the San Jose Sharks at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 12, 2012. McDonald returns to the lineup after sitting out 51 games after suffering a concussion on October 13, 2011. Read full post…



Guess who celebrated his birthday earlier this month? Dallas Cook! Antwaun Cook and Fantasia Barrinos little one rang in his second birthday at Chuck E. Cheese in North Carolina with dad and other family members by his side. Fantasia couldnt get away from her engagement on Broadway to celebrate with her son but were sure that she sent her love before, during, and after the party.

Paula Cook, Antwauns estranged wife, was also at the party.

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73 Percent of Americans Say Congress Does Not Understand Health Care or the Impact of Health Care Laws

Nearly three out of four Americans say members of Congress do not understand the health care system or the impact of health care laws they pass. Just a quarter say Congress understands the health care system well and the consequences of the health care laws they pass.

About half of respondents, 48 percent, say the typical lawmaker understands these issues “not well at all,” and 25 percent say the typical member of Congress understands the issues “not too well.” Twenty-one percent believe the average member of Congress understands the health care system and the impact of the health care laws they pass “somewhat well” and just 4 percent think the average legislator understands these issues “very well.”

Only 32 percent of Democrats say that the typical member of Congress understands the health care system and an even lower number of Republicans — 16 percent — agree. Instead, majorities

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