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Labour and Lib Dems 'hold talks'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 13:32
Key allies of party leaders Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband meet to discuss what the two parties have in common, BBC Newsnight has learned.

What the VA and the Cleveland Clinic have in common

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-06-04 13:32

One of the country’s top hospital executives may be on the short-list to become the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Toby Cosgrove could replace Eric Shinseki, after Shinseki resigned over veterans waiting prolonged periods of time for an appointment and staff covering that up.

If there’s one thing the VA needs to do right now, it’s figure out how to make sure patients are getting the right care in the right place at the right time.

On paper Cosgrove’s resume seems ideal.

He’s a veteran, a successful surgeon and is seen as one of the few hospital executives in the country who has improved patient care and controlled healthcare costs.

Greg Anrig with the left-leaning Century Foundation says he thinks Cosgrove could hit the ground running because the VA and the Cleveland Clinic are similar creatures.

“They are team focused. They are focused on data, they are oriented on using technology effectively,” he says.

While this patient scandal has certainly marred the VA’s reputation, the VA has a sturdy track record delivering quality care that’s often similar to -- or better than -- what can be found in the private sector.

But one certain challenge ahead is addressing high patient demand in areas with sizeable veteran populations.

Cosgrove has shown he knows how to treat patients in hospitals when they need it, and elsewhere when they don’t.

The VA could likely benefit from that kind of patient management.

Some in the healthcare world believe if Cosgrove becomes the next secretary – and is successful - his reforms could influence hospitals around the nation.

Ecuador 2-2 England

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 13:29
Raheem Sterling is sent off and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is injured as England are held to a 2-2 draw by Ecuador in Miami.

Latest Sexual Assault In India Underscores U.N. Chief's Call For Action

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 13:21

As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demands a global end to violence against women, a 35-year-old is molested and shot in front of her husband and five children in India's northeast.

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A&E patients spent night on trolleys

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 13:16
Patients who had to spend a night on trolleys at a Glasgow hospital A&E have received letters of apology, BBC Scotland learns.

Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 13:05

Most people diagnosed with heart failure die within five years, yet doctors often don't ask them about how they want to prepare for death, a study finds. They cited lack of confidence as one reason.

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Missing couple in 'Taliban' video

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 13:00
An American woman and a Canadian man who went missing in Afghanistan in 2012 are shown captive on videos released by their families.

Police probe patient hospital death

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:58
Ten members of staff are suspended and police are investigating following the death of an elderly hospital patient.

Blast targets rogue Libya general

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:55
A suicide bomb attack at the home of a rogue Libyan general - who has been fighting Islamist militia - kills four people.

Despite Video Of Bergdahl's Release, Questions Dog His Capture

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:55

Questions surround Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's initial disappearance. Bergdahl has said he was captured by the Taliban while lagging behind on a patrol, but many wonder whether he planned to desert.

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Ex-Ambassador To Syria: Civil War Could Drag On For Years

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:51

Robert Ford resigned as U.S. ambassador to Syria earlier this year. He tells NPR's Robert Siegel that it became impossible for him to defend the Obama administration's policies in the country.

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Next big thing Bouchard in a hurry to arrive

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:50
Eugenie Bouchard once chased Maria Sharapova for a photograph - now she must chase her down for a maiden Grand Slam final spot.

NFL Says When It Comes To Super Bowl 50, 'L' Is For Losers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:47

The football league says the 2016 championship will depart from tradition by not using the Roman numeral L (50) because it doesn't work well on the logo.

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Netherlands 2-0 Wales

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:43
Arjen Robben scores one goal and sets up Jeremain Lens for a second as the Netherlands beat Wales in Amsterdam.

Privacy Law Frustrates Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:41

Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can't find out what's happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illness.

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The country that's hooked on tobacco

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:36
The country where nearly two-thirds of men smoke

Hospital feed 'poisons 15 babies'

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:30
One baby has died and 14 are ill with blood poisoning after being given what appears to be a contaminated batch of liquid.

Women 'Complain A Lot, Interrupt,' Developer Says At Conference

NPR News - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:18

At a tech conference in Berlin, a developer compared a software plug-in framework to his girlfriend, saying she "complains, interrupts" and "doesn't play well with others."

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Madeleine police focus search effort

BBC - Wed, 2014-06-04 12:11
Police and forensic officers investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann focus their search on a small patch of land in Praia da Luz.
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