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Pele in hospital: Brazil legend 'collapsed with exhaustion'

Brazil legend Pele is in hospital after collapsing on Thursday with exhaustion. The 77-year-old was due to travel to London this weekend for a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers Association (FWA). Pele – the only player to win three World Cups – “has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion”, said the FWA. “He is on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully there is no suggestion of anything more serious.” Pele has been taken to hospital for kidney and prostate…

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Mother: Care denied daughter left in cold in hospital gown

The mother of a mentally ill woman who was left outside a Baltimore hospital on a frigid night wearing only a flimsy gown and socks says the 22-year-old daughter was denied care by medical professionals and left to face life-threatening conditions on the street. Cheryl Chandler said she was only made aware of her missing daughter’s predicament on the night of Jan. 9 when she happened upon a viral video shot by a passer-by enraged at the way she was treated. Chandler’s daughter, Rebecca, was escorted out of the hospital…

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Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of hospitals, along with some huge price increases for once-cheap generic drugs. Those problems drive up costs for hospitals, require staff time to find scarce drugs or devise alternatives, and sometimes mean patients don’t get the best choice. The not-for-profit drug company initially will be backed by four hospital groups…

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Flu patient spikes cause Texas school district closure, tents at California hospital

A deadly flu epidemic sweeping the nation has triggered one Texas school district to cancel classes for the week and one California hospital has set up a triage tent outside an emergency room for flu patients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a particular strain of influenza A, H3N2, as the culprit affecting thousands from coast to coast. “I think this is the first time we’ve had 49 of 50 states reporting widespread activity at the same time, at least in the last 13 years,” Lynnette…

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Jessica Falkholt: Home and Away actress has died, hospital says

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has died from injuries she suffered in a car crash three weeks ago, an Australian hospital has confirmed. The accident in New South Wales on 26 December had already killed her parents, sister and the other driver. The actress, 29, played Hope Morrison in the soap. Her life support was switched off last week and she died on Wednesday morning local time, said St George Hospital in Sydney. “The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time,” it said in a statement….

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Hospital operations for child teeth removal increase in England

Dentists have accused the government of having a “short-sighted” approach to tooth decay in England after hospital operations to remove children’s teeth increased to nearly 43,000. There were 42,911 operations in 2016-17 – up from 40,800 the previous year and 36,833 in 2012-13, NHS figures show. The British Dental Association said England had a “second-class” dental service compared to Wales and Scotland. The government said it was “determined” to reduce the number of extractions. Doctors said many of the tooth extractions would be caused by the food and drink children…

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Man who aided hospital patient discharged in gown shocked

The man who said he came to the aid of a woman discharged from a Baltimore hospital wearing only a gown and socks on a cold winter’s night, says he was left outraged and stunned at how she was treated. Imamu Baraka, identified in local reports as the person who sought to help the woman, told The Associated Press he was so angry he decided to record Tuesday night’s events on cellphone video, fearing no one would believe him if he reported a woman being left at a bus stop…

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