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If you've experienced sticker shock at the pharmacy and wondered why drug prices are always rising, even for generics, consider the value of salt. Baxter International, which sells drugs to health care providers and pharmacies, billed Medicaid $928 for $1.71 worth of saline solution -- a 54,000% markup -- for more than 10 years before a Louisiana state lawsuit caught the deception...

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A recent press release from HealthGrades claims that some 232,442 Medicare patients’ lives could have been saved over a three-year period if all hospitals performed at the level of a HealthGrades five-star hospital. While this is a laudable premise, can it be true? Let’s see.

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Here’s what we’re checking out today:

HuffPo Health: Orac of the Respectful Insolence blog opines on the new Huffington Post health section, and it’s not pretty: “A soon-to-be one-stop shop for quackery.”

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Nutrition: Irony alert: Chicago public schoolchildren can’t eat the healthy, organic produce they grow in their school gardens because of rules that commercial growers don’t have to follow

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Health Reform: The Washington Post and Kaiser Health News deftly fact-check election-season rhetoric about the impact of health reform

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The future of Natividad

Part 1: On the verge of closure: Natividad's financial struggles threten its existence

Part 2: Turning around a public safety-net hospital: A last-ditch effort to save Natividad suceeds beyond expectations

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