Business of Medicine

Matt Roth / for ProPublica

If you’ve ever put in an eyedrop, some of it has almost certainly spilled onto your eyelid or cheek.

The good news is the mess doesn’t necessarily mean you missed. The bad news is that medicine you wiped off your face is wasted by design — and it’s well-known to the drug companies that make the drops.

Lori Wallace is sitting on a couch with her 11-year-old son and his new pet snake. It's burrowing under his armpit, as if it were afraid. But Wallace says it's not.

"If he was terrified, he would be balled up," Wallace says. "See, that is why they are called ball pythons. When they are scared, they turn into a little ball."

University of Toronto Students For Life / https://www.flickr.com/photos/utsfl/

Every medical provider must have a qualified company to haul away their waste. That includes everything from used needles, soiled bandages, discarded paper gowns, and fetal tissue from abortions.

Abortion opponents have seized on this as an Achilles heel of sorts and have pressured companies that provide medical waste services to end their relationships with abortion clinics.

Would Indiana Hospitals Be Ready For A Las Vegas-Style Mass Shooting?

Oct 3, 2017

Indiana has at least a dozen trauma hospitals which could respond in the event of a mass shooting like the one in Las Vegas Sunday night. But those campuses have varying capabilities.

Only three hospitals are rated as “trauma one”– the highest rating, with doctors specializing in certain types of surgery that may be required after a severe wound.

As Loyal Donors Age, Industry Is Out For Young Blood

Sep 27, 2017

When Corinne Standefer retires as a volunteer from the Lane Bloodworks in Eugene, Ore., this month, she will have donated 37 years of her life — and almost 19 gallons of blood.

The 89-year-old gave her first pint decades ago to help a friend who had cancer.

“When they called me and said ‘Could you donate again?’ I just started coming in,” she recalled.

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One day in August 2016, 83-year-old Albert Fink crashed his 2012 BMW sedan into a tree, on a curve on Indiana State Road 46 just outside of Bloomington.

Forget Hurricanes — Many Nursing Homes Lack Basic Emergency Preparedness

Sep 19, 2017

It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes.

Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection records. Those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.

3-D Printing Makes Prosthetic Limbs More Affordable And Comfy

Sep 13, 2017
Steve Burns / WTIU

In many ways, Violet Hall is an average 9-year-old. She’s goofy, smart, artistic.

But there’s something that makes Violet unique: she was born without her right hand or forearm.


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