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Shorter ER Waits? Don't Believe Hospital Hype
December 22, 2011
ER Waits: Hospitals' marketing claims of short waits for emergency room care aren't backed up by any evidence, John Dorschner reports for the Miami Herald.
Chronic Fatigue: The editors of prestigious journal Science have retracted a controversial paper linking chronic fatigue syndrome to the XMRV virus; critics of the study believe contamination of samples was to blame for the results, which have not been replicated by other scientists, Ivan Oransky reports for Reuters.
Environmental Health: Tough new EPA rules on mercury emissions from oil- and coal-burning power plants are being lauded by environment and health advocates but criticized by industry as too expensive, Don Hopey reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Medicare: Health insurers that provide Medicare supplemental plans for seniors are quite profitable and share prices are up, Maureen Farrell reports for CNN.