Parents ‘sell’ baby to hospital when they can’t pay medical bill

What should have been a time of joy has become every parent’s worst nightmare for one couple.

On Aug. 24, Shiv Charan, 45, and his wife Babita, 36, gave birth to a boy, their sixth child, in Agra, India. Babita’s labor, performed via cesarean section, would have cost the couple some 30,000 Indian rupees, plus another 5,000 rupees for drug costs. In total, their bill was shaking out to approximately $480 — which, unfortunately, the couple did not have.

Now, the vulnerable couple, who cannot read or write, alleges that JP Hospital, in the Trans Yamuna section of Agra, manipulated them into selling their baby, possibly into adoption, for a price of one lakh (100,000 rupees), or about $1,370.

“We gave thumb impressions on all documents, as the hospital asked,” Shiv told the Times of India. “I didn’t get discharge papers, bills or any other papers.”

“We just needed some

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How IoT revolutionized medical care during the pandemic

Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into an unprecedented situation. It even gave birth to new concepts such as social-distancing and prioritized technologies like cloud, internet of things (IoT) services, and artificial intelligence. Likewise, IoT and the internet of medical things (IoMT) have witnessed a number of innovative revolutions to address the coronavirus crisis. These technologies in healthcare and retail may have a long-lasting impact in the upcoming future.

IoT has predominantly become one of the frequent expressions across the technological domain nowadays, with the potential to significantly enhance the way we interact with the contemporary world. From high-level healthcare devices to common household gadgets, IoT technology is getting more intelligent and connected to the internet, facilitating seamless communication between networks and devices.

Why medical connectivity matters?

The coronavirus outbreak has led IoT healthcare companies to promptly provide solutions for combatting the increasing

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How to Succeed in Hybrid, Online Medical School Classes

Beginning your first year of medical school is daunting. Beginning your first year of med school in a pandemic, faced with varying degrees of remote learning, is even more daunting.

By and large, medical schools have made significant adjustments to their first-year curriculums to accommodate the specific challenges of social distancing in the classroom. Some schools have opted to go entirely online for first-year students. Others are employing a hybrid model with both online and in-person sessions.

Whether you are coming to med school right out of your undergraduate years with a semester of distance learning under your belt or returning to the classroom after time away, figuring out how to adapt to the demands of med school in an upside-down learning environment is crucial for success this fall. Here are some tips for first-year med students when adjusting to distance learning.

[Read: What a First-Year Medical School Student

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Medical nonprofits are struggling during COVID-19. Harvard group offers a survival roadmap

This is a terrible time for the nation’s 22,000 medical nonprofits.

Fundraisers that support research and activism have been canceled since March with no end in sight. Small-scale donors are struggling to make ends meet. Consumer-based companies have cut way back on sponsorship.

By one estimate, nonprofit income has fallen 70% since the pandemic began.

Kathy Giusti has a plan for that.

Giusti co-founded the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in 1998 after being diagnosed with the blood cancer herself. She spent the next two decades building up the foundation, getting donors and funding drug development to combat her disease.

For the last four years, she’s also worked through a grant at Harvard Business School to help gather lessons the MMRF and 300 other medical nonprofits learned through experience and hard work.

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Kathy Giusti

“Disease advocates don’t talk to each other,” Giusti said on a recent call.

“No one has enough

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The Hunt Cancer Institute offers the latest advancements in cancer care
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California Hospital Medical Center – Wikipedia

Hospital in California, United States

Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center is located in the South Park district of downtown Los Angeles, California at 1401 S. Grand Avenue. The 318-bed community hospital has been serving downtown and its neighboring communities for well over a century. Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center is known for its wide range of medical services – from obstetrics and gynecology, to orthopedics and cardiology. The hospital operates as a Level I Trauma Center,[1] and its emergency department treats over 70,000 patients each year. The hospital’s neighbors include Staples Center, “L.A. Live” and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.


California Hospital’s services include: Emergency Medicine, Gynecology (The Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health), Cardiology (Cath Lab and Open Heart Surgery), Intensive Care Unit, Transitional Care Unit/Rehabilitation Services, Obstetrics, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Services, Cancer Center.


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COVID Fear Is Keeping Chronically Ill People From Getting Medical Care

The novel coronavirus pandemic is keeping Americans away from the doctor’s office. For most people, that means little more than postponing a dental checkup or enduring a minor illness at home. 

But those with chronic medical conditions ― especially ailments that make them more susceptible to infections like COVID-19 ― face a nerve-wracking choice between staying home and letting their health deteriorate or taking their chances with the virus to get their regular care.

An estimated 45% of Americans, or about 133 million people, have some kind of chronic medical condition, like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and arthritis, according to an analysis published in 2018.

These ailments require ongoing care in the form of frequent doctor visits, lab tests, scans, and medications administered in medical facilities. But these facilities are also places where people can contract the coronavirus, making life-or-death decisions about other health care more complicated. 


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Does your face mask need a filter? We asked medical experts what to look for

We’re all getting used to wearing face coverings while out and about, and you may have noticed that several masks have a small slot to place a filter for extra protection.

Adding a filter in between the layers of your face mask can help block airborne particles that might sneak through the fabric, and can offer some much need reassurance during these uncertain times.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune on face mask filters, as there are several budget-friendly options available online. To help you get started, Shop TODAY consulted a few health experts to learn what filter materials are most effective, how often you should swap them out and where you can buy them online.

Why you should use a filter in your face mask

When used in conjunction with social distancing practices, cloth face masks can help slow the spread of coronavirus. However, not all masks

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‘Anti-maskers’ say medical conditions prevent them from wearing masks, but doctors say that’s not a legitimate excuse

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  • Some people are claiming they’re “exempt” from mask wearing due to medical conditions they won’t disclose, according to one doctor on Twitter

  • Doctors say that even people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should wear masks in public, and that there are ways to make the practice safer and more comfortable. 

  • Other arguments against wearing masks have been more about politics and choice than health conditions. 

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Face masks are currently recommended, if not required, in many public settings throughout the US in order to can help protect wearers from contracting or spreading the novel coronavirus. 

That’s because they work. A recent study out of the UK, for example, showed that mandates to wear masks could be enough to

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Houston ICUs Surpass 100% Capacity As Texas Medical Center Makes Beds Available

Intensive care units in one of the world’s largest medical centers are operating at 102% capacity as coronavirus cases surge in Texas, according to a report Wednesday from Texas Medical Center in Houston.

An estimated 36% of the center’s 1,330 ICU beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients. The sprawling medical campus reported that there were 480 current patients with the virus in total.

As the medical center reached capacity, it enacted Phase 2 of a plan to address the surge by making 373 more beds available by reallocating hospital staff and equipment to ICUs in order to take in more patients, the Houston Chronicle reported.

This is the first time that the Houston medical center’s intensive care units have surpassed their capacity since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. The Texas Medical Center campus contains most of Houston’s hospitals, including Baylor College of Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann

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