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What we know (and don’t) about acute flaccid myelitis, polio-like illness affecting U.S. children

A rare but serious condition affecting children is causing concern nationwide this fall. Acute flaccid myelitis, abbreviated as AFM, and described as a polio-like illness, has afflicted a confirmed 72 individuals in 24 states so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). AFM affects the “Gray Matter” area of the spinal…
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HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division opens state-of-the-art education center

Sylvia Young, HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division President and Chief Executive Officer, believes that attracting and retaining the top talent is a priority in order to provide the best medical care for patient encounters in the HCA network of affiliate hospitals in Denver, Colorado, and Wichita, Kansas. That’s why the Denver-based healthcare system opened a $4.3…
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HCA Rocky Dog gifted to affiliate pediatric hospitals

A plush, cuddly toy puppy named “Rocky” is comforting pediatric patients at HCA Healthcare hospitals. As part of our organization’s 50th anniversary year, Rocky, the name of each pet Komondor belonging to co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., have been gifted to inpatient and emergency care HCA pediatric facilities in Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Utah. In…
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HCA hospital, surgeon gifts life-saving treatment for Mongolian child

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s, part of HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division and the HealthONE system, was the center of inspirational local and national media coverage recently as a result of vital surgery they provided at no cost for Sarana B., a 10-month old child from Mongolia. Sarana was diagnosed during infancy…
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Aretha Franklin dies of rare pancreatic cancer. What we know about it.

The news was released Thursday that Aretha Franklin, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died of a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Eric Liu, MD, a neuroendocrine tumor surgeon with Sarah Cannon at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center addressed key questions about this diagnosis below. What type of pancreatic cancer did Aretha Franklin have? When discussing…
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What is Narcan? And why did it save this singer’s life?

Singer Demi Lovato was hospitalized earlier this week as a result of an apparent drug overdose. The 25-year-old star was reportedly treated with Narcan to reverse the effects of an overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 63,600 overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, including…
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