The CMS next year will integrate into its Hospital Compare website new standards on patient safety, which will monitor health care-related infections and hospital-acquired diseases. The agency also will conduct studies to ensure that the public understands data published on the site, which aims to ease the selection process of hospitals offering Medicare services.
About half of U.S. families with children eat a family meal together each day, but a survey of about 2,700 adults found 89% will do so on Thanksgiving. Social science experts say Thanksgiving is a time that people associate with a family meal and prioritize it.
While declawing should never be an option for 99.9% of felines, the procedure might be necessary in special cases such as when all other means to address a cat's destructive behavior fail, writes retired veterinarian Pete Keesling. Meanwhile, ear cropping and tail docking of dogs are being discouraged by AVMA especially when done solely for cosmetic reasons, Keesling notes.
A cat in Princeton, W.Va., recently tested positive for rabies, and the Mercer County Health Department is urging area residents who might have had contact with the rabid animal to report to the agency. As of Monday, seven people who reported potential exposure to the rabid cat are receiving vaccine treatment.
Advocates for small farms and sustainable agriculture are speaking against a proposed law aimed at improving food safety, saying it could unfairly burden small farms. "Blanket legislation for large farmers does not really work the same for small farmers," said a farmers market director.