Philadelphia researchers compared outpatient surgery in a hospital and at an outside facility.
They found urological procedures cost significantly less when performed in a doctor's office or surgical center. Doctors estimate medicare could save $66 million a year if 50% of hospital surgeries are moved to ambulatory surgery centers.
Too much noise in a hospital intensive care unit could harm some patients. Yale researchers interviewed 70 ICU patients and recorded in room activities overnight. They found the sound level often exceeded recommended levels. The study says excessive noise could lead to worse outcomes because patients are sleep deprived.
And - researchers in Sweden found people exposed to mold in their homes are at increased risk of chronic inflammatory lung disease. The disease, known as sarcoidosis, can lead to permanent organ damage.