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Dr. Gupta's new novel hits the shelvesupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 10:26:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the inspiration for his new novel "Monday Mornings" and the process of writing a book.

Monday Mornings: Chapter 1updated: Wed Mar 14 2012 10:26:00

THE EMTS CRASHED THROUGH the swinging bay doors of the emergency room. Wearing bright blue polyester jumpsuits with a yellow insignia on the left front pocket and standard-issue black boots, they were moving fast. It was impossible to miss the concern, and also the soot, on their young faces. Wherever they were, there had clearly been smoke, probably a fire. Between them was a woman on a gurney, in a silver reflective thermal cocoon. An IV bag, slowly dripping into plastic tubing connected to her arm, swayed wildly on a pole as they wheeled her toward the center of the crowded emergency room.

Saving lives in Mexico's murder capitalupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 11:57:00

On a recent night in Ciudad Juarez a city of 1.2 million across the border from El Paso, Texas, a team of four Green Cross paramedics was getting ready to begin their overnight shift. Juarez, known as Mexico's murder capital, has been marred with violence resulting from a turf war between rival drug cartels.

CNNMoney: Oil boom leads to surging ER visits, wait times, STDsupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 07:36:00

Mercy Medical Center, the only hospital in Williston, N.D., had to double the number of seats in its waiting room six weeks ago.

Doctor: Jackson was 'clinically dead'updated: Mon Oct 03 2011 19:56:00

A doctor talks about letting Conrad Murray continue resuscitation efforts although she thought Michael Jackson was dead.

Doctor at Murray trial: Jackson couldn't have been revived in ERupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 19:56:00

The emergency room doctor who declared Michael Jackson dead testified Monday in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray that there was no way doctors could have revived the pop icon after he arrived at the hospital.

Michael Jackson was 'clinically dead' on arrival to hospital, ER doctor saysupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 11:51:00

The emergency room doctor who pronounced Michael Jackson dead testified Friday that the pop icon had "signs of a dying heart" when he arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Paramedic recalls when Jackson flatlinedupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 11:51:00

A 27-year veteran firefighter/paramedic recounts the rescue efforts to revive a dying Michael Jackson.

How to calmly (and safely) tackle the most common toddler traumasupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 13:22:00

When your toddler is hurt and screaming and emotions are bubbling over, it can be hard to tell if a situation is a true emergency, something that can be treated in your doctor's office or an issue you can handle at home.

2010: When to call your pediatricianupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 09:42:00

We get advice from a pediatrician about when an illness is serious and warrants an immediate call to the doctor.

9 pediatric emergency essentialsupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 09:42:00

Meg Falciani has nothing but respect for the community hospital near her tiny town of Malaga, New Jersey.

Second athlete dies after Nautica Triathlon in New Yorkupdated: Tue Aug 09 2011 09:51:00

An Illinois woman died Monday after participating in New York City's Nautica Triathlon on Sunday, the second athlete to do so. Jonathan Rhys Meyers Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt: Reportupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 16:10:00

The Tudors star is taken to a London hospital after swallowing pills, says a report

Alabama surgeon: 'I was just in shock'updated: Mon May 02 2011 12:53:00

Along with the city's power and phone service, the hospital's pager network went down when the tornado hit.

Tennessee woman resuscitated after heart stops at Lady Gaga concertupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 18:07:00

A long awaited night out at a Lady Gaga concert turned into a nightmare for a 33-year-old Tennessee woman, whose heart was restarted after stopping for five minutes when she went into cardiac arrest. Ann Killion: Giants, Dodgers remind fans that baseball is just a gameupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 12:52:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants black and the Dodgers blue blended together on the green infield on Monday night when the teams set aside decades of bitter rivalry to make a unified statement. To let fans know that, at the end of the day, what they're doing is just playing a game.

2010: Playing ball after a brain tumorupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 10:16:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a 17-year old living his dream of playing football after nearly dying from a brain tumor.

When a headache really is a brain tumorupdated: Thu Apr 07 2011 10:16:00

It's become a classic scenario: You have a headache and after Googling it, you find out a headache can be a sign of a brain tumor.

10 common kid health emergencies and what to doupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 10:42:00

It was one of those moments that you feel, rather than see, in excruciating, punishing slow motion: Four-month-old Tyler Glowacz fell from his bouncer, which was on the kitchen table, and landed on the ceramic floor. "I was only a couple of feet away, but his bouncer was on the table and he wasn't strapped in. Stupid mistake -- I know," admits his mom, LuAnn, of Austin, Texas. She was relieved that Tyler began crying -- silence would have been a more ominous sign -- but she knew she had to get her son to an emergency room.

Don't die waiting in the ERupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 11:04:00

When 2-year-old Malyia Jeffers developed a fever one Sunday afternoon in November, her parents gave her a children's Motrin and kept a cautious eye on her throughout the night.

With cities hit by snow, ERs deal with aftermathupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 10:28:00

During a major storm, the emergency room is eerily quiet. But in the hours afterward, the injured pour in.

Testimony continues in pre-trial hearing of Michael Jackson's doctorupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 06:45:00

A third day of testimony gets underway in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday as a judge decides whether Dr. Conrad Murray will face trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of singer Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson's doctor heads to courtupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 06:45:00

Court hearings begin for Michael Jackson's former physician, Conrad Murray. In Session's Beth Karas reports.

Paramedic on Michael Jackson call: Doctor's story 'didn't add up'updated: Wed Jan 05 2011 22:06:00

Michael Jackson appeared to be dead when an ambulance arrived at his home at 12:26 p.m. June 25, 2009, according to a paramedic and a security guard who testified Wednesday.

Underage drinking soars at New Year'supdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 21:38:00

The number of minors treated in hospital emergency rooms for drinking on New Year's Day 2009 was nearly four times the average daily figure, according to a federal study.

Cold meds sending fewer babies to ERupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 01:51:00

The number of infants and toddlers under age 2 who landed in emergency rooms after ingesting too much over-the-counter cold medicine dropped by more than half following the discontinuation of medicines targeted to that age group, a new study has found.

24 hours in a Chilean mineupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 04:25:00

CNN's Karl Penhaul examines 24 hours in the lives of the trapped Chilean miners.

Chilean hospital prepares for the arrival of 33 trapped minersupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 04:25:00

Military choppers are on standby to swoop into the heliport. Motorcycle police are on alert to escort a fleet of ambulances. And a throng of electric beds with crisp white sheets stand vacant and ready.

Bitten, shot, spat on: Violence in hospitals common for staffupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 07:20:00

A gunman critically injured a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and later killed himself and his mother, police say -- the latest violent incident in a health care setting.

Michael Jackson's dad files wrongful death suitupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 19:19:00

Michael Jackson's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday, the anniversary of the pop star's death, Joe Jackson's lawyer said.

How did Michael Jackson really die?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 19:19:00

Dr. Murray's lawyer tells Murray's version of what happened the day Michael Jackson died. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

Study tracks effects of interruptions on doctorsupdated: Wed May 12 2010 21:39:00

Interruptions in the emergency room may exact an unhealthy toll on patient care, a group of Australian researchers reported Thursday.

9 taken to hospital after complaining about foul odor on planeupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 14:39:00

Nine people were taken to a hospital Tuesday after complaining of a foul odor aboard a US Airways flight in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the airline.

Paramedic: Alleged Michael Jackson ambulance tape is a hoaxupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 20:11:00

A paramedic who rushed Michael Jackson to a hospital the day he died said a recording purported to be him calling the emergency room is a fake, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

New York probes report EMTs ignored woman who diedupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 13:06:00

Officials are investigating reports that two fire department dispatchers trained in emergency medical care refused to help a pregnant worker who collapsed in a cafe they were visiting. The woman later died.

ERs hustling to keep up with H1N1 casesupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 11:09:00

Nate Wordell, 7, just feels lousy: swollen eyes, cough, high fever, stomach ache and he's dehydrated. Nate has H1N1.

More vaccine doses releasedupdated: Tue Nov 03 2009 11:09:00

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more H1N1 vaccine is on the way. Sandra Endo reports.

Five simple ways to save a lifeupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 15:55:00

Quick: What would you do if you impaled yourself with a large, sharp, piece of wood? If your tooth fell out? If you fell from a high ladder? If your friend had a severe allergic reaction?

In Tikrit with Medevacupdated: Sun Sep 27 2009 00:02:00

CNN's Michael Holmes spends some time with Medevac, a team of paramedics who see the worst of the worst in Iraq. John Travolta Testifies About Son's Deathupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 10:26:00

The actor signed a document at the center of the extortion case without reading it because "time was of the essence"

CNNMoney: 911 abuse: Calling with the snifflesupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 13:53:00

People struggling with headaches, toothaches, and even feelings of loneliness are calling 911 -- often several times a day.

Commentary: Why the doctor won't see you nowupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 08:56:00

When President Obama recently cited the number of Americans without health insurance, he declared that, "We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured men, women, and children."

Trooper vs. paramedic scuffleupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 06:18:00

New dashcam video shows what happened when a trooper pulled over an ambulance.

Trooper suspended 5 days for scuffle with paramedicupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 06:18:00

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was suspended Wednesday for five days without pay following a highly publicized scuffle with a paramedic in Okfuskee County in May, according to the Highway Patrol.

How to get into the ER fasterupdated: Fri Jun 26 2009 12:57:00

The average ER wait time is more than 4 hours long. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has these tips for getting in faster.

How to get help in a hurry in the ERupdated: Fri Jun 26 2009 12:57:00

A friend of mine had a houseguest recently who, while sipping a cup of tea at her kitchen table late at night, broke out into nasty-looking hives all over his back. A quick inspection found that a tick had burrowed its way into his skin. After removing it with a pair of tweezers, she whisked him to the emergency room.

'Walking well' flood hospitals with -- or without -- flu symptomsupdated: Sat May 02 2009 11:48:00

A runny nose. A cough. A sore throat. And even pork eaten a week ago.

But is it really an emergency? When to take a child to the ERupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 16:55:00

Naomi Zikmund-Fisher says her son's life was saved by her maternal instincts -- and her son's flat ears.

ER and kids: Where to go?updated: Thu Apr 16 2009 16:55:00

How do you know if you should take your child to the ER? CNN's Elizabeth Cohen has tips.

Docs questioning Quebec's urgent care resourcesupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 12:34:00

Natasha Richardson came to Mont Tremblant ski resort in eastern Canada last month for what was supposed to be a skiing getaway. Natasha Richardson: Tragic Delays After Her Fatal Fallupdated: Mon Mar 23 2009 03:07:00

Confusing symptoms and antiquated medical evacuation system may have contributed to the actress's death

Broadway dims lights to honor Natasha Richardsonupdated: Sat Mar 21 2009 10:55:00

Broadway dimmed its lights Thursday night to honor actress Natasha Richardson, who died after suffering a brain injury while skiing at a Canadian resort.

Broadway remembers Richardsonupdated: Sat Mar 21 2009 10:55:00

Broadway dims its lights in memory of actress Natasha Richardson.

Head injury from blunt impact killed actress, official confirmsupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 22:01:00

Actress Natasha Richardson died of injuries caused by blunt impact to the head, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Thursday.

Actress' symptoms not uncommonupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 22:01:00

Dr. Wendy Wright says the symptoms leading up to the death of Natasha Richardson are not too out of the ordinary

Five things not to do in the ERupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 18:29:00

The video is deeply disturbing.

Beck from the deadupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 18:29:00

Glenn Beck talks about the severe pain he endured, and the lack of compassion he received after surgery.

Empowered Patientupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 10:11:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at a new study on 911 calls and gender.

Five ways to get ambulance workers to take you seriouslyupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 10:11:00

Five days after giving birth to her daughter, Rhonda Monroe laid Dominique back in her crib after nursing, sat down and had a heart attack.

EMS flights under scrutinyupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 19:01:00

The NTSB wants changes to improve safety on EMS flights. CNN's Miles O'Brien reports the FAA hasn't implemented changes.

Board: Lives lost 'needlessly' in medical helicopter crashesupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 19:01:00

Investigators are again on the scene of a fatal medical helicopter crash. Four people were killed Saturday night in suburban Washington when the chopper operated by the Maryland State Police went down in a park.

Board: Lives lost 'needlessly' in medical copter crashesupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 15:26:00

Investigators are again on the scene of a fatal medical helicopter crash. Four people were killed Saturday night in suburban Washington when the chopper, operated by the Maryland State Police, went down in a park. Medevac Helicopter Crash Kills 4updated: Sun Sep 28 2008 14:00:00

Teen survives, 4 killed in medevac crashupdated: Sun Sep 28 2008 12:17:00

Two Maryland State Police personnel, a medical technician and a teenager were killed when a medical evacuation helicopter crashed Sunday in suburban Maryland, police said.

2 ERs placed on lockdown after chemical scareupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 17:28:00

The emergency rooms at two hospitals in Missouri were placed on lockdown Saturday after patients arrived complaining that they had been exposed to a chemical. CDC: Average ER Wait Time an Hourupdated: Wed Aug 06 2008 15:00:00

The average time that hospital emergency rooms patients wait to see a doctor has grown from about 38 minutes to almost an hour over the past decade, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday NY Considers 'Organ-Removal' Ambulanceupdated: Thu Jun 05 2008 16:00:00

Saving the living has always been the No. 1 priority for a New York City ambulance crew. But a select group of paramedics may soon have a different task altogether: saving the dead

Hospitals hit breaking pointupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 17:53:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates five hospitals in New Orleans that are joining forces to stay afloat post-Katrina.

Nurses' 280-mile commute helps a city still in needupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 17:53:00

Think your commute is bad? Imagine driving 280 miles roundtrip to work.

Taking your kid to the ERupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 10:33:00

CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has this week's Empowered Patient.

How to find the best ER for your child updated: Fri Apr 11 2008 10:33:00

When Andrea Buie-Branam brought her asthmatic baby to the nearest emergency room, she thought she was doing the right thing. But once she got there, she began to suspect she wasn't in the right place.

Revised CPR method helps save Arizonansupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 21:05:00

Mike Mertz was dead. With no pulse, no heartbeat and no vital signs, he lay slumped in the front seat of his Saturn, foot wedged against the accelerator with the car stuck between a tree and a stucco wall in Mertz's townhome complex in Glendale, Arizona.

New CPR techniqueupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 21:05:00

A new version of emergency CPR, without breaths, triples the survival rate in new study. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

2008 resolution: Keep track of your healthupdated: Thu Jan 03 2008 18:18:00

For 33 years, the routine in the emergency room was the same.

Pod treatment: Ambulances go modularupdated: Mon Jul 02 2007 06:46:00

What do roadside recovery and home-delivered groceries have in common? They're both inspiring new approaches to paramedic and ambulance care.

CNNMoney: Hospitals try to pick up the ER paceupdated: Mon Jun 18 2007 06:48:00

It's the sort of promotion you might expect from a pizza delivery chain, not a U.S. hospital system.

Gupta: Determining critical patients from crashupdated: Fri Mar 02 2007 15:34:00

Six people, including four college athletes, were killed Friday when their tour bus crashed through a wall and plummeted 30 feet from a bridge onto a busy interstate.

Seeing CBS's Dozier near deathupdated: Tue Jun 06 2006 10:20:00

It's the 12th day of filming at a combat hospital for CNN cameraman Dominic Swann and me. In all the days spent there -- the last thing we ever thought we'd see is a colleague lying on one of the beds -- fighting for her life.

Health care difficulties in the Big Easyupdated: Tue Feb 28 2006 07:36:00

Six months after its near death by drowning, the Crescent City is marking its resuscitation with Mardi Gras.

Vital signs at 1,500 feetupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 13:33:00

For more than 20 years Bill Rypka's career plans have been up in the air, and there are plenty of people alive today who can thank him and his colleagues for it.

Emergency care report cardupdated: Tue Jan 10 2006 08:52:00

Here are overall grades for the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the American College of Emergency Physicians' annual report on the state of emergency medicine in the United States. The grades were produced after analysis in four areas: access to emergency care, quality and patient safety, public health and injury prevention, and medical liability environment.

CNNMoney: Helping paramedics save more livesupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 12:44:00

A talking defibrillator, the first of its kind, could soon be in the hands of paramedics to help them focus on one of the most important but often downplayed aspects of CPR following a heart attack, chest compressions.

Money Magazine: How To Survive the E.R.updated: Thu Dec 01 2005 00:01:00

Funny Thing About Emergencies: You don't see them coming. So when my 84-year-old stepfather Jim quietly slumped out of his chair late last year, my mother and I were stunned. Ten years of helping h...

CNNMoney: How to survive the ERupdated: Mon Nov 21 2005 15:36:00

Funny thing about emergencies: you don't see them coming.

Chicago ER doc skips TV drama for real thingupdated: Wed Sep 14 2005 10:52:00

Ask Roxanne Roberts what she thinks about television's "ER," and she will fire back a two-word review: "Not realistic."

Ship's doctor's work far from fictionupdated: Tue Aug 02 2005 08:14:00

When people learn that Dr. John Bradberry is a ship's doctor the first question they ask is, "Do you wear white shorts?"

Business 2.0: Under The Knife The health-care industry's archaic information technology is a major cause of runaway costs. One doctor's struggupdated: Thu Jan 01 2004 00:01:00

Emergency room physician John Halamka is on one of his evening shifts at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "Got a new admit for you, John," a nurse yells, as Halamka watches a heavyse...

Fortune: The Mayor, His Troops, And The Health Of A City Chicago is better prepared than any other large city to protect its citizens agaupdated: Mon Nov 26 2001 00:01:00

As anthrax terrorized America in mid-October, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley met with his high command in the city's Emergency Communications Center, a technology-packed fortress two miles from the do...

Money Magazine: WHAT TO ASK YOUR HMO ABOUT EMERGENCY CAREupdated: Sun Sep 01 1996 00:01:00

You might think that joining a managed-health-care plan, such as a health maintenance organization, guarantees that your insurance bills will be paid if a health crisis sends you rushing to an emer...


WEIRD FACT OF LIFE: for every problem we face, someone has come up with a solution way too slick to be true. So we've got fat-free mayonnaise that tastes like rancid yak butter, and let's not talk ...


Like the shadows darkening the twisted canyons of Wall Street itself, one hard truth has hung over investors for more than a generation: You cannot beat the stock market. No matter how smart you ar...


Last summer William Daiger could have dropped dead. Or he could have joined those who become permanently impaired when a heart attack destroys a significant part of the body's precious pump. But Da...

Fortune: THE SAFEST CITY FOR A HEART ATTACK updated: Mon Dec 18 1989 00:01:00

The single most critical factor in saving the life of a heart attack victim is how quickly blood resumes flowing through the coronary artery. The longer the heart goes without blood, the greater th...

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