HCA Holdings, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S., reported lower earnings than expected Monday.
And one of the reasons might surprise you: some people appear to be forgoing surgery, in part, because of hard economic times.
When the company looked at surgical admissions hospital by hospital, it found they declined 1.6 percent in the U.S. in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Inpatient surgeries took a bigger hit than outpatient cases, but both were down.
People gather outside Oslo City Hall to participate in a "rose march" in memory of the victims of Friday's bomb attack and shooting massacre in Norway on Monday, July 25, 2011. Anders Behring Breivik has admitted bombing Norway's capital and opening fire on a political youth group retreat, but he entered a plea of not guilty, saying he wanted to save Europe from Muslim immigration.
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Jamie Bartlett is head of the Violence and Extremism Programme at the London-based think tank Demos. Jonathan Birdwell is a researcher on the Violence and Extremism Programme at Demos. They are currently undertaking a major research project into the growth of far-right street-based movements across Europe, including the largest ever survey of far-right activists, which is due to be completed in October 2011.
In this July 4, 2008 file photo, singer Amy Winehouse of England performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Arganda del Rey, on the outskirts of Madrid. British police say singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old.
A year and a half ago, Wal-Mart bought the video streaming service VUDU. Now it has moved the service onto the main Walmart.com website to attract more eyeballs. Online shoppers can order DVDs by mail or for store pickup, or they can stream them directly from the website.