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*LIST* The Best Hospitals In The Country Are...?


  • "U.S. News & World Report” has just released their 28th annual Best Hospitals rankings, which compares 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions
  • Overall, 18 hospitals made the Honor Roll for delivering 'exceptional treatment'
  • The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota tops this year’s Honor Roll list for a second year, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins University

When you check into a hospital, you’re hoping you’ll get the best care possible, but how do you know that's what you're getting? Thanks to “U.S. News & World Report,” we now know which hospitals rank highest.

The magazine has just released their 28th annual Best Hospitals rankings, which compares 4,500 medical centers nationwide in regards to 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

The annual Honor Roll recognizes hospitals with the best overall treatment, with the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota landing at number one for a second year in a row, followed by the Cleveland Clinic (also their second year at number two) and Johns Hopkins Hospital in third. Overall, 18 hospitals made the Honor Roll for delivering exceptional treatment across a many areas of care.

The Top Ten Honor Roll Hospitals

  1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  2. Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  5. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California
  6. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  7. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  8. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York
  9. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California
  10. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
  • As for specialties, the best cancer care can be found at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, while the Cleveland Clinic is tops for cardiology and heart surgery and for orthopedic care you’ll want to head to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. 

Source: U.S. News & World Report 


Professor Drops Bizarre "Stress Reduction" Policy After Backlash


  • A professor at the University of Georgia instituted a “stress reduction policy,” for two of his fall business courses
  • The policy basically allowed students to choose their own grade, and opt out of group participation.
  • He also planned to reduce stress by making all tests “open book and open notes,” and for presentations he would only allow “positive comments” to be made in class
  • After receiving backlash about the policy, the school has forced the professor to nix it

There’s no doubt college is stressful, especially when it comes grade time, but one professor believed he found a way to relieve some of that stress for his students, and if you ask us, it’s a bit ridiculous.

Dr. Richard Watson, a professor at the University of Georgia, had instituted a “stress reduction policy,” for two of his fall business courses. The policy basically allowed students to choose their own grade, and opt out of group participation.

The policy read that if a student is “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course,” they could “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed” with “no explanation.” It also noted that if a student in a group meeting was “stressed by your group dynamics” they could leave without explanation and “discontinue all further group work,” with their grade being based on the “non-group work.”

If that didn’t seem crazy enough, the professor also planned to reduce stress by making all tests “open book and open notes,” and for presentations he would only allow “positive comments” to be made in class, with all other constructive criticism coming by email.

  • As you can imagine, folks didn’t think too much of Watson’s policy, and the backlash became so great the school eventually forced Watson to nix it.  “The professor has removed this language from the syllabus,” Executive Director of Media Communications Greg Trevor says. “In addition, the University of Georgia applies very high standards in its curricular delivery, including a university-wide policy that mandates all faculty employ a grading system based on transparent and pre-defined coursework.”

Source: CampusReform.org


A Cheetos Restaurant Is Coming To New York


  • Starting next week, the first-ever Cheetos restaurant is opening in New York City
  • The Spotted Cheetah will feature a three-course tasting menu, which ranges in price from $8 to $22, designed by Food Network chef Anne Burrell
  • The menu features 11 different Cheetos-inspired dishes, using a variety of Cheetos flavors

Everyone has their own favorite snack, and if your fave is Cheetos, we sure hope you live in New York City. That’s because starting next week, the first-ever Cheetos restaurant is opening in the Big Apple.

The Spotted Cheetah is opening in downtown Manhattan from August 15th – August 17th, and guests can only get in if they have a reservation. And those lucky enough to nab one will certainly be dining on more than just a bag or Cheetos. The restaurant will offer a three-course tasting menu, which ranges in price from $8 to $22, designed by Food Network chef Anne Burrell, and featuring 11 different Cheetos-inspired dishes, using a variety of Cheetos flavors.

Menu items include:

  • Cheetos® Crusted Fried Pickles + Creamy Ranch
  • Cheetos® Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  • Cheetos® Meatballs
  • Purrfectly Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Flamin' Hot® and White Cheddar Mac n' Cheetos®
  • Cheetos® Mix-ups® Crusted Chicken Milanese
  • Spicy Cheetos® Nachos
  • Flamin' Hot® Limón Chicken Tacos
  • Cheetos® Sweetos® Crusted Cheesecake
  • Cheetos® Sweetos® Sweet and Salty Cookies
  • White Cheddar Cheetos® and Cheetos® Sweetos® Apple Crepe 

Source: Multivu.com


Celebs Make Women Feel Bad About Their Post Baby Bodies


  • A new study has found that celebrities with their perfect post-baby bods are making real women feel bad about themselves
  • Nearly half of women are frustrated and feel hopeless that they can’t lose their baby weight as fast as celebrities, while 46% feel self-conscious and depressed about it
  • Most women do believe that it’s unrealistic for the average woman to expect lose weight as fast as celebs, since it doesn’t really factor in the stress that comes with having a baby

Celebrities always love to show off how their body bounced back "after baby," and according to a new study (which we probably could have all figured out on our own), those stars with their perfect post-baby bods are making real women feel bad about themselves.

According to research out of University of Illinois, nearly half of women are frustrated and feel hopeless that they can’t lose their baby weight as fast as celebrities, while 46% feel self-conscious and depressed about it.

In general, most women do believe that it’s unrealistic for the average woman to expect to lose their baby weight as fast as a celebrity, with researchers noting that such quick celeb weight loss “did not account for the realities of giving birth, such as hormones, physical healing and the stress of caring for a baby."

And there’s no doubt a lot of women feel bad about their post-pregnancy bodies, but the research finds that women with supportive husbands are less likely to feel that way. And while mothers may be supportive of one another online or via social media, they can also play a negative role in how a woman feels about her post-baby body. The study finds that some feel that they're being judged because they aren’t losing quickly enough.

Source: The Daily Mail

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