Erick Munoz, flanked by lawyers, walks to 96th District Court last Friday. A judge ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support from his wife, Marlise. Tim Sharp/AP hide caption

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Amanda Gerety, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center, checks monitors that track patients' vital signs. Fewer beeps means crisis warnings are easier to hear, she says. Richard Knox/NPR hide caption

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Before you have get a new hip, you might want to check the government's list of best and worst hospitals for the operation. iStockphoto hide caption

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A hearse leaves the Deeds family home in Millboro, Va., on Tuesday, after 24-year-old Austin "Gus" Deeds died in an apparent suicide. Don Petersen/AP hide caption

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Dietary supplements are generally defined as vitamins, minerals, herbs and extracts. They're regulated as a unique category of food by the Food and Drug Administration. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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New York University's Langone Medical Center in New York City is considered in-network for relatively few of the health plans offered in the state marketplace. Glen Argov/Landov hide caption

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Some patients at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Washington are given wristbands showing that they have a high risk of falling. John Ryan/KUOW hide caption

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Hospital intensive care units save lives, but people there often suffer from delirium. Cal EMA / Flickr hide caption

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One bad winter storm could leave Estes Park Medical Center isolated and unable to transfer seriously ill patients to facilities with intensive care units and other specialized services. Eric Whitney hide caption

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