1.) You need heart surgery, but you don’t have medical insurance and can't afford the tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket bill, so what do you do? The solution may be in India - heart surgery for $800. An Indian cardiac surgeon has built a "no-frills" clinic in Mysore, southern India, at a fraction of the cost of building equivalent hospitals in the West, and passed on the savings to his patients. Air-conditioning is restricted to operating rooms and intensive care units. Ventilation comes from large windows on the wards. Relatives or friends visiting in-patients undergo a four-hour nursing course and are expected to change bandages and do other simple tasks. Inspired by low-cost airlines that keep their planes in the air as much as possible, the clinic operating rooms are open from early morning to late at night, six days a week with each surgeon performing up to four operations a day, on a fraction of the wages of doctors here.
2.) Here’s another award for Los Angeles. Traffic information company INRIX has proclaimed L.A. the most congested city in the United States. The group says that drivers in Los Angeles averaged 59 hours sitting in traffic in 2012, compared to 50 hours in Honolulu, which topped the list for the previous two years. Those cities were followed by San Francisco, Austin, Texas, and New York.
3.) Today or tomorrow, there’ll be a new name and logo for a Boston sports team. The recent events in Boston have forced the changes for the city’s semi-pro women’s basketball team. The Boston Bombers have already abandoned their BostonBombersBasketball.com website, and have shutdown their Twitter and Facebook accounts as well. The team plays in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League, a semi-pro league for women 20 and older.