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White House: Healthcare Sign-Ups Top 11 Million

February 18, 2015 10:46 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

More than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year, but that preliminary estimate comes with a couple of legal and procedural asterisks.

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State Panel Mulls Bill to Reduce Vaccine Exemptions

February 18, 2015 10:36 am | by Rachel LaCorte, AP | News | Comments

Personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines would not be an authorized exemption for the parents of school-age children under a measure that received a public hearing before a Washington state house committee, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change.

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Climate Changes Could Bring About More Infectious Diseases

February 17, 2015 12:01 pm | News | Comments

"We have to admit we're not winning the war against emerging diseases. We're not anticipating them. We're not paying attention to their basic biology, where they might come from and the potential for new pathogens to be introduced."

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3D Printing for Surgery Practice

February 17, 2015 11:47 am | by Sam Brusco, Medical Design Technology Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Models produced by 3D printers are proving to be valuable diagnostic and surgical tools. 3D imaging software is able to produce a physical representation of surgical sites, enabling surgeons to approach the surgery from several different perspectives.

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Premature Baby Gets Heart Transplant

February 17, 2015 11:21 am | by Terry Tang, AP | News | Comments

Caylyn Otto bought a bracelet for her unborn son, but not for his baptism. "I pictured it being on an urn or being buried with him," Otto said. "I never thought he'd get to wear it."

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Web Fix Helps Drive Flurry of Obamacare Sign-Ups

February 17, 2015 11:06 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Obama's healthcare law were out in force trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline. Early estimates point to over 12 million enrollees in "Obamacare".

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Seeking Relief From Health Law Penalties

February 17, 2015 10:54 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

This year is the first time many Americans will experience the complicated interactions between the new healthcare law and taxes. Based on congressional analysis, tax preparation giant H&R Block says roughly four million uninsured people will pay penalties.

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Revolutionary Probe Finds Cancer Cells For Surgeons

February 13, 2015 11:45 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

The hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe enables surgeons, for the first time, to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery.

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Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The medical community embracing cutting edge tech is nothing new, the tech however, is constantly new. The connection between telerobotic and remote surgery just got a lot more accommodating, which means the one thing those in the medical world will need is an army of qualified developers.

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Brain Stents Show Huge Promise for Stroke Patients

February 13, 2015 11:19 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | News | Comments

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.

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Radiotracer Helps Limit Biopsies in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by ESTRO | News | Comments

The biopsy of the first lymph node to which a cancer spreads has lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Now a team of researchers has been able to identify the sentinel node in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma using a novel tracer. It's a challenging task because there are up to 150 different lymph nodes in the neck.

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Even as Sign-up Deadline Nears, Obamacare Facing a New Challenge

February 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

A few tweaks from Congress would fix the problem but Republicans are unlikely to come to its rescue. Meanwhile, with the sign-up working relatively well, the administration seems on track to meet its target of 9.1 million people, but a pending Supreme Court case leaves many things in question.

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traxi Panniculus Retractor

February 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Clinical Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

Clinical Innovations offers their traxi™ Panniculus Retractor with Retentus™ Technology. traxi lifts and retracts the dense layer of fatty tissue during abdominal procedures. When used in cesarean sections, it allows for a safer labor and delivery experience for mothers with a high BMI.

Protect Your Reprocessing Savings

February 12, 2015 11:53 am | by Stryker | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker Sustainability Solutions is committed to helping hospitals increase their supply chain cost savings.

Healthcare as a Right in the Age of Obamacare

February 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Miles J. Zaremski | Blogs | Comments

President Lyndon Johnson apparently also considered healthcare a right. Johnson once told then-senator Hubert Humphrey, "I'll go a hundred million or a billion on health or education ... You got to have health. I may cut back some tanks. But not on health."

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