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California Congressman Wants Hearing on Superbug Outbreak

February 24, 2015 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Congress should launch an investigation into what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is doing to prevent additional superbug infections after a deadly outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital linked to tainted medical scopes, a lawmaker said Monday.

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Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014

February 24, 2015 11:02 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press | Comments

The share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014 as President Barack Obama's overhaul took full effect, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

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Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated at Texas Children's Hospital

February 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Texas Children's Hospital | Comments

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, conjoined twin girls born at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in April 2014, underwent a successful separation surgery on Feb. 17 at Texas Children's Hospital.

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3D Printed Guides can Help Restore Function in Damaged Nerves

February 23, 2015 1:30 pm | by University of Sheffield | Comments

The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), is a framework of tiny tubes that guide the damaged nerve ends towards each other so that they can repair naturally.

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Physicians Performing Breast Exams May Miss Deep Masses

February 23, 2015 1:21 pm | by Loyola University Health System | Comments

Many physicians who tested their breast-examination skills on a new type of pressure-sensing breast model failed to detect masses deep in the breast because they were not pressing hard enough, a study has found.

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Study Finds Same Mortality Rates for Experienced and New Surgeons

February 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by American Statistical Association | Comments

Additional study needed to affirm consistency of findings to latest surgeon training practices, other factors, say researchers.

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Governors: No Clear Plan If Healthcare Subsidies Fall

February 23, 2015 1:03 pm | by Steve Peoples, The Associated Press | Comments

Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

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Is 'Health in All Policies' Concept Working for Governments?

February 20, 2015 12:19 pm | by St. Michael's Hospital | Comments

Health in All Policies, or HiAP, has gained traction in some governments but little research has gone into measuring its effectiveness.

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800,000 HealthCare.gov Customers Given Wrong Tax Info

February 20, 2015 12:06 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.

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Lawyer: Teen Infected By Superbug Struggling to Survive

February 20, 2015 11:58 am | by Alicia Chang and John Rogers, AP Science Writers | Comments

An 18-year-old student is struggling to survive after he was infected by a superbug outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, his attorney said.

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Five Winning Pediatric Device Innovators Receive Seed Funds

February 20, 2015 11:51 am | by Children's National Health System | Comments

$250,000 given to winners at second annual National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) Competition.

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Improved Health Care Systems Needed to Combat Obesity Crisis

February 19, 2015 12:24 pm | by Milken Institute School of Public Health | Comments

Policy and environmental changes are very important in preventing unhealthy weight gain but may not help people with severe obesity achieve substantial weight loss, according to a report published online February 18 in The Lancet.

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Operation Smile's First Obstetric Fistula Repair Mission

February 19, 2015 12:15 pm | by Sheridan Healthcare, Inc. | Comments

Anesthesiologist Richard Berlin, M.D., will lead the first-ever obstetric fistula repair mission for international children's medical aid organization Operation Smile.

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2 Dead, 179 Exposed after Superbug Outbreak at Hospital

February 19, 2015 12:00 pm | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients, including two who died, with a potentially deadly superbug at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said. A total of 179 patients have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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More Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland, Illinois Day Care

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 141, with most of the new illnesses tied to outbreaks at Disneyland in California and an Illinois day care center.

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