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President: Medicare Cuts Proposed For Next Year

February 24, 2014 6:05 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

Cuts are on the table next year for Medicare Advantage plans, the Obama administration says. The politically dicey move affecting a private insurance alternative highly popular with seniors immediately touched off an election-year fight...

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Former Hospital Owner Bribed Senator As Part Of $500M Fraud Scheme

February 24, 2014 5:26 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | Comments

The former owner of a tiny orthopedic hospital with an unusually heavy roster of spinal surgery patients was charged Friday with health care fraud in a $500 million scheme to defraud workers' compensation insurance providers with the help of a California state senator...

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Researchers Make Powerful Muscles... From Fishing Line And Sewing Thread

February 21, 2014 10:25 am | Comments

The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and generate a hundred times higher mechanical power than the same length and weight of human muscle. Per weight, they can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same mechanical power as a jet engine...

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New C-Section Guidelines Urge Longer Wait Before Opting For Surgery

February 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Show more patience in the delivery room: That's the prescription being given to the nation's obstetricians. New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver their babies vaginally before assuming that labor has stalled. The recommendations are the latest in years of efforts to prevent unnecessary C-sections...

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University Of Arizona Surgeon First In S. Arizona To Treat Giant Aneurysm With New Technique

February 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Faye DeHoff | Comments

Using a new minimally invasive treatment, a University of Arizona surgeon was able to successfully treat a giant aneurysm with less risk of stroke or brain damage. Dr. Travis Dumont is the only neurosurgeon in Southern Arizona trained in the use of this flow diversion stent technology....

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Thyroid Cancer Cases Soar; Is It Overdiagnosed?

February 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975. The study is the latest to question whether all cancers need aggressive treatment...

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Study: More Women Receiving Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

February 20, 2014 11:16 am | Comments

A new study finds that the majority of women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer go on to get breast reconstruction, a practice that has increased dramatically over time. Researchers found that 46 percent of patients received reconstruction in 1998 but that figure rose to 63 percent by 2007...

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Drug-Eluting Balloon Angioplasty Treatment Shows Encouraging Results In Diabetic Population

February 20, 2014 11:11 am | Comments

Despite good immediate results, in up to 40 percent of patients, obstructed arteries in the leg treated with a stent will again become blocked. This in-stent restenosis is typically treated with balloon angioplasty to clear the artery. The addition of drug-eluting balloons is showing improved outcomes for restenosis and could become the treatment of choice for femoropopliteal in-stent restenosis...

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Biden: Healthcare Sign-ups May Fall Short Of Goal

February 20, 2014 6:44 am | by Patrick Condon, Associated Press | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that it would be a good start for the federal healthcare law if 5 million to 6 million people sign up by the end of March, an acknowledgement that enrollments might fall significantly short of the Obama administration's unofficial target of 7 million...

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Study: Low Rate Of SSIs Following Ambulatory Surgery

February 19, 2014 9:59 am | Comments

In an analysis that included nearly 300,000 patients from eight states who underwent ambulatory surgery (surgery performed on a person who is admitted to and discharged from a hospital on the same day), researchers found that the rates of surgical site infections were relatively low; however, the absolute number of patients with these complications is substantial, according to a study...

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One-Quarter Of High Risk Patients Denied Anticoagulation After AF Ablation

February 19, 2014 7:04 am | Comments

The EORP Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study, conducted by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), reveals that 65 percent of patients were taking anticoagulants one year after ablation of AF.1 But up to 25 percent of patients at high risk of stroke (defined as a CHA2DS2-VASc score >1) were not taking any anticoagulant drug...

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Study: Blood Test Serves As 'Crystal Ball' For Heart Transplant Patients

February 19, 2014 6:55 am | Comments

A new UCLA-led study shows that a blood test commonly used to determine whether heart transplant recipients are rejecting their new organ can also predict potential rejection-related problems in the future...         

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Online Doctor Reviews Not Commonly Researched By Patients

February 19, 2014 6:48 am | by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press | Comments

Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars, and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That's according to a survey that found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews — and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important...

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Researchers Develop Sticky Nanoparticles To Fight Heart Disease

February 18, 2014 11:09 am | Comments

Clemson University researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs targeting damaged arteries, a non-invasive method to fight heart disease. The researchers, led by Clemson bioengineering professor Naren Vyavahare, hope their advanced nanoparticles could be used alongside stents or in lieu of them...

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Russian Olympic Skier Breaks Back, Undergoes 6 1/2-Hour Surgery

February 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova has been airlifted to Germany for further treatment after surgery on her fractured spine, the Russian freestyle ski federation said Sunday. The 23-year-old Komissarova crashed during a training run Saturday, fracturing the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back, and underwent emergency surgery lasting 6 ½ hours...

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