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.
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.
"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."
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."
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A device called the OtisKnee was supposed to speed the surgical procedure and recovery. Rather, patients saw neither and, as it turned out, the OtisMed Corporation had been distributing the device without clearance from the FDA.
Air-lifted trauma victims who received transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood until they arrived at the trauma unit.
A cancer patient and five doctors have filed a lawsuit seeking to exempt physicians who help terminally ill patients end their lives. Physicians who provide such assistance are not helping the patient commit suicide, but providing the option of bringing about a peaceful death, according to the lawsuit.
Two new clinical trials on the treatment of stroke demonstrate that neurointerventional surgery significantly increases the number of patients who are able to live independently without major neurological disabilities.
Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.