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Utah Doctor Gets Up To Life In Wife's Murder

September 19, 2014 10:10 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

A Utah doctor found guilty of killing his wife in a trial that became a national true-crime cable TV obsession will serve 17 years to life in prison, a state judge decided Friday. The long-awaited sentence comes seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress.

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Report: US Health System Not Properly Designed To Meet Needs Of Patients Nearing Death

September 18, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

The U.S. health care system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The 21-member committee that wrote the report envisioned an approach to end-of-life care that integrates traditional medical care and social services and that is high-quality, affordable, and sustainable.

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Columnist Takes Us Through What It's Like To Watch Surgery

September 18, 2014 11:18 am | by Kyrie O'Connor, Houston Chronicle | Comments

First of all, just don't touch anything. Don't even think about touching anything. If you are observing a surgery, this is the first thing you have to know. Most people never see a surgery except on television, where it is performed by pretty actors with a heavy sexual subtext. The experience of attending one in person resembles TV not at all.

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Anthem Promises To Provide High-Quality Medical Care With New Program

September 18, 2014 10:57 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Insurer Anthem Blue Cross is joining with several prominent Southern California hospitals to offer a new type of health coverage plan it promises will provide high-quality medical care at affordable prices. The venture, to be called Vivity, brings together one of the nation's largest health insurers with such providers as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA Health System.

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Researcher: Use of Anti-Inflammatory Medicines After Common Eye Surgery Isn’t Necessary

September 18, 2014 10:28 am | Comments

New research led by Queen’s University professor Robert Campbell (Ophthalmology) has revealed using anti-inflammatory medications after glaucoma laser surgery is not helpful or necessary. Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world and about 400,000 Canadians are afflicted with the disease, which is mainly caused by pressure within the eye being high enough to damage the optic nerve.

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Surgery Could Yield Better Results For Some Lung Cancer Patients

September 18, 2014 10:10 am | Comments

Patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are otherwise healthy fare better over time if they undergo conventional surgery versus less-invasive radiosurgery to remove their cancer, according to a Yale study. The findings are scheduled to be presented at the 56th annual conference of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in San Francisco.

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New Affordable Care Act Tools And Payment Models Deliver $372M In Savings

September 17, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued quality and financial performance results showing that Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the program.

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Joan Rivers' Doctor Snapped Selfie During Throat Surgery

September 17, 2014 11:28 am | by Ginger Adams Otis, New York Daily News | Comments

Joan Rivers’ personal doctor stopped to take a selfie in the procedure room while the famous comedienne was under anesthesia, just moments before she went into cardiac arrest, CNN reported Tuesday. Rivers, 81, was getting a routine scoping of her throat at Yorkville Endoscopy Aug. 28 when her own physician performed an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords, a source told the Daily News.

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Insurance Coverage, Provider Preference Affect Who Gets Bariatric Surgery

September 17, 2014 11:12 am | by Beth Kutscher, Modern Healthcare | Comments

Wide variations in whether Medicare patients undergo bariatric surgery to treat obesity suggest that insurance coverage and provider preference are heavily influencing who has access to the procedure, a new report indicates. What the report didn't find, however, was a correlation between the bariatric surgery rate and the rate of diabetes and obesity in the community.

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Research Reveals Reasons Behind Ethnic Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery Complications

September 17, 2014 10:55 am | Comments

Rhinoplasty surgery, also known as "nose reshaping" or "nose job" was the second most requested cosmetic surgical procedure for 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Yet, nose reshaping is considered one of the most complex of facial plastic surgery procedures for a surgeon to perform. 

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New Radiosurgery Technology Provides Highly Accurate Treatment, Patient Comfort

September 17, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors – but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once – when compared to other radiation therapy stereotactic systems. The study shows the Edge™ Radiosurgery Suite is able to target cancer tumors within 1 mm, providing sub-millimeter accuracy with extreme precision.

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Ebola Outbreak 'Out Of All Proportion' And Severity Cannot Be Predicated

September 16, 2014 11:52 am | Comments

A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick. Dr. Thomas House, of the University's Warwick Mathematics Institute, developed a model that incorporated data from past outbreaks that successfully replicated their eventual scale.

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Scientists Create Therapy-Grade Stem Cells Using New Cocktail

September 16, 2014 11:36 am | Comments

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new cocktail that is highly effective at coaxing adult cells to become quality pluripotent stem cells. The resulting cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells, could be used to replace those lost to damage or disease.

Select Group of Lung Cancer Patients Achieve Long-Term Survival After Aggressive Treatments

September 16, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

A large, international analysis of patients with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) indicates that a patient's overall survival rate can be related to factors including the timing of when metastases develop and lymph node involvement, and that aggressive treatment for "low-risk" patients leads to a five-year OS rate of 47.8 percent, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's Annual Meeting.

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Study: Test for Molecular Subtyping of Breast Cancer Is a Better Guide to Pre-Surgical Treatment

September 16, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

In findings that could eventually change the way breast cancer is treated, a study reports that the BluePrint genomic test provides more accurate information about the molecular subtype of breast cancer than does conventional IHC-FISH pathology testing. The results were reported at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium (#BCS14), held Sept. 4-6 in San Francisco.

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