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Premature Baby Gets Heart Transplant

February 17, 2015 11:21 am | by Terry Tang, AP | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Brain Stents Show Huge Promise for Stroke Patients

February 13, 2015 11:19 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | 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 | 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 | 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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Non-FDA Approved Device Case Offers Warnings

February 12, 2015 10:31 am | by New York Times | Comments

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.

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In-Flight Blood Transfusions Increase Survival Rates of Trauma Patients

February 12, 2015 10:09 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

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.

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Suit Seeks to Exempt Physicians from Assisted Suicide Law

February 12, 2015 9:58 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, AP | Comments

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.

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Neurointerventional Surgery Could Reduce Stroke Mortality

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by New England Journal of Medicine | Comments

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.

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Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 11, 2015 12:17 pm | by AAOS | Comments

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.

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Rate of Latino Physicians Shrinks, Even as Population Grows

February 11, 2015 12:07 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

Researchers were surprised by the 22 percent drop in the rate of Latino physicians, a decline that was in stark contrast to the 49 percent increase in non-Hispanic white physicians over the same period.

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Most Effective Procedure for Extreme Obesity Comes With Warning

February 11, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."

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Smaller Pre-Op Radiation Targets Reduce Side Effects

February 11, 2015 11:29 am | by Rush University Medical Center | Comments

Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduced long-term side effects without effecting survival rates.

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