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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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Specialized Consultations Improve Geriatric Care

February 19, 2015 11:43 am | by American College Of Surgeons | Comments

Geriatric trauma patients benefit from quality-of-care consultations that determine their risk of cognitive and physical decline.

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Lab Tests, Ultrasound Identify Children Who Need Surgical Treatment for Appendicitis

February 19, 2015 11:31 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

New diagnostic approach can readily be adapted to other institutions’ practice settings according to new Journal of American College of Surgeons study.

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New Search Tool Connecting Brain Tumor Patients with Surgeons

February 18, 2015 11:20 am | by PRNewswire | Comments

A growing group of neurosurgeons are providing brain tumor and stroke patients with a national search tool that helps them find surgeons trained in new surgical approaches focused on identifying, mapping and often accessing and removing challenging deep-seated tumors or certain strokes that may have once been considered inoperable.

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Tumor Suctioned From Vein to Allow For Kidney Cancer Surgery

February 18, 2015 11:10 am | by PRNewswire | Comments

Henry Ford Hospital surgeons successfully suctioned a cancerous tumor from a major vein in a patient with metastatic kidney cancer, clearing the way for him to undergo a minimally-invasive kidney removal. This allowed him to participate in a clinical trial using genetic material from his tumor to produce a vaccine.

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White House: Healthcare Sign-Ups Top 11 Million

February 18, 2015 10:46 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | Comments

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.

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State Panel Mulls Bill to Reduce Vaccine Exemptions

February 18, 2015 10:36 am | by Rachel LaCorte, AP | Comments

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.

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Climate Changes Could Bring About More Infectious Diseases

February 17, 2015 12:01 pm | Comments

"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."

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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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