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Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in the United States

October 31, 2014 – 11:49 AM |

By Robert Preidt
(HealthDay News) — The number of medical malpractice payments in the United States has dropped sharply since 2002, according to a new study.
And compensation …

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New Cancer Therapy: Using Oncolytic Viruses to Treat Metastatic Disease

October 31, 2014 – 9:16 AM |

lung cancerBy Brad Thompson, Ph.D.

There exists a “type” of cancer that is common yet rarely discussed—metastatic disease, or cancer that has spread from the part of the body where it originated (the primary tumor) to another (such as lungs, bones or liver). Each year, at least 2.6 million people in the developed world die of cancers that have metastasized. Although much research is being done to combat primary tumors, there still exists a crucial need to find a treatment that can be effective against metastatic cancer, or “mets.”

Could a virus be the key to finally beating the mets? The question is not as odd as it might sound. Read the full story »

Ebola Nurse Defies Quarantine and Leaves Maine Home

October 30, 2014 – 9:42 AM |
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Kaci Hickox, the nurse who returned from Sierra Leone with a low grade fever and was quarantined first by New Jersey and currently Maine, this …

Medicare May Force Patients With Lou Gehrig’s Disease To Lose Communication Tools

October 29, 2014 – 9:27 AM | One Comment
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By Shefali Luthra
Starting Dec. 1, people with ALS – a disease that impairs motor function so people often can’t talk or even move – could …

Some Hepatitis C Patients Not Sick Enough To Qualify For Meds

October 28, 2014 – 4:55 PM |
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By Michelle Andrews
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In the past year, new hepatitis C drugs that promise higher cure rates and fewer side effects have given hope to …

Terminal Cancer Patient Completes Bucket List, Ready For Death With Dignity

October 28, 2014 – 2:57 PM | 3 Comments
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Brittany Maynard, the terminally-ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally take her own life under the state’s Death with Dignity Act, has completed her …

Should Health Care Providers Exposed To Ebola Be Quarantined?

October 28, 2014 – 10:35 AM | 4 Comments
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By Brad Broker
Should travelers returning from Ebola-stricken countries be subjected to a mandatory quarantine? New Jersey, New York and several other states say yes.  The …

Another Excuse To Eat Chocolate: Improves “Senior Moments”

October 27, 2014 – 4:13 PM |
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As Halloween approaches, so does encouraging news regarding memory loss and chocolate.
A small study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience has found that natural memory loss occurring …