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Plastic Surgery-Obsessed Venezuela Faces Shortage of Prized Breast Implants

09/15/2014 – 9:10 AM |

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.

Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of …

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How Doctors, Patients Will Use Apple’s HealthKit in Medical Trials

09/15/2014 – 2:50 PM |

HealthKitBy Alan Lyndon

Apple’s plan to move into the healthcare market became a little clearer today.  Reuters reported that Stanford and Duke will host medical trials using HealthKit, which Apple describes as the “beginning of a health revolution” that brings together health and fitness data that can be shared with doctors for more efficient managed care.

The trial at Stanford University Hospital will focus on children with diabetes.  Patients with Type I, or juvenile, diabetes will receive an iPod Touch to take home and monitor their blood sugar levels.  Duke University will conduct a trial to measure blood pressure, weight and other vital signs of cancer and heart disease patients. Read the full story »

What Patients Should Know About Paying For ‘Observation Care’

09/12/2014 – 12:04 PM | One Comment
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By Susan Jaffe

An increasing number of seniors who spend time in the hospital are surprised to learn that they were not “admitted” patients — even though …

Silicon Valley’s Path to Conquer Heath Care Blocked by FDA Rules

09/12/2014 – 6:00 AM |
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By Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — From Apple’s new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar — Silicon Valley …

V.A. Plans To Increase Physician Salary Hire More Providers

09/11/2014 – 7:53 AM |
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By Brad Broker
As part of its campaign to improve access and care, the Department of Veterans Administration has announced a major recruiting plan to bring …

Docs Say Electronic Medical Records Waste Time

09/10/2014 – 3:31 PM |
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While electronic medical records are supposed to advance the practice of medicine and health maintenance, doctors aren’t so sure.  In fact, the results of a …

New Lung Cancer Test May Benefit Heavy Smokers

09/10/2014 – 9:43 AM |
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By Lauran Neergaard
AP Medical Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they’re 65 …

Apple Watch is ‘Comprehensive Health and Fitness Device’

09/09/2014 – 3:02 PM |
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By Alan Lyndon
Apple today introduced two new iPhones as well as the much anticipated Apple Watch, which is a combination of mini communicator, health tracker …