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Measles Outbreak Leads Doc Group to Urge Vaccination

January 23, 2015 – 2:54 PM |

The measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in Anaheim, California has now affected more than 70 people across six different U.S. states. The nation’s premier group …

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Malpractice Reforms Offer More Open Process in Massachusetts

January 23, 2015 – 3:12 PM |

Medical LawWhen a woman had gall bladder surgery at a Massachusetts hospital in 2013, doctors noticed something suspicious on a CT scan that they thought could be ovarian cancer. But the recommendation that the patient get a pelvic ultrasound fell through the cracks. Months later, she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.

Normally, this type of medical mistake could mark the start of a protracted malpractice lawsuit. But in Massachusetts, where medical, legal and consumer groups have worked together in support of a recently enacted law that tries to preempt litigation by establishing a process and timeframe for discussing mistakes, that’s not what happened, according to her attorney who recounted the case in an interview. Read the full story »

Birth Control Pill Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer

January 22, 2015 – 10:56 AM |
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THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with …

Cost of Smoking Can Exceed $2 Million Over Lifetime

January 20, 2015 – 3:40 PM | 2 Comments
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The average financial cost of smoking is about $1.4 million.  That’s the estimated amount one person will spend during their lifetime as a smoker, according …

Too Much Sitting Can Be Deadly — Even if You Exercise

January 20, 2015 – 9:56 AM |
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TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise doesn’t erase the higher risk of serious illness or premature death that comes from sitting too …

Physicians Under Pressure To Remain Independent

January 16, 2015 – 12:08 PM | One Comment
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By Dr. Fred Davis
In order to maintain their autonomy, independent physicians must look to new and innovative practice models that allow them to adapt to …

E-Cigarettes Not Recommended as Tool to Quit Smoking, Hospital Says

January 16, 2015 – 11:27 AM | 5 Comments
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ABINGTON, PA (January 16, 2015)–Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, seem to be everywhere right now. Their popularity has skyrocketed due to the belief that they can …

Vitamin D May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

January 13, 2015 – 11:25 AM |
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TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Higher vitamin D levels in patients with advanced colon cancer appear to improve response to chemotherapy and targeted …