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Supreme Court orders another look at key healthcare provision
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The Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court to take another look at whether a key requirement in the healthcare reform law violates religious freedoms. A pending lawsuit from the private Liberty University had claimed, among other things, that the law would lead to taxpayer dollars funding abortions and contraception, a claim the Obama administration rejects. More

Clock ticking on states to establish exchanges or bow to feds
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Deadlines are looming for states to set up healthcare exchanges mandated by the ACA. They can either run their own, opt for the federal government to take care of it or set up a partnership with the feds. Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia have until Dec. 14, to decide whether to go it alone or until Feb. 15, to decide whether to partner with the Department of Health and Human Services or let the federal government run the whole shebang. More

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White House accountable care approach reaches 1 in 10 in US
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A rapidly emerging healthcare delivery system that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and rein in costs is serving "roughly 10 percent of the U.S. population," according to a new report. More

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FDA approves seasonal flu vaccine made using cell culture technology
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The Food and Drug Administration announces the approval of Flucelvax, the first seasonal influenza vaccine licensed in the United States produced using cultured animal cells, instead of fertilized chicken eggs. Flucelvax is approved to prevent seasonal influenza in people ages 18 years and older. More

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Parents get renewed warning on infant sleep positioners
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Wedges, mats and bolsters sold as infant "sleep positioners" are dangerous and unnecessary, government safety officials say in a renewed warning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of 13 infant suffocation deaths linked to the products from 1997 to 2011, says a report detailing the previously reported cases. More

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With routine mammograms, some breast cancers may be overtreated
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VideoBriefThe endless debate over routine mammograms is getting another kick from an analysis that sharply questions whether the test really does what it's supposed to. Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, coauthor of the analysis of mammography's impact, which was just published in The New England Journal of Medicine, tell Shots that the aim was to "get down to a very basic question." More

Reminders linked to sizable increase in cancer screening rates
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Interventions aimed at guiding patients and helping them better understand colorectal cancer screening can significantly boost screening rates, says a study published online in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. Researchers examined two types of interventions, including mailed materials and phone calls, and found that patients who received those services were about three times as likely to undergo screening than those who had neither. More

 Prevention & Wellness
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Pediatricians: Prescribe morning-after pills in advance
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Wading into the incendiary subject of birth control for young teenagers, the American Academy of Pediatrics called on the nation's pediatricians to counsel all of their adolescent patients about emergency contraception and make advance prescriptions for it available to girls under 17. More

Panel recommends routine HIV tests for teens, adults
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In a broad new expansion of HIV screening, an influential government panel now says everyone ages 15 to 65 should be tested for the virus that causes AIDS. The draft recommendation, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is far broader than its last recommendation in 2005, which called for screening only those at high risk. More

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Standards sought as clinical use of gene sequencing speeds up
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Appropriate professional standards and regulation will help ensure that recent advances made in the use of genomic-based technologies benefit more patients, according to policies adopted at the American Medical Association interim meeting. More

Study: Embryo survival gene may fight range of diseases
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A gene that keeps embryos alive appears to control the immune system and determine how it fights chronic diseases like hepatitis and HIV, and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists said. More

Genome sequencing reveals mutation unique to Burkitt lymphoma
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The first broad genetic landscape map of a Burkitt lymphoma tumor has identified 70 mutations, including several not previously associated with cancer and a new one that is unique to the disease. These findings could be used to develop new drugs or aim existing therapies at mutations known to be susceptible. More

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Study: 'The obesity gene' protects against depression
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Studies have shown that obesity and depression function as reciprocal risk factors: People who are obese are more likely to be depressed and vice versa. From a behavioral basis, it's possible that each can actually cause the other. Doctors go so far as to argue in favor of treating the two conditions together as interrelated illnesses — a study found that among overweight women with major depressive disorder, the only ones who were able to lose weight were those who improved their depression. More

"Burkitt lymphoma may first be noticed as a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, groin, or under the arm, according to the National Library of Medicine."

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