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China’s Notorious Air Pollution May Be Worsening Its Floods

Soot and other air pollution may be the cause behind China’s devastating 2013 flood, the country’s worst flood in 50 years, new research suggests. In July of that year, 94 cm of rain pounded a mountainous region of China’s Sichuan province over a five-day period, resulting in floods and landslides that displaced 300,000 and killed […]

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CVS to Share Medical Records With 4 Major Providers

CVS Health announced June 24 that it will be partnering and sharing data with four new healthcare providers across the nation via their electronic health records. “In this era of health care reform, we are pleased to work with these health care organizations to develop collaborative programs that enhance access to patient care, improve health […]

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How One Woman’s Tattoos Convinced Her Doctors That She Had Cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be one of the most devastating, life-altering things a person can possibly receive. But imagine being mistakenly told that your cancer is worsening and spreading rapidly when it actually isn’t. This exact thing recently happened to one 32-year-old woman from California. Dr. Ramez Eskander, an Orange County surgeon, mistook her tattoos […]

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Want to Reduce Malpractice Lawsuits? Focus on Patient Care, Study Suggests

Initiatives to improve the quality of medical care are just as successful in reducing medical malpractice lawsuits as tort reform is, according to a new study. That’s a particularly relevant finding, as many states are considering the latter measure, which puts limits on how much money patients can recover in malpractice suits. “No other study […]

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Softheon, Inc. Offers New Software to Aid Healthcare Companies Transition to Obamacare

Medical equipment rental has improved expeditiously over the past few years. There are multiple ways to rent out medical equipment nowadays, with a notable increase in the rent to own medical equipment as well as the hospital type bed rental options. Medical supply hospital bed rental has opened up the discussion about expanding the rental […]

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World’s First Living Biobank Brings Personalized Treatments to Cancer Patients

In a move that may revolutionize the way cancer patients are treated, UK scientists recently created the world’s first “living biobank” to store samples of patients’ tumor tissues and determine the most promising drugs for each individual patient’s disease. According to the Guardian, geneticists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge take tiny biopsies […]

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Texas Medical Board Bans First-Time Prescriptions Over the Phone

Texas residents will see a major change in the way telephone prescriptions are granted after a ruling from the Texas Medical Board (TMB). The Dallas Morning News reports that on April 10th, the board ruled against the practice of issuing prescriptions to unknown patients over the phone. “Telemedicine,” as it is known, can only be […]

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For the First Time in 75 Years, the FDA May Be Able to Regulate the Cosmetics Industry

For about 75 years, the federal government has not updated its regulations of ingredients in cosmetic and personal-care products, but should new legislation pass, the Food and Drug Administration will be required to evaluate and report on the ingredients of such items as lipstick and deodorant. “From shampoo to lotion, the use of personal care […]

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First Telemedicine Clinic Opens in Florida

Telemedicine is making strides to help homebound patients and people in rural areas receive the treatment and medical attention they need. In addition to being a benefit to patients with chronic illnesses that need monitoring, telemedicine is an asset to mental health patients, as well, allowing them to receive the counseling they need without having […]

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Scandinavian Start Ups Create New Ways to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Healthcare in Scandinavia is already reputed to be among the best in the world. However, thanks to a few new smartphone applications, this level of efficiency could actually increase: several startups in Denmark and Sweden are reportedly working on ways to diagnose skin cancer while removing unnecessary trips to the dermatologist from the equation. Skin […]