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  • Vast trove of Medicare data details how billions are spent

    Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in payments.
  • Enrique Iglesias undergoing reconstructive hand surgery

    Enrique Iglesias is undergoing reconstructive hand surgery after his fingers were sliced during a recent concert.
  • Novel government cancer study will test precision medicine

    The federal government is launching a very different kind of cancer study that will assign patients drugs based on what genes drive their tumors rather than the type.
  • Portuguese nurses to stage walkout over pay, conditions

    Portuguese nurses have announced a 48-hour strike this week over pay and conditions that is expected to cause widespread disruption to the country's national health service.
  • More than 680 in South Korea isolated over MERS virus fears

    More than 680 people in South Korea are isolated after having contact with patients infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday.
  • In a nation of smokers, Beijing bans lighting up indoors

    China's capital began imposing the country's toughest ban on smoking in public places Monday in hopes of stemming a looming health crisis in a society where smoking remains a nearly ubiquitous part of dining, social events and life in general.
  • Cancer treatments got gentler, yet kids’ survival improved

    The move to make cancer treatments gentler for children has paid a double dividend: More kids are surviving than ever before, and without the long-term complications that doomed many of their peers a generation ago, new research shows.
  • GOP pledges to ‘rein in’ Obama on EPA rules, global warming

    The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.
  • Study: Many cancer patients could be spared brain radiation

    A major study could change care for many of the hundreds of thousands of people each year who have cancer that spreads to the brain from other sites. Contrary to conventional wisdom, radiation therapy to the whole brain did not improve survival, and it harmed memory, speech and thinking skills, doctors found.
  • Pentagon chief to hold people accountable for anthrax

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Sunday that he will find out who was responsible for the mistaken shipments of live anthrax to 11 U.S. states and two countries and will "hold them accountable."