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April 27, 2012America's Health Insurance Plans

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  • Early menopause is tied to osteoporosis, fractures, death
    Women whose menopause started before age 47 were at greater risk of osteoporosis, bone fracture and premature death than those with later onset, a Swedish study found. The findings, based on data from 390 white, north European women, appear in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (4/25), MedPage Today (free registration) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Supreme Court, Will They or Won't They?
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  • Hospices focus outreach on minority communities
    Chicago-area hospices have set up outreach programs, hired bilingual staff and partnered with other health care organizations in an effort to reach Latinos, Asian-Americans and other minorities. Nationally, less than 6% of Latinos make that choice and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care community liaison Becky Bart says the concept is misunderstood by relatives who are concerned about their responsibilities to dying family members. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Are you ready for machine learning?
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  Medical Update 
  • Stopping anticoagulants can harm A-fib patients, study finds
    Patients with atrial fibrillation who discontinued anticoagulant treatment were at greater risk for strokes and blood clots, according to a study from researchers at Duke University and the University of California, Los Angeles. The risk was similar for those taking either warfarin or rivaroxaban. The findings will be presented during an American Heart Association webinar. HealthDay News (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Aspirin cuts mortality risk after CRC diagnosis
    A study of colorectal cancer patients in the Netherlands found those who took a daily low dose of aspirin for at least nine months after their diagnosis reduced their mortality risk by 30%, according to Leiden University Medical Centre research. "Our work adds to growing evidence that aspirin not only can prevent cancer from occurring but if it is there it can help prevent it spreading," said Dr. Gerrit-Jan Liefers, lead author of the study. BBC (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Technique detects genes linked to chronic myelogenous leukemia
    Researchers have developed a DNA-based sensor that identifies defective genes that play a role in chronic myelogenous leukemia development. "This technique may be useful as an additional diagnostic and monitoring device for CML detection," according to the lead researcher. The study was published in the journal Analytical Chemistry. Nature (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device can extract circulating tumor cells from blood samples
    Researchers from Harvard University and Children's Hospital Boston have developed a device for extracting circulating tumor cells from blood. Tests on mice with breast cancer showed the microfluidic device can catch more than 90% of the cancerous cells and keep them intact for culturing, according to findings published in the journal Lab on a Chip. The device has other potential uses, such as in gathering stem cells from blood. CNET/Cutting Edge blog (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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