- Vast trove of Medicare data details how billions are spent
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
- Novel government cancer study will test precision medicine
CHICAGO (AP) — 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.
- Hong Kong quarantines 18 over MERS fears
BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong authorities quarantined 18 fellow passengers of a South Korean man who arrived in the city infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS.
- Cancer treatments got gentler, yet kids' survival improved
CHICAGO (AP) — 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 attack on water rule part of wider bid to 'rein in' EPA
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
- 55 people at Utah shelter get suspected food poisoning
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 50 people staying at a Salt Lake City homeless shelter were taken to hospitals after falling ill with suspected food poisoning, and authorities are investigating whether it stemmed from one of the nearby kitchens that provide meals to transients.
- Study sees benefit from more extensive breast cancer surgery
CHICAGO (AP) — Having a little extra tissue taken off during breast cancer surgery greatly lowers the risk that some cancer will be left behind and require a second operation, according to a new study that could change care for more than 100,000 women in the United States alone each year.
- Study: Many cancer patients could be spared brain radiation
CHICAGO (AP) — 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.
- Northern Ireland leader blames heart attack on bad lifestyle
NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland's leader says he suffered a heart attack this week because he lives on junk food, gets too little sleep and no exercise.
- More cancer success with drugs that enlist immune system
CHICAGO (AP) — For the first time, a major study shows that a drug targeting the body's disease-fighting immune system may improve survival for the most common form of lung cancer.