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9:26am

Thu February 21, 2013
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Hospitals Clamp Down On Early Elective Births

Waiting may be hard, but it's worth it.
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For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.

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7:23am

Thu February 21, 2013
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Medical Waste: 90 More Don'ts For Your Doctor

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 2:54 pm

Scans shouldn't be ordered routinely for kids with minor head injuries, new advice to doctors says.
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Doctors do stuff — tests, procedures, drug regimens and operations. It's what they're trained to do, what they're paid to do and often what they fear not doing.

So it's pretty significant that a broad array of medical specialty groups is issuing an expanding list of don'ts for physicians.

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4:33pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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In Reversal, Florida Gov. Scott Agrees To Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:25 am

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long a foe of the administration's health overhaul, reversed course and agree to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state.
J Pat Carter AP

4:33pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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Print Me An Ear: 3-D Printing Tackles Human Cartilage

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 5:34 am

Larry Bonassar shows off an ear that he and his colleagues at Cornell University built out of living cartilage cells with the help of a 3-D printer.
Lindsay France Cornell University Photography

An ear, unsurprisingly, is difficult to make from scratch. Ear cartilage is uniquely flexible and strong and has been impossible for scientists to reproduce with synthetic prostheses.

If a child is born without one, doctors typically carve a replacement ear out of rib cartilage, but it lacks the wonderfully firm yet springy qualities of the original ear. And it often doesn't look so good.

So why not print one?

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3:12pm

Wed February 20, 2013
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Arizona Seeks To Balance Patients And Profits With Home Care

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:11 pm

Luz Sepada, 59, lives in South Tucson, Ariz. Before the University of Arizona Health Plan assumed control of her medical care, Sepada was hospitalized 10 times in one year. After she was assigned a UAHP case manager, Sepada has been able to stay at home with no trips to the emergency department.
Sarah Varney KHN

Can for-profit health insurance companies be trusted to take care of the nation's sickest and most expensive patients?

Many states, under an initiative supported by the Obama administration, are planning to let the companies manage health care for those elderly and disabled people covered by both Medicare and Medicaid.

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