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8:50am

Thu October 25, 2012
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Many Terminal Cancer Patients Mistakenly Believe A Cure Is Possible

Dr. Joel Policzer checks on his patient, Lillian Landry, in the hospice wing of an Florida hospital in 2009. A new study found that many terminally ill cancer patients don't fully understand their prognosis.
J. Pat Carter AP

Doctors are often called upon to deliver bad news to patients, and there isn't much that's worse than a diagnosis of an advanced-stage cancer for which there is no cure.

But there's new evidence that a surprisingly large majority of patients who receive this news don't fully comprehend it, or perhaps willfully choose to ignore it.

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12:23pm

Wed October 24, 2012
Health

44% Of Coloradans Use ER For Non-Emergencies

Stephen Swofford

A survey of 10,000 Coloradans has found that 44 percent of visits to the emergency room are for ailments that could be treated by a regular doctor.

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12:05pm

Wed October 24, 2012
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Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo By Changing Genes Across Generations

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:21 pm

An image of researchers at Oregon Health & Science University removing the nucleus from the mother's cell before it's inserted into the donor's egg cell.
Courtesty of Oregon Health & Science University

Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland say they took the step to try to prevent women from giving birth to babies with genetic diseases. But the research is raising a host of ethical, social and moral questions.

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10:06am

Wed October 24, 2012
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How Does The Polio Vaccine Reach A Remote Corner Of The World?

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:00 pm

Health workers transport the polio vaccine by donkey in southeastern Pakistan.
Asad Zaidi Courtesy of UNICEF Pakistan.

In the past week, we've had a lot to say about polio — from its history in the U.S. to vaccination efforts in Nigeria and Pakistan.

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8:45am

Wed October 24, 2012
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The Sick Turn To Crowdfunding To Pay Medical Bills

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:14 am

Fundraising for medical causes is getting easier with sites like GoFundMe.
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