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2:01pm

Mon April 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

With Cancer Care, The U.S. Spends More, But Gets More

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 2:03 pm

Newer cancer treatment drugs have raised the cost of treatment even more.
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By now it's hardly news that the U.S. spends more than every other industrialized country on health care. But a new study suggests that at least when it comes to cancer care, Americans may actually be getting decent value.

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11:42am

Mon April 9, 2012
The Salt

Fast Food Chains In Cafeterias Put Hospitals In A Bind

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 9:07 am

The McDonald's inside the Cleveland Clinic, 2004, in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak AP

On one side of a wall inside the Truman Medical Center cafeteria in Kansas City, Missouri, the menu features low-calorie, low-fat and low-sodium meals. On the other side of the wall is a McDonald's, featuring hamburgers and french fries.

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5:30am

Mon April 9, 2012
Health

State Touts Healthy Population To Entice Companies

Denver encourages residents and visitors to be healthy and bicycle instead of drive by providing red bikes that can be rented and dropped off in various locations.
B-Cycle Denver

Colorado is promoting its relatively healthy residents to lure new businesses to the state, arguing that able-bodied people are more productive and may cost less to insure.

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1:34am

Mon April 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Wider Use Of Breast Cancer Radiation Technique Raises Concern

This illustration shows a device made by MammoSite used to deliver targeted doses of radiation as part of brachytherapy.
Courtesy Radiological Society of North America

When Lisa Galloway was trying to decide what kind of radiation treatment to undergo after surgery for early breast cancer, she jumped at the chance to get a newer, quicker approach.

Instead of dragging on for weeks, the newer form of radiation, called brachytherapy, only takes five days.

"Five days compared to 33 days, I was like, 'Yay!' " says Galloway, 53, of Silver Spring, Md. "So I wanted it so badly. I got it — I got my wish."

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10:08pm

Sun April 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Study Warns Of Autism Risk For Children Of Obese Mothers

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 7:18 am

A pregnant woman measures her stomach.
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Scientists have found one more reason that pregnancy and obesity can be a bad combination.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that moms who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have a child with autism or another developmental problem.

The finding is "worrisome in light of this rather striking epidemic of obesity" in the U.S., says Irva Hertz-Picciotto from the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis, one of the study's authors.

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