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11:56am

Thu March 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Detailed Genetic Tests Reveal Cancer's Complexity

A study of kidney cancer patients finds the complexity of tumors may thwart simple attempts to personalize treatment.
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Cancer may be even more complicated than everybody already thought. And that's why a single tissue sample taken from a single tumor may not be the best way to figure out a course of treatment.

British researchers took multiple samples within kidney tumors (before and after drug treatment) and also got samples from tumors that had spread from the original cancers in four patients.

They performed all kinds of genetic tests, including detailed DNA sequencing, on the cancers and found wide variations in some key traits.

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2:50pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

1 In 3 Americans Is Having A Hard Time Paying Medical Bills

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While politicians and soon, the Supreme Court, are fighting about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, a new government study finds that a growing number of Americans are having difficulty coping with the high cost of health care.

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12:46pm

Wed March 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Here's Hoping You Never Get A Hotel Bill Like This One

There are no standard rates. We can charge whatever we want.
Costs Of Care

Sit back and enjoy a video that will probably give you a chuckle, then might make you fume.

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10:37am

Wed March 7, 2012
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For The Tavenners, Health Care Is All In The Family

Marilyn Tavenner is the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Hospital administrators have to deal with Medicare and Medicaid almost every day.

Not too many have to deal with Mom at the same time.

But Matt Tavenner does.

Marilyn Tavenner is the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Matt, assistant administrator at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Ky., is her son.

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9:05am

Wed March 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Scientists Feel A Little Better About Where They Work

A survey of scientists at the Food and Drug Administration finds they're feeling more optimistic about the integrity of decisions made at headquarters (seen here) and elsewhere in the agency.
FDA

Scientists who work for the Food and Drug Administration are feeling more optimistic about the future of their agency than they did back in 2006, according to a survey just out from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

But they still report concerns about outside pressures on the FDA's decisions and policies.

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