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Can Technology Deliver Better Health Care?

Smartphones can monitor many of your vital signs at home--and do it more cheaply than your doctor. But will technology deliver better medical care? Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Reed Tuckson, head of UnitedHealth Group, and Dr. Arnold Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discuss the future of digital health.
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Planned Parenthood Controversy Hangs Over Komen's Fundraising Races

Participation is down in races to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity. Some Komen supporters remain skeptical about the group, even though a decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood was reversed quickly.
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Antibiotic-Free Meat Business Is Booming, Thanks To Chipotle

Antibiotic-free food went mainstream after Chipotle's founder advertised free-range pork on the menu. Now many big players in food service are getting into the act, creating a few supply chain hiccups.
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More Americans Are Checking Prices Before Getting Health Care

Among recent health care consumers, 16 percent said they'd looked for prices beforehand, compared with 11 percent who'd answered that way two years ago. The most common source is a doctor's office, cited by 50 percent of people who checked on prices.
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Mayor Bloomberg Calls For Ban On Sugary Drinks

New York City's mayor wants to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces from being sold at restaurants, delis and other venues to combat obesity. It's not the first time Mayor Bloomberg has taken on the soda industry. The announcement is prompting objections from beverage distributors — and from some New Yorkers who say they're fed up with the crusades of so-called Nanny Bloomberg.
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Bloomberg's Sugary Drink Ban May Not Change Soda Drinkers' Habits

Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sugary drinks may not slake peoples' thirst for them, or address the obesity problem. A behavioral expert says people who want to buy lots of soda may just rebel at being told what to do.
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As Prosthetics Improve, Amputees Face New Choices

For years, the goal of surgery was to save as much of the amputee's limb as possible. Now, many are opting to amputate more extensively — having healthy parts of their limbs removed — in order to regain more normal, pain-free function with a prosthetic limb.

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