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Feds: Standardizing Electronic Health Payments Could Save $4.5 Billion

A proposed federal rule would set uniform standards for how health insurance companies are to pay electronic claims for health care services. It would encourage the use of electronic, rather than paper, claims.

A Changing Picture For Cancer Deaths In The U.S.

From the early 1990s until 2008, death rates from cancer in the U.S. fell by about 23 percent in men and 15 percent in women. That works out to more than 1 million fewer deaths from cancer over the period.
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'Seize The Days' Project Documents A Life With Cancer

A local oncologist is launching an audio recording project to help cancer patients document how they've changed their post-diagnosis lives.

The Real Holiday Party For Weight Loss Firms? It's Now

The first week of the year means big profits for weight-loss firms. Some companies are looking to expand their customer base by specifically targeting men. Others are teaming up with big employers.

Feds To Rein In Use Of Some Antibiotics On Animals

When livestock producers overuse antibiotics, the drugs can help breed resistant bacteria, or superbugs, that have infected tens of thousands of people. The FDA wants to stop that, but its announcement today only restricts one class of drugs out of the many used on animals.

In US, Hospital Round Trips More Common For Heart Attack Patients

In the U.S., hospitalized heart attack patients go home sooner than in other countries. They are also more likely to return to the hospital within a month of being discharged.