Tiny Device Is a ‘Huge Advance’ for Treatment of Severe Heart Failure

Tiny Device Is a ‘Huge Advance’ for Treatment of Severe Heart Failure

A clip used to repair damaged heart valves sharply reduced deaths among patients with a grim prognosis.

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How one article capsized a New York literary institution

How one article capsized a New York literary institution

A controversial piece by Jian Ghomeshi in the New York Review of Books cost editor Ian Buruma his job and sparked a debate about free speech

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China sees surge in HIV/Aids cases

China sees surge in HIV/Aids cases

China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone. The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the past. Traditionally, HIV spread rapidly through some parts of China as a result of infected blood transfusions.

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Judge strikes down Kentucky law in win for abortion clinic

Judge strikes down Kentucky law in win for abortion clinic

In a victory for abortion-rights supporters, a federal judge struck down a Kentucky law that had put the state's last abortion clinic at risk of closing when Gov. Matt Bevin's administration cited it in a licensing fight with the facility. U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers, in a long-awaited ruling, said Friday that the two-decade-old law violates constitutionally protected due process rights. The law required Kentucky's abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of medical emergencies.

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The deadliest infectious disease is becoming drug-resistant

The deadliest infectious disease is becoming drug-resistant

Tuberculosis (TB) isn’t a disease Americans hear about much about these days, but that’s not true for the rest of the world. TB is currently the deadliest infectious disease, responsible for 1.6 million deaths last year, most of them in the developing world.

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Yes, Healthcare’s Data Breach Problem Really Is That Bad

Yes, Healthcare's Data Breach Problem Really Is That Bad

Over an eight-year span, healthcare organizations reported 2,149 data breaches affecting 176.4 million records to the federal government, with almost every year bringing more privacy incidents, according to new research. The findings, published today by the JAMA Network, further support the argument that healthcare is particularly vulnerable to hackers. The rise of electronic health records appears to have worsened the situation, placing patients at risk and healthcare providers…

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After century of removing appendixes, docs find antibiotics can be enough

After century of removing appendixes, docs find antibiotics can be enough

After more than a century of slicing tiny, inflamed organs from people’s guts, doctors have found that surgery may not be necessary after all—a simple course of antibiotics can be just as effective at treating appendicitis as going under the knife. The revelation comes from a large, randomized trial out of Finland, published Tuesday, September 25, in JAMA.

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Powerful antibodies suppress HIV for months, could simplify treatment

Powerful antibodies suppress HIV for months, could simplify treatment

Anti-HIV drugs have prevented millions of early deaths from AIDS, but infected people must take the pills every day, for life. Now, two studies in small numbers of people show for the first time that infusions of two powerful anti-HIV antibodies can completely suppress the virus for several months. If the results pan out in larger studies, they could simplify treatment for people who have difficulty taking daily medication, reduce the risk of drug resistance emergence, and even help cut HIV transmission rates.

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