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Researchers Discover New Path to Address Genetic Muscular Diseases

For decades, scientists have searched for treatments for myopathies — genetic muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy and ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Arizona State and Stanford Universities, and the University of Arizona, has discovered a new avenue to search for treatment possibilities.

The team’s research findings are featured in an article in this week’s early online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Under healthy circumstances, individual muscles grow or atrophy based on the demands placed on them. However

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Some half-billion spent for non-beneficial prostate tests

0 0 0 0 Medicare paid some half billion for non-beneficial prostate tests. (UPI Photo/HO/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta). License photo

Prostate cancer screening has little benefit for men age 75 and older, yet a third of these tests under Medicare are for men this age, U.S. researchers say.

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KIM KARDASHIAN: ‘NORTH IS MUCH MORE STYLISH THAN I WAS WHEN I WAS LITTLE’

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She may not carry the signature K at the beginning of her name like her mom and aunties but one thing is for sure, North West will dress to impress like the women in the Kardashian clan. Kim recently told Vogue magazine that designers have already begun sending her clothes for North to wear while out and about.

I was just blown away by the generosity of the designers for sending me those pieces, said Kim during her interview. Not all of the brands even make clothes for babies. This is the fun part right? Dressing her up and making her look nice. S

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“Obamacare Enrollees Become Urban Legend”

That’s the headline of this Miami Herald story that ran yesterday. Here’s the opening:

Nearly two weeks after the federal government launched the online Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov, individuals who have successfully used the choked-up website to enroll for a subsidized health insurance plan have reached a status akin to urban legend: Everyone has heard of them, but very few people have actually met one.

The Miami Herald searched high and low for individuals who completed enrollment for a subsidized health plan through the marketplace, also called an exchange, launched by the federal government on Oct.

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Mayo Clinic: Cataract Surgeries on the Rise as Boomers Age, Raising Access, Cost Issues

ROCHESTER, Minn. — As baby boomers enter their retirement years, health care costs for complex and debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease are expected to soar. Not drawing as much attention is the likelihood of similarly rising expenses for common age-related medical procedures. A Mayo Clinic study looked at one of those — cataract surgery — and found that more people are getting the vision-improving procedure, seeking it at younger ages and having both eyes repaired within a few months, rather than only treating one eye. The demand shows no sign of leveling off, raising the need to manage costs and ensure access to appropriate cataract treatment, the researchers say.

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Two Talented Cancer Surgeons Join UNM Cancer Center

The Surgical Oncology Department of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center is growing even larger. Ashwani Rajput, MD, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at the UNM School of Medicine, has recently recruited two new hires for the department. Bridget Fahy, MD, who specializes in colorectal and complex pelvic cancer, and Anna Voltura, MD, who specializes in breast cancer, are both excited about the opportunity to work in an NCI designated cancer center.

New Mexico’s unique population is among the reasons these talented surgical oncologists chose the UNM Cancer Center. Dr. Fahy stated, “it’s a population that I felt really needed me.” The New Mexico population has a high percentage of Native American and Hispanic people and both are minorities that experience higher rates of certain cancers. Doctors

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