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Grad Student Invents Flying Ambulance Drone To Deliver Emergency Shocks

Drones have been used to kill people in war zones and to spy on people. Now a sharp young  graduate student in the Netherlands has come up with an innovative new use for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. 16 more words

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Ebola, Natural Cures, And Panic: A Rant

I try to stick to writing about cardiovascular topics but it’s been hard to avoid thinking about ebola in recent weeks. Trying to take a break from the ebola insanity yesterday I turned to Facebook to find some cute cat videos. 64 more words

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Paper Behind The Green Coffee Bean Diet Craze Retracted

The “scientific” paper that helped ignite the green coffee bean diet craze has been retracted. The details of the retraction and the full background of the story were  83 more words

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Cigna Sues Embattled HDL Laboratory For $84 Million

The Cigna Health and Life Insurance company is suing Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. for $84 million.  As reported previously, the embattled lab company is the subject of an ongoing Federal investigation concerning kickbacks and fraudulent billing. 83 more words

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Doctor: You're Going To Have A Heart Attack! Patient: Your Tests Results Are Giving Me A Heart Attack!

Last month I wrote a series of articles (starting here) about HDL, a laboratory company under investigation by the DOJ for giving kickbacks to physicians who use their tests. 73 more words

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Inappropriate Heart Stress Tests May Waste Half A Billion Dollars A Year

Inappropriate cardiac stress tests may cost the US healthcare system as much as half a billion dollars each year, according to a new study published in  82 more words

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Medicare Reimbursement for Lung Cancer Screening Provokes Debate

Although 160,000 people in the U.S. die each year from lung cancer, accounting for more than a quarter of all cancer deaths, screening for lung cancer remains controversial. 111 more words

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