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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Top 10 Daily Medical News Stories (4/14/13)

Here you will find listed the top 10 daily news stories from reputable sources across the internet. No more searching multiple health websites for health news as they are accessible from here. Only at the MedFriendly Medical Blog. Bookmark for future reference.

1. First case of new bird flu strain found in Beijing: A 7-year-old girl has become Beijing's first confirmed case of a new strain of the bird flu virus that has killed 11 people and sickened 37 others in eastern China, officials said Saturday.

2. Turkish womb transplant patient is pregnant: The first woman to have a successful womb transplant from a dead donor is pregnant, a hospital in southern Turkey said.

3. Medicare Increase Could Ding Some in Middle Class: Pugach doesn't see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama's budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors, adding to a surcharge that already costs some 2 million beneficiaries hundreds of dollars a year each.

4. Polio vaccine developer Koprowski dies: A pioneering scientist who developed a polio vaccine used two years before Jonas Salk's injectable version has died. Dr. Hilary Koprowski was 96.

5. Botox Injections Can Make You Depressed: Cosmetic injections to decrease crows' feet may actually leave people feeling depressed, a new small study reveals.

6. Medicare chemo patients are feeling sequester's sting: It may have appeared at first that the federal spending cuts known as the sequester might not cut too deeply. But as some Medicare patients who need chemotherapy are learning to their dismay, there's some real pain in the process.

7. Louisiana company recalls 468K pounds of meat: The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Louisiana-based meat packing company has expanded a recall of meat products because of possible bacterial contamination. No illnesses have been reported.

8. Doctors urged to pause before they post, text, email: Doctors should not “friend” patients on Facebook, should text them with “extreme caution” and should use email only with those who understand the risks of lost privacy, according to the latest set of guidelines to help doctors navigate the online world.

9. Household Chores May Ease Nighttime Menopausal Symptoms: For menopausal women who can't make it to the gym, higher levels of routine physical activity during the day may help relieve sleep problems caused by hot flashes or night sweats, a small new study suggests.

10. Montana Doctors Could Face Jail Time for Assisted Suicide: Dr. Eric Kress has been a family physician for 26 years, but he will never forget the terminally ill patient who called him a "coward" for hesitating to prescribe him lethal medication that would ease his pain and help him die.

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