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What to do when history supersedes the thrust of your project?
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The technology isn’t a panacea for all that ails rural health care today. Some areas still lack the required internet connectivity, and critics say telemedicine doesn't enrich a local economy in the way a hospital does, providing jobs and other community goods.
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The cost of chemotherapy constitutes over half of cancer treatment-related costs in the U.S. According to a recent report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the overall cost of cancer care has catapulted since 2011.

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is among the most famous and expensive hospitals in the country. Experts say it makes a great test case to see whether big-name hospitals can thrive in an era of cost-cutting and shrinking networks.

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After scoring a touchdown, the son of Orange County Register humor columnist Marla Jo Fisher fainted. On game day, he was so nervous he hadn't eaten anything. Still, the coaches wouldn't let him come back to the team until he got checked out.

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So far, Mary Isham has met 50% of her $60,000 goal to pay for a cancer treatment she could only find in Europe, thanks to a website that helps people raise money for medical expenses.

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What are the true costs of health care? Who on earth would produce a fake malaria drug? Answers and more from our Daily Briefing.

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