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Mike Hixenbaugh shares how he and Charlie Ornstein exposed the unusually high rate of deaths and complications at one of the country’s best known heart transplant programs.
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Health reform goes to the Supreme Court, environmental health woes in Mecca, and possible new regulation for Calif. medical marijuana users, more from our Daily Briefing.

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Radiation Worries: As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with all the controversy over whole-body airport security scanners, the New York Times’ Walt Bogdanich and Jo Craven McGinty examine possible in the wake of lucrative dental diagnostic technologies both old and new.

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Many years ago I was a kid on a wilderness canoe trip, on a beautiful isolated lake in northern Ontario. We stopped for lunch in the early afternoon and stripped down to wash up in the cold water.

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For the last week I have been mulling over the name heart failure, questioning why the collective conditions that bear its name ever got such a name, and looking into the very murky area of heart failure death statistics.  Many, many of us who were shocked to get the frightening diagnosis “heart failure” do not have hearts that have failed.  We got treated, some more quickly than others, and went right on with our lives.  Others are not so lucky and die of heart failure, sometimes suddenly and sometimes after years.  Trying to discuss what heart failure is g

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My Journey With Heart Failure

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A new generation of heart devices is giving new hope to patients. Their use has increased 10-fold since January, but ethical quandaries loom: When is it appropriate to disconnect the device and let a patient die?

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