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Seven US cities losing their doctors

Cities losing doctorsAs the U.S. population continues to grow — and age — demand for health care services is expected to increase. Along with demographic changes, the number of Americans with health insurance has also increased considerably in recent years — another factor in the growing demand for health care services. As a result, the number of physicians needed in the United States will likely continue to rise.

However, while the number of doctors per capita has been indeed increasing nationwide, in a number of areas across the country, this pattern does not hold. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the metro areas shedding primary care physicians the fastest.

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$1 Billion Health Care Fraud Took Advantage Of Medicare In Florida

Miami Medicaid fraudThe Justice Department calls is the largest criminal health care fraud case ever brought against individual suspects: three people are accused of orchestrating a massive fraud involving a number of Miami-based health care providers.

The three facing charges are all from Florida's Miami-Dade County; they include Philip Esformes, 47, owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing and assisted living facilities, hospital administrator Odette Barcha, 49, and physician's assistant Arnaldo Carmouze, 56, the Justice Department says.

"Medicare fraud has infected every facet of our health care system," U.S. Attorney Ferrer said as indictments against the three were announced Friday.

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Doctors should bone up on CT scan cancer risks

CT scan cancer risksDoctors routinely order CT scans as diagnostic tools. But many are ill-informed about the cancer risks associated with this imaging technology, a new study suggests.

Patients who undergo CT scans are exposed to harmful ionizing radiation, which could affect their lifetime risk for developing cancer, Canadian researchers said.

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Report: 2,400 U.S. Doctors Sanctioned for Sexual Abuse of Patients

2.400 doctors accused of assaultVictims were babies. Adolescents. Women in their 80s. Drug addicts and jail inmates. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

But it could be anyone. Some patients were sedated when they were sexually assaulted. Others didn’t realize at first what had happened because the doctor improperly touched them or photographed them while pretending to do a legitimate medical exam.

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Flesh-eating bacteria scare along Gulf Coast has locals on alert

Flesh eating bacteria on Gulf CoastAt the peak of the summer vacation season, a flesh-eating bacteria has infected the shores of the Gulf Coast.

From Texas to Florida, the water-borne bug – a strain called a Vibrio vulnificus – has spooked locals and tourists in the way shark attacks do: infections are rare, but when they strike, the victim is likely to lose a limb or die.

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New California child vaccination laws ban most exemptions

California vaccination lawsWith California's new vaccination laws now in effect, some parents are opting to home school while others are moving out of the state.

The new laws eliminate most vaccination exemptions for school children in an effort to protect everyone from communicable disease outbreaks, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported. Other parents trying to avoid the new laws filed exemption paperwork before Jan. 1 to give them the leverage to vaccinate their children at their own pace.

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Scientists: Marijuana Can Help Deteriorate Alzheimer’s

Pot helps deteriorate AlzheimersSalk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease.

While these exploratory studies were conducted in neurons grown in the laboratory, they may offer insight into the role of inflammation in Alzheimer's disease and could provide clues to developing novel therapeutics for the disorder.

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