Mayo Clinic

Dr. Keith Smith, right, an anesthesiologist who started Surgery Center of Oklahoma, looks on as Dr. Don McGinnis, left, and physician's assistant Steve Popielec, right, perform a surgery at the center in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Through a website called Medibid, some patients who pay out of pocket for their care are soliciting doctors, hospitals and medical centers, including this one, to bid to perform non-emergency procedures. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Companies and patients shop for better health care deals

Paul Freeman drove 600 miles last year to save himself — and his employer — thousands of dollars on his surgery. Freeman’s insurer covered his travel costs and the entire bill because a medical center […]

10/25/2013

Alzheimer's

Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

BOSTON (AP) — Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten […]

07/17/2013

UCLA Medical Center building, Los Angeles (AP Photo)

LA hospitals earn top rankings in report

   LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, along with its sister campus in Santa Monica, was named today the top hospital in the state and Los Angeles area and fifth […]

07/16/2013

Randy Travis, country singer, performing at the 2013 CMA Music Festival, Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo)

Randy Travis in critical condition in Texas hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Randy Travis was in critical condition Monday in a Texas hospital, a day after he was hospitalized with viral cardiomyopathy. A news release from the singer’s publicist says […]

07/08/2013

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Women have new options for breast cancer surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — Treating breast cancer almost always involves surgery, and for years the choice was just having the lump or the whole breast removed. Now, new approaches are dramatically changing the way these operations […]

05/14/2013

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Docs say keep trained eye on possible concussions

NEW YORK (AP) — When athletes are suspected of having a concussion, they should be taken out of action immediately, new guidelines from a major medical group say, and not resume playing until they’ve been fully evaluated and cleared.

03/18/2013

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Panel questions value of calcium, vitamin D pills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Popping calcium and vitamin D pills in hopes of strong bones? Healthy older women shouldn’t bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements, say new recommendations from a government advisory group.

02/25/2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. submits letter of resignation

CHICAGO (AP) – Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has resigned after a months-long leave for mental illness, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday. Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel confirmed his office had received a […]

11/21/2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves Mayo Clinic

CHICAGO (AP) – Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has left the Mayo Clinic, where he was being treated for bipolar disorder for the second time since taking a leave of absence in June. Mayo spokesman Nick […]

11/13/2012

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