Top stories in health and medicine, February 27, 2013

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1. Docs Brace for $11 Billion Hit from Sequester. Medicare providers stand to absorb $11 billion of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts that start Friday and last for the rest of the fiscal year unless Congress takes 11th-hour action.

2. Weight-Loss Surgery Results No Better at ‘Best’ Hospitals. For Medicare patients, having bariatric surgery at a designated “center of excellence” did not offer better outcomes.

3. Advanced Breast Cancer Now More Common in Younger Women. The number of young women presenting with metastatic breast cancer has been slowly but steadily rising over the past 3 decades.

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