Imagine two men in their early 60s. A year from now, both men will be dead.

Changing how doctors, patients and the media perceive prevention could save lives and billions of health care dollars.
Today, each is scheduled for an initial consultation with an orthopedic surgeon and will undergo hip replacement surgery. Patient A will die on the operating table from a surgical complication. Patient B will undergo the procedure without incident. ...

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In his beautifully written, recently published novel “And the Mountains Echoed,” Khaled Hosseini presents a series of stories in which individuals are faced with near-impossible choices. Impossible choices permeate Khaled Hosseni's latest novel. Studies show many doctors struggle to help their patients through their most difficult choices. As difficult as the decisions in the book seem, it turns out the ...

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When the next phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) kicks into gear January 1, 2014, each state will be required to offer its residents access to health care insurance through an online marketplace, often referred to as a “health insurance exchange.” These exchanges are now open for business on Oct. 1, 2013, allowing individuals to sign up online, by phone or in-person, with health insurance coverage starting next year. Until now, buying health ...

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A Bank of America ATM can figure out who you are and how much money is in your account in seconds. It can spit out cash in virtually any currency from nearly any spot in the world -- even if you’re a Chase customer. It’s a technological convenience we’ve all come to expect. Hospitals and doctors' offices are starting to replace hard copy patient records with computerized heath systems. Some U.S. ...

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The notion that doctors can be replaced by technology has sparked a series of brawls between doctors and technologists over the last couple of years. Today, both sides continue to throw punches in the press and online. As health care technologies become more sophisticated, the opportunity to automate medical decisions becomes more seductive. Yet, physicians are unwilling to throw in the towel. They point to the importance of human interaction and ...

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