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New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people. The announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services came a day ahead of the annual march on Washington by abortion opponents, who will be addressed via video link by…

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Lawsuit: Duke, UNC agreed to not hire each other's doctors

The basketball rivalry between Duke University and the University of North Carolina battle is legendary, but a federal lawsuit says the two elite institutions have agreed not to compete in another prestigious area: the market for highly skilled medical workers. The anti-trust complaint by a former Duke radiologist accuses the schools just 10 miles (16 kilometers) apart of secretly conspiring to avoid poaching each other’s professors. If her lawyers succeed in persuading a judge to make it a class action, thousands of faculty, physicians, nurses and other professionals could be…

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Doctors reveal baby's face through life-altering surgery

VAleka Riegel gave birth to her son, Zakary, in December of 2016. She would not see his face for the first time until April, after doctors completed a delicate and complex surgery to seal a hole in his skull that had caused a sac-like protrusion to obscure the front of his head. “I was first told that he may have a cyst on his cheek,” said Riegel. As it turned out, it was more than a cyst. Zakary had what is known as a congenital bony defect in his skull….

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Doctors: Over a year to see if uterus transplant successful

It took well over a year to determine if a woman who received a womb transplant would become the first in the U.S. to give birth, transplant surgeons in Dallas said Monday. Baylor University Medical Center officials said at a news conference that the mother has returned home and her newborn son is fine. He remains hospitalized for monitoring. It took months to ensure that the transplanted uterus would be functional and then many more to determine if the implanted embryo would prove viable, Dr. Tiffany Anthony said. Officials on…

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Rita Ora's egg freezing in early 20s 'a positive move,' doctors say

Rita Ora has revealed on an Australian television show that she had her eggs frozen in her early 20s. The British singer, now 26, said her doctor recommended the procedure as she had “always wanted a big family”. “He said ‘you are healthy now and it would be great, why not put them away and then you never have to worry about it again?’,” she said. Dr Helen O’Neill, of University College London, said: “The earlier you freeze your eggs the better.” But it’s not an “absolute guarantee” for pregnancy…

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Doctors tell their stories about the effects of mass shootings

On June 12, 2016, Dr. Chadwick Smith was not thinking about mass shootings. Most likely, he was planning for his 10th wedding anniversary celebration, scheduled for three weeks later. But at 2 a.m., he received a call from the emergency medicine resident at the Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC). They would be receiving several gunshot patients, and could Dr. Smith, the trauma surgeon on call, please head for the emergency room ambulance bay? When he arrived, there were patients. More than several. “The patients just started to roll in…there was…

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Trump opioid panel wants drug courts, training for doctors

President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment. The panel’s final report stopped short, however, of calling for new dollars to address the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. Instead, the commission asked Congress for “sufficient funds” and suggested giving the White House drug czar’s office the ability to review federal spending on the problem. “If we are to invest in combating this epidemic, we must invest in only those programs…

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