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Robotic surgery is high-tech 'tour de force' – but is it safe?

<b>By Ami Schmitz and Melissa Dahl</b><i><br>NBC News</i><p>The newlywed had been grappling with excruciatingly painful periods for as long as she could remember, when her doctor told her one way she could end the agony was a hysterectomy. Michelle Zarick, then 37, didn’t question it when the doctor wanted to use the …

Emergency Response App Helps 911 Operators Better Assist in Finding and Helping Desperate Callers

Yesterday the National Science Foundation helped unveil a new smartphone app that may change the way people in an emergency communicate with …

New Virus More Deadly Than SARS

New Middle East virus spread in hospitals

The new MERS virus, which has infected 64 people and killed 38 of them, is mostly spread in hospitals and it will take special care to prevent bigger outbreaks, experts reported on Wednesday.<p>An investigation into the outbreak in Saudi Arabia showed 21 people were infected as patients who …


Doctors perform thousands of unnecessary surgeries

A USA TODAY study found that tens of thousands of times each year, patients undergo surgery they don't need.<p>Jonathan Stelly was 22, a semi-pro baseball player aiming for the big leagues, when a fainting spell sent him to his cardiologist for tests. The doctor's office called afterward with shocking …

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