This week in healthcare – News from around the web


Common cancer treatments may create dangerous cancer stem cells – The finding might help explain why late-stage cancers are often resistant to both radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and it could point to new strategies to fight tumors.

Report: About 30 cents of every health care dollar wasted – The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste. How much is $750 billion? It’s more than the Pentagon budget. The numbers broken down.

Medication Overuse in Chronic Headache Sufferers – This common problem, known as medication overuse headache, can occur with overuse of any headache medication, but caffeine-containing drugs (see Table) are most often to blame.

CT scans to rule out heart attacks don’t help, study says – More than 90 percent of the 6 million people who go to hospitals each year in the U.S. with chest pain have indigestion, stress, muscle strain or some other problem — not heart disease. Doctors are afraid of missing the ones who do have it, and increasingly are using CT scans.

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