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Huffington Post- The Future We Make: Ted Kennedy's Legacy in Fighting Cancer

By Sherry Lansing, "We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make,"

said Senator Ted Kennedy in a speech he gave last December at Harvard University.  It will be a long while before we see the likes of anyone who bettered the future as much as Ted Kennedy.

New York Times- The Selling of the Policy

By DEBORAH SOLOMON, As a former Democratic senator from South Dakota who wrote a best-selling book on health care, “Critical,” and was a shoo-in for the position of secretary of health and human services until unpaid taxes became an issue,

LA Times- Amid the acrimony, Congress has consensus on some healthcare issues

By Janet Hook, With a virtual civil war raging over parts of President Obama's healthcare agenda, the smoke of battle has obscured a surprising fact:

Newsweek- Five Important Health Care Reforms We Aren't Talking About

By Katie Connolly, Much of the debate about health care reform in recent weeks has focused on a just a few elements of the entire reform proposal - things like the public option and end of life counseling.

But the proposed legislation is complex and wide-ranging, and the national fixation with just a few proposals is coming at the expense of meaningful discussion on other reforms which could have significant impacts on the state of health care. Here are five other changes reformers are trying to implement that we think are worth talking about:

New York Times- Disparities: Study Finds Risk in Off-Label Prescribing

By RONI CARYN RABIN, Physicians are allowed to use drugs in ways that are not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration,

a practice called off-label prescribing. There is usually less scientific evidence to support nonapproved uses, and a new survey of physicians has found that many might not even know when they are prescribing off label.

New York Times- Daschle Has Ear of White House and Industry

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, Six months have passed since the morning when Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader, under fire for not paying certain taxes,

Huffington Post- Solving the Healthcare Reform Puzzle

By Dr. John Kenagy, Healthcare reform in America is possible. In fact, four eminent physician leaders wrote an intriguing editorial in

The New York Times on Aug. 12 offering the opinion that, in places, it has already been done. 

Boston Globe- Dispute widens on merits of health tests

By Michael Kranish, One of President Obama’s favorite arguments for his health care overhaul plan is that he would require insurance companies to pay for tests and other preventive care that can determine

whether a person has a life-threatening disease.  “It saves lives, it also saves money,’’ he said at his town hall meeting last week in New Hampshire.

Reuters- Drug compound kills breast cancer stem cells

By Julie Steenhuysen, U.S. researchers have discovered a compound that can kill breast cancer stem cells, a kind of master cancer cell that resists conventional treatment

and may explain why many cancers grow back,   they reported on Thursday.

The discovery came using a new method of screening for drugs that specifically target and kill cancer stem cells, and it could be used to find drugs targeting other cancer stem cells as well, they said.

New York Times-10 Steps to Better Health Care

By ATUL GAWANDE, DONALD BERWICK, ELLIOTT FISHER and MARK McCLELLAN, WE have reached a sobering point in our national health-reform debate. Americans have recognized that our health system is bankrupting us

and that we have dealt with this by letting the system price more and more people out of health care.  So we are trying to decide if we are willing to change — willing to ensure that everyone can have coverage. That means banishing the phrase “pre-existing condition.” It also means finding ways to pay for coverage for those who can’t afford it without help.

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