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Overseeing the nation’s hearts; hospital operator bankruptcy; male breast cancer – Morning Medical Update


The top news stories in medicine today.

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Taking health to heart

A 90-day public comment period has opened for physicians and patients to weigh in on a proposed new American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine. The new board is a collaboration among the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America, Heart Rhythm Society and The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions. Read more in this news release.

Bleeding money

New England has a huge presence in the U.S. health care system, and its history. Physicians, administrators and experts across the sector have been watching Steward Health Care, which operates eight hospitals around Massachusetts. On May 6, the Dallas-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Hear from a survivor

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, in the United States. Male breast cancer is exceedingly rare – but it can happen. Just how rare is it? At the time of survivor Khevin Barnes’ mastectomy, there were just 1,200 diagnosed cases in the nation. Here, he reflects on his approaching 10-year cancerversary.

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