Following is a summary of current health news briefs.
Competition affects who gets a liver transplant: study
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Analysis: Obama may turn Medicare reform into wider health
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama could seek
common ground with Republicans in the looming battle over
Medicare spending by broadening the debate over entitlement
reform to encompass the spiraling healthcare costs that
confront a wide range of Americans. In recent public remarks
the president has identified the U.S. healthcare system's
sky-high price tag - by far the highest in the world - as a
driving force for Medicare reform.
Debt may influence young doctors' career plans
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pediatricians-in-training are
more likely to plan to go into primary care - rather than a
specialty field - if they have lots of debt from college and
medical school, according to a new study. Researchers also
found the average pediatric resident's debt increased 34
percent between 2006 and 2010. That suggests financial
considerations may keep young doctors out of medical
specialties, they said, especially those fields that aren't
known for paying big bucks but still require extra training.
Saturated fats tied to falling sperm counts in Danes: study
Two Chinese women die from H1N1 flu in Beijing: state media
BEIJING (Reuters) - Two Chinese women have died from the
H1N1 flu strain in Beijing in the past 10 days, Chinese state
media said on Sunday, the first reported deaths from the virus
in China's capital since 2010. A 65-year-old cancer patient
died on Friday and a 22-year-old migrant worker died on
December 27, the Beijing Daily said on its website, citing the
city's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.