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The Health-Cost Slowdown Isn’t Just About the Economy. It’s one of the most important economic questions today: Is the snail-like growth of health costs over the last several years a real trend, or is it merely a temporary part of the Great Recession’s aftermath? The data experts who compile the government’s official numbers on health spending lean toward the more pessimistic view. They think the slowdown – to the lowest level of growth on record – stems in large part from Americans skimping on medical care during tough times. Read more at www.nytimes.com

Why You Should Go Back To The Same Hospital If You Have Problems At Home After Surgery. (Reuters Health) – When patients have complications after surgery, it’s best to go back to the hospital where the operation was done, a new study suggests. Patients who go instead to a hospital that didn’t do the original operation have a higher risk of death, the researchers found. Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com

Long Radiation Treatments Called Unnecessary in Many Breast Cancer Cases. Two-thirds of women who have lumpectomies for breast cancer are receiving radiation treatment that lasts nearly twice as long as necessary, a new study reports. The conventional, longer treatment lasts five to seven weeks. But four rigorous studies and guidelines from a leading radiology society conclude that three to four weeks of more intense radiation is just as effective. Read more at www.nytimes.com