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More patients survive sudden cardiac arrest with new EMS technique

A new study showed that a change in the type of breathing tube paramedics use to resuscitate patients with sudden cardiac arrest can significantly improve the odds of survival and save thousands of lives. More than 90 percent of Americans who experience sudden cardiac arrest die before, or soon after, reaching a hospital.

Survey: Cancer Patients Will Pay Anything for Treatment

by Mike Bassett

As costs for cancer therapy routinely reach into seven figures, and patients demand access to investigational medicines knowing they'll have to pay out of pocket, results of a new survey will surprise no one.

When 300 cancer patients were asked what sacrifices they would make to obtain treatment, many said they would sell their homes and declare bankruptcy if necessary.

In fact, these patients were willing to make such sacrifices even though three-quarters of survey participants had stage IV disease.

Be Unhappy with Your Job; Be a Doctor

Becoming a physician is one of the most demanding and costly professions to go into. After 4 years of college, another 4 years of medical school, and then anything up to 7 years of residency training -- this path is not for the fainthearted. Average debt upon finishing school is around $200,000, so it's no surprise that doctors want a good salary when they are done with residency. Most of them first went into medical school with very altruistic intentions. Studies show that more than three-quarters chose medicine with the simple desire to "help people." Most new graduates after residency still have those very altruistic intentions and high ideals, yet after a couple of years in practice -- something seems to change.