Money Matters Make Docs More Likely to Order Useless Knee MRIs

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_beca63986b.jpgPeter Dazeley/Getty Images (DURHAM, N.C.) -- Bothered by some knee pain? You’re more likely to get an MRI if you see a doctor whose pockets stand to benefit from your scan, a new study suggests. Physician self-referral – that is, doctors who send patients to tests they perform themselves, or at centers where they have a financial interest – is making headlines and raising eyebrows.

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Recession Led More Men than Women to Suicide, Study Finds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_3787ea215b.jpgJed Share/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Researchers blame the 2008 global economic crisis for the increase in suicide rates in European and American countries, particularly among males. This new study -- the first to look at international trends in suicide -- assessed suicide rates by country, gender and age.

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Fear Drives Some Double Mastectomies, Study Finds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_e9573e71e6.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- More women diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast are opting to remove the other breast as well, and a new, small study suggests that the decision may be driven by fear rather than the actual risk of dying. Researchers from the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute surveyed 123 women aged 40 or younger, all of whom had cancer in one breast and chose to undergo a double mastectomy.  A whopping 98 percent of them said their choice to remove the healthy breast was driven by the desire to avoid a cancer recurrence.

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New High School Danger: Extreme Binge Drinking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_c687be600e.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Parents not only have to worry about their high school-age kids drinking or even binge drinking alcoholic beverages.  They have to be concerned their youngsters are extreme binge drinking. That's the term health officials are giving to the practice of drinking anywhere from 10 to 15 drinks or even more in one session. Extreme binge drinking is not that uncommon, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, which conducted a study of the practice.

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Five Things to Know About Healthcare Insurance Exchanges

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_5145150a10.jpgSelectStock / Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- One of the largest components of Obama’s healthcare overhaul will go into effect in just a couple of weeks. But according to a recent Pew Research Center/USA Today survey, just a quarter of those surveyed have a very good understanding of how the law will impact them. People will be able to purchase health insurance through “exchanges” -- some of them run by the federal government, others by the states, and still others by a federal-state partnership.

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