Woman Chose Hysterectomy to Avoid Cancer

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_bda6386a81.jpg(Courtesy Sarah Durham) (NEW YORK) -- Sarah Durham said she knew it was time to undergo a radical hysterectomy when she went into full-fledged panic mode every time she was scheduled for an ovarian cancer screening. It wasn't a quick burst of fear; it was a full week of frantically wondering whether this would be the time that doctors gave her a death sentence, due to her family history of cancer.

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New Bracelet Identifies You Based on Heartbeat

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_99ed002a3d.jpgBionym (NEW YORK) -- Think of all the ways that movie spies fool security systems that use the human body. They could lift someone's fingerprint from a discarded beer bottle or get an eye pattern by photographing someone's eyeball. But a new company called Bionym is going a little deeper than most spies would go. 

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The Ins and Outs of Gut Bacteria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_40be1c1a9e.jpgGeorge Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Deep in the bowels of our, well, bowels, lurk trillions of microscopic bacteria.   But don't be fooled by the big bad "B" word, intractably tied to infections and disease.  In fact, these bitty bugs do us a world of good.

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Smartphone Users Report Sleep Texting

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_dd5988e1d2.jpgPolka Dot Images/Thinkstock (SEATTLE) -- It's bad enough we're constantly attached to our smartphones morning, noon and night. Now, a growing number of patients give new meaning to "fear of missing out" with reports of texting and updating social networks while sleeping.

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Surgeon Accused of Faking Operations Surrenders Medical License

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_1a28d71e5d.jpgDan Kitwood/Getty Images (POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) -- An orthopedic surgeon accused of faking operations surrendered his medical license voluntarily earlier this week and has admitted to guilt in some of the cases against him, according to New York State court documents. Dr. Spyros Panos, who formerly worked for the Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., surrendered his license to practice medicine in New York Monday following charges of medical misconduct.

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