105M Americans received free preventive care under reform law; Telestroke programs significantly boost rural healthcare access;

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> Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corp. has settled a breach of contract lawsuit with a former CEO in which Brian Felici claimed the hospital corporation broke a promise to pay him after he was asked to resign in 2010, reported The Intelligencer. Article

> Methicillin-resistant Staphy­lo­coc­cus aureus (MRSA) is no longer confined to hospitals and will likely con­tinue to exist in both hos­pi­tal and community settings as sep­a­rate strains, accord­ing to a new study in the jour­nal PLOS Pathogens. Study

> Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 105 million Americans received free preventive healthcare services in 2011 and 2012, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced yesterday. Announcement

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> The use of a new MRI-type of technology could lead to the use of full-body MRI scans that could quickly and easily detect heart disease, certain cancers and other diseases before they become difficult to treat. Article

> A telestroke program based in Oregon was able to increase access to stroke care by 40 percent in regions of the Beaver State, conclude researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Article

And Finally… I bet liquid soap would have slipped that ring off too, no guns necessary. Article