Full access to health records increases cancer patient satisfaction; Hospital merger leads to longer patient travel;

> When doctors choose to use their own medical devices, many patients are left in the dark about potential conflicts of interest, reports the Chicago Tribune. Article

> In an attempt to ease budget shortfalls, states are reducing efforts to provide life-saving drugs for HIV and AIDS, reports the Washington Post. Article

> Thanks to cost-cutting merger plans for Countess of Chester Hospital and Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospitals, U.K. patients with certain conditions will have to travel further to receive treatment, according to the Ellesmere Port Pioneer. Article

> Hospitals in Connecticut saw their margins continue to grow throughout 2010, largely due to improved investment income, reports the Hartford Business Journal. Article

> Giving cancer patients full access to medical records boosts their satisfaction and trust in treatment, according to a study published online today in the journal Cancer. Study Abstract

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