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> Stopping statins is safe in patients with a life expectancy of less than a year, according to a new study in which half of the patients had advanced cancer. The results were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. Study abstract

> Researchers found that a new single-dose antibiotic is as effective as the current standard treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which involves the administration of a twice-daily infusion for up to 10 days, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Study abstract

> A new study shows Massachusetts nurses believe they have high patient loads, however some question the results because a nurse's union pushing for a state initiative for staffing limits funded the research, WWLP News reported. Article

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> Federal data liberation efforts, including those at the Department of Health and Human Services, represent reforms that are bigger than one administration, according to Kathleen Sebelius. Article

> The creation of a blueprint for the use of open data in healthcare was the driving force behind a recent collaboration between researchers at New York University's GovLab and England's National Health Service. Article

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