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Blood Donations Crash to 15-Year Low

Red Cross 50K units short in June

(Newser) - The American Red Cross is facing a blood donation shortage serious enough that some people may have to cancel elective surgeries. Donations are at their lowest in 15 years. In June, the organization came up 50,000 units short. July isn't looking good, either—a particular problem given the... More »

Why a 'Botax' Is a Wrinkly Idea

Taxing plastic surgery could hurt the economy

(Newser) - Taxing Americans' breast implants isn't as hot an idea as it may seem. That's because our assumption that richie-richie New Jersey housewives are the ones getting it isn't quite right, writes Christopher Beam for Slate . This is an industry that services people who can't afford it—credit card is the... More »

Study May Help Mastectomy Dilemma

Research identifies factors likely to imperil second breast

(Newser) - Researchers alarmed by a spike in potentially unnecessary double mastectomies have identified three risk factors that might help breast cancer patients make better decisions about whether to have a healthy breast removed, the Houston Chronicle reports. The research was motivated by an earlier study that revealed 80% of women who... More »

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