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Five noteworthy health news stories – ED ads on prime time, expensive CA drugs & more

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On MSNBC, “Erectile dysfunction drug ads too hot for prime time?

An AP story, “$93,000 cancer drug: How much is a life worth?

Guy Boulton of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on “Research could be key to lower health spending: Comparative-effectiveness studies can reduce spending on treatments that are ineffective or no more effective than less expensive alternatives.”

A Kaiser Health News piece, “Americans Still Confused, Divided About Health Law,” about a Kaiser Family Foundation poll that shows that “Misperceptions about the law also persist: for example, three in ten seniors believe the law will permit government panels to make decisions about end-of-life care for Medicare recipients (often referred to as “death panels”).”

And another Kaiser Health News piece, “As They Consolidate, Hospitals Get Pricier,” that shows how hospitals are “getting a boost from the health care reform law” but how “some observers and regulators also say it could hand hospitals more power to demand higher rates from insurers and employers.”

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