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Survey: Many Americans Think Health Reform's Repealed (It's Not)

Survey: Many Americans Think Health Reform's Repealed (It's Not)

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Here's the latest in health and health journalism news from Reporting on Health.

Elective Surgery:

If you're over 65, where you live and the type of doctor you see has a big impact on how elective surgery is used in your treatment, according to new research from the Dartmouth Atlas, Julie Steenhuysen reports for Reuters. The research is based on Medicare data. 

Health Reform: Seriously? Nearly half of Americans polled in a recent survey think that health reform has been repealed (it hasn't), Katherine Hobson reports for The Wall St. Journal.

Chronic Fatigue: Researchers have found more than 700 proteins in spinal fluid that are specific to people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, which could help lead to better treatment of the poorly understood disease.

Environmental Health: A California lawmaker has proposed strict limits on the amount of hexavalent chromium (the Erin Brockovich chemical) in the state's drinking water, Lien Hoang reports for The Associated Press.

Food Safety: Why did it take so long to find out that tainted hot peppers were the cause of a large 2008 salmonella outbreak? Crappy recordkeeping in the U.S. food distribution system, researchers say.

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