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EUROPE: Medical tourism keeps hospital budgets healthy - by: Hugh Williamson, Financial Times

Heinz Zurbrügg is a doctor with a difference. Besides being a surgeon with 3,500 open-heart operations to his credit, the 48-year old Swiss medic is an ambitious businessman.  "Medical provision in our clinic is of course top quality," he says, referring to the Meoclinic luxury hospital in central Berlin where he is chief executive. "But we also have all the added extras for our foreign patients.

About 500,000 Americans traveled overseas last year to undergo surgeries that cost two to three times more in the United States, according to the National Coalition on Health Care. Medical tourism has taken off in the last few years, with American employer-sponsored health insurance premiums skyrocketing 87 percent over the last six years.

Sending Patients Packing - by: Julie Appleby and Julie Schmit, USA TODAY

Would you travel to India for a cut-rate heart bypass? How about Thailand for a hip replacement? Some uninsured and those with skimpy insurance have taken the risk, leading to what promoters say is a growing trade in "medical tourism."

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Tests for Genetic Disorders in Embryos - by: Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent, Independent .ie

COUPLES who want to find out if they are going to have a baby with an inherited disorder can now avail of controversial tests in Irish clinics for the first time. Embryos produced through IVF can now be tested to show if they are free of specific disorders, such as cystic fibrosis. It means the couple can choose not to have an embryo which proves positive for the disorder implanted in the mother's womb.

Mexicali Pushing Medical Tourism - by: CHELCEY ADAMI, Imperial Valley Press

Those heading south of the border for medical resources don’t have to worry about waiting as long to cross back into the U.S. with the debut this past week of a medical tourism lane at the Calexico West Port of Entry. The lane is part of a larger plan by the city’s tourism department, Comite de Turismo y Convenciones de Mexicali, to harness the lucrative medical tourism market.

Stem Cells Eliminate Wrinkles - by: Brett Smith, Red Orbit .com – Your Universe Online

People have always been searching for the cosmetic Fountain of Youth, grey hairs are dyed, tummies are tucked, and wrinkles are Botoxed. According to the Scottish company Pharmacells, these modern day Ponce de Leons may have an exciting development to celebrate as the company is about to start clinical trials of a treatment that uses stem cells derived from a patient’s own blood to eliminate wrinkles.

Benefits of Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment - by: Estelle Underwood, Huffington Post

Oncologists often recommend that their patients undergoing cancer treatment take it easy, but today that advice has significantly changed. According to Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, cancer patients would benefit greatly from some level of physical activity in regard to their recovery and long-term health.

Korea Rising As Preferred Vacation Spot In Asia - by: KoreaTimes Staff, The Korea Times

Korea has been becoming more popular as a Asian holiday spot, significantly improving the country's tourism revenue, a J.P. Morgan report said Thursday.  

Korea an Inspiration For Cosmetic Brands: Benefit CEO - by: Kim So-hyun, The Korea Herald, TheJakartaPost.com

Cosmetic sales are rarely affected by economic downswings. Sometimes, they even surge during times of sluggish economic activity as consumers are more inclined to buy less costly luxury goods instead of houses, cars or fur coats.

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