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    There are certain things you expect out of your doctors during surgery. Competence for one -- a qualified, trained, and certified physician is pretty important. You want them to do the best job they can, and you definitely want them to bring their A-game to the operating table.

    One thing you don't want your doctor doing during surgery is sexting. That's exactly what Seattle anesthesiologist Arthur K. Zilberstein has been accused of doing -- repeatedly. Allegedly, the randy doctor "exchanged sexually explicit texts during surgeries when he was the responsible anesthesiologist" and has had his license suspended pending further investigation.

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    There's a special spot in hell reserved for people who prey on others at their most vulnerable. If the allegations are true, one fertility doctor from Massachusetts deserves the book thrown at him for reportedly sexually molesting female patients for over a decade when they visited his office searching for help in becoming pregnant. Dr. Roger Ian Hardy is under investigation and has surrendered his medical license after 18 witnesses, including nurses, fertility experts, and colleagues, came forward to make claims that the 55-year-old touched his patients in a sexual manner while they were under his care.

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    When Arianna Moore was just seven weeks old, her kidneys stopped working. Now two years old, the spunky toddler has to spend 10 hours a day on a dialysis machine to stay alive, and needs a transplant sooner rather than later if she's going to live.

    All of her family members were tested, but none matched. Her mom set a Facebook page for her to keep friends and family updated on Arianna's condition, but it ended up leading to the miracle they needed. When a random stranger halfway across the country heard the Moore's plight, she contacted the hospital where Arianna was being treated and asked to be tested. She was a match, and on May 7, will donate one of her kidneys to the little girl.

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    There's never a dull moment when you mix politics, business, celebrities, and tequila, is there? Put the whole thing in a Las Vegas setting, and you have the makings for a very entertaining scene that starts with a successful business man criticizing President Obama and ends with George Clooney storming off in a hissy fit.

    Well, according to Clooney's reps, that's not exactly what happened, but the actor did apparently admit to defending the President while using a string of expletives before making his exit.

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    I know many, many women who choose to see female gynecologists exclusively. Heck, I used to be one! Until just a few months ago, I never thought I'd voluntarily see a man doctor for my girly bits, but then one came highly recommended, and I gotta say -- it wasn't really any more unpleasant than the female docs I'd previously been to. His bedside manner was great, and I think I'll keep him as my regular.

    I may have made a different decision if I'd heard about this story before I booked my appointment. A gynecologist in Arkansas is being charged with video voyeurism for "allegedly [using] his cell phone to take nude photos of patients during office exams."

    Aghhh! Is that every woman's worst nightmare at the gyno's or what?

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    America, today's the day! If you haven't yet signed up for health insurance, the deadline is TODAY. So head on over to HealthCare.gov and ... uh oh, whoops. Um, this is so embarrassing ... apparently HealthCare.gov went offline for six hours earlier this morning. Then it came back, stronger than ever! Except not so strong, because it crashed again around noon. Oh wait -- it's back up again now! Give it a try? At this point you have a 50-50 chance of being able to complete an application.

    Those of you who started an application only to have the website crash on you in the middle of the process, you should have received an invitation to try again. I believe it looked something like this ...

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    The remains of more than 15,000 fetuses have been incinerated as "medical waste," with some being used to heat hospitals. At least two facilities in the UK have copped to burning the aborted and miscarried fetuses as part of what they called a "waste-to-energy" program while others burned them "alongside rubbish."

    The mothers were told that the remains had been cremated, which while technically true, denies the real truth of what has happened to the babies they never got to meet.

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    A potential cure dangles out of reach while a child suffers from a fatal illness -- and it takes thousands of people to turn everything around. A drug company will give medication to a dying 7-year-old boy thanks to a Facebook campaign. Josh Hardy is a cancer patient who contracted an adenovirus infection after a bone marrow transplant. His doctors pleaded with drug company Chimerix for an untested antiviral drug called Brincidofovir, but the company refused. So Hardy's mother turned to social media.

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    A Michigan woman was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail for scamming her community out of tens of thousands of dollars or more to pay for her cancer treatments. Problem was -- she didn’t have cancer.

    Sara Ylen, 38, professed to have developed cervical cancer as the result of a 2001 sexual assault, and claimed to have been regularly treated at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois. She then took advantage of the Michigan-based Mercy Hospice for two years before they figured out that her life wasn’t in peril in 2011.

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    Chris Creekmore has made it his new mission to educate pregnant women on the importance of getting a flu shot regardless of the age of the fetus. He lost his wife to the H1N1 flu virus this week, less than a month after she miscarried the couple’s baby daughter.

    Leslie Creekmore was 20 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to the hospital on January 11 for shortness of breath. Her health declined rapidly, and two days later, she was on a ventilator in the ICU -- the same day she was supposed to receive her flu shot.

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