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Stephen Hawking Is Right But Also Wrong About Obesity

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:25:00 -0500

This is why obesity is not rocket science, but not for the reasons Stephen Hawking says.

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We're Going To Need A Bigger Whiteboard

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:38:00 -0500

“Oy...” I took off my glasses and rubbed my temples. What we were attempting to pull off was starting to sink in. Danielle had turned our Beautiful Mind whiteboard mess into a color-coded map of the whole launch process. Eight different spokes in the chart, each sprouting an ever-growing set of sub-tasks that [...]

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What Do Calorie Labels Mean For America's Waistline?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:02:00 -0500

(Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) In December of this year, restaurant chains with more than twenty locations will be required by federal law to post calorie information on their menus. The requirement, written into the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), is intended to combat our country’s obesity epidemic by informing [...]

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To Fix Obamacare, Double Down On Population Health

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:05:00 -0500

Population health has to figure in any health reform plan considered by the incoming Donald Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress, executives at the Forbes Healthcare Summit said.

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'University Of Missouri-St. Louis Psychologist And Gerontologist Records, Studies Life Stories'

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 01:16:00 -0500

After nearly a decade recording life stories, Dr. Tom Meuser, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, wants to study how the characters, beliefs and lives of older adults have and will impact the lives of others after their deaths.

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Remember This New Potential Benefit of Sex

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 23:43:00 -0500

Wondering about whether you should have sex? Here are a few reasons that may change your mind. Actually one reason is that sex may actually change your mind.

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Robin Williams' Widow Shares His Struggles, Talks Brain Diseases With Biotech CEOs

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:31:00 -0500

Susan Schneider Williams discusses brain disease research with two entrepreneurs who have raised more than $700 million to develop drugs for neurodegenerative conditions.

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Why Scientists Are Sequencing Newborns' Genomes

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:34:00 -0500

Diagnosing hereditary disorders by sequencing the genomes of newborn babies.

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'Things That Are Of Value Require Cost:' Martine Rothblatt On Solving The Unsolvable

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:31:00 -0500

The United Therapeutics founder and CEO discussed why she believes individuals would happily pay top dollar for life-saving therapies at the Forbes Healthcare Summit on Thursday.

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Mylan CEO Bresch Admits 'Full Responsibility' For EpiPen Price Hikes

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:59:00 -0500

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch arrived at the 2016 Forbes Healthcare Summit on December 1 surrounded by a cloud of fresh controversy, this one created by her mere appearance at the event. Bresch had refused to testify at a Congressional hearing the day before, where Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had planned [...]

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Mylan CEO Hopes EpiPen Furor Leads To 'Price Transparency'

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:47:00 -0500

The CEO of Mylan, the maker of the life-saving EpiPen device said she hopes the pricing controversy over the life-saving device for allergy sufferers leads to changes in how drugs are priced in the U.S.

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How The 21st Century Cures Act Should Support Public Health

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:43:00 -0500

There is no dichotomy between health care for all and research, including precision medicine....

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How Would Texas Lawmakers Have Wanted The Hospital To Handle My Abortion?

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:30:00 -0500

The fetal tissues that are being cremated or buried as a result of a new Texas rule won't gain anything, but women will once again be the ones to bear a punishing loss.

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Data Breach Lawsuits Not Avoidable, But Reasonable Security Helps, Expert Says

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:20:00 -0500

David Willson, a retired Army officer, attorney and now owner of Titan Info Security Group, travels the country, educating CEOs and executives on how to protect their companies from data breaches, which have become increasingly common in recent years. His No. 1 piece of advice to companies: implement what he calls [...]

Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina: 'Consolidation Is A Good Thing For This Market'

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:26:00 -0500

Forbes Media executive vice president Moira Forbes with Walgreens Boots Alliance chief executive Stefano Pessina. (Stephen Kang/Pete Kolonia for Forbes) Consolidation is key for billionaire andWalgreens Boots Alliance CEO Stefano Pessina. "To be honest I believe consolidation is a good thing for this market," Pessinasaid, speaking at the Forbes Healthcare Summit in [...]

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Trump Slump: Economic Growth One Percent Lower In 2017 From Policy Changes

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:25:00 -0500

Economic growth will be about one percentage lower because of President Trump's policy changes, mostly through business investment spending being lower due to uncertainty about foreign trade and undocumented workers. The economy will rebound in 2018 partly due to more petroleum and mining activity.

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Can Zenefits Write Off $7 Million Fine?

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:17:00 -0500

Zenefits is paying a $7 million fine to California, but its after tax cost could be less.

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How An Electronic Health Record Can Save Time, Money And Lives

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Across the United States, the potential that electronic health records (EHRs) offer remains largely untapped. Used effectively, EHRs help physicians provide higher-quality, more personalized care to patients—at a lower cost. But delivering on this promise depends on physicians using EHRs in the right context and culture. Patient outcomes prove superior when [...]

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Siemens And Northwell Announce Alliance, Enter Big Data Arms Race

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:54:00 -0500

Today I am at the Forbes Healthcare Summitwhere Northwell Health and Siemens Healthineers announced a major collaboration to utilize big data in order to arrive at better healthcare outcomes more efficiently. Northwell Health's Michael Dowling at the 2016 Forbes Healthcare Summit. (Stephen Kang for Forbes) In an erawhere a doctor’s office can [...]

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Pfizer Partners With IBM Watson To Advance Cancer Drug Discovery

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

IBM Watson Health and drug maker Pfizer have formed a relationship to accelerate drug discovery in “immuno-oncology” using the computer giant’s artificial intelligence system.

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Does A Trump Administration Equal Status Quo for Drug Pricing? Think Again

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500

Companies doing the hard, long and risky work of bringing new medicines to market have generally understood that they have to price medicines in a way that makes them accessible to patients while providing profit to encourage future investment. Everybody wins when it works the way it should.

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UnitedHealth Group To Expand Hip, Knee And Spine Bundled Payments

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:31:00 -0500

UnitedHealth Group is paying health facilities bundled payments for spinal surgeries, knee and hip replacements in more than 40 markets by the end of next year.

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The Most And Least Expensive Places To Get A Knee ReplacementThe Most And Least Expensive Places To Get A New Knee#1 Most Expensive: New York, New York#2 Most Expensive: Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado#3 Most Expensive: Anchorage, Alaska#4 Most Expensive: Casper, Wyoming#5 Most Expensive: San Diego, California#1 Cheapest: Montgomery, Alabama#2 Cheapest: Birmingham, Alabama#3 Cheapest: Fresno, California#4 Cheapest: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania#5 Cheapest: Riverside-San Bernardino, California

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:31:00 -0500

The average cost in the U.S. for a total knee replacement is $31,124 and the average cost of a total hip replacement was $30,124. But costs for each could be $40,000 higher or $20,000 lower depending on the market, according to a study by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Average knee replacement cost: $61,266.08.

Average knee replacement cost: $55,604.10.

Average knee replacement cost: $54,008.45.

Average knee replacement cost: $52,541.28.

Average knee replacement cost: $41,042.22.

Average knee replacement cost: $16,096.87.

Average knee replacement cost: $19,133.13.

Average knee replacement cost: $19,653.06.

Average knee replacement cost: $23,751.03.

Average knee replacement cost: $24,543.40.

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High Schoolers Punch Martin Shkreli In The Face, Figuratively

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 01:17:00 -0500

A band of schoolboys were able to manufacture the active ingredient of the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim for $2 (Australian), which is about $1.48 in U.S. money. Bye, bye, bye to Shkreli's claims that Daraprim is under-priced.

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