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Tiny Ignyta's Lung Cancer Drug Bested Pfizer's. Probably. Will We Ever Know For Sure?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:55:00 -0400

Results of a 32-patient study of a drug made by Ignyta Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego-based drugmaker, are a best case scenario for the company. The drug shrank tumors in 79% of patients and kept workingabout 10 months longer than the current drug, Pfizer’s Xalkori, did in earlier clinical trials.


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Baltimore Backlog: Angelos Firm Not Pursuing Trials For Asbestos Clients, Lawmakers Told

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:52:00 -0400

Testimony questioned the practices of the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, arguing it hasn’t taken advantage of open trial slots in the past.


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Natural Disasters and Displaced Aging Parents: Have A Plan

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:05:00 -0400

Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and floods have displaced thousands of elders from their former places to receive care. The responsibility for providing care can be suddenly thrust upon adult children. Getting an assessment of your loved one's needs and seeking advice can smooth the way forward.


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Lack Of Insurance Plays A Key Role In Why Black Women Are More Likely To Die Of Breast Cancer

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:31:00 -0400

New research suggests that President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle Obamacare could widen the black-white gap in breast cancer death rates.


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5 Things You Really Need To Know About Harvey Weinstein And Sexual Harassment

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:51:00 -0400

Everything you need to know about Harvey Weinstein, what sexual harassment actually is, whether it's a mental disorder, where to report it, and why this isn't just about one media mogul.


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UnitedHealth Group's Optum Grew Enough To Overcome Its Costly Obamacare Exit

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:30:00 -0400

UnitedHealth Group's Optum profits helped overcome a withdrawal from Obamacare that cost the insurer "$1.6 billion year-over-year."


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Ellementa Founders Educate Women About Cannabis But Face Funding Stigmas

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:08:00 -0400

Cannabis conversations for women by women around the country offer education and comraderie


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The Blockbuster That Wasn't -- A CETP Inhibitor Post-Mortem

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:09:00 -0400

The quest for the “holy grail” of cardiovascular therapy - a drug that dramatically lowered LDL-c and raised HDL-c and which would hopefully reverse atherosclerosis - has ended ignominiously.


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What I Told Congress About Patient Access To Experimental Medicines

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

I recently testified at a hearing on “Examining Patient Access to Investigational Drugs,” where I used my time before legislators to tell them what I have learned after more than three years of intensive study about patient access to experimental medicines.


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Men Found Six Times More Likely Than Women To Have Highest Risk HPV Infection

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:38:00 -0400

U.S. men are six times more likely than U.S. women to have an oral HPV infection with the highest risk strain, HPV-16.


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Custom-Fit Condoms Now Available, But Not For The Reason You May Think

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:22:00 -0400

A condom company has unveiled a custom-fit condom line with 10 different lengths and 9 different widths. Here's a major reason.


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Driving The Clinically Integrated Healthcare Supply Chain

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:53:00 -0400

The undisputed Holy Grail in healthcare supply chain management practice is essentially everything related to its effective clinical integration. It’s about getting clinical professionals and supply chain professionals on the same page and/or out of their own way...


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The Cost Of Developing Drugs Is Insane. That Paper That Says Otherwise Is Insanely Bad

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:58:00 -0400

The pharmaceutical industry puts the cost of bringing a medicine from invention to pharmacy shelves at $2.7 billion. A new paper says it is 'just' $648 million. Unfortunately for pharmaceutical investors and people fighting to control drug prices, alike, the new number doesn’t stand up scrutiny.


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Doctors With Strong Financial Ties To Pharma Are Found More Likely To Prescribe Brand-Name Drugs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:58:00 -0400

Harvard researchers found that most physicians take little or no money from pharma but that a small number of doctors take a whole lot and that stronger financial relationships were correlated with prescriptions for expensive cholesterol pills.


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Why The Market Has Surged Under Trump

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:04:00 -0400

Some people aren't going to like this, but the market seems to love the president.


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Cerner CIO Has Helped The Company Quintuple Revenue In 12 Years

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:30:00 -0400

Bill Graff joined Cerner a dozen years ago because of the entrepreneurial spirit of the company. Since then, revenues have quintupled, and his team has grown from 35 to 1,500. He ran the company's hosting business before adding CIO responsibilities 18 months ago, and he runs IT like a business.


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U.S. Obesity Rates Have Hit An All-Time High [Infographic]

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:10:00 -0400

According to troubling new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 4 in 10 U.S. adults are obese, an all-time high.


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AMA Partners With IBM Watson, Cerner On Health Data Model

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The American Medical Association is working with IBM Watson and Cerner to bring structure and best practices to patient information and related health data.


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Divorce Found To Increase Risk For Alcohol Use Disorders, And Remarriage To Lower It

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:41:00 -0400

A new study of 950,000 Swedish adults finds that divorce substantially increases risk of alcohol abuse disorders, while remarriage decreases it in both women and men.


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In 3 States, If Anthem Thinks You Shouldn't Have Gone To ER, It Won't Pay

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:30:00 -0400

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has developed a secret list of diagnoses it will not cover, even if the patient thought it was a medical emergency, and is placing policy holders in three states on notice that they could be responsible for picking up the tab.


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Death And Taxes: How To Effectively Transfer Wealth Amidst Asia's Aging Population

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:59:00 -0400

As Asia's governments search for ways to keep up with the needs of the aged, estate and inheritance tax rates continue to escalate. There are, however, a few simple things you can do to more easily transfer wealth.


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This Is The Latest Asian Country To Become A Hot Spot For Chinese Medical Tourists

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:30:00 -0400

Around six million Chinese traveled abroad over the Golden Week holiday. This year, more travelers decided to break away from traditional tour groups, and go it alone in search of medical tourism activities to improve their health.


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If President Trump Were Cognitively Impaired, How Would We Know?

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:43:00 -0400

Senator Corker compared the White House to an “adult day care.” Other observers, as well as public behaviors, have raised concerns that Trump is suffering cognitive problems. Whether he indeed is impaired should be answered by his annual presidential medical exam.


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Hospitals Brace For Unpaid Patient Bills After Trump Ends Obamacare Subsidies

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:13:00 -0400

Hospitals will most likely see rising bad debt in 2018 after President Trump ended Obamacare's cost-sharing reductions.


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A Nursing Home For Native Elders Fills Cultural Needs

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Proponents of homes for native elders and others like them say that being in an environment with familiar foods and traditions can be life-changing.


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The Overlooked Tie Between Health Care and Housing

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:40:00 -0400

In 24 of the 25 largest metros, low-income renters spend more than 45% of their incomes on rent. Against that backdrop, high health-care expenses can be hard to bear. People might see short-term savings from newly proposed changes, but the unknown is how much they might pay if they become sick.



Middle Income 50-Somethings Will Be Big Losers In Trumpcare

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:11:00 -0400

Middle-income 50-somethings would be big losers from Trump's latest anti-ACA initiative.


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The Clean Power Plan And 9 Other Trump Administration Assaults On Valuable Rules

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:38:00 -0400

The Trump Administration has assaulted a wide array of health, safety and consumer finance rules. This does not serve economic benefit, only industry self-interest.


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