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Canadian Pharmaceuticals Billionaire And Wife Found Dead In Toronto Mansion

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:39:00 -0500

Canadian billionaire Bernard "Barry" Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their Toronto home Friday, and police are reportedly investigating their deaths as suspicious.

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Oncologists, Beware: Expensive Liquid Biopsy Tests Produce Conflicting Results

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:20:00 -0500

A new study shows that two commercially available liquid biopsy tests for cancer produce strikingly different results when analyzing exactly the same samples. Should oncologists and patients trust them?

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Here's How Boomers Can Transform Rather Than Bankrupt Healthcare

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:52:00 -0500

If demographics is destiny, the demographics of the US population does not bode well for the health or wealth of the nation.

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Living Near Fracking During Pregnancy Linked To Poorer Newborn Health

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:30:00 -0500

Babies had a 25% higher risk of being born under 5.5 lbs if their mothers lived just over a half mile from a fracking site during pregnancy, found a new study.

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Two Birds With One Proton Beam: CERN Now Makes Radioisotopes For Medical Research

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:46:00 -0500

A particle accelerator facility famous for its endeavors in fundamental physics is now helping medical researchers

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Baby Born With Cystic Fibrosis After IVF Screening Blunder

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:03:00 -0500

Botched NHS test resulted in a child being born with cystic fibrosis, according to a new report that shines light on the UK's fertility sector

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IBM & Walmart Launching Blockchain Food Safety Alliance In China With Fortune 500's

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:04:00 -0500

IBM - aka ‘Big Blue’ - together with Walmart, Nasdaq-listed Chinese retailer and Tsinghua University are to collaborate on a food safety alliance in China using the blockchain to achieve greater safety within the food supply chain and improve food tracking, traceability and transparency.

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Pharma Ups Its Game On Trial Transparency But There's 'Room For Improvement'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

A bioethics watchdog is urging pharma companies to disclose results from all of their clinical trials. The industry hasn't yet jumped on board with that recommendation, a new study shows.

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Express Scripts Will Seek Targeted Acquisitions To Bolster Business

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:40:00 -0500

Amid industry consolidation like CVS Health's purchase of Aetna, Express Scripts said it will look into more acquisitions on top of its purchase of medical management firm eviCore.

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Teva Is Laying Off 14,000 Workers, Suspending Its Dividend

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:39:00 -0500

The world's largest generic drugmaker is working to rein in costs and reduce its massive debt.

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Gene Editing With CRISPR-Cas9: The Next Step In Human Evolution Will Be Worth $25 Billion By 2030

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:34:00 -0500

CRISPR-Cas9 tools have recently created a buzz in the global healthcare industry, with the development of numerous applications-focused solutions — and intensifying patenting disputes. The invention of CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tools is one of the greatest scientific revolutions of this generation.

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Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Pour Into Hacking Microbes

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:03:00 -0500

Almost a decade ago, Forbes wanted a story on how do-it-yourself-thinking – the beginning of what is now the ‘maker’ culture – was changing various industries. I was dispatched to look at a group of MIT Ph.D.’s who envisioned that they could hack life. Today they raised $275 million.

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How This Cardiff University Professor is Putting Up The Fight Against Maternal Mortality

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:53:00 -0500

Professor Judith Hall made headlines in the year 2011, for inventing a device which stops potentially fatal injections of drugs into the wrong part of the body.

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Are Bearded Men More Sexist Than Their Clean-Shaven Peers?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:46:00 -0500

In 2016, a study made headlines for finding that men who sported facial hair were more likely to endorse sexist attitudes compared to their clean-shaven peers. Now a new study finds no such link. What’s going on: Are bearded men more sexist or not?

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Will Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Recommendation Scare Off Women Who Need It For Hot Flashes?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:21:00 -0500

Relatively few women use postmenopausal hormone therapy nowadays to stave off diseases as they age. So will a respected panel's new recommendation against its use for that purpose lead to undertreatment of hot flashes and night sweats?

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The Top Seven Startups For Souped-Up Senior Care

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:10:00 -0500

From VR for grannies to solving hand tremors, these startups are where it's at in senior innovation.

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ADHD Meds During Pregnancy Appear To Have Low Risk Of Birth Defects

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Most ADHD medications appear to have no increased risk for birth defects except a very small increased risk for heart defects with methylphenidate use in the first trimester.

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Under New Bill, Medical Device Tax Might Vanish, But Only Temporarily

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:01:00 -0500

A tax on medical device sales under the Affordable Care Act could be suspended again rather than disappear permanently under new legislation in the Republican-controlled U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

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This Startup Has a New CRISPR Enzyme -- And Says It Will Give It Away For Free

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500

“This is a true gift we’re giving to the community because I truly believe this technology is so important that holding it or restricting it is not the company that Inscripta wants to be,” says Kevin Ness, the chief executive of the company, Inscripta.

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Chemotherapy-Free Cancer Treatments Move Closer To Reality

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:13:00 -0500

CAR T-cell treatments continue to achieve impressive results in treating an ever-increasing variety of cancers, but will they ever be able to completely replace chemotherapy?

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Why Big Medicare And Medicaid Cuts Are Likely

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:55:00 -0500

Medicare and Medicaid will likely be part of 'entitlement reform' when the tax cuts don't lead to an economy strong enough to withstand a bigger deficit

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Immuno-Oncology Drug Development -- Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:53:00 -0500

There are more than 2,000 immune-boosting cancer treatments in clinical trials, a new study finds. That raises both hopes and concerns about the future of this promising field of oncology research.

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'Man Flu' May Be Real After All, Study Says

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:05:00 -0500

When it comes to being afflicted with cold or flu, men may be the weaker sex.

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Catholic Hospital Mega-Deals Pressure For-Profits Like Tenet And HCA

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Unprecedented mergers of large Catholic hospital operators is pressuring investor-owned companies like HCA Holdings, Tenet Healthcare and Community Health Systems.

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America's Workforce Is Paying A Huge Price For The Opioid Epidemic

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:30:00 -0500

America’s opioid and heroin crisis was declared a national public health emergency last month. Read about its devastating impact on Americas workforce.

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Medical Marijuana For Children With Cancer Broadly Supported By Doctors

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:52:00 -0500

Most pediatric health professional support giving children with cancer access to medical marijuana, but they want more data from clinical trials.

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WHO Report Finds No Public Health Risks Or Abuse Potential For CBD

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:27:00 -0500

A preliminary report by the World Health Organization reveals no adverse health effects but some definite medical applications for CBD, despite U.S. law on the subject.

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While Walgreens Has A Higher Impression Score, More Consumers Are Talking About CVS

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:32:00 -0500

As the competition heats up, current and former customers of each drugstore give both brands a win

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SAPVoice: Blockchain Surge Could Save Pharma Billions

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:32:00 -0500

Watch this video to see how Merck is using blockchain’s peer-to-peer transactional capabilities to disrupt the pharmaceuticals industry, and comply with the United States Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

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Phone Addiction Is Real -- And So Are Its Mental Health Risks

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:53:00 -0500

Smartphones may be our latest vice. The effects on young people are especially concerning.

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Canola Oil May Be A Bad Choice For Brain Health, Study Suggests

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:52:00 -0500

Canola oil is considered heart healthy compared to many other oils, but a new study reveals why it could be a bad choice for brain health.

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Five Winners -- And One Loser -- From Medicine's Big Meeting About Blood

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:51:00 -0500

For the past two days, doctors who treat blood diseases have been meeting at the annual convention of the American Society of Hematology in Atlanta. There’s a lot of innovation coursing through this field. Here’s a guide to companies that are standing out.

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Biopharma Schizophrenia: High Demand For Innovation Vs. Pleas For 'Me-Too' Drugs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:54:00 -0500

So, let’s not denigrate new drugs that are not first-in-class upon FDA approval. These can be valuable new medicines whose true value will be determined only after significant use in patients.

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Spark Shadows BioMarin In Hemophilia Gene Therapy Race

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:46:00 -0500

Spark Therapeutics, the company likely to launch the first gene therapy in the U.S., is presenting data on both of its gene therapies for hemophilia this morning at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Atlanta.

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No, Google's AI Program Can't Build Your Genome Sequence

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:30:00 -0500

The Google Brain team declared that their new AI system was an astonishing breakthrough in genomics. Turns out it's more like an incremental improvement on a well-understood problem. Wired fell for the hype, but you don't have to.

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Winning Health Tech Entrepreneurs Will Focus On Implementation, Not Fetishize Invention

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:36:00 -0500

Powerful emerging technologies afford the opportunity to radically reconceptualize our world, and profoundly refine our understanding of health and disease. But our greatest challenge may be the long, complex path towards implementation that we should have anticipated, and with we must now contend.

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Why We Must Inspire Asia's Next Generation Of Scientists

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:00:00 -0500

There is great potential for discoveries related to human biology and biotechnology to unlock some of the most serious diseases. But we must foster youth interest in science to cultivate these discoveries.

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The Man Cold: Video Says Men With Colds Are Like Children

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:45:00 -0500

What exactly is a "Man Cold" and a "Mom Cold" on the video that's gone viral? Which one does you or your significant other get? And what should you do if you get a cold?

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Hospitals Merge To Protect Turf As CVS And Optum Move In

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:31:00 -0500

Hospitals are consolidating at a rapid pace as large medical providers like CVS Health and the Optum unit of UnitedHealth Group expand outpatient services in their markets.

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Excitement Builds Around Gene Therapy Cures For Hemophilia

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:02:00 -0500

New therapies are creating excitement for the treatment of a terrible disease.

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Guess What Happens After YouTuber Cements His Head In A Microwave

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 12:43:00 -0500

This YouTube video now has over 2 million views and is part of an increasing trend of people doing very risky things just to get more attention and views.

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'Love' At First Sight Is Actually Simply Lust At First Sight

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Love at first sight is a concept we're all familiar with, but new study finds this experience doesn't really have the qualities of "love." It's more like strong physical attraction and openness toward it turning into love.

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And Now To Finish 2017: The Flu Season Is Likely To Be Bad

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:26:00 -0500

Why do scientists think the flu's going to be worse this year in the U.S.? Look at what's happened in the South, as in Australia, and what has already occurred in the U.S.

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Higher Breast Cancer Risk Tied To The Pill Might Be Small But Shouldn't Be Dismissed

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 14:42:00 -0500

A new study of 1.8 million women found that hormonal contraception users had a higher risk of breast cancer. Although the increased risk translated to only one extra case of breast cancer out of every 7,690 hormonal contraceptive users, the finding should help inform women's birth control decisions.

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Here's What Sunburn Can Do: Man Shows Dent In Head

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:58:00 -0500

Look what happened when a man didn't protect his shaven head from the sun. Here are 8 ways to protect your head from sunburns and other damage from the sun.

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Woman's Retina Shows Crescent-Shaped Burn After Viewing The Eclipse

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:20:00 -0500

The sun can permanently damage our eyes, and skin. Here’s some striking proof.

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Getting more bang for our buck in science

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 11:04:00 -0500

Government grants are extremely important for science, but many of our existing grant programs have incentives that encourage waste and discourage collaboration. We could be getting a lot more bang for our buck.

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From High School Dean To Opioid Addict: 'It Can Get Pretty Dark Before Anybody Notices'

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:40:00 -0500

The fact that he could get opioids legally helped him rationalize the habit. "I was handed them, easily and in large amounts."

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Franken Used Sexual Assault Victims To Attack Arbitration A Month Before Announcing Resignation

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 15:13:00 -0500

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who announced Thursday he would resign “in the coming weeks” following accusations he inappropriately touched women, used sexual assault victims to argue against tort reform legislation at a Senate hearing last month.

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Are Food And Beverage Companies Re-Running The Big Tobacco Playbook?

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:41:00 -0500

A Vital Strategies report entitled Fool Me Twice presents evidence that various multi-national food, soda, and alcohol companies are repeating what big tobacco companies did for over 50 years.

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The Evolution Of Innovation And The Rule Of Punctuated Equilibrium

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 13:30:00 -0500

Evolution can teach innovation an important lesson!

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Researchers Advance Techniques To Change Gene Regulation And Treat Disease In Mice

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

Researchers were able to improve kidney function in mice with induced kidney damage, turn liver cells into insulin-producing pancreas cells in mice modeling type 1 diabetes, and improve muscle strength in animals with a muscular dystrophy-like condition.

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Life Sciences Recruitment Site Clora Raises $3.3 Million To Accelerate New Therapies

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Clora, a Cambridge-based startup that raised its first $3.3 million seed round with the aim of helping life sciences companies hire the right talent quickly. The round was led by Spark Capital and joined by Social Capital, Ludlow Ventures, iSeed Ventures and Notation Capital, among others.

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Regulations And Politics Rain On Pharma M&A Parade

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:35:00 -0500

Deals are getting smaller despite competitive pressures to scale up.

In Young Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer, Kisqali Delays Tumor Growth And Relieves Symptoms

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:01:00 -0500

So far in this trial, ribociclib extended PFS by around a year (23.8 vs. 13.0 months). That’s a dramatic and early result.

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Viagra: Get Ready For It To Become Generic, Cheaper, And More Available

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 23:57:00 -0500

Starting Monday, Viagra will be facing stiffer competition. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Pfizer will each begin selling generic versions of the medication.

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Holidays And Aging Parents: Look For These 5 Red Flags

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:55:00 -0500

When you haven't visited an aging loved one for awhile it can be a shock to see the effect of aging. Look for these 5 red flags that tell you your aging parent needs help managing at home.

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Best Health Tech: Gadgets To Help Keep You Fit And Healthy

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 18:02:00 -0500

Innovations, gadgets and technology to keep you in the best of health

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Health Care Measures Everything Except What Really Matters To Seniors

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 16:43:00 -0500

Hospitals spend time and money meeting government-mandated quality and safety measures, but do they really improve health outcomes for seniors?

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Could Your Hair Dresser Save Your Life?

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0500

Researchers are exploring ways to improve early melanoma detection by training hair dressers to recognize potentially cancerous skin lesions.

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Is Cheese Really Good For The Heart Now?

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:57:00 -0500

Cheese may be the latest food to be transferred from the 'bad' to the 'good' food list, with a new study hinting that a little cheese is good for the heart. But the operative word is a 'little.'

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Are You One Of 30 Million Americans With Diabetes? A Drastic Diet May Help

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:41:00 -0500

People with type 2 diabetes have been able to reverse their condition by following a drastic, calorie-restricted diet.

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A Whopping Xarelto Verdict Landed The Same Day Philadelphia Was Called A 'Judicial Hellhole'

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:16:00 -0500

The very day that a national report is issued naming the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas as a “Judicial Hellhole” where civil lawsuits are handled unfairly against businesses, the first win for plaintiffs in Xarelto litigation is secured with a near-$28 million verdict.

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You Know Who Else Fails 'The Jimmy Kimmel Test'? Hospital Emergency Rooms

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 10:08:00 -0500

When people are rushed emergently to an out-of-network hospital, they shouldn’t be bankrupted by outrageous bills.

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Walgreens To Invest $416 Million In Chinese Pharmacy Chain

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 07:39:00 -0500

Walgreens Boots Alliance is buying a $400 million stake in China's "leading pharmacy chain," Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina says

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UnitedHealth's Optum To Buy DaVita's Doctor Clinics For $4.9 Billion

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 07:05:00 -0500

The insurer's medical unit is adding 300 clinics in six states to its portfolio of urgent care centers, doctor practices and surgery centers, the latest move in an escalating battle in the healthcare industry to put providers of medical care under the same umbrella as health insurance companies.

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What Republicans, Democrats Aren't Telling You About Repealing The Individual Mandate

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0500

There’s something surprising, unique even, about Republican and Democrat responses to the latest Congressional Budget Office estimate.

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27 Top Breast Cancer Oncologists, Picked By Big Data

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 10:33:00 -0500

A company called Grand Rounds combs through data on physicians to match patients with, it claims, the best doctor for them. Here's who its algorithm identifies as the top breast cancer doctors in the country.

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27 Top Cardiologists, Picked By Big Data

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 10:30:00 -0500

A company called Grand Rounds combs through data on physicians to match patients with, it claims, the best doctor for them. Here's who its algorithm identifies as the top cardiologists in the country.

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The CVS-Aetna Merger Is A Mortal Threat To U.S. Hospitals

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

CVS is planning to drive Aetna's 22 million health plan enrollees to use its network of low-cost clinics, keeping them out of hospitals as much as possible. That's bad news for hospital chains like HCA Holdings, Tenet Healthcare and Community Health Systems.

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5 Reasons Consumer Technology Companies Will Transform Health Care

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:01:00 -0500

If the healthcare reform won’t fix healthcare, what will?

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SAPVoice: Telemedicine Brings The Doctor's Office To You

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Rural healthcare providers and large companies use sensors and real-time video in connected exam chair to deliver quality care to people anywhere, anytime.

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CVS / AETNA Merger: Who Needs the Government to Tell Us How to Run Healthcare?

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:33:00 -0500

The blockbuster CVS / Aetna merger, which seeks to take on the country's out-of-control healthcare spending by delivering more efficient, lower-cost medical and drug services, reminds us once again that capitalism and free-market enterprises can win the day.

3 Takeaways From The CVS-Aetna Merger

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:44:00 -0500

The No. 1 U.S. pharmacy chain's acquisition of one of the largest health insurers is a case of a sector self-disrupting before an actual disruptor (aka Amazon) shows up. More disruption lies ahead, and here's the shape it could take.

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CVS Turns Healthcare Upside Down By Buying Insurer Aetna For $69 Billion

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 07:57:00 -0500

Why is a drug store company buying a health insurance company? Here are three reasons.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute CEO Wants To Tax Biopharma To Pay For The NIH

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 07:49:00 -0500

We are all sympathetic with getting significantly more funding for the NIH. After all, this can benefit us all. Let’s do so in a more creative fashion than levying a “tax”. Let’s try to find a win-win solution that we can all embrace.

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Teens Vaping E-CigarettesUp To 7 Times More Likely To Smoke Later, But Not Vice Versa

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 06:01:00 -0500

Teens who start with e-cigarettes are up to 7 times more likely to smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes later on -- but tobacco smokers are not more likely to try vaping e-cigarettes later.

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CVS To Buy Aetna For $69B, And A UnitedHealth Rival Is Born

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:24:00 -0500

The massive deal would put providers of medical care and drugs under the same umbrella as an insurance company, which could pose issues with antitrust regulators. The combination in certain respects mimics what UnitedHealth Group has done with its Optum line of medical care provider businesses.

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E.U., South America Negotiators Gunning For Massive Trade Deal By Christmas

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 14:58:00 -0500

They're coming down to the wire and hoping they can bridge serious gaps in time for a holiday deal, and celebration. But there are serious hurdles to overcome first.

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Could Marijuana Replace Opioids As A Painkiller? Experts Are Skeptical

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

The widespread availability – and heavy marketing – of sustained release opioid pills has sparked a national crisis. Last year, some 50,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses. How do we close this Pandora's box?

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If CVS Buys Aetna, America's Pharmacy Choices Narrow

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 09:00:00 -0500

If the pharmacy giant buys the health insurer, it will exacerbate a trend in which insurers have been limiting policy holders' choices of where they pick up their prescriptions and receive their healthcare services, in the name of controlling costs and quality.

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Postpartum Depression Is Finally Being Taken Seriously

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 01:28:00 -0500

One in seven women will experience postpartum depression. And the dominant narrative that all women shine in motherhood exacerbates their isolation. Luckily things have started to change. Here are some of the factors behind the turn.

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Congress May Soon Help Prevent Medicare Enrollment Mistakes

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 14:06:00 -0500

Hundreds of thousands of people over 65 make Medicare enrollment mistakes and wind up owing stiff penalties. This bill would help prevent the errors.

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Hacking Health Care: Silicon Valley's Solutions To Elderly Care, Diabetes And More

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:01:00 -0500

These startups aim to help your parents stay in their homes as they age, make medical bills readable, and reverse diabetes without using medication.

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The Top 5 Reasons Marriages And Cohabitations End

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

A new study of over 15,000 UK residents finds that the main reasons marriages and cohabiting relationships end revolve around growing apart, arguments, infidelity, lack of respect, and, for women, also domestic violence.

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Gene Therapy Is Booming, But How Will We Manage The Costs?

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 05:05:00 -0500

Three leading executives in the booming field of gene therapy debated the question of whether the pricey therapies should be reimbursed based on whether or not they cure patients.

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Minnesota Adds Medical Marijuana Conditions, But Can The Program Survive?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 23:16:00 -0500

Minnesota's Department of Health added two new conditions to its medical marijuana program. But will the expansion help stem the losses plaguing its licensed cannabis manufacturers?

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Popular Menopause Beer Proves It's More Than A Hot Flash In The Pan

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:27:00 -0500

With plans for wider distribution, New Hampshire’s original female brewery owner re-releases an ale designed to combat symptoms of menopause

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More Physical Activity Each Day Could Improve Academics For Children, Teens

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:39:00 -0500

Students saw gains in reading, language and math skills when they participated in more physical activity each day.

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Distrust In Health-Care System Might Prevent Breast Cancer Patients From Getting Recommended Care

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:27:00 -0500

Breast cancer patients who said they didn't trust the health-care system were less likely to get follow-up chemotherapy or hormonal or radiation therapy as recommended by their physician after their initial treatment.

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CVS-Aetna Merger Talks Escalate Amid Coming Buyout Wave

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:42:00 -0500

CVS Health may be “moving closer to a deal” to take over health insurance giant Aetna amid a new wave of consolidation between providers of care and those picking up the tab, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Patients Don't Benefit From Drug Discounts To Insurers, PhRMA Report Says

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:30:00 -0500

Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), told attendees of the Forbes Healthcare Summit that there's a disconnect between what patients pay out-of-pocket for drugs and what those products actually cost for payers.

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Shocking Image Of Endometriosis Stands Out At International Portrait Prize Exhibition

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:41:00 -0500

Georgie Wileman's portrait depicts the surgical scars that result from a lifetime of endometriosis - "the invisible disease"

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5 Fixes For Healthcare That America Needs Now

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:18:00 -0500

We asked five visionaries at the Forbes Healthcare Summit Thursday what they would do to improve U.S. healthcare if they had a magic wand.

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Meet The Startup Revolutionizing The Lab Testing Industry

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:16:00 -0500

Some of the greatest challenges we face today are related to the inefficiencies in our healthcare system. One of those issues is the inaccessibility to life-saving lab tests– for many, these simple exams are cost prohibitive. EverlyWell is changing that narrative by making lab testing accessible...

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Trump's Medicare Director Says Patient Empowerment Key To U.S. Health Fix

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:03:00 -0500

Seema Verma, a key Trump health official said patients should be armed with more information and have more "skin in the game" when it comes to their government-subsidized health benefits. She spoke at the 2017 Forbes Healthcare Summit Thursday in New York City.

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Alnylam Chief Makes Pricing Pledges Before Drug Is Even Approved

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Chief Executive John Maraganore makes a pledge: “We will not arbitrarily increase prices beyond the price of inflation. We think the most difficult practice to explain to payors and patients is drug price increases. And we will not do that.”

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A Heartbreaking Reason Physicians Ignore Patients' Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:09:00 -0500

Physicians need to recognize when their patients are experiencing financial distress from healthcare expenses, and see if they can reduce those expenses without undermining the quality of their care.

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In Search Of Novelty: 2017's New FDA Drug Approvals

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:40:00 -0500

It’s been an exciting year for new drug approvals in 2017. Many of these new medicines address significant and meaningful needs, or offer additional therapeutic choices for patients and physicians. But there appears to be a surprising lack of novel, first-in-class mechanisms in this year's cohort.

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