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Opinions

Consumers who froze their credit reports could hit a glitch enrolling in insurance

December 13, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Some Americans who froze their credit reports following the big data breach this year at the credit-rating firm Equifax may be in for a surprise if they try to purchase insurance on the federal health law’s marketplaces. That freeze could […]


Innovation, Medical Devices, Regulatory

US FDA approves Boston Scientific’s brain stimulation device

December 12, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Boston Scientific’s Vercise Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) System for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease symptoms. A DBS system is designed to trigger a targeted region of the brain through implanted leads […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

US research group measures CTC to predict breast cancer relapse

December 12, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group in the US has demonstrated a new method of measuring circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in the blood for predicting high or low risk of a breast cancer relapse. In a proof-of-concept study, the researchers analysed […]


Opinions

Tax reform and health policy should be linked — just not via the individual mandate

December 11, 2017

Via: CNBC

As Republicans come to grips with the ramifications of their tax legislation, it is becoming clear that any hope of a revenue-neutral and conservative tax reform is fading. Complicating matters further, Republicans have combined health policy and tax reform in […]


Opinions

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

December 11, 2017

Via: Forbes

In a session called “Five Fixes For Healthcare” at the recent Forbes Healthcare Summit, concerns were raised about how innovative the biopharmaceutical industry really is. Dr. Laurie Glimcher, CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, chided the industry saying that, when […]


Regulatory

CDC combats opioid crisis with health, prescription data

December 6, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to help stem the tide of opioid overdoses nationwide through its public health data collection and reporting, as well improvements to state-run electronic databases for tracking prescriptions. CDC is “funding an […]


Opinions

Opioids are a public health crisis: What your hospital can do

December 5, 2017

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

The opioid crisis is one of the main public health crises in the U.S., and hospitals are being impacted in many ways. From new restrictions on opiate prescribing to increases in opioid dependence for surgical patients, healthcare organizations must adapt […]


EHR & EMR

Pilot sites to test concept of patients contributing to clinical notes

December 5, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Four healthcare organizations have agreed to serve as pilot sites for OurNotes, an initiative aimed at encouraging patients and providers to jointly create clinical notes and care plans within a shared electronic health record. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock […]


Opinions

5 Reasons Consumer Technology Companies Will Transform Healthcare

December 4, 2017

Via: Forbes

Whichever side you are on in the battle to repeal and replace Obamacare, recognize that the fight is not about fixing healthcare. It is over who pays for it. Neither Obamacare nor any of the recent Trumpcare alternatives will materially […]


Opinions

If worried about future medical costs, here are 3 ways to invest your way into health-care security

December 4, 2017

Via: CNBC

Health care has become one of the biggest — and most costly — unknowns during retirement. Financial advisors say ignore what you don’t know and prepare for the worst. The health-care debate in the United States has turned into a […]


Featured

What Happens When You Stare At Screens All Day Long

November 29, 2017

Via: Sofia Allende

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Check your phone? And the last thing you do before you shut your eyes for a good night’s rest? Let me guess, check your phone again? Add to that the […]


Innovation, Med Tech

Sophisticated 3D modeling plays growing role in healthcare

November 29, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Treating a pediatric patient who had undergone numerous procedures over 10 years, Dianna Bardo, MD, used a three-dimensional model as part of her explanation of what was causing the chronic condition and next steps in treating it. The child’s mother […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Newcastle scientists develop new technique that revolutionizes cell culture

November 28, 2017

Via: The Medical News

A technique which revolutionizes cell culture by allowing the continuous production and collection of cells, has been developed by scientists at Newcastle University. The new technique can produce as many stem cells from this tiny disc as in 14 flasks […]


Opinions, Regulatory

Here’s What It Would Cost to Fix the Opioid Crisis, According to 5 Experts

November 27, 2017

Via: Time Health

Some 50,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016, according to government estimates. That’s 137 people a day, or roughly one death every 12 minutes from prescription painkillers, heroin or the synthetic opioid fentanyl. You can’t put a price […]


Clinical Research, Innovation

Research findings will help identify genetic causes of brain disorders

November 27, 2017

Via: The Medical News

New findings will help to identify the genetic causes of brain disorders: researchers at the Universities of Basel, Bonn and Cologne have presented a systematic catalog of specific variable locations in the genome that influence gene activity in the human […]