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GENOMICS


Scientists identify gene mutations that put people at risk of heart failure
Reuters via The Huffington Post
Scientists have identified the crucial genetic mutations that cause a common heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, paving the way for more accurate diagnosis and screening of high-risk patients. In a study of more than 5,000 people, researchers sequenced the gene encoding the muscle protein "titin," known to be linked to this leading cause of inherited heart failure, to try to find which variations in it caused problems.
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Tanning addiction may be in your genes
CBS News
Snowbirds who flock south in winter in search of the warmth of the sun, listen up: People who carry a particular gene variant may be more likely to develop an "addiction" to tanning, a preliminary study suggests. The idea that ultraviolet light can be addictive — whether from the sun or a tanning bed — is fairly new.
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Schizophrenia: 8 genetic diseases shoved into 1 diagnosis with varied likelihood of escaping mental illness development
Inquisitr
A major breakthrough in understanding schizophrenia has revealed that schizophrenia is actually eight separate genetic diseases, according to researchers. There is not just one type of all-encompassing schizophrenia as psychiatrists once believed; the eight different diseases are genetically different from each other and present their own unique symptoms, according to researchers from the University of Granada and the University of Washington.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Obama's 'precision medicine' means gene mapping
NBC News
President Barack Obama called for a new initiative to fund personalized medicine, saying it could bring closer cures for cancer and diabetes. Obama gave few details in his State of the Union message, but they're likely to involve more funding for the National Institutes of Health, which is already committed to research that combines genomics and treatments.
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Obama State of the Union address: Increase personalized medicine, tighten cybersecurity
FierceHealthcare
President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on touted two proposals that could alter the healthcare landscape this year: personalized medicine and cybersecurity. Obama's cybersecurity plan calls for increased sharing of information on cyberthreats from the private sector with protection from liability. The Precision Medicine Initiative aims to increase the use of personalized information in healthcare.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Early study: Stem cells may reverse MS disability
HealthDay News via WebMD
A therapy that uses patients' own primitive blood cells may be able to reverse some of the effects of multiple sclerosis, a preliminary study suggests. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, had experts cautiously optimistic. But they also stressed that the study was small — with around 150 patients — and the benefits were limited to people who were in the earlier courses of multiple sclerosis.
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Donated embryo leads to stem cell line that generates nerve cells
Medical Xpress
University of Michigan alumna Brooke Kendrick and her husband Stephen were ready to start a family. But a devastating inherited nerve disease runs in her family, affecting her brother and threatening to kill or cripple any male child she has. So, the couple chose to conceive via in vitro fertilization, to have their embryos tested for the genetic defect, and to implant only disease-free ones.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


New technologies put the patient 1st
Fox News
Health apps and virtual doctor visits are gaining popularity around the globe. Some say it is the future of medicine, but Dr. Eric Topol, author of “The Patient Will See You Now,” says this new era goes far beyond flashy phones and gadgets, and that the future of medicine is really in your hands.
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2 little-known mega trends shaping the future of digital healthcare
iHealthBeat
Anyone watching this month's 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas could be forgiven for wondering about the long-term utility of certain products being touted at the event, such as the stress-relieving device MyBrain Melomind and the smart pacifier Pacif-i.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


FDA approves new kind of device to treat obesity
HealthDay News via CBS News
A first-of-its-kind implant that curbs the appetite by electrically stimulating stomach nerves was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Maestro Rechargeable System is intended to treat morbid obesity, device manufacturer EnteroMedics Inc. said in its application for FDA approval.
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Draft FDA guidance on devices, accessories gets mixed reviews
Health Data Management
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two draft guidance documents outlining its current thinking about low-risk devices intended to promote general wellness as well as the regulatory agency’s risk classification approach to medical device accessories.
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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


ACOs make progress in using big data to improve care
Modern Healthcare
Accountable care organizations across the country are in sharply different stages of aggregating and using patient data to improve quality of care and reduce costs. Only a handful of the largest and most sophisticated ACOs have established a “big data” warehouse that will let them pull together information from a variety of sources to help optimize care for individual patients and for their overall enrolled population.
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Accountable care organizations: Like HMOs, but different
The New York Times
In pursuit of greater efficiency in the United States health system, public programs and private insurers have begun to pay some hospitals and physicians differently. These new payment models take many forms, but they all impose greater responsibility for cost control and quality improvement on providers and bear some resemblance to failed healthcare financing arrangements from the 1990s. However, there are some distinctions that could make all the difference.
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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Clean hands save lives: A vigilance that must never falter
By Christina Thielst
Hand washing in healthcare has long been associated with preventing the spread of disease, but frequent hand washing has its challenges. In the early 2000s, the recipe for alcohol-based hand rubs was perfected — offering a more efficient, portable and worker-friendly alternative. Since then, these hand sanitizing gels have been promoted for controlling the spread of nosocomial influenza and infections around the world. However, the behavior of healthcare workers — or the sociology of cleaning hands to save lives — is also an important consideration.
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Cancelling employer health insurance can be a kindness
Forbes
Subsidies created by the ACA plus ongoing escalation of health insurance premiums make canceling health insurance plans financially attractive for many employers. In fact this transition can be even more attractive for employees. And for some low-paid moms and dads, it’s a blessing.
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FAST FACTS
"In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication."


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