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GENOMICS

Gene technology may offer new weapon against disease outbreaks
Modern Healthcare
Gene-sequencing technologies may help providers identify and characterize bacterial pathogens during an outbreak, such as the E. coli outbreak in Germany that sickened thousands of people in 2011. Using metagenomics, which is the direct sequencing of DNA extracted from microbiologically complex samples and has been used to identify the cause of outbreaks of viral infections, researchers reconstructed the genome sequence of that outbreak strain without using laboratory culture, according to a study published in JAMA.
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Gene linked to higher Alzheimer's risk in blacks
USA Today
A new gene has been identified that doubles an African American's risks for getting Alzheimer's disease, suggesting a new target to treat in the most common form of dementia, according to a report.
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The Supreme Court should invalidate the patent on human DNA
The Washington Post (commentary)
Forty-one percent of the genes in your genome are not legally yours, according to a long list of gene patents that have been granted since the 1980s. These patents cover thousands of human genes and restrict a doctor's ability to look at your DNA and plan your medical treatment. Fortunately, the Supreme Court has a chance to rectify this genetic injustice. The justices will hear oral argument April 15 over a lower federal court's decision that human genes can be patented.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Drug combo attacks cancer cell repair
MedPage Today
In cancer patients with a genetic quirk that inhibits DNA repair, a combination of two investigative drugs yielded promising results, a researcher said. The quirk — defects in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 — occurs in up to 10 percent of breast cancer patients and smaller proportions of patients with ovarian and pancreatic cancer, according to researchers.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of GBEMTI eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of GBEMTI, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


The debate over stem-cell face-lifts
The New York Times
The term "stem-cell face-lift" is something of a misnomer. A conventional face-lift requires surgically cutting, lifting and sewing sagging skin, while this procedure is typically nonsurgical, involving fat injections designed to plump up the skin and restore the face's youthful volume.
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Vatican gets behind adult stem cell research
Religion News Service via The Washington Post
Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem cell research as ethical and scientifically more promising than embryonic stem cell research. That's despite assertions from many in the scientific community that that it's important to pursue all types of stem cell research, including embryonic, to maximize chances of finding cures for diseases.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


Robot hot among surgeons but FDA taking fresh look
The Associated Press via ABC News
The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it, and the high cost of using the robotic system.
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How a 3-D printer gave a man his face, life back
The Sydney Morning Herald
surgeons have employed cutting edge three-dimensional printing technology to create a prosthetic face for Eric Moger, 60, in what is thought to be the first procedure of its kind in Britain.

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Breast cancer genetic testing gets covered by healthcare reform
MyHealthNewsDaily
Genetic testing for breast cancer will be covered under the Affordable Care Act, potentially saving women who need the test thousands of dollars.

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Gene therapy cures leukemia in 8 days
New Scientist
Within just eight days of starting a novel gene therapy, David Aponte's "incurable" leukemia had vanished.

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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


States taking initiative on dual eligible cost containment
Becker's Hospital Review
In an effort to control healthcare costs of the nation's oldest, poorest and often sickest patients, 34 states have implemented or are planning integration programs within the next two years for the so-called dual eligibles who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, according to a report from the AARP.
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UnitedHealth units hit with $500 million verdict in hepatitis case
Reuters
A Nevada jury awarded $500 million in punitive damages in a closely watched case against two affiliates of UnitedHealth Group stemming from a hepatitis C outbreak in the state, according to a spokeswoman for a law firm in the case.
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Worries mount about enrolling consumers in federally run insurance exchanges
Kaiser Health News, USA Today
The plan to insure as many as 27 million Americans under the federal health law beginning this fall will be the biggest expansion of health coverage since that launch. Millions will be eligible to shop for insurance in the new online marketplaces, which open for enrollment Oct. 1 with the coverage taking effect Jan. 1.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


FDA approves return of drug for morning sickness
The Associated Press via USA Today
A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness. That long-ago safety scare proved to be a big false alarm.
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FAST FACTS
"An estimated more than 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will occur in the United States in 2013, according to the National Cancer Institute."


 

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