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GENOMICS

Study: Genius and autism may share genetic link
PBS NewsHour
Child prodigies and their autistic family members may share a genetic link, according to findings published online for the April issue of Human Heredity. “We were very excited,” lead researcher Joanne Ruthsatz of Ohio State University told PBS NewsHour about the discovery. “It was like, here it is, here’s the autism and the prodigies together and they have a significant peak on chromosome 1, where they are significantly different than their non-affected family members.”
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Parents may pass on sleepwalking to their kids
TIME
Kids are more likely to sleepwalk if their parents also did, a new study suggests. The new research, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, found that over 60 percent of kids who developed somnambulism had parents who were both sleepwalkers. The study authors looked at sleep data for 1,940 kids whose history of sleepwalking and sleep terrors as well as their parents sleepwalking were reported through questionnaires.
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Some people may have an 'obesity gene'
The Washington Post
Some women may get more benefit than others from exercise, and genes are part of the reason why, a new study finds. Women who had certain genetic markers gained weight after following a strength-training regimen for a year, whereas women who didn’t have those markers lost weight after following the same regimen, according to the study, which looked at genes that have been linked in previous research with an increased risk of obesity.
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How genes of 'super' athletes could be used to help the rest of us
ABC News
"Super" athletes may hold the key to better health for the rest of us, according to a Stanford scientist. Dr. Euan Ashley, an associate professor of medicine and genetics at Stanford University, is working on a project to sequence genes from hundreds of elite athletes. By looking at elite athletes, doctors may be able to better learn how to help patients with weaker cardiovascular systems or even make improvements for those who are just normal, Ashley said, noting he and his team are sequencing the genomes of elite athletes to better understand what makes them "fitter, faster, stronger."
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Senators question ability of EHRs to support personalized medicine
iHealthBeat
The National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo told senators that health IT is "foundational" to President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine initiative and discussed ways to improve data sharing, Health Data Management reports.
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Getting personalized medicine — what's in a name?
Modern Healthcare
The terms personalized medicine and genomic medicine pop up regularly in hospital marketing efforts. But there is no consensus on what to call this new brand of medicine that's based on the medical effects of the human genome, the constellation of 25,000 genes that make up each person. And the public is still in the dark.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Study: Odd histone helps suppress jumping genes in stem cells
Phys.org
A family of proteins known as histones provides support and structure to DNA, but for years, scientists have been puzzling over occasional outliers among these histones, which appear to exist for specific, but often mysterious reasons. Now, researchers have uncovered a new purpose for one such histone variant: preventing genetic mutations by keeping certain so-called "jumping genes" in place.
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New type of stem cell may make study of human embryos easier
The Verge
Scientists have found a new type of stem cell, one that can develop into any kind of tissue in the body, that may make research on early embryonic cell states easier — and could lead to new research opportunities for developmental disorders. The new human embryonic stem cells were injected into mouse embryos in the lab, leading to different early-stage tissues after 36 hours, according to the paper published in Nature.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


Radiologists are seeing a bigger role in healthcare
Forbes
The role of radiologists is evolving in healthcare due to technological advancements and regulatory changes associated with the Affordable Care Act and health care reform. As a result, radiologists are redefining their interaction with patients, other physicians and researchers.
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Survey: Most healthcare executives expect no more ICD-10 delays
iHealthBeat
A majority of healthcare executives say they expect ICD-10 to launch by the Oct. 1 deadline, according to a survey by QauliTest, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports. U.S. healthcare organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures by Oct. 1.
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HIT use doubled since 2012, yet providers remain pessimistic
Health IT Outcomes
According to an Accenture survey, although the use of health IT has doubled in the past few years, fewer providers believe electronic health records improve treatment decisions. While health IT is more widely adopted than ever, especially when it comes to electronic health records, providers are pessimistic the technology is actually improving treatment decisions.
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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


Pioneer ACO spending growth lower than other Medicare beneficiaries'
FierceHealthcare
Accountable care organizations aligned with Medicare's Pioneer ACO program saw smaller increases in Medicare spending compared to general Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Pioneer program's second year, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


The new Botox? FDA approves an injection to fight double chins
The Washington Post
Double chin got you down? There's now a shot for that. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a new treatment for adults with "moderate-to-severe fat" below the chin, known as submental fat. The drug, Kybella, is a form of synthetically derived deoxycholic acid, which the body produces naturally to help absorb fats.
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FDA panel recommends approval for Amgen's skin cancer immunotherapy
Reuters via Yahoo News
Amgen Inc's skin cancer immunotherapy showed enough efficacy in the treatment of melanoma to be given marketing approval, an independent advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The panel voted 22-1 supporting an approval for the therapy, talimogene laherparepvec or "T-Vec", an engineered virus that kills cancer cells when injected into tumors and also primes the immune system to attack the disease.
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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Health insurance deadline passes for most, but there are exceptions
The New York Times
The last chance to sign up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act passed recently, when an extended deadline for enrollment expired. While most people will have to wait until the next open enrollment period in the fall, there is an exception for those who have a change in circumstances — like losing your health coverage because of the loss of a job, or getting married or having a baby.
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2 bills protecting patients in healthcare networks deserve passage
Los Angeles Times
The healthcare reforms in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remain a work in progress, with some of the law's mandates causing new problems or exacerbating older flaws. One is inaccurate lists of the healthcare providers in insurers' networks; another is surprise bills by out-of-network providers. California lawmakers have offered proposals to solve these problems, and the Legislature should pass them.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Personalized medicine: Time for one-person trials (Nature)
New analysis finds that rates of health insurance coverage vary by demographics, cancer type (News-Medical.net)
FDA considers new treatment for double chins (WFOR-TV)
Infographic: How healthcare technology is saving lives (HIT Consultant)
New breast cancer gene identified (Medical Xpress)

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