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A new Biodesix study highlights VeriStrat’s ability to predict differential treatment outcomes between erlotinib and chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.

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GENOMICS

Studies provide important new information on genetic risk of sudden cardiac death
Medical Xpress
Two international research studies, both led by investigators affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, have uncovered new information about genes that may increase the risk of serious cardiac arrhythmias. The studies recently received back-to-back advance online publication in Nature Genetics and Nature Methods.
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Older moms may have genes for longevity
The Washington Post
A silver lining for some older moms: The genes that allow some women to naturally have children later in life also make it likely these women will live a longer life. A study published found that women who are able to have children after age 33 — without using drugs or other infertility treatments–have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before 30.
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Why your genes aren't a language
Forbes
Over at Evolving Th0ughts, historian of science John Wilkins has an excellent series on the uses and abuses of metaphors in biology. Perhaps the most familiar to readers these days of course are discussions about genes as language, and genes as information.
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Physicians lead most, best ACOs
HealthLeaders Media
The transition to value-based healthcare requires strong physician leaders. Physician engagement is the most critical factor for ACO success. But financing and working across the care continuum are challenges for physician-led ACOs. An accountable care organization in Palm Springs, Florida, could very well be a model for designing a successful physician-led ACO.
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Medicare ACO lessons for Medicaid
Health IT Outcomes
The successful deployment of Medicaid accountable care organizations will be dependent upon looking to the Medicare ACO programs underway for guidance, yet still need to be flexible in creating the new delivery systems, according to staff analysts from the Center for Strategic Health Studies.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


Making the case for personalized medicine
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Personalized medicine is gaining momentum, but it needs yet more impetus to break into the healthcare mainstream, argues a new report. Released on June 25 by the Personalized Medicine Coalition, the report examines opportunities for the continued development and adoption of personalized medicine as the cost of genetic sequencing declines, the pharmaceutical industry increases its commitment to personalized treatment, and the public policy landscape evolves.
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Advancing medicine, layer by layer
Phys.org
Personalized cancer treatments and better bone implants could grow from techniques demonstrated by graduate students Stephen W. Morton and Nisarg J. Shah, who are both working in chemical engineering professor Paula Hammond's lab at MIT. Morton's work focuses on developing drug-carrying nanoparticles to target hard-to-treat cancers — such as triple-negative breast cancer — while Shah develops coatings that promote better adhesion for bone implants.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


Scientists withdraw claim about making stem cells
The Associated Press via ABC News
Scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research. In two papers published in January in the journal Nature, the researchers said that they'd been able to transform ordinary mouse cells into versatile stem cells by exposing them to a mildly acidic environment.
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Improving stem cells' regenerative potential
Harvard Gazette
Stem cell scientists scored what at first appeared an easy win for regenerative medicine when they discovered mesenchymal stem cells several decades ago. These cells, found in bone marrow, can give rise to fat, bone, and muscle tissue, and have been used in hundreds of clinical trials for tissue repair. Unfortunately, the results of these trials have been underwhelming. One problem is that these stem cells don't stick around in the body long enough to benefit patients.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


Doctor group takes steps to fulfill the promise of telemedicine
Forbes
The American Medical Association seems very proud of their new, just announced policy "for ensuring the appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services." They believe telemedicine, properly implemented according to their guidelines, can "strengthen the patient-physician relationship," increase quality of care, improve health outcomes, and save money.
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4 of 5 smartphone users want mobile interaction with doctors
Health IT Outcomes
A recent survey from FICO has found 4 of 5 smartphone users are interested in mobile healthcare interactions. An announcement of the study's results reveals 76 percent of respondents would be interested in reminders of their appointments and 69 percent would also like to receive alerts when it is time for them to schedule appointments or take their medications.
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Studies provide important new information on genetic risk of sudden cardiac death
Medical Xpress
Two international research studies, both led by investigators affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, have uncovered new information about genes that may increase the risk of serious cardiac arrhythmias.

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Cancer genes hijack enhancers
Medical Xpress
Unlike most other forms of cancer, medulloblastomas exhibits very few mutations in growth-promoting genes.

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In single gene, a path to fight heart attacks
The New York Times
Two major studies by leading research groups published independently identified mutations in a single gene that protect against heart attacks by keeping levels of triglycerides — a kind of fat in the blood — very low for a lifetime.

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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Supreme Court supports religious freedom of businesses
By Jessica Taylor
A potentially landmark decision on religious liberty occurred in the U.S. Supreme Court — and religious freedom won. The court ruled in favor of business owners objects on religious grounds to a provision of the Affordable Care Act. Two companies — Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties — came together to sue the Obama administration because the Affordable Care Act requires each company to provide health insurance that includes contraception.
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Profits in health insurance under Obamacare
Forbes
This year's Fortune 500 shows that health insurers as a group continue to post rather mediocre profit results for the sixth straight year in a row. Indeed, when return on revenue is used as the measure of profits, the biggest firms among health insurers/managed care companies used to reliably outperform those in the retail pharmacy and other services industry.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


FDA: Acne products can cause severe allergic reactions
USA Today
Some popular over-the-counter acne treatments can occasionally cause serious, even life-threatening, allergic reactions, the Food and Drug Administration warned. The products contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid and are sold under brand names including Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno, and Clean & Clear, FDA says.
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FDA struggles to regulate fecal transplants
The Associated Press via CBS News
Imagine a low-cost treatment for a life-threatening infection that could cure up to 90 percent of patients with minimal side effects, often in a few days. It may sound like a miracle drug, but this cutting-edge treatment is profoundly simple — though somewhat icky: take the stool of healthy patients to cure those with hard-to-treat intestinal infections.
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