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GENOMICS


When cancer is in your genes
U.S. News & World Report
In many families, cancer genes are passed down through generations like an unwanted heirloom. But thanks to ever-improving genetic testing, doctors are able to identify these genes better than ever before — and offer patients treatment options to not only stop cancer from setting in, but to stop the gene from being passed on as well.
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New mechanism in gene regulation revealed
Phys.org
The information encoded in our genes is translated into proteins, which ultimately mediate biological functions in an organism. Messenger RNA plays an important role, as it is the molecular template used for translation. Scientist from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München, in collaboration with the Centre for Genomic Regulation and colleagues in Grenoble, France, have now unraveled a molecular mechanism of mRNA recognition, which is essential for understanding differential gene regulation in male and female organisms.
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How soy supplements may affect breast cancer genes
LiveScience via Fox News
Taking soy protein supplements may lead to some concerning genetic changes for women with breast cancer, a new study suggests. In the study, half of 140 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer took soy protein powder and the other half took a placebo for between seven and 30 days before they had surgery to remove their cancer.
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BIOTECH/DIAGNOSTICS/PERSONALIZED MEDICINE


US in danger of losing biotechnology edge, experts warn
Bioscience Technology
The United States is in danger of losing its biomedical edge to countries that are aggressively funding research into personalized medicine. That was a key message from the 21st Century Cures Roundtable at National Jewish Health on Wednesday. The discussion, hosted by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, featured a panel of experts from academia, government and industry.
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Personalized medicine gains traction
Pharmacy Practice News
With less costly genotyping techniques, free access to gene-drug practice guidelines and the ability to add pharmacogenomics to clinical decision software, an increasing number of institutions are taking a tailored approach to patient care that they hope will reduce costs and improve clinical outcomes.
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REGENERATIVE MEDICINE


How to tell good stem cells from the bad
Phys.org
The promise of embryonic stem cell research has been thwarted by an inability to answer a simple question: How do you know a good stem cell from a bad one? Yale researchers report in the journal Cell Stem Cell that they have found a marker that predicts which batch of personalized stem cells will develop into a variety of tissue types and which will develop into unusable placental or tumor-like tissues.
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Study sheds light on how stem cells can be used to treat lung disease
Medical Xpress
A new study has revealed how stem cells work to improve lung function in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Previous studies have shown that stem cells can reduce lung inflammation and restore some function in ARDS, but experts are not sure how this occurs. The new study, which was presented at the European Respiratory Society's International Congress, brings us a step closer to understanding the mechanisms that occur within an injured lung.
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Could stem cells be used for in-body muscle regeneration?
Engineering.com
What if repairing large segments of damaged muscle tissue was as simple as mobilizing the body’s stem cells to the site of the injury? New research in mice and rats, conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine, suggests that “in body” regeneration of muscle tissue might be possible by harnessing the body’s natural healing powers.
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EMERGING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES


Can m-health ease the Ebola crisis?
Health IT Outcomes
Employing mobile health solutions could speed the response to a global health crisis. The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Congo raises the question of whether mobile health can play a role in easing this type of health crisis. Information Week makes the case that m-health could be tapped into to offer a way to trace the disease’s spread and help diagnose it.
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Wellframe raises $8.5M to grow mobile patient engagement platform
VentureBeat
Healthcare providers are under pressure to better monitor and care for older and at-risk patients between doctor visits. Current systems focus on providing care only after a patient has gotten sick enough to return to the doctor’s office. So caregivers need an effective way to stay in touch with patients and keep them following doctors’ orders while they’re at home. Outcomes could be improved, costs could be contained, and patients could be healthier and happier.
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Apple tries to redefine m-health and the watch
Government Health IT
Apple is out with its latest, much-anticipated products, and taking a step into healthcare with a new iPhone-enabled watch. Will this be a big step forward for digital health, or just a grab of the high-end quantified-self market? Those questions are bound to linger among the digital health community, as the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch make their way to consumers.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY


FDA: Psoriasis treatment choices improving
HealthDay News via Medical Xpress
A growing knowledge of the skin disease called psoriasis is leading to greater treatment choices, including personalized therapies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports. Psoriasis is an immune system disorder that causes overproduction of skin cells, resulting in scaling, pain, swelling, redness and heat.
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Merck wins US approval for melanoma immunotherapy
Bloomberg
Merck & Co. won U.S. approval to bring to market the first in a new line of cancer-fighting treatments that use patients’ own immune systems against the disease. The Food and Drug Administration cleared Keytruda, known chemically as pembrolizumab, to treat advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, according to a statement today from the agency. The medicine is the first in an emerging class of drugs that target a protein called PD-1 to boost the immune system and fight cancer cells that manage to evade the body’s natural defenses.
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When cancer is in your genes
U.S. News & World Report
In many families, cancer genes are passed down through generations like an unwanted heirloom. But thanks to ever-improving genetic testing, doctors are able to identify these genes better than ever before — and offer patients treatment options to not only stop cancer from setting in, but to stop the gene from being passed on as well.

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A gene that makes you need less sleep?
The New Yorker
Since June, 1957, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been monitoring America’s health habits, tabulating things like whether we smoke, drink, or sit around all day, and how many of us visit our doctors regularly and take our medications at the prescribed times.

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Bipolar disorder genes uncovered
PsychCentral
Novel genes have been identified as possible contributors to bipolar disorder. The condition, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a chronic and devastating psychiatric illness, affecting 0.5-1.6 percent of the general population across their lifetime.

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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


Medicare ACOs see benefits despite issues
MedPage Today
Participants in Medicare's accountable care organization programs have had their share of frustrations, but their enthusiasm for the ACO concept does not appear to have dimmed. "We see healthcare moving from a 'volume' world to a 'value' world, and the only way we can engage with providers and consumers is by engaging in these programs," Matt Horn, director of the Medicare Pioneer ACO program at Banner Health in Phoenix, said in a phone interview.
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4 questions to predict whether ACOs can succeed
FierceHealthcare
Accountable care organizations are widespread throughout the healthcare industry and many experts hope they can significantly help improve quality care while driving down costs, especially as federal officials predict rising spending growth for the next several years.
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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS


Solidarity vs. solitary: Why collaboration means better healthcare
By Karen R. Thomas
Historically, healthcare has been adept at achieving highly focused and specialized solutions. However, some critics consider the segmented way that healthcare establishments have operated in the past far too solitary for today's wider and more inclusive care goals. Collaboration within the healthcare community used to be an often-discussed but seldom-practiced idea. Today, with a greater sense of solidarity within the healthcare industry, home care software companies and telehealth providers are some of the most sought-after collaborators being invited to the table.
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WHO: Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon
Reuters
Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organization said on. The epidemic, the worst since the disease was discovered in 1976, has killed some 2,100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and has also spread to Senegal.
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Why do so many people have the wrong kind of health insurance?
Forbes
Of the 8 million people who obtained health insurance through the new exchanges, how many still have their insurance? Apparently, the Obama administration doesn’t want you to know the answer to that question. It hasn’t released any official numbers since May. And it’s becoming increasingly clear why. Large numbers who initially signed up have since dropped out.
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Companies race to adjust healthcare benefits as Affordable Care Act takes hold
The Washington Post
Large businesses expect to pay between 4 and 5 percent more for healthcare benefits for their employees in 2015 after making adjustments to their plans, according to employer surveys conducted this summer. Few employers plan to stop providing benefits with the advent of federal health insurance mandates, as some once feared, but a third say they are considering cutting or reducing subsidies for employee family members, and the data suggest that employees are paying more each year in out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
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