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Mar. 17, 2015

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Obamacare gets health insurance to 16M new people
NBC News
More than 16 million people who did not have health insurance before have gained it through the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the federal government said. More than 14 million adults have health insurance either from the new exchanges or through expanded access to Medicaid, the Health and Human Services Department said.More

Funding, focus lacking for healthcare that gets results
USA Today
As the Affordable Care Act pushes doctors and hospitals to join forces to slash healthcare costs, those with the least-expensive solutions say they're still largely being ignored. Community health groups and companies that specialize in healthy eating and fitness are arguing for more recognition of non-medical ways to prevent and treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.More

White House launches 'Next Generation ACO' with high-touch value-based care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it plans to launch the next generation of value-based medical care, expanding what doctors and hospitals can do via the accountable care organization model of care.More

Early results from Medicaid ACO programs show promise
For the past few years, skeptics have questioned whether accountable care organizations actually meet their goal of creating long-term savings. Early results from Medicaid ACO programs in Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota may prove them wrong, according to a blog post from the Commonwealth Fund.More

FDA approves new CPR devices that may increase cardiac arrest survival
By Lynn Hetzler
Only 7 percent of the 300,000 people who suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospitals each year survive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite the fact that two-thirds of these patients receive treatment from emergency medical service providers. But help is on the way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved new CPR devices that might improve patient's chances of surviving cardiac arrest. More

FDA panel backs Kythera double-chin treatment
The Wall Street Journal
Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously to recommend approval of the company’s injectable drug to treat adult submental fat, or what is commonly known as a double chin.More

FDA approves United Therapeutics' drug for treating cancer in children
The Food and Drug Administration said it approved United Therapeutics Corp's drug to treat neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that typically occurs in children below 5 years. Unituxin is the first drug approved to treat high-risk neuroblastoma patients who have a greater chance of tumors recurring or progressing after chemotherapy.More

Study: Genetic markers for PTSD linked to immune system response
Fox News
Researchers have identified genetic markers associated with post-traumatic stress disorder that are linked with regulating the immune system, Medical News Today reported. This finding may lead to the ability to identify individuals at risk of PTSD.More

Rett Syndrome treatment may lie in targeting 'long genes'
Medical News Today
A new study suggests targeting long genes could be a new treatment avenue for the devastating childhood disorder Rett Syndrome. The authors found that lack of the MeCP2 protein that is the hallmark of the disease causes subtle — but widespread — overexpression of long genes with functions important for the brain.More

Study: You may be your germs — microbe genes slipped into human DNA
Evolutionary diagrams usually connect humans and monkeys with common primate ancestors, but now, scientists say there's a missing link that deserves a spot on that family tree — our bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Though most of our genes come from primate ancestors, many of them slipped into our DNA from microbes living in our bodies, says British researcher Alastair Crisp.More

Patient empowerment: The secret sauce behind 23andMe's pipeline-in-a-database strategy
In announcing the formation of a new therapeutics division, consumer genetics company 23andMe is evolving from data broker to data user, suggesting they have not only a strong belief in the underlying “pipeline in a database” concept, but also that they believe that with the right team, they can do a better job of finding new drugs than the established pharma companies with whom they’ve been partnering.More

Study links Disneyland measles outbreak to low vaccination rates
Los Angeles Times
although epidemiologists have not yet identified the person who brought measles to Disneyland, triggering an international outbreak, researchers now say that parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids are probably to blame. Using some simple math, the researchers show that the vaccination rate among people who were exposed to the measles during the outbreak was no higher than 86 percent, and it might have been as low as 50 percent.More

Officials: Listeriosis not cause of 3 ice cream deaths
The Associated Press via Fox News
A foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products might have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients in Kansas, health officials said. But listeriosis didn't cause the deaths, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Sara Belfry.More

How Coke markets itself as a 'healthy snack'
The Associated Press via CBS News
If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print. The world's biggest beverage maker, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.More

Cancer survivor credits hot sauce with saving his life
ABC News
A cancer survivor says a spontaneous hot sauce challenge saved his life. Randy Schmitz of Orland Park, Illinois, was on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, last summer when he stopped on the boardwalk at a hot sauce store called Pepper Palace. He signed up for the store's hot sauce challenge, where contestants dip a toothpick in the hot sauce and put it on their tongues.More

Breaking down barriers to cancer care
The Hill
Colorectal cancer impacts 1 in every 20 Americans and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. That’s why, this National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we’re teaming up to shed light on this disease and advance legislation that makes it easier to fight back. As members of Congress committed to fighting colorectal cancer, we want to make sure every American has access to critical — and potentially lifesaving — cancer screenings. More

Why children need chores
The Wall Street Journal
Today’s demands for measurable childhood success — from the Common Core to college placement — have chased household chores from the to-do lists of many young people. In a survey of 1,001 U.S. adults released last fall by Braun Research, 82 percent reported having regular chores growing up, but only 28 percent said that they require their own children to do them.More

Will the rise of 'over-sharenting' mean the end of privacy for our children?
The Washington Post
Your toddler vomited in the car on your way to the dentist. Frazzled, you post a status on Facebook about the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. Your newborn has decided that sleep is for the birds and you seek late-night company among the other moms. Oh, and doesn’t she just look like an angel when her eyes finally close?More