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States face deadline for fed partnership on marketplaces
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States face another Affordable Care Act deadline — their last chance to work with the federal government in setting up new online health insurance marketplaces that open for business Oct. 1. More



US official touts health insurance markets, lawmakers leery
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The Obama administration assured U.S. lawmakers that it is on track to enroll millions of people in new state health insurance markets, but it quickly came under fire from Republicans and Democrats about how costly the coverage may be. More

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State policies on Medicaid committee disclosure vary
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No standard policy covers whether the state-level Medicaid committee members choosing which drugs and treatments the program pays for should disclose their ties to drug and medical device companies, according to a new report. More

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FDA skeptical of MRI contrast agent in babies
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A gadolinium-based MRI contrast agent's proposed use in children younger than two appears to have very little data to support it, FDA staff reviewers said in briefing materials prepared for an advisory committee meeting. The review of gadoterate meglumine noted that only seven children younger than two had been included in maker Guerbet's clinical trial database. More

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Drug prices jump again while other health costs decline
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Prescription drug prices are taking off again as other healthcare costs are flat or falling. After dropping during the recession, drug prices have reignited in the past four years, returning to growth rates of a decade ago. In 2012, prescription drug prices rose 3.6 percent, twice the 1.7 percent inflation rate, Bureau of Economic Analysis data show. More

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5.8 million women have used 'morning after' pill
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As many as 11 percent of U.S. women ages 15-44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used a "morning after" pill at least once, according to the first federal report on emergency contraception. More

'High-glycemic' foods tied to diabetes risk
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People who eat a lot of low-fiber and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes, according to a new study. More

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Australian court backs claim to own breast cancer gene
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Can companies patent human genes? It was the question considered by an Australian federal court judge who ruled that a U.S. biotech company was within its rights to hold Australian patent 686004. That patent covers mutations of the human gene BRCA1 which point to a greater hereditary risk of breast and ovarian cancer. More

Gene therapy cures diabetic dogs in only 1 shot
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Five lucky diabetic beagles have been cured of their canine type 1 diabetes using gene therapy, according to research published in an issue of Diabetes. Researchers previously found the therapy effective in treating mice, but this is the first time gene therapy — when a patient's DNA is supplemented or changed to treat a disease — has proven successful in curing diabetes in large animals. Gene therapy encodes a functional gene to replace a mutated one, or inserts DNA that produces a therapeutic protein to treat a disease. More

Group urges against routine genetic testing for macular degeneration
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Certain gene variants may predict whether a person will develop age-related macular degeneration, but they do not predict how that person would respond to anti-VEGF therapy, a study found. The American Academy of Ophthalmology said this reinforces its recommendation against routine genetic testing for AMD. More

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Study: Alcohol blamed for 1 in every 30 cancer deaths
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For anyone who still thinks that drinking does not contribute to cancer, a new report finds that alcohol is to blame for 1 in every 30 cancer deaths each year in the United States. The connection is even more pronounced with breast cancer, with 15 percent of those deaths related to alcohol consumption, the researchers added. More

Cancer chemotherapy tied to slight rise in risk for leukemia
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Chemotherapy can be a lifesaver for thousands of cancer patients, but a new study suggests that it might slightly raise the odds for a type of leukemia later in life. Over the past 30 years, the risk for acute myeloid leukemia has increased for patients who underwent chemotherapy for certain forms of cancer, particularly non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the new study found. More

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Depression may lower response to shingles vaccine
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Untreated major depression may hamper the protective effect of varicella zoster virus vaccine against herpes zoster — shingles — in older individuals, researchers found. After receiving the vaccine, patients with major depressive disorder who were not receiving antidepressants had lower cell-mediated immunity to VZV than both healthy individuals and depressed individuals who were receiving drug treatment, mostly with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, according to researchers. More

Neurostimulation works in early Parkinson's
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Brain stimulation may offer benefits earlier in the course of Parkinson's disease than it is currently used, researchers found. In a randomized, controlled trial, patients with early motor complications had a 26 percent increase in quality of life scores if they had neurostimulation compared with a 1 percent worsening for those on standard medical therapy, researchers report. More

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"Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older, according to MedlinePlus. Treatment can slow, but does not restore vision loss."


 
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