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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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Get up to date information on nutrition and nutrition research from Michael Greger, M.D. at NutritionFacts.org. Click here to view the website!

Granix is now available in the fight against neutropenia during chemotherapy. Click here to view the USPI! Visit www.granixrx.com for more information.

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Announcing the NAMCP Medical Directors Lung Cancer Resource Center. Click here to visit the website.

Be sure to check out the study results of Verinata's Non-Invasive Prenatal Technology. Click here to view the press release.

The Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators white paper, "Assessing the Creative Application and Usefulness of NSider: A Tactical Tool for the Oncology Nurse Navigator" was published in the journal, The Oncology Nurse-APN/NP.

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Jumping through hoops for a better health plan
The New York Times
To get an idea of what your employer's health plan may look like in the near future, consider the options the government of Manatee County, Florida, offers to its workers. The county, on the state's west coast, offers four different plans that charge members the same monthly premium — currently $70 for a single employee. Everyone paying that amount is eligible for a "basic" plan that carries a $1,000 deductible — the amount you must pay before the plan starts paying — for hospital coverage.
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Making the case for state Medicaid expansion
By Maria Frisch
Medicaid is a joint federal- and state-funded program that provides healthcare for more than 60 million low-income Americans. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid was expanded to cover people from 19 to 65 years old with incomes of no more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. But not all states are taking part in the expansion. This article makes a case in support of state-level Medicaid expansion, by examining health and financial factors. However, it is also important to consider the ethical and political factors at play. The matter is complex, and there are no easy answers.
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2014 premiums were $100 or less; 2015 looks promising
USA Today
Nearly 70 percent of consumers who bought subsidized health insurance on the federal exchange for 2014 paid $100 or less in monthly premiums, a federal report shows. That means the average monthly premium went from $346 before tax credits to $82 across all plan types, according to the Department of Health and Human Services report.
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Aetna: ACOs need data sharing, mobile health
FierceHealthPayer
While it will take several years to measure the true effect of accountable care organizations, investments in technology and data sharing could accelerate the model's success. Aetna's CEO of Accountable Care Solutions Charles Kennedy. M.D., offered his two cents on overcoming ACO challenges in a recent interview.
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ACO initiatives test pharma's traditional sales model
Forbes
The U.S. healthcare system's shift from volume to value-based reimbursement for treatment in order to lower costs and improve patient care is disrupting healthcare business models. The high-profile government–led accountable care organizations, which put financial pressure on payers and providers to share responsibility for meeting quality and cost goals, is no exception.
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Testosterone products must warn about clot risk
HealthDay News via WebMD
The growing unease around the safety of testosterone supplements was highlighted with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement that the products must now carry a warning label on the general risk of blood clots in the veins. Testosterone therapy has been widely advertised as a way to help aging men with so-called "low T" improve their sex drive and reclaim diminished energy.
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FDA approves Sivextro to treat skin infections
FDA.gov
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sivextro, a new antibacterial drug, to treat adults with skin infections. Sivextro is approved to treat patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections caused by certain susceptible bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, various Streptococcus species, and Enterococcus faecalis. Sivextro is available for intravenous and oral use.
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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. The findings are expected to lead to a push to develop drugs that mimic the effect of the mutations, potentially offering the first new class of drugs to combat heart disease in decades, experts say.
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Genes tied to curvature of spine in kids
HealthDay News
Scientists say they've identified two rare genetic mutations that greatly increase a child's risk for severe scoliosis — curvature of the spine. Children with these mutations have a quadrupled risk of developing S-shaped curves in their spines that are serious enough to require surgery, according to the team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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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. In collaboration with an international team of colleagues, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center have now made an important discovery about a particularly malignant subgroup of medulloblastomas: often the cancer-causing genes are transcribed at higher or lower levels than normal.
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PREVENTION & WELLNESS
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The gluten-free craze: Is it healthy?
The Wall Street Journal
A decade ago, few Americans had heard of gluten. Today, one survey says, almost a third are trying to avoid the element found in grain. In growing numbers, the world's biggest food makers and restaurant chains are retooling recipes and labels to tap into the concern, creating a multibillion-dollar business out of gluten-free products.
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1 in 25 US babies born too early
Science World Report
A recent study conducted by researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia shows that nearly one in 25 U.S. babies are born too soon. The study, which covered millions of U.S. births within the last 15 years, illustrates how many mothers-to-be are opting for elective cesarean sections and induced labor that could pose an increased risk to the health of their future child.
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Jumping through hoops for a better health plan
The New York Times
To get an idea of what your employer's health plan may look like in the near future, consider the options the government of Manatee County, Florida, offers to its workers.

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US health system tops in spending, last in results
CNBC via Yahoo News
Bang for your buck? No such luck — not even close. The United States healthcare system has finished dead last — yet again — in a comparison of first-world countries, despite vastly outspending those nations on health services, according to a new study released.

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Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time.

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ONCOLOGY
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Doctors reconstruct face of woman disfigured by cancer treatments
The Associated Press via Fox News
A woman left disfigured by radiation treatments for a cancer she never had is undergoing reconstructive surgery in hopes of restoring her life. Lessya Kotelevskaya could be in surgery up to 24 hours at University of Louisville Hospital. The surgical team is led by Dr. Jarrod Little, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with University of Louisville physicians.
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Cancer rate rise linked to lifestyle choices
Medical Xpress
There has been a rise in rates of lifestyle-linked cancers in England. Liver cancer rose substantially over the past decade — by 70 percent among men and 60 percent among women between 2003 and 2012. It now stands as the 18th most common form of cancer in the country, according to new figures by the Office for National Statistics.
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Cancer doctors ring up big Medicare bills for tarnished drug Procrit
The Wall Street Journal
Many cancer doctors now use a drug called Procrit sparingly. It was approved in 1989 for anemia and became a popular treatment for that side effect of chemotherapy. But regulators later learned Procrit can speed tumor growth and hasten death in cancer patients. Today, use of this class of drug — best known as EPO, a substance Lance Armstrong took illicitly to pedal faster and longer — is sharply restricted.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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Mental health patients at greater risk for becoming homicide victims
LiveScience via Yahoo News
Patients with mental illness may be at greater risk for becoming victims of homicide than people without mental illness, according to a new study in the United Kingdom. Researchers found that, among all 1,496 homicide victims in England and Wales during a three-year study period, 6 percent had been under the care of mental health services in the year before their death, and about one-third of the victims who had mental illness were killed by other patients with mental illness.
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FAST FACTS
"A protein called Kindlin-3 drives breast cancer cells to migrate throughout the body. Inhibiting Kindlin-3 functions with new drugs could prevent the spread of breast cancer, according to the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute."


Stress and anxiety: The lesser-known effects of climate change
TriplePundit
We now know all too well the effects that climate change will have on the environment and society: from making weather events more severe to damaging infrastructure, displacing populations and threatening our food and water supply. But climate change will also have a significant impact on our psychology and well-being, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association.
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