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Why Blue Cross hates Anthem's Cigna deal
Forbes
You’re hearing crickets from inside the headquarters of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s headquarters in the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue in Chicago when the topic of health plan mega mergers arises these days. That’s because it’s largest member company, Anthem, may be causing anxiety for fellow Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans across the country with its $54 billion purchase of Cigna.
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US high costs plague some state-run health insurance markets
The Associated Press via ABC News
State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states. Hawaii's marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants.
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The graying of the US healthcare workforce
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The baby boomer generation started reaching retirement age in 2011. As millions of baby boomers are starting to need the additional healthcare services that come with aging, the healthcare industry is considering their labor options. At the same time more workers will be needed, a wave of older healthcare workers will also be retiring. So where will the needed labor come from when there just aren't enough younger workers to fill the gaps?
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Healthcare big data, accountable care spark vendor spending
Health IT Analytics
Healthcare big data analytics vendors hoping to explore the financial opportunities of predictive analytics, population health management, infrastructure development, and patient management are making some big investments in research and acquisitions, according to a number of market reports. From revenue cycle analytics to care coordination and value-based reimbursement, top innovators are moving quickly to remain in the lead of a rapidly advancing vendor community.
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Accountable care, ACA bring Medicare stability until 2030
Health IT Analytics
Medicare has plenty to celebrate as it turns fifty, including a new lease on its financial life thanks to accountable care initiatives that have extended its solvency for another few decades. As spending growth slows with an industry-wide emphasis on preventative care, pay-for-performance reimbursements, and population health management, CMS and the Medicare Trustees have announced that the Medicare trust fund will remain solvent until the year 2030.
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No more hidden sugar: FDA proposes new label rule
NPR
Sixty-five grams of added sugar. That's how much you'll find in a 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola. But can you picture 65 grams? It's about 16 teaspoons worth of the sweet stuff. The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for Americans to track how much added sugars we're getting in the foods and beverages we choose.
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FDA approve new daily pill for common skin cancer
Medical News Today
Taken in the form of a daily pill, Odomzo is marketed by Novartis AG — a Swiss pharma giant with U.S. headquarters in East Hanover, New Jersey. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration say a trial showed the drug shrank or wiped out tumors in 58 percent of patients treated.
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FDA approve new daily pill for common skin cancer
Medical News Today
Taken in the form of a daily pill, Odomzo is marketed by Novartis AG — a Swiss pharma giant with U.S. headquarters in East Hanover, New Jersey. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration say a trial showed the drug shrank or wiped out tumors in 58 percent of patients treated.
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Just one 'all-nighter' can alter your genes
Popular Science
There’s a new reason to go to bed on time: late nights, in addition to a multitude of health effects, may lead to obesity and diabetes. Countless studies have shown the negative effects of sleep loss and sleep deprivation, but a new one from a Swedish team suggests that even one night of missed snoozing can have long-lasting effects on your genes.
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Semen has controlling power over female genes and behavior
New Scientist
There's more to semen than sperm. In many animals, seminal fluid alters both the bodies and sometimes even the behavior of females. Human semen, too, triggers changes in the uterus, and might have wider effects on women, aimed at just one goal. “It’s all about maximizing the chances of the male reproducing,” says Sarah Robertson of the University of Adelaide in Australia. The effects are most striking in fruit flies: seminal fluid can make the females eat more, lay more eggs and be less receptive to other males.
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Study identifies 'major player' in skin cancer genes
Medical Xpress
A multidisciplinary team at Yale, led by Yale Cancer Center members, has defined a subgroup of genetic mutations that are present in a significant number of melanoma skin cancer cases. Their findings shed light on an important mutation in this deadly disease, and may lead to more targeted anti-cancer therapies. The study was published in Nature Genetics.
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The gene for sweet: Why we don't all taste sugar the same way
NPR
Sugar gives the human brain much pleasure. But not everyone revels in cupcakes with an inch of frosting, or milkshakes blended with candy bars, though these crazily sugary treats are increasingly the norm. Scientists have known for a decade that cats and other felines don't have taste buds for sweetness at all.
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PREVENTION & WELLNESS
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Some serious drug side effects not told to FDA within 15 days
Reuters via Fox News
Companies fail to report roughly 1 in 10 serious and unexpected medication side effects to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within a 15-day window specified by federal regulations to protect patient safety, a study finds. Drug manufacturers are also less likely to disclose serious adverse events within this window when patient deaths are involved than when complications aren’t fatal, according to an analysis of 1.6 million side effect reports to the FDA from 2004 to 2014.
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Massive growth continues in mHealth market
By Scott Rupp
The mHealth market continues to see sizable gains, with its current valuation at more than $10.5 billion, according to a new report by Allied Market Research. The sector is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 33.5 percent from this year through 2020. According to the recent report, blood pressure monitors have the largest share of the global mHealth device market, followed by blood glucose monitors and cardiac monitors.
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ONCOLOGY
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Tiny 'cellular lasers' could aid targeted cancer treatments
Live Science
For the first time, scientists have injected lasers into cells, making them light up from the inside, an advance that could one day help treat problems inside the human body such as cancer, researchers say. Laser beams are created from chain reactions in which energized atoms stimulate one another.
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Many young cancer patients unaware of fertility preservation options
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Many young cancer patients — especially females — have limited awareness about options to preserve their fertility, a new study shows. Cancer and cancer treatments may leave some people infertile, making it important for young patients and their doctors to discuss the issue and ways to deal with it, the study published online in the journal Cancer noted.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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Mental health experts respond carefully to mass killings
The Associated Press via ABC News
One psychiatry professor calls it "the conversation we're stuck with," a teachable moment growing out of horror. Each time mental illness is cited as a possible factor in a high-profile mass killing, there's a collective sigh among mental health professionals. Even as they see an opportunity for serious discussions of problems and remedies, they also worry about setbacks to their efforts to destigmatize mental illness.
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Study: Your phone can tell if you're depressed
USA Today
Smartphones. They keep up with our physical health, everyday calls, social media presence and more. But, according to a new study, they can also tell if we’re depressed. Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine tracked certain behaviors — including the number of hour spent in certain locations and hours spent using a smartphone — of 28 individuals between the ages of 19 and 58 from around the country.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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