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Newly insured, many now face learning curve
The New York Times
Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who did so understand their often complicated policies and use them properly.
The political stakes are high, as support for the healthcare law will hinge at least partly on whether people have good experiences with their new coverage.
False hope for new superbug treatments
By Mike Wokasch
The lack of effective treatments for antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" represents a serious global healthcare issue with potentially disastrous consequences. In the hopes of finding new treatments, a number of organizations and governments are struggling to secure and provide sufficient financial and nonfinancial incentives to encourage more research. Unfortunately, the fallacy of some of these initiatives is that more money, more companies and more compounds will not deliver the products we need.
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Number of patients in ACOs expected to hit 130M by 2017
The number of U.S. patients receiving care from an accountable care organization is expected to increase from 40 million in 2015 to more than 130 million by 2017, according to a recent report from the Dallas-based Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company. The research firm says the new emphasis on performance-based metrics and payment will boost usage of this business model as well as the healthcare technologies that promise to improve care outcomes.
ACO directory: 272 ACOs in America
Becker's Hospital Review
Accountable care organizations have become increasingly popular with the switch from fee for service to pay for performance, and the number of commercial and government ACOs continues to grow.
Seeking to improve the quality of healthcare and reduce costs, Pioneer ACOs were created for the more advanced health systems that had already achieved a high level of integration. CMS named the original 32 Pioneer ACOs in December 2011.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS & TECHNOLOGY
US FDA says 'stands ready' to work with companies developing Ebola drugs
The worst Ebola outbreak in history is heaping new pressure on U.S. regulators to speed the development of treatments for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 700 people since February.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in an emailed statement the agency "stands ready" to work with companies and investigators working with patients "in dire need of treatment."
FDA to begin regulating laboratory test devices
The Washington Post
The Food and Drug Administration said that it plans to begin regulating certain diagnostic tests developed by laboratories, which have proliferated and grown more sophisticated in recent years, spurring increased concerns about their safety and reliability. Just as new drugs must be proved safe and effective before reaching consumers, the devices used to diagnose complex medical conditions also must work properly to avoid subjecting patients to harmful or unnecessary treatments, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg said.
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Is there a happiness gene?
LiveScience via Yahoo News
One secret to happiness may lie in genes, a new study suggests.
Denmark and other Scandinavian countries regularly top world happiness rankings, and while many factors influence happiness, genetics may play a larger role than previously thought, according to the study authors.
Researchers discover universal molecular 'flag' that highlights critical genes
After probing more than 200 genetic data sets, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a molecular flag that labels genes critical to a cell's function.
The flag appears to exist universally — in cells ranging from worms to humans — and can be used to help decipher the function of unfamiliar cells, said Anne Brunet, Ph.D., associate professor of genetics and senior author of the study.
How much sleep do you need? Why sleep deprivation could be a gene problem
Eight hours of sleep each night could be a tall task for many people, especially those for whom daily tasks eat up all but a scrap of free time at night. New research suggests biology may offer a promising way out, as fewer than six hours of sleep a night may not lead to sleep deprivation if a person’s genes aren’t so high-maintenance.
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Study: Eating fish makes your brain healthier
A helping of fish every week goes a long way
Eating fish is linked to more gray matter in the part of the brain that controls memory, according to a new study.
As the number of people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s continues to grow, identifying lifestyle modifications that benefit the brain is a popular area of research.
Top infectious disease specialist says Ebola vaccine not far away
The Associated Press via Fox News
The nation's top infectious disease official says there's hope that a vaccine against Ebola will be available as early as next July. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says such a preventive vaccine has been successfully tested with monkeys.
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Researchers examining new treatments for gastric cancer
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Gastric cancer is the fourth-most common cancer in the world, but there has been a continuous fall in its incidence and mortality rates in developed countries in the past 50 years. This has been mainly due to dietary improvements and a decrease in chronic Helicobacter pylori infection. Yet the outcome in many Western countries remains poor with an overall five-year survival of 25 percent as compared to 70 percent in Japan.
New pancreatic cancer therapy labeled 'breakthrough' by FDA
Researchers have developed a breakthrough therapy in the treatment of one of the world’s deadliest cancers: pancreatic cancer. Regulators designated Aduro Biotech Inc.'s new combination of CRS-207 and GVAX Pancreas drugs a "breakthrough therapy," putting it on the fast track to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.
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Virtual therapy expanding mental healthcare
The Boston Globe
Facing a new diagnosis of cancer, Josh Stoffregen needed his therapist more than ever.
But with daily chemo and a depleted immune system, leaving his home in the winter to see his psychologist in her Manhattan office was a risky venture.
Hospital killing shows safety gap in mental health
The Associated Press via ABC News
When a man opened fire at a hospital outside Philadelphia, fatally shooting his caseworker and wounding his psychiatrist, the doctor saved his own life and probably the lives of others by pulling out a gun and shooting the patient.
If Dr. Lee Silverman's decision to arm himself at the office was unusual, the violence that erupted at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital served as yet another illustration of the hazards mental health professionals face on the job — and, experts say, the need for hospitals to do more to protect them.
"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."
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