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Medical trends of the future — including genetics — happening today
The Wall Street Journal via Fox News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In our era of instant gratification, the world of medicine seems like an outlier. The path from a promising discovery to an effective treatment often takes a decade or more. But from that process — of fits and starts, progress and setbacks and finally more progress — grow the insights and advances that change the course of medicine. More

Why we have a right to consumer genetics
MIT Technology Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's hard to get straightforward health guidance from personal genome tests, which are banned in some places. But one way to make them more meaningful is to let more people buy them. More

Scientists identify genetic connection for gout
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To help explain why the debilitating arthritic condition known as gout strikes some people and not others, a new genetic analysis has identified 18 new mutations that appear to boost blood levels of uric acid, the key trigger for a gout attack. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

What personalized medicine means for hospitals
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Personalized medicine is a game changer, says Robert Arceci, MD, co-director of the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children's Hospital. It should not be dismissed as simply a popular fad. Personalized medicine will have significant implications on the way medicine is practiced and hospitals will have to adapt accordingly. More

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 Regenerative Medicine

Study hints stem cells prepare for maturity much earlier than anticipated
Lab Manager Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Unlike less versatile muscle or nerve cells, embryonic stem cells are by definition equipped to assume any cellular role. Scientists call this flexibility "pluripotency," meaning that as an organism develops, stem cells must be ready at a moment’s notice to activate highly diverse gene expression programs used to turn them into blood, brain or kidney cells. More

Regenerative medicine: Engineering its continued success
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like many advanced technologies, the field of regenerative medicine has gone from boom to nearly bust to boom again in the span of just 30 years. Today, there are more than 55 regenerative medicine products on the market focused on diverse therapeutic areas, including repair of skin/soft tissue, wound care, cardiology, oncology and diabetes. Thirty years in, regenerative medicine has truly come of age," the result of a tenacious pursuit to translate groundbreaking research into therapeutic products and overcome initial setbacks that almost derailed this critical new medical approach. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

'Fiscal cliff' deal includes medical imaging cuts
Diagnostic Imaging    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Legislation passed to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" cuts reimbursement to certain medical imaging services and retains the medical device excise tax — elements industry advocates said would hinder patient access and threaten jobs. More

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Hospitals on track to being paperless
The Aniston Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Affordable Care Act, the federal healthcare reform law passed in 2010, has provisions that hospitals must meet in phases — the first in 2013 and the second in 2014 — to be considered paperless. Pete Furlow, director of information technology at Anniston, Ala.'s Regional Medical Center, said the Anniston hospital is about halfway through phase one and is on track to completing it in May in accordance with federal timelines. Furlow said the multimillion-dollar project, much of which will be reimbursed by the federal government, includes the installation of significant hardware and software along with training of personnel. More

 Managed Healthcare News

'Doc fix' in 'fiscal cliff' plan cuts Medcare hospital payments
Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Legislation passed by Congress New Year's Day to avert the dreaded "fiscal cliff" would stop a scheduled payment cut in Medicare physician payments. But hospitals, which have to bear a major part of financing for that "doc fix," are not happy. More

Incentive pay prevalence echoes boom in employed physicians
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As more physicians opt for employment, annual incentive plans have been on the rise for the last five years, and employment contracts are increasing, according to the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm in Philadelphia. More

Nonprofits weigh benefits of buyer joint ventures
HealthLeaders Media    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The growing number of joint ventures and mergers between nonprofit and for-profit hospitals may signal a warming trend in longstanding frigid relations as the rival sectors come to recognize the merits of working together in an evolving healthcare environment. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

FDA new-drug approvals hit 16-year high in 2012
Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. regulators approved 39 new drugs in 2012, the most in 16 years, suggesting that pharmaceutical makers are poised for growth after losing billions of dollars in recent years to generic drug makers because of patent expirations. More

FDA warns doctors to buy from approved suppliers
FiercePharma Manufacturing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The FDA is warning healthcare providers that one way counterfeit drugs can slip into the U.S. is when they stray from an approved supply chain to source products. The warning came as the FDA notified 350 doctors in the U.S. that they may have purchased unapproved and possibly counterfeit versions of Allergan's anti-wrinkle drug Botox. More

"Symptoms of gout include sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe, according to the Mayo Clinic."


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