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Experts Tell Congress How To Cut Drug Prices

The nation’s most influential science advisory group will tell Congress today that the U.S. pharmaceutical market is not sustainable and needs to change. “Drugs that are not affordable are of little value and drugs that do not exist are of no value,” said Norman Augustine, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s... Read More »

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The nation’s most influential science advisory group will tell Congress today that the U.S. pharmaceutical market is not sustainable and needs to change. “Drugs that are not affordable are of little value and drugs that do not exist are of no value,” said Norman Augustine, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s… Read More »

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Excitement Builds Around Gene Therapy Cures For Hemophilia

How enthralled are scientists by the prospects for gene therapy in hemophilia, the deadly disease of uncontrolled bleeding? Ask the usually staid New England Journal of Medicine, which just ran this headline: “A Cure for Hemophilia [is] within Reach.” It would be one of medicine’s holy grails — and they are the talk of the... Read More »

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How enthralled are scientists by the prospects for gene therapy in hemophilia, the deadly disease of uncontrolled bleeding? Ask the usually staid New England Journal of Medicine, which just ran this headline: “A Cure for Hemophilia [is] within Reach.” It would be one of medicine’s holy grails — and they are the talk of the… Read More »

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Don’t Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here’s Why

Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. “We found that there... Read More »

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Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. “We found that there… Read More »

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the RxSight Inc. Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device, the first medical device system that can make small adjustments to the artificial lens’ power after cataract surgery so that the patient will have better vision when not using glasses. Cataracts are a common eye condition where… Read More »

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Gene Therapy Creates Replacement Skin to Save a Dying Boy

Doctors in Europe used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin that saved the life of a boy with a genetic disease that had destroyed most of his skin, the team reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature. This was not the first use of the treatment, which adds gene therapy to a technique... Read More »

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Doctors in Europe used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin that saved the life of a boy with a genetic disease that had destroyed most of his skin, the team reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature. This was not the first use of the treatment, which adds gene therapy to a technique… Read More »

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Whistleblower lawsuit claims Epic caused hundreds of hospitals to double-bill anesthesia services

A recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit claims Epic’s billing software prompted hundreds of hospitals across the country to double-bill Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services, prompting “hundreds of millions of dollars” in fraudulent payments. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2015, was unsealed on Thursday. The federal government declined to intervene in the case earlier this year, but the... Read More »

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A recently unsealed whistleblower lawsuit claims Epic’s billing software prompted hundreds of hospitals across the country to double-bill Medicare and Medicaid for anesthesia services, prompting “hundreds of millions of dollars” in fraudulent payments. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2015, was unsealed on Thursday. The federal government declined to intervene in the case earlier this year, but the… Read More »

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Teenager’s sickle cell reversed with world-first therapy

A French teenager’s sickle cell disease has been reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA. The world-first procedure at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris offers hope to millions of people with the blood disorder. Scientists altered the genetic instructions in his bone marrow so it made healthy red blood cells. So far, the... Read More »

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A French teenager’s sickle cell disease has been reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA. The world-first procedure at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris offers hope to millions of people with the blood disorder. Scientists altered the genetic instructions in his bone marrow so it made healthy red blood cells. So far, the… Read More »

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Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve

WASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping. So far it’s been tested only in animals, improving blood flow in pigs. But this “soft robotic” device mimics the natural movements of a beating heart, a strategy for next-generation treatments of... Read More »

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping. So far it’s been tested only in animals, improving blood flow in pigs. But this “soft robotic” device mimics the natural movements of a beating heart, a strategy for next-generation treatments of… Read More »

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US organ transplants increased nearly 20% in five years

Organ transplants performed in the United States reached a record high during 2016, for the fourth year in a row, according to preliminary data from the United Network for Organ Sharing. During 2016, there were 33,606 transplants, an 8.5% increase over 2015 and up 19.8% since 2012. This growth can be mostly attributed to an... Read More »

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Organ transplants performed in the United States reached a record high during 2016, for the fourth year in a row, according to preliminary data from the United Network for Organ Sharing. During 2016, there were 33,606 transplants, an 8.5% increase over 2015 and up 19.8% since 2012. This growth can be mostly attributed to an… Read More »

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Johnson & Johnson hit with $1 billion verdict for Pinnacle hip implants

Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopedics division were again found liable for injuries stemming from the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant. A Texas jury determined the company should pay $1.041 billion to the six plaintiffs whose cases were heard over the last two months. The jury in the third bellwether trial for... Read More »

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Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopedics division were again found liable for injuries stemming from the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant. A Texas jury determined the company should pay $1.041 billion to the six plaintiffs whose cases were heard over the last two months. The jury in the third bellwether trial for… Read More »

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