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Researchers Identify Cancer Gene Mutations Associated with Poor Outcomes in CML

Despite the good outcomes experienced by most patients with chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia (CP-CML) treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), a susbset do not...

Private-Sector Funding Presents Ethical Problems for NIH

To strengthen funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 1990s, U.S. Congress created the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health...

Pharmaceutical Lobbying Group Funnels “Dark Money” to Sway Policy

An investigation by Kaiser Health News revealed that the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) quietly gave millions of dollars to groups that...

FDA Approves Lusutrombopag for Thrombocytopenia in Liver Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved lusutrombopag for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in adults with chronic liver disease who are scheduled...

NIH Looking to Fund Pediatric Sequencing Centers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced new funding opportunities for one or two sequencing centers that can generate genomic and other data from...

Older Patients Vulnerable to “Post-Hospital Syndrome”

The phrase “post-hospital syndrome” was coined by cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, MD, in a New England Journal of Medicine article in 2013, when he noticed...

Analysis Suggests “Medicare for All” Would Cost $32.6 Trillion

The “Medicare for all” plan backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would increase government spending on health care by a projected cost of $32.6...

Watson Supercomputer Recommended Unsafe Treatments

Internal documents show that IBM Watson Health’s supercomputer, designed to supplement physicians’ clinical judgment, often recommended unorthodox and unsafe cancer treatment options. The problems...

United Kingdom Approves Medicinal Marijuana

The U.K. has announced that it will allow doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana beginning in the fall. Research indicates that the drug, and products...

Trump Administration Resumes Risk-Adjustment Payments to Insurers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will resume risk-adjustment payments to health-care insurers, which are designed to stabilize...
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August 2018, Volume 4, Issue 10

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