1/30/2015
The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up. | Read More
1/29/2015
Up to 29% of US taxpayers may need to take the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into account upon completing 2014 income tax returns. | Read More
1/29/2015
More than one-third (38%) of insured Americans admitted to not understanding what healthcare services are covered under their insurance plans, according to a recent poll. | Read More

WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

1/30/2015

The FDA approved atazanavir and cobicistat for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults.

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1/30/2015

American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution.

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1/29/2015

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners created a cybersecurity task force to increase protection of consumer information.

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1/29/2015

The FDA has expanded the indication for ibrutinib for the treatment of Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.

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1/29/2015

Treatment with the antiresportive denosumab proved safe and effective over two years in men with low bone mineral density in the ADAMO trial.

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1/29/2015

The CDC has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps.

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Healthcare Reform

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners created a cybersecurity task force to increase protection of consumer information.

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President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request will propose nearly doubling federal funding to some $1.2 billion for the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Public opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate sways with what Americans are told about the provision, according to a recent report.

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Medicare/Medicaid

Enrolling in Medicaid is easier for residents nationwide as states offer more automated processes required by the ACA.

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Increasing Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers improved appointment access by nearly 8%.

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Although national guidelines recommend the use of high-intensity statins after hospitalization for coronary heart disease events.

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Pharmaceutical News

Treatment with the antiresportive denosumab proved safe and effective over two years in men with low bone mineral density in the ADAMO trial.

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A large international analysis finds that statin drugs reduce heart risk factors like high cholesterol as effectively in women as they do in men.

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Treating patients with angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-induced angioedema with icatibant reduced the time to complete resolution by 70% compared to conventional care.

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FDA Activity

The FDA approved atazanavir and cobicistat for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults.

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The FDA has expanded the indication for ibrutinib for the treatment of Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.

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The FDA is tightening the requirements for approval of emergency defibrillators following thousands of reports of malfunctioning devices.

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Healthcare News

Varied interpretation of spirometry can result in the misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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The CDC has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps.

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For 19 diseases where mortality is a common outcome, screening of asymptomatic adults does not result in reductions in all-cause mortality.

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Guideline Updates

The Endocrine Society published updated clinical practice guidelines on the pharmacological management of obesity outlines a plan for the use of weight-loss agents.

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During a workshop at the Cardiometabolic Risk Summit the ACC/AHA and NLA guidelines were discussed, including the recommendations for treatment and the differences between the 2.

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Existing guidelines for treating epididymitis are still appropriate, even though they are based on studies published years ago.

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Implementation of employee-based wellness programs is gaining momentum, particularly due to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. continue reading
The first accountable care organizations were implemented in 2005, beginning with just 10 large multispecialty groups of approximately 5000 physicians. Since then, the idea has been widely debated and ultimately encouraged under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. continue reading