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Proposed Medicare cuts would significantly impact independent laboratories
JD Supra
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a proposed rule setting forth revisions to payment policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other revisions to Medicare Part B for calendar year 2014. The rule proposes several changes that, if finalized, would have grave consequences for independent laboratories.
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Dissent over a device to help find melanoma
The New York Times
To the casual observer's eye, the small brownish mole on Tanna Oppel's upper left arm looks like an insignificant, ovoid blotch. But on the screen of MelaFind, a new computer vision system for imaging skin lesions, a jagged blue line shows the actual border of the mole, revealing an irregular lesion roughly the shape of Texas.
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Can aspirin help prevent colon cancer?
The Boston Globe
In a study published recently, Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers found that women who took a small dose of aspirin every other day for 10 years had a 20 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer over the next 16 years compared with those who took a placebo.
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Researchers discover mechanism behind development of autoimmune hepatitis
The Mount Sinai Hospital via Medical Xpress
A gene mutation disrupts the activity of certain immune cells and causes the immune system to erroneously attack the liver, according to a new animal study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, will provide a new model for studying drug targets and therapies for Autoimmune Hepatitis, a condition for which the only treatment options are short-acting steroids or liver transplant.
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Pharmaceutical R&D: On the cutting edge
By Rosemary Sparacio
The challenges that pharmaceutical companies face continue to grow at an almost exponential rate. Costs of Phase I through IV trials have to be managed. Additionally, the challenges of clinical trials in emerging markets — Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) — come with their own set of even greater challenges. But with these challenges — or perhaps because of them — come new advances.
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As personalized medicine becomes more standardized and healthcare professionals understand each disease individually, the transition from visualized testing like histology to more genetic assays has started to make an impact on laboratory testing. Even as newer tests affect the industry, histologists gauge the benefits of tissue diagnosis as vital in the practice of personalized medicine and the precision of staining must be exact for accuracy in treatment.
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Nerves may play key role in triggering prostate cancer and its spread
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Nerves play a critical role in both the development and spread of prostate tumors. These findings, which used both a mouse model and human prostate tissue, may lead to new ways to predict the aggressiveness of prostate cancer and to novel therapies for preventing and treating the disease. The body's autonomic nervous system, which governs functions that we do not consciously control, such as heart rate, is divided into two branches.
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7 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the healthcare field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the seven things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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A new weapon against stroke: Stem cell study uncovers the brain-protective powers of astrocytes
UC Davis via Medical Xpress
One of regenerative medicine's greatest goals is to develop new treatments for stroke. So far, stem cell research for the disease has focused on developing therapeutic neurons — the primary movers of electrical impulses in the brain — to repair tissue damaged when oxygen to the brain is limited by a blood clot or break in a vessel. New UC Davis research, however, shows that other cells may be better suited for the task.
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Cold caps tested to prevent hair loss in cancer patients
The Associated Press via St. Louis Post Dispatch
Researchers are testing a new treatment to minimize hair loss due to chemotherapy. Utilizing a practice widely used in Europe and Canada, the experiment studies the hair preservation from cold caps that numb the scalp during the cancer treatment.
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