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Robust octogenarians' genes seen holding secrets to aging
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James Markam is alive and well, despite losing four siblings to disease. Scientists are looking at Markam's genetics to see if there's something protecting him from illnesses that affect others his age. Markam, 83, is one of more than 1,300 individuals identified as having what one researcher called "Teflon-coated" genes. More

What is the Health Economic Impact of a Non-Invasive Prenatal Test?

Learn About Bridgehead International’s report, authored by Susan Garfield, on the clinical and economic utility of this test in this quarter’s JMCM, entitled “Clinical and Cost Consequences of Incorporating a Novel Non-Invasive Prenatal Test into the Diagnostic Pathway for Fetal Trisomies.

Researchers identify possible Alzheimer's, diabetes gene link
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It has been known for some time that people with diabetes have a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer's, but not why this is so. Now researchers writing in Genetics say a study of worms has indicated a known Alzheimer's gene also plays a role in the way insulin is processed. More

Study: Opiates' side effects rooted in patients' genetics
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Genetics play a significant role in determining which patients will suffer the most from the disturbing side effects of opiates, commonly prescribed painkillers for severe to moderate pain, according to a new Stanford University study, which pinpoints nausea, slowed breathing and potential for addiction as heritable traits. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

AMA bucks US task force on mammography screenings
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The American Medical Association's House of Delegates has come out in support of routine screening mammography for women starting at age 40. The new policy is in direct conflict with the controversial 2009 recommendation of the United States Preventive Services Task Force that routine screening mammography for breast cancer was unnecessary in women younger than 50. More

What is 'histrionic personality disorder?'
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Few outside the psychiatric community knew about "histrionic personality disorder" until it was reported that attorneys for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky would bring it up in his defense on child sex abuse charges. The condition is defined in the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual as "a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking." More

Are targeted cancer therapies doomed to fail?
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Resistance to targeted cancer therapies may be almost inevitable, at least if they are used alone, two groups of researchers reported online in Nature. Mathematical modeling, based on genetic testing of colorectal cancer patients, suggests that resistance already exists even before targeted therapy begins, researchers said. More


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 Regenerative Medicine

Stem cells move into prime time
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For more than a decade, stem cell therapies have been touted as offering hope for those suffering from genetic and degenerative diseases. The promise inched toward reality recently with announcements that two groups are moving forward with human clinical research, one focusing on a rare genetic neurological disease and the other for loss of vision in the elderly. More

Decades-old cancer drug points to new ALS treatments
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A long-used anti-cancer drug could be a starting point to develop new treatments for the incurable nerve disease known as Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, scientists report. Their research showing how the drug prevents clumping of an enzyme linked to ALS appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

Physicians could see more medical devices going mobile
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If all goes as the wireless health industry plans, it can start introducing far more products that allow physicians to monitor patients with no wires attached. The Federal Communications Commission announced that wireless monitoring devices will be allowed to transmit data by spectrum bands previously reserved for use by the aerospace industry for flight testing. More

Top 11 emerging chronic disease technologies to watch
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Health policy institute NEHI has identified 11 emerging technologies that have the potential to improve care and lower costs for chronic disease patients, especially those in at-risk populations. More

 Managed Healthcare News

Trauma in the ER: Who covers the uninsured?
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As happens daily in emergency rooms nationwide, uninsured patients receive medical care guaranteed by a generation-old federal mandate that requires hospitals to care for all in need, regardless of ability to pay. For 26 years, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA, has been a bedrock principle of American healthcare. More

Big companies offering more on-site healthcare for employees
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On-site workplace clinics used to be primarily focused on patching up people who got injured on the job. Now, some big employers are beefing up their clinic offerings further with a host of add-ons, including physical therapy, dental and vision exams, mental health counseling and even acupuncture and massage. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

Supreme Court rejects labor view on sales-rep overtime
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The Supreme Court has rejected the Labor Department's interpretation of federal law and ruled that thousands of SmithKline Beecham sales representatives were exempt from overtime rules. The decision is a rebuke to the Obama administration, which argued that some 90,000 drug reps and so-called detailers across the pharmaceutical industry should be covered under the 1938 law designed to protect workers from exploitation and excessive hours. More

Roche in deal to treat root cause of autism
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Swiss drugmaker Roche plans to work with firm Seaside Therapeutics to develop treatments for autism spectrum disorders and fragile X syndrome that differ fundamentally from other methods by targeting their molecular basis. Autism spectrum disorders include Asperger's syndrome and autism, with symptoms that range from social awkwardness and narrow interests to severe communication and intellectual disabilities. More

"The majority — 90 percent — of patients with adult-onset ALS have no family history of it, according to the ALS Association. It is hereditary in only a small number of families. Since the vast majority of patients do not have the hereditary type, ALS diagnosis is not determined by a genetic test."
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