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A New Senate Health Package Includes Surprisingly Aggressive Drug Pricing Reforms
Aides and lobbyists expected the new draft proposal to focus more on surprise medical bills than on drug pricing. But its drug pricing policies, particularly toward PBMs, are surprisingly ambitious.
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Opinion: Prejudice And Patient Choice: An Insidious Confluence In Medicine
Minority physicians like me often hear patients say things like, "I don't want your kind taking care of me!" That kind of racism has no place in health care.
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The Ebola Response Effort Is Struggling. Experts Say These Steps Could Help
The Ebola containment effort is struggling. Experts say there's a way to right the response.
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‘What’s My Real Identity?’: As DNA Ancestry Sites Gather More Data, The Answer For Consumers Often Changes
‘What’s my real identity?’: As DNA ancestry sites gather more data, shifting results are causing genetic whiplash.
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Opinion: Vaccinations Will Take A Hit If The Trump Administration Topples The Affordable Care Act
Immunizations are vital to the public's health. Scrapping the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to cover recommended vaccinations, would reduce vaccination rates and threaten herd immunity.
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California Names Former Google Scientist As The State’s ‘Mental Health Czar’
Dr. Tom Insel, a prominent neuroscientist who once led the National Institute of Mental Health, is going to be the “mental health czar” for the state of California.
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MIT Professor Is Accused Of Claiming Others’ Scientific Discoveries As His Own
Researchers have cast doubts on the integrity of work by professor Ram Sasisekharan, whose computational approach has been used to develop new treatments.
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Inspired By Breath Strips, Scientists Break Away From Needing A ‘Cold Chain’ To Deliver Vaccines
Most vaccines must be kept cold to be effective. Researchers have developed a workaround for delivery to hotter climates — inspired by Listerine breath strips.
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Scott Gottlieb Is Skeptical Of The Science Behind CBD Supplements
D.C. Diagnosis is STAT’s weekly newsletter about the politics and policy of health and medicine. Sign up here to receive it in your inbox. When I chatted with the former FDA commissioner about the agency’s efforts to regulate CBD, one thing was cryst
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Opinion: Ignoring Evidence Begot Medicare’s Dangerous Hospital Readmissions Penalty
If health policies should be shown to be safe and effective before implementation, then risky programs like the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program should be terminated.
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Watch: How Did The Amyloid Hypothesis Go From Promising To Perilous In The Search For Alzheimer’s Treatments?
How did nearly two decades of failure not convince the brightest minds in science that it was time to move beyond the leading theory about #Alzheimers?
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Judge Rules Parents Of Deceased West Point Cadet Can Decide What Happens With His Sperm
The parents of a West Point cadet who died after a skiing accident can take control of his sperm, a judge ruled, in a case that revived discussion around post-mortem…
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Google’s AI Improves Accuracy Of Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Study Shows
In early testing, Google's #artificialintelligence system outperformed six radiologists in diagnosing lung cancer from reviewing a single CT scan.
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Opinion: Diagnostics Are Essential For Universal Health Coverage To Succeed
It's difficult to cure illness without first diagnosing it, making diagnostics as important as medicines and vaccines in delivering universal health care.
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After Forced Sale, PatientsLikeMe Founder Frets That U.S. Policy Could Chill Collaboration In Biotech
PatientsLikeMe founder speaks publicly for the first time about the U.S. order that the company must find a new buyer.
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Opinion: Has Your Insurer Denied A Medical Claim? Stand Up For Your Rights
Not appealing a denied medical insurance claim is a lost opportunity. Exercising your right to appeal often pays off.
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Mental Health Care Accounts For A Growing Number Of Private Insurance Claims, Report Finds
Mental health care is accounting for a growing number of private insurance claims, according to a new report.
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Dude, Where’s My Regulatory Framework? As CBD Gains Popularity, Washington Struggles To Keep Up
WASHINGTON — Online reviews proclaim CBD a “life changer,” “the best thing ever,” and “truly incredible.” It’s a $390 million industry, expected to grow to at least $1.3 billion by 2022. Montel Williams has his own designer line of CBD products; so d
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Departure Of Top Haven Executive Creates Void At A Crucial Stage
Jack Stoddard left Haven after eight months as COO of the company founded by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase.
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Listen: Drug Pricing Partisanship, Tech’s March Into Health Care, And Tinder For Clinical Trials
Has drug price reform already stalled? How far has tech come in medicine? All that and more on the new episode of our #biotech #podcast, "The Readout LOUD."
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Pharma Is Making Progress Addressing Global Health, But It’s Still A Mixed Bag
Drug makers are taking steps to reach people on very low incomes, but access programs are for just a few diseases.
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Brain Training Shows Promise As A Treatment For Veterans’ Cognitive Problems After TBI
A Pentagon-funded study found that a form of computer-based brain training can improve cognitive performance in vets after a traumatic brain injury.
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Opinion: Connecting With Patients Can Keep Physicians From Becoming ‘Uncomfortably Numb’
A simple yet remarkable adjustment in how my team prepares for surgery has forever changed the way we now practice medicine.
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In Washington, A Partisan Approach To Lowering Drug Costs Leaves Democrats Doubting Their Own Party Leadership
Even some Democratic lawmakers are questioning Speaker Pelosi’s strategy to couple legislation to lower prescription drug costs with far more contentious Obamacare bills.
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Shaped Like A Tennis Ball, This Cancer Protein Was Thought ‘Undruggable.’ Amgen Found A Way To Target It
What sets Amgen's small molecule pill apart, even among genetically driven cancer drugs, is the elusiveness of its target: mutant KRAS with structure like a tennis ball.
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Experimental Brain-controlled Hearing Aid Can Pick Out Voices In A Crowd
Researchers unveiled an experimental hearing aid that reads the mind, using artificial intelligence to separate the sounds of different speakers.
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A Smartphone App Could Help Diagnose Ear Infections More Accurately — And At Home
With a paper funnel and machine learning, a new smartphone app could help determine at home whether a child has an ear infection.
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With A ‘Recoded’ Bacteria Genome Made From Scratch, Scientists Give Life A New Dictionary
Scientists in England report they synthesized living E. coli bacteria in the lab using a different genetic code than nature's.
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Welcome To The First Edition Of The STAT Health Tech Newsletter
STAT Health Tech is our weekly guide to how tech is transforming health care and the life sciences.
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Opinion: John Arnold: Trump Administration’s Good Effort On Drug Rebates Is Bad Policy
Banning rebates to pharmacy benefit managers would merely shift costs among consumers while likely granting a financial boon to drug manufacturers, writes @JohnArnoldFndtn.
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