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Renewal wrinkles, high deductibles and decisions for employers: These and other health law implementation issues grab headlines

Renewal wrinkles, high deductibles and decisions for employers: These and other health law implementation issues grab headlines

News outlets report on a range of health law implementation issues that are causing challenges for consumers, employers and Obamacare advocates. [More]
Administration's handling of Ebola casts shadow on Democrats' House and Senate hopes

Administration's handling of Ebola casts shadow on Democrats' House and Senate hopes

A Politico poll underscores that Ebola is causing real political danger for some Democrats. It's playing big, for instance, in North Carolina's Senate race. [More]
New preclinical imaging product line launched by MILabs at the 2014 Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Meeting

New preclinical imaging product line launched by MILabs at the 2014 Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Meeting

MILabs BV has launched a complete new preclinical product line at the 2014 Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 18-22 (www.eanm.org). It consists of the new 4-series comprising U-SPECT4, U-SPECT4CT, VECTor4 and VECTor4CT incorporating significant improvements over the former PLUS-series. The 4-series carries even further the tradition of MILabs to deliver the best SPECT and PET image resolution available in the market. [More]
Mediso launches MultiScan LFER 150 PET/CT for research applications

Mediso launches MultiScan LFER 150 PET/CT for research applications

Mediso announces the MultiScan LFER 150 PET/CT, the first member of the MultiScan product line dedicated to research applications for both clinical and pre-clinical imaging. The LFER 150 (Large Field of view Extreme Resolution) with 20 cm axial and 15 cm transaxial field of view (FOV), sub-mm PET resolution and 5% sensitivity is aimed at pre-clinical brain research. [More]
Cell transplantation treatment may benefit people with spinal cord injury

Cell transplantation treatment may benefit people with spinal cord injury

Two studies recently published in Cell Transplantation reveal that cell transplantation may be an effective treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI), a major cause of disability and paralysis with no current restorative therapies. [More]
New study reviews modern treatment modalities for early-stage lung cancer

New study reviews modern treatment modalities for early-stage lung cancer

Removal of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim's OFEV (nintedanib) capsules receive FDA approval for IPF treatment

Boehringer Ingelheim's OFEV (nintedanib) capsules receive FDA approval for IPF treatment

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved OFEV (nintedanib) capsules for oral use for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). [More]
Kenneth Rainin Foundation grants $2.2 million for Inflammatory Bowel Disease research

Kenneth Rainin Foundation grants $2.2 million for Inflammatory Bowel Disease research

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that it will grant $2.2 million to scientists to conduct Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) research. The Rainin Foundation offers support for cutting-edge projects that typically are not eligible for funding from more traditional sources due to their ground-breaking, pioneering nature. [More]
Multi-center study compares clinical performance of AAA procedures in virtual environment

Multi-center study compares clinical performance of AAA procedures in virtual environment

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center and Simbionix recently launched a multi-center, randomized study comparing the clinical performance of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) procedures with and without prior rehearsal in a virtual environment for physicians. [More]
State highlights: Blue Cross Blue Shield dominant in Texas

State highlights: Blue Cross Blue Shield dominant in Texas

A selection of health policy stories from Texas, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, Missouri and New Mexico. [More]
NCCN publishes 20th annual editions of NCCN Guidelines for Colon and Rectal Cancers

NCCN publishes 20th annual editions of NCCN Guidelines for Colon and Rectal Cancers

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has published the 20th annual editions of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Colon and Rectal Cancers, two of the eight original NCCN Guidelines published in November 1996. [More]
Columbia University's imaging software gets FDA 510k clearance

Columbia University's imaging software gets FDA 510k clearance

Columbia University's imaging software that facilitates 3-D lung tumor segmentation, licensed to Varian Medical Systems, has been incorporated into the Smart Segmentation module of Varian's Eclipse treatment planning system and has received FDA 510k clearance. [More]

States grapple with Obamacare premium increases, related issues

In California, voters are split over a ballot initiative that would give the state's insurance commissioners new powers to veto health insurance cost increases. Meanwhile, in Iowa, the insurance commissioner approves rate increases proposed by three insurers. [More]
Bedside ultrasound machine in pediatric ER is cost-effective, reduces length of stay in the ER

Bedside ultrasound machine in pediatric ER is cost-effective, reduces length of stay in the ER

Using a portable or bedside ultrasound machine in the pediatric emergency room has been proven to lessen the length of stay in the ER and to provide images equal in accuracy to x-ray or CT scan without exposing children to potentially harmful radiation. [More]
Viewpoints: Walmart's cuts in insurance grow from health law; online marketplace still lacks transparency

Viewpoints: Walmart's cuts in insurance grow from health law; online marketplace still lacks transparency

Wal-Mart gave lawmakers a concise lesson in economics Tuesday when it disclosed that it would no longer offer health insurance to yet more of its part-time employees. ... I'll just argue that what we're seeing is the entirely predictable result of the employer mandate in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- a mandate, by the way, that Wal-Mart lobbied for. The company was offering health benefits for most employees at the time, and may simply have been trying to force its competitors to do the same (Jon Healey, 10/7). [More]
Overuse of cardiac stress testing with imaging increases healthcare costs

Overuse of cardiac stress testing with imaging increases healthcare costs

In a new study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center concluded that overuse of cardiac stress testing with imaging has led to rising healthcare costs and unnecessary radiation exposure to patients. [More]
As U.S. bolsters defenses against Ebola, price tag grows

As U.S. bolsters defenses against Ebola, price tag grows

President Barack Obama vows national defense against the disease but reminds Americans that the human toll in Africa is also worthy of their support. Administration weighs tighter screening for international travelers. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim announces availability of Striverdi Respimat Inhalation Spray 5 mcg in the U.S.

Boehringer Ingelheim announces availability of Striverdi Respimat Inhalation Spray 5 mcg in the U.S.

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) Inhalation Spray 5 mcg is now available by prescription in pharmacies across the United States. [More]
Wolters Kluwer Health wins 12 prizes at 2014 BMA Medical Book Awards

Wolters Kluwer Health wins 12 prizes at 2014 BMA Medical Book Awards

Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information solutions for the healthcare provider and education markets, today announced that its Lippincott Williams & Wilkins textbooks and digital guides were honored with 12 prizes at the 2014 BMA Medical Book Awards. [More]

Survey finds prevalence of antimicrobial-drug use in U.S. hospitals

A one-day prevalence survey of 183 hospitals found that approximately 50 percent of hospitalized patients included in the survey were receiving antimicrobial drugs, and that about half of these patients were receiving 2 or more antimicrobial drugs, according to a study in the October 8 JAMA, a theme issue on infectious disease. Most antimicrobial use was for infection treatment. [More]