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CTI BioPharma's pacritinib granted FDA Fast Track designation for treatment of myelofibrosis

CTI BioPharma's pacritinib granted FDA Fast Track designation for treatment of myelofibrosis

CTI BioPharma Corp. announced today that pacritinib has been granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of intermediate and high risk myelofibrosis, including but not limited to patients with disease related thrombocytopenia, patients experiencing treatment emergent thrombocytopenia on other JAK2 therapy or patients who are intolerant to or whose symptoms are sub-optimally managed on other JAK2 therapy. [More]

Some states boost transparency of insurance rate review amid criticism

Connecticut regulators deny an insurer's proposed rate increase but criticize the state's public hearing process. Meanwhile, Illinois officials give the public online access to rate filings and Florida advocates blame state lawmaker's suspension of rate review for the big premium increases in that state. [More]
Induced immunorejection may eliminate tumors post-cell transplantation

Induced immunorejection may eliminate tumors post-cell transplantation

Recent studies have shown that transplanting induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (iPS-NSCs) can promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury in rodents and non-human primates. However, a serious drawback to the transplantation of iPS-NSCs is the potential for tumor growth, or tumorogenesis, post-transplantation. [More]
PET-CT using FDG-labeled leucocytes may help in detecting infection in patients with acute pancreatitis

PET-CT using FDG-labeled leucocytes may help in detecting infection in patients with acute pancreatitis

A new study diagnosing infection in patients with pancreatic fluid collections may swiftly and accurately rule out active infection in the body. [More]
Complete analysis of retinopathy screening devices in the US market

Complete analysis of retinopathy screening devices in the US market

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: U.S. Market and Survey for Retinopathy Screening Devices [More]
Shimadzu Medical Systems wins 2014 Best in KLAS award for Digital X-Ray

Shimadzu Medical Systems wins 2014 Best in KLAS award for Digital X-Ray

Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corporation, receives a 2014 Best in KLAS award for Digital X-Ray. [More]
Findings shed light on why PPARγ activators have side effect of promoting weight gain

Findings shed light on why PPARγ activators have side effect of promoting weight gain

The brain plays a central role in regulating appetite and whole-body metabolism. A protein known as PPARγ is important in the brain's control of food intake and body weight, but the identity of the neurons regulating this process has been unclear. [More]
State highlights: Time of turmoil for Georgia hospitals; Oregon Medicaid takes aim at expensive heptatitis C drug

State highlights: Time of turmoil for Georgia hospitals; Oregon Medicaid takes aim at expensive heptatitis C drug

A selection of health policy stories from Gerogia, Wisconsin, Texas, Oregon, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut and North Carolina. [More]
Medicaid expansion offers financial boost for hospitals

Medicaid expansion offers financial boost for hospitals

Second quarter earnings reports highlight how health law provisions are helping increase hospital companies' profits. [More]
New algorithm eliminates exposure to radiation when diagnosing children with acute appendicitis

New algorithm eliminates exposure to radiation when diagnosing children with acute appendicitis

Implementation of an algorithm aimed to diagnose pediatric patients with suspected appendicitis reduces the utilization of computed tomography (CT) scans, without affecting diagnostic accuracy, Mayo Clinic Children's Center researchers have found. The study was recently published in the journal Surgery. [More]
Viewpoints: GOP lawsuit against Obama on health law is not a 'stunt'; 'wisdom' lacking in the House; the danger of cyberattacks on hospitals

Viewpoints: GOP lawsuit against Obama on health law is not a 'stunt'; 'wisdom' lacking in the House; the danger of cyberattacks on hospitals

"So sue me" is President Obama's message to Congress. And on Wednesday the House of Representatives took up his taunt, authorizing a lawsuit to challenge the president's failure to faithfully execute provisions of the Affordable Care Act as passed by Congress. The House lawsuit is no "stunt," as Mr. Obama has characterized it. [More]
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to launch new HIV curriculum for non-physician providers

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to launch new HIV curriculum for non-physician providers

The 31-year-old Moore Clinic operated by the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service at the School of Medicine is a historic operation — the second-oldest AIDS clinic in the country. But when Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP, looks nowadays at the makeup of Moore's caregiving staff, he worries that he's seeing too much history. [More]
Study sheds new light on the importance of implementing best practices in hospitals

Study sheds new light on the importance of implementing best practices in hospitals

New research from the Baylor Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement showed that a hospital's commitment to implementing best practices significantly improves the quality of care it provides its patients. [More]
UK researcher working to develop online tool to help patients navigate lung cancer screening decision

UK researcher working to develop online tool to help patients navigate lung cancer screening decision

The phrase "we caught it early" is possibly the best news a patient can hear in the midst of a cancer diagnosis. Combating cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is localized to a certain part of the body, gives patients the best chances of survival. [More]
Researchers establish new strategy to help surgeons see entire tumor in patient

Researchers establish new strategy to help surgeons see entire tumor in patient

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. [More]
Anxiety regarding inconclusive cancer screening test results is far less than claimed

Anxiety regarding inconclusive cancer screening test results is far less than claimed

Anxiety regarding inconclusive cancer screening test results among some patients is real and is only natural. [More]
CanTx, Novogen name two key CMOs to manufacture clinical batches of anti-cancer drug Cantrixil

CanTx, Novogen name two key CMOs to manufacture clinical batches of anti-cancer drug Cantrixil

Oncology drug developer, CanTx Inc., and its parent company, Novogen Ltd., today announced that they have named two key contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) to produce clinical batches of the experimental anti-cancer drug, Cantrixil. [More]
Highlights: Texas abortion rates falls dramatically; start-up problems for Virginia's psychiatric reforms

Highlights: Texas abortion rates falls dramatically; start-up problems for Virginia's psychiatric reforms

A four-month-old psychiatric-bed registry that is supposed to provide up-to-the-minute information for Virginians who need emergency mental health treatment is being updated as seldom as once a day, state officials told a panel of lawmakers this week (Shin, 7/22). [More]

Dueling rulings on health law subsidies leave states in lurch

States are pondering their places in the health law's federal- or state-based health insurance exchanges after a pair of contradictory appeals court rulings Tuesday threw up in the air if states that use the federal exchange can offer subsidies to their residents to help afford coverage. [More]
Prognostic value of visceral plural invasion limited in part-solid lung cancer

Prognostic value of visceral plural invasion limited in part-solid lung cancer

Visceral plural invasion is a significant predictor of survival in patients with small solid lung tumours but not in patients with part-solid tumours, Japanese study findings indicate. [More]