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Lung Cancer Alliance praises NCI's new ALCHEMIST trial

Lung Cancer Alliance praises NCI's new ALCHEMIST trial

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) President & CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose praised the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) new trial, launched today, that will focus on the prevention of recurrence in two specific types of lung cancers when they are caught at early stage and surgically removed. [More]

Rocky rollout of ACA benefits for Oregon's developmentally disabled

Many developmentally disabled Oregonians qualify for more money to cover services at home under the Affordable Care Act, but families say there aren't enough providers to go around. Meanwhile, consumer advocacy groups in North Carolina look for people who qualify for Obamacare and don't know it. And Connecticut reports a 55 percent increase in the size of its individual insurance market. [More]

After rejection of increases, Conn. premiums set to decrease

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's individual-market customers will, on average, see a slight decrease in their premiums next year under new rates approved by the Connecticut Insurance Department. Anthem, the state's largest insurer, initially requested approval to raise rates by an average of 12.5 percent. But the insurance department rejected the proposal and asked the company to resubmit its plan using different calculations. The result: An average premium decrease of 0.1 percent for Anthem customers (Becker, 8/15). [More]
Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's Basaglar (insulin glargine injection) gets FDA's tentative approval

Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's Basaglar (insulin glargine injection) gets FDA's tentative approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted tentative approval for Basaglar (insulin glargine injection), which is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes and in combination with mealtime insulin in adults and pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes. [More]
UI scientists discover that CF mucus abnormality is present at birth

UI scientists discover that CF mucus abnormality is present at birth

Mucus is key to keeping our lungs clean and clear of bacteria, viruses, and other foreign particles that can cause infection and inflammation. When we inhale microbes and dust, they are trapped in the mucus and then swept up and out of the lungs via a process called mucociliary transport. [More]
New x-ray imaging system helps monitor effectiveness of treatment for cystic fibrosis

New x-ray imaging system helps monitor effectiveness of treatment for cystic fibrosis

Scientists have developed an x-ray imaging system that enables researchers to see 'live' how effective treatments are for cystic fibrosis. [More]
Injections of anaerobic bacteria can shrink tumors in rats, dogs and human

Injections of anaerobic bacteria can shrink tumors in rats, dogs and human

Deep within most tumors lie areas that remain untouched by chemotherapy and radiation. These troublesome spots lack the blood and oxygen needed for traditional therapies to work, but provide the perfect target for a new cancer treatment using bacteria that thrive in oxygen-poor conditions. [More]
Novogen declares shareholder meeting results

Novogen declares shareholder meeting results

Australia-US biotechnology company, Novogen Ltd., an oncology and degenerative diseases drug development company, today announced the results of its General Meeting of Shareholders, which was held on August 12 in Sydney, Australia. [More]
Heart attack survivors who exercise vigorously are at increased risk of cardiovascular deaths

Heart attack survivors who exercise vigorously are at increased risk of cardiovascular deaths

There is strong epidemiological evidence of the importance of regular physical activity, such as brisk walking and jogging, in the management and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease and in lowering the risk of death from other diseases such as hypertension, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. [More]

Left fornical crus injury impairs selective verbal memory, shows study

The fornix, a part of the Papez circuit, transfers information of episodic memory between the medial temporal lobe and the medial diencephalon. [More]
Study suggests ways to treat cognitive deficits before psychiatric symptoms develop

Study suggests ways to treat cognitive deficits before psychiatric symptoms develop

Researchers at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre have traced the origins of ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder, and found that they develop from the same neurocognitive deficits, which in turn explains why they often occur together. [More]
State highlights: Mo. drops many from Medicaid; Mich. Medicaid shift savings

State highlights: Mo. drops many from Medicaid; Mich. Medicaid shift savings

A selection of health policy stories from Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Minnesota. [More]
Health law funds new search for health care improvements

Health law funds new search for health care improvements

News outlets report on aspects of the health law designed to foster and test innovation in the nation's health care delivery system. [More]
High school recipients receive $2,500 to support digestive disease research projects

High school recipients receive $2,500 to support digestive disease research projects

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation has announced the 2014 AGA-Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowship Award recipients. This award stimulates interest in digestive disease research among high school students by supporting budding scientists' research projects. [More]

Florida 2015 individual insurance rates not as bad as feared: White House

Obama administration officials challenged reports that individual plans will go up an average of 13.2 percent next year. In addition, there are updates on Connecticut and Washington insurance cost and coverage issues. [More]

Some senate battleground states show big health law changes

A new Gallup poll shows that Kansas was one of just three states that saw an increase in its uninsured rate while Connecticut's rate was cut in half. [More]
Pelvic x-rays unnecessary for children with blunt force trauma

Pelvic x-rays unnecessary for children with blunt force trauma

Pelvic x-rays ordered as a matter of course for children who have suffered blunt force trauma do not accurately identify all cases of pelvic fractures or dislocations and are usually unnecessary for patients for whom abdominal/pelvic CT scanning is otherwise planned. [More]
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]