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Placenta-derived cells are safe for MS patients

Placenta-derived cells are safe for MS patients

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) were able to safely tolerate treatment with cells cultured from human placental tissue, according to a study published today in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. [More]
State highlights: New Calif. health laws signed; Mass. judge considers partners deal

State highlights: New Calif. health laws signed; Mass. judge considers partners deal

A selection of health policy stories from California, Massachusetts, New York, the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Kansas. [More]
Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero becomes the first winner of Roux Prize

Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero becomes the first winner of Roux Prize

Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard-trained epidemiologist and mayor of Cali, Colombia, is the first winner of the Roux Prize, a new US$100,000 award for turning evidence into health impact and the largest prize of its kind. [More]
Research finding opens door to potential treatment for MPS IIIB

Research finding opens door to potential treatment for MPS IIIB

MPS IIIB is a devastating and currently untreatable disease that causes progressive damage to the brain, leading to profound intellectual disability, dementia and death -- often before reaching adulthood. [More]
NRA announces exclusive member discounts from UnitedHealthcare on manual medical rates

NRA announces exclusive member discounts from UnitedHealthcare on manual medical rates

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced exclusive member discounts from UnitedHealthcare on manual medical rates for fully insured business groups with 51 or more eligible employees. [More]
Three institutions collaborate to study genetics of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

Three institutions collaborate to study genetics of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Medical School and collaborators at two other institutions will undertake the largest whole genome sequencing study funded to date, as they seek to better understand bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. [More]
State highlights: Calif. health insurers and contraception coverage; Alaska sues Xerox over Medicaid payment systems

State highlights: Calif. health insurers and contraception coverage; Alaska sues Xerox over Medicaid payment systems

Health insurance policies in California will have to cover all federally approved contraceptives for women by 2016 without charging co-payments under legislation signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, countering trends in other states and the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill, SB1053 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, expands state laws that required coverage for most birth-control drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The new law mandates coverage for all FDA-approved contraception, prohibits co-payments and includes managed-care Medi-Cal plans, which are not expressly covered by current laws (Egelko, 9/27). [More]
Autistic children more sedentary than typically-developing peers

Autistic children more sedentary than typically-developing peers

A new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting. [More]
Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti of Kessler Foundation receives Alumni Achievement in Science award

Dr. Nancy Chiaravalloti of Kessler Foundation receives Alumni Achievement in Science award

Nancy (Donofrio) Chiaravalloti, PhD, of Kessler Foundation received the Alumni Achievement in Science award from her alma mater, Muhlenberg College at the Alumni Association luncheon on September 13th. [More]
State highlights: N.C. lawmakers still talking about Medicaid revamp; changes to La. health plan for state workers stir controversy

State highlights: N.C. lawmakers still talking about Medicaid revamp; changes to La. health plan for state workers stir controversy

Legislators who couldn't agree this year on how to overhaul North Carolina's Medicaid program plan to spend more time talking about the issue before the General Assembly reconvenes early next year. A legislative oversight panel subcommittee charged with examining Medicaid reform and reorganization scheduled its first meeting Wednesday. Another oversight panel also examining Medicaid governance held its first meeting this month. The House and Senate approved differing versions of legislation to change how Medicaid pays for medical expenses by shifting risk from the state to either medical provider networks or private managed-care companies (9/24). [More]
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, SanBio to jointly develop SB623 in the U.S. and Canada

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, SanBio to jointly develop SB623 in the U.S. and Canada

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd. and SanBio Co., Ltd., acting through its U.S. subsidiary SanBio, Inc., announced on September 26 that the two companies have entered into a joint development and license agreement for exclusive marketing rights in the U.S. and Canada ("Agreement") for SB623, a cell therapy for the treatment of patients with chronic stroke discovered and currently under development by SanBio. [More]
Thirteen research projects to explore nondrug approaches to manage pain, other health conditions

Thirteen research projects to explore nondrug approaches to manage pain, other health conditions

Thirteen research projects totaling approximately $21.7 million over 5 years will explore nondrug approaches to managing pain and related health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, and sleep issues. The effort seeks to enhance options for the management of pain and associated problems in U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families. [More]
Enlargement of left atrial appendage may be a risk factor of strokes with cardiac origin: Finnish study

Enlargement of left atrial appendage may be a risk factor of strokes with cardiac origin: Finnish study

More than half of the patients who have suffered a stroke with no well-defined aetiology have an enlarged left atrial appendage of the heart, according to a Finnish study. The results indicate that the enlargement of the left atrial appendage may be an independent risk factor of strokes with cardiac origin. [More]
NIH awards grants to 11 research groups to establish AMP RA/Lupus Network

NIH awards grants to 11 research groups to establish AMP RA/Lupus Network

The National Institutes of Health has awarded grants to 11 research groups across the United States to establish the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus (AMP RA/Lupus) Network. [More]
Newborn screening can prevent lifelong disability

Newborn screening can prevent lifelong disability

When your baby was born you likely heard a loud cry and examined your baby to make sure he/she had a full set of adorable fingers and toes. But just imagine a few days after you arrive home, your phone rings: your baby has screened positive for a genetic disorder. [More]
Diabetes rates among U.S. adults stabilizing

Diabetes rates among U.S. adults stabilizing

Following a doubling of the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. from 1990-2008, new data suggest a plateauing of the rate between 2008 and 2012 for adults, however the incidence continued to increase in Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults, according to a study in the September 24 issue of JAMA. [More]
Foot drop stimulator may facilitate recovery from common complication of stroke

Foot drop stimulator may facilitate recovery from common complication of stroke

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator as rehabilitation intervention may facilitate recovery from this common complication of stroke. [More]

eSSENTIAL Accessibility, Aeroplan partner to offer desktop app for people with physical disabilities

eSSENTIAL Accessibility is proud to announce its partnership with Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program. [More]
Trauma center in Pennsylvania granted Level IV Trauma Center Accreditation status

Trauma center in Pennsylvania granted Level IV Trauma Center Accreditation status

Level IV Trauma Center Accreditation status has been granted to an additional hospital in Pennsylvania for the period from November 1, 2014 through October 31, 2015. [More]
Obesity, other cardiovascular issues to be the focus of Brazilian Congress of Cardiology

Obesity, other cardiovascular issues to be the focus of Brazilian Congress of Cardiology

More than 4,000 extra wide seats were made to accommodate Brazil's increasing obese population during the World Cup this year. Obesity affects nearly 20 percent of the population in Brazil and is currently classified as a disability. This and other cardiovascular issues, such as the overuse of technology, will be the focus of the Brazilian Congress of Cardiology, a joint event with the European Society of Cardiology and the Brazilian Society of Cardiology, 26-29 September. [More]