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Tinnitus patients process emotions differently in brain from those with normal hearing

Tinnitus patients process emotions differently in brain from those with normal hearing

Patients with persistent ringing in the ears - a condition known as tinnitus - process emotions differently in the brain from those with normal hearing, researchers report in the journal Brain Research. [More]

WebPT receives significant investment from Battery Ventures

WebPT, the leading web-based electronic medical record (EMR) solution for rehabilitation therapists, today announced it has received a significant investment from Battery Ventures. WebPT intends to use the new capital to accelerate growth. [More]
High Court decision imminent on health law's birth control mandate

High Court decision imminent on health law's birth control mandate

Also pending is a decision regarding free speech arguments against a Massachusetts law that creates a buffer zone around abortion clinics to keep protesters from patients. [More]
Fireworks, public transportation, construction sites can induce hearing loss

Fireworks, public transportation, construction sites can induce hearing loss

Summer sounds include much more than crickets chirping. Outdoor concerts, parades, 4th of July fireworks, public transportation and construction sites all have one thing in common. [More]
Viewpoints: U.S. health care: Expensive and deficient; GOP threat to gun violence research

Viewpoints: U.S. health care: Expensive and deficient; GOP threat to gun violence research

Britain and Switzerland were top scorers in a study examining the quality and efficiency of health care systems in 11 advanced nations by a leading American research organization. As usual, the United States finished last overall and last on several important measures of cost and health outcomes, despite having the most costly system in the world (6/16). [More]
University Hospital Dinant Godinne surgeons successfully perform robotic-assisted surgeries with Flex System

University Hospital Dinant Godinne surgeons successfully perform robotic-assisted surgeries with Flex System

Leading surgeons at the University Hospital Dinant Godinne completed the world's first robotic-assisted surgical procedures with the Medrobotics' Flex System. [More]

High court allows anti-abortion groups to challenge Ohio law banning false speech

The Ohio campaign law makes it illegal to lie about political candidates. The case originated after the Susan B. Anthony List accused Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus of voting for "taxpayer-funded abortion" because he supported the Affordable Care Act. But he said the claims were false because both the health law and a related presidential order prohibit federal abortion funding. [More]
First Edition: June 17, 2014

First Edition: June 17, 2014

Today's headlines include developments related to the health care marketplace and state health policy. [More]
Alexion announces that FDA grants ODD to Soliris for Myasthenia Gravis treatment

Alexion announces that FDA grants ODD to Soliris for Myasthenia Gravis treatment

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALXN) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to SolirisĀ® (eculizumab) for the treatment of patients with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), a rare, debilitating neurologic disorder caused by uncontrolled complement activation. [More]
Contraceptive coverage case still pending as high court's term nears end

Contraceptive coverage case still pending as high court's term nears end

The decision on the legal challenge to the health law's birth control mandate will be issued by the end of this month. Also yet to be released is the Supreme Court's opinion on abortion opponents' free-speech challenge to a Massachusetts law mandating a 35-foot protest-free zone on public sidewalks outside abortion clinics. [More]
First Edition: June 16, 2014

First Edition: June 16, 2014

Today's headlines include more analysis of the events that led to a resolution of Virginia's budget impasse and Gov. Terry McAuliffe's hope to expand Medicaid. [More]
New advanced treatment can make huge difference for patients who suffer "brain attack"

New advanced treatment can make huge difference for patients who suffer "brain attack"

When car crash victims suffer serious injuries, emergency crews often get them to trauma centers for the advanced care they need. [More]
New technology improves quality of life for kids with severe developmental disabilities

New technology improves quality of life for kids with severe developmental disabilities

A group of Kansas State University engineers and students is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities. [More]

Politics continue to swirl around state Medicaid expansion debates

A group of Democratic senators have written a letter to Republican governors in states such as South Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Nebraska urging that they set politics aside and pursue the health law's expansion of the state-federal low-income insurance program. Meanwhile, the issue is also front and center in primary elections. [More]
ACLJ urges Supreme Court to safeguard constitutionally-protected rights of pro-life pregnancy centers

ACLJ urges Supreme Court to safeguard constitutionally-protected rights of pro-life pregnancy centers

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents two non-profit organizations that operate numerous pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in New York City, today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take a case in which a federal appeals court has upheld portions of a New York City law that targets pro-life pregnancy centers, making it difficult for them to exercise their First Amendment rights. [More]

Viewpoints: VA's lessons for private health care; court should protect abortion clinic buffers

This is the full quote from ... former neurosurgeon Ben Carson: "What's happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the healthcare provider." [More]
Scientist unlocks potential of stem cells for repairing neural damage to brain

Scientist unlocks potential of stem cells for repairing neural damage to brain

A QUT scientist is hoping to unlock the potential of stem cells as a way of repairing neural damage to the brain. [More]
Brain circuitry rescues tongue while chewing

Brain circuitry rescues tongue while chewing

Eating, like breathing and sleeping, seems to be a rather basic biological task. Yet chewing requires a complex interplay between the tongue and jaw, with the tongue positioning food between the teeth and then moving out of the way every time the jaw clamps down to grind it up. If the act weren't coordinated precisely, the unlucky chewer would end up biting more tongue than burrito. [More]

AUO Optronics to showcase innovative display solutions at SID Display Week

AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") announced today that it will participate in Display Week 2014 in San Diego from June 3 to 5. Organized by SID (The Society for Information Display), Display Week is the largest professional display exhibition in the United States. [More]
State highlights: NYC plan for treating mentally ill; Kan. town gets abortion services again; Iowa medical marijuana

State highlights: NYC plan for treating mentally ill; Kan. town gets abortion services again; Iowa medical marijuana

Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked several of his commissioners and aides to provide him with a plan by September to reduce the rate of incarceration among New Yorkers with mental illness. The effort, which City Hall will announce on Monday, is the administration's first major criminal justice initiative. Named the Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, it will include recommendations from the police and correction commissioners, the Manhattan district attorney, hospital administrators and judges (Goldstein, 6/1). [More]