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State highlights: Iowa invests in autism program; rural docs feel the pinch of Wisconsin's low Medicaid payments

State highlights: Iowa invests in autism program; rural docs feel the pinch of Wisconsin's low Medicaid payments

A selection of health policy stories from New York, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Georgia and Pennsylvania. [More]
New tools for detecting and monitoring TB in captive elephants

New tools for detecting and monitoring TB in captive elephants

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis in humans, also afflicts Asian (and occasionally other) elephants. Diagnosing and treating elephants with TB is a challenge, however, as little is known about how their immune systems respond to the infection. [More]
Study: Obese firefighters don’t get weight management advice from health care providers

Study: Obese firefighters don’t get weight management advice from health care providers

Obese and overweight firefighters are not receiving weight management advice from their health care providers, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. [More]
Study pinpoints molecular cause of cachexia, hints at a potential treatment

Study pinpoints molecular cause of cachexia, hints at a potential treatment

New research raises the prospect of more effective treatments for cachexia, a profound wasting of fat and muscle occurring in about half of all cancer patients, raising their risk of death, according to scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. [More]
Kainos Capital announces acquisition of Unilever's Slim-Fast brand

Kainos Capital announces acquisition of Unilever's Slim-Fast brand

Kainos Capital, a firm specializing in acquiring and managing food and consumer brands, today announced that it has acquired the Slim-Fast brand from Unilever. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. [More]
Fecal transplantation safe, effective for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients

Fecal transplantation safe, effective for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients

Researchers have found that fecal transplantation is effective and safe for treating C. difficile in immunocompromised patients. This is the result of a study led by Colleen Kelly, M.D., a gastroenterologist in the Center for Women's Gastrointestinal Medicine at The Women's Medicine Collaborative. [More]
Samples from Chobani yogurt contain most virulent form of fungus

Samples from Chobani yogurt contain most virulent form of fungus

Samples isolated from Chobani yogurt that was voluntarily recalled in September 2013 have been found to contain the most virulent form of a fungus called Mucor circinelloides, which is associated with infections in immune-compromised people. [More]
Study: Behavioral weight loss can help manage menopausal hot flashes

Study: Behavioral weight loss can help manage menopausal hot flashes

Now women have yet one more incentive to lose weight as a new study has shown evidence that behavioral weight loss can help manage menopausal hot flashes. [More]
Bayer announces Health Canada approval of Nexavar for differentiated thyroid cancer treatment

Bayer announces Health Canada approval of Nexavar for differentiated thyroid cancer treatment

Bayer Inc. is pleased to announce the Health Canada approval of Nexavar for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic, progressive, differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC), refractory to radioactive iodine (RAI). [More]
Treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease: an interview with Dr. Stephen Hanauer, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease: an interview with Dr. Stephen Hanauer, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are idiopathic (we don’t know the cause) inflammatory diseases (IBD) of the colon and/or small bowel. They are chronic in that we do not have a medical cure and are differentiated from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) by inflammation that causes ulcerations of the GI tract. [More]
UCB, Dermira enter into licensing agreement for development, commercialization of Cimzia

UCB, Dermira enter into licensing agreement for development, commercialization of Cimzia

UCB, a global biopharmaceutical leader, and Dermira, Inc., a privately held US-based dermatology company, announced today that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for the development and future commercialization of Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) in dermatology. [More]
Achilles wins Cigna's World of Difference grant to explore effect of running on children with autism

Achilles wins Cigna's World of Difference grant to explore effect of running on children with autism

A Cigna Foundation grant to Achilles International will help determine whether running holds the key to better mental and physical development for children with autism. The Cigna Foundation today announced its $100,000 World of Difference grant to Achilles International, which has extensive anecdotal evidence showing that walking and running help people on the autism spectrum improve their emotional and physical health. [More]
Hormonal imbalance is not the sole cause of childhood obesity, say experts

Hormonal imbalance is not the sole cause of childhood obesity, say experts

The number of children who are obese remains alarmingly high in the U.S. and, unfortunately, diseases associated with obesity are on the rise. [More]
Vaginal rejuvenation surgeries help women feel more confident and sexually revitalized

Vaginal rejuvenation surgeries help women feel more confident and sexually revitalized

Beverly Hills Physicians is finding new ways to help women of all ages feel good about their physical sensations as well as their aesthetic appearance. [More]
Patients with Cushing’s syndrome experience significant weight loss while taking oral medication

Patients with Cushing’s syndrome experience significant weight loss while taking oral medication

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore endocrinologist, Henry G. Fein, M.D., today presented new research showing that patients with Cushing's syndrome, a rare disease that can lead to extreme weight gain, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and psychological issues, experienced significant, sustained weight loss while taking oral medication daily over a number of years to manage symptoms of the disease. [More]
Study: Weight loss linked with increased sleep duration

Study: Weight loss linked with increased sleep duration

Obese adults who lose at least 5 percent of their body weight report that they sleep better and longer after six months of weight loss, according to a new study. [More]
New study shows that bariatric patients face lower cancer risks

New study shows that bariatric patients face lower cancer risks

A new study published in the journal Obesity Surgery indicates that bariatric patients benefit from a significantly decreased risk of cancer compared to other obese patients. [More]
RYGB surgery can help reduce heart disease risk in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes

RYGB surgery can help reduce heart disease risk in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes

Obese patients with Type 2 diabetes who don't have excessive surgical risk may find that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery can help them reduce their risk of heart disease, a new clinical trial shows. [More]
Weight-loss surgery more effective than diet, exercise

Weight-loss surgery more effective than diet, exercise

An intensive weight loss program involving lifestyle modifications improves obese diabetic patients' physical and mental health as well as gastric bypass surgery does over two years, but the weight loss surgery leads to a greater reduction in adverse effects of obesity on quality of life. [More]
Alcoholic liver disease: an interview with Dr Vinood Patel, University of Westminster

Alcoholic liver disease: an interview with Dr Vinood Patel, University of Westminster

Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and also in the UK. As its name indicates this disease arises due to consuming excessive amounts of alcohol (80 g/day) over an extended period, normally 10-20 years. [More]