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1 in 20 adult outpatients misdiagnosed, new study reports - The Boston Globe

1 in 20 adult outpatients misdiagnosed, new study reports - The Boston Globe | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
At least 1 in 20 adult outpatients receives an incorrect diagnosis from their doctor, according to a new study. Sometimes the consequences are minor -- calling something an “allergy” when it’s really a cold, for instance. But in more than 6 million patients a year in the United States, such misdiagnosis could have major consequences, such as a dangerous delay in cancer treatment.
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When spine implants lead to paralysis, who is to blame?

When spine implants lead to paralysis, who is to blame? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
More than 100 patients have experienced partial or permanent paralysis in recent years after having spinal-cord stimulators inserted in their backs, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. The paralyzed patients received spinal stimulators made by a variety of companies, including Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Boston Scientific.
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More U.S. consumers are seeking medical care, report shows

More U.S. consumers are seeking medical care, report shows | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A historic slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending in recent years may be drawing to a close. An industry report published Tuesday and healthcare experts point to a steady rise in...
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Prices Soaring for Specialty Drugs, Researchers Find

Prices Soaring for Specialty Drugs, Researchers Find | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A report says that even as prescription costs have plummeted, a small slice of the population with serious illnesses is being asked to shoulder more of the cost of expensive treatments.
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No, Jenny McCarthy, You Can't Duck Your Anti-Vaccine Nonsense Now | TIME

No, Jenny McCarthy, You Can't Duck Your Anti-Vaccine Nonsense Now | TIME | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The Playboy model and chat show host tries to whitewash her anti-vaccine stand. But there's no ducking the misinformed things she's said.
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Bayer Launches New Educational Online Resource for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) - News Press Release | PharmiWeb.com

Bayer Launches New Educational Online Resource for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH) - News Press Release | PharmiWeb.com | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
CTEPH.com Designed to Help More Health Care Providers Understand and Identify This Rare ConditionPR NewswireWHIPPANY N.J. April 11 2014WHIPPANY N.J. April 11 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer HealthCare today announced it has launched an educational website
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Five Models of Patient Engagement Demonstrate Value

Five Models of Patient Engagement Demonstrate Value | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
By John Sharp and Brad Tritle Brad Tritle is Global Product Owner for Chronic Disease Management at vitaphone health solutions, co-founder of eHealth Nexus, former CEO of eHealth Trust Arizona, for...
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Merck looks poised to challenge Gilead

Merck looks poised to challenge Gilead | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Phase II results indicate Mercks allinone HCV oral could put pressure on Gilead.
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Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation

Dietary supplements: The deadly toll of deregulation | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Here's the bad news: A dietary supplement named OxyElite Pro is still apparently making people sick, more than a year after the Hawaii Department of Health was alerted to seven cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure among its users. As of last February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had linked 47 hospitalizations, three liver transplants and one death to the diet product. OxyElite Pro has been recalled, but as Cohen observes, nothing will prevent another supplement from bringing about a similar toll.
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Here's the bad news: A dietary supplement named OxyElite Pro is still apparently making people sick, more than a year after the Hawaii Department of Health was alerted to seven cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure among its users.

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The perils of Florida’s refusal to expand Medicaid - News & Features - Orlando Weekly

The perils of Florida’s refusal to expand Medicaid - News & Features - Orlando Weekly | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Orlando news, features, opinion and politics
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Patients are glued to iPhones and tablets, but pharma ads stick to TV

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‘Unsustainable for Our Country’: Express Scripts Calls Out Pricey Meds - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ

‘Unsustainable for Our Country’: Express Scripts Calls Out Pricey Meds - Corporate Intelligence - WSJ | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
'Never before has a drug been priced this high to treat a patient population this large,' the largest U.S. pharmacy benefits manager said of a new $1,000 a day hepatitis drug.
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Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life

Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Medical experts are worried that an increasing number of children may become susceptible to diseases such as measles and whooping cough
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I’d seen dementia’s toll on my patients. Then it hit home.

I’d seen dementia’s toll on my patients. Then it hit home. | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A geriatric psychiatrist sees firsthand how the health-care system helps — and fails — his mother-in-law.
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Mom Whose Child Died After Catching Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines

Mom Whose Child Died After Catching Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Does vaccine refusal and hesitancy put everyone at risk for diseases?
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Abby Peterson was just a few weeks shy of her sixth birthday in 2001 when she caught a severe case of chicken pox that made her so weak that she came down with pneumonia, her mother recalled. Her little body couldn’t fight against two infections and after ten agonizing hours in the hospital, she died in her mother’s arms.

Both chicken pox and pneumonia are preventable with vaccines, but Abby’s mom, Shannon Duffy Peterson, who lives in the rural area of Sleepy Eye, Minn., said her pediatrician steered her away from vaccinating her daughter

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No, you haven’t been “wrongly branded,” Jenny McCarthy

No, you haven’t been “wrongly branded,” Jenny McCarthy | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The controversial mom claims she's not anti-vax, but her statements say otherwise
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Court bars Medtronic from selling an artificial heart valve considered safer than its rival

Court bars Medtronic from selling an artificial heart valve considered safer than its rival | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
In what doctors called a surprise ruling, a federal court issued an injunction barring Medtronic from selling its new artificial heart valve to most patients in the U.S., despite finding that Medtronic's device is "safer" and has "a lower risk of death" than a competing device from Edwards Lifesciences.
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New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds

New drugs provide cure for hepatitis C, research finds | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Twenty-five years after scientists first identified the hepatitis C virus, doctors are declaring victory over an infection that afflicts more than 3 million Americans and kills more of them than HIV.
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MediaPost Publications FDA Helping Pharma Operationalize Social Media 04/11/2014

MediaPost Publications FDA Helping Pharma Operationalize Social Media 04/11/2014 | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
FDA Helping Pharma Operationalize Social Media - 04/11/2014
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Dear anti-vaxxers: You want pure nature? OK, die young. | Vaccinews Blog

Dear anti-vaxxers: You want pure nature? OK, die young. | Vaccinews Blog | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Parents who oppose vaccines are not only misinformed, they're spoiled, having grown up in a world that stands behind the berms built by the scientists and
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Top 10 Health Medical Information Websites #8211; March 2014

Top 10 Health Medical Information Websites #8211; March 2014 | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Note: The Experian Marketing Services data featured is based on US market share of visits as defined by the IAB, which is the percentage of online traffic to the domain
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A 'Code Death' for Dying Patients

A 'Code Death' for Dying Patients | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
In this new age of technological wizardry, doctors have been taught that they can, indeed must, do everything possible to stave off death, but few learn how to help their patients die.
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Study links patient confidence to Rx adherence

Study links patient confidence to Rx adherence | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Researchers found a correlation between patients feeling involved and how well they stick if they stick to their medication regimens.
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Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration

Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
In the course of one short week, no less than 3 different models have emerged for sharing big data in the pharmaceutical industry. The highest profile of these ‒ called Project Data Sphere (PDS here) ‒ was announced earlier today with the official opening of an online resource to share clinical trial data [...]
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Study Suggests Link Between Viagra And Melanoma

Study Suggests Link Between Viagra And Melanoma | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
In recent years researchers have uncovered a potentially important pathway whereby PDE5A inhibitors (which include sildenafil-- Viagra-- and other drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension) could potentially increase the risk of developing melanoma. Now a new study provides early evidence showing an association between sildenafil and melanoma, [...]
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