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Paid to Promote Eye Drug, and Prescribing It Widely

Paid to Promote Eye Drug, and Prescribing It Widely | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

A new federal database shows that many of the doctors who were the top billers for Lucentis were also among the highest-paid consultants for Genentech, earning thousands of dollars to help promote the drug. The data raises questions about whether financial relationships between doctors and drug companies influence treatment decisions, even though physicians maintain they cannot be swayed.

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Aging of Lab Grown Human Cells Successfully Reversed by New Compounds

Aging of Lab Grown Human Cells Successfully Reversed by New Compounds | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Scientists have used hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring molecule, to reverse aging of human cells grown in a lab.
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Aging is a natural process that occurs in all humans as cells decline. One scientific explanation for aging relates to the accumulation of "senescent" cells in tissues and organs.
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The Future Of Clinical Trials: The Promise Of AI And The Role Of Big Tech

The Future Of Clinical Trials: The Promise Of AI And The Role Of Big Tech | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Testing new drugs is a slow, expensive, and manual process. Artificial intelligence has the potential to disrupt every stage of the clinical trials process — from matching eligible patients to studies to monitoring adherence and data collection.
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This year, over 1.7 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer for the first time. At the same time, more than 10,000 clinical trials will look to recruit thousands of new patients for potentially life-saving experimental cancer drugs.

And yet, less than 5% of cancer patients end up enrolling in trials.

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Enhanced Fertility Programme

Enhanced Fertility Programme | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Enhanced Fertility ProgrammeTM has been developed to help you get pregnant faster by improving your health. You will get 1 whole year of support during your journey. The programme is online and has been prepared using evidence-based research, in collaboration with Simulation For Digital Health accelerator at London South Bank University.
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GeroCare, Subscription-Based Doctor Home Visits For The Elderly In Nigeria

GeroCare, Subscription-Based Doctor Home Visits For The Elderly In Nigeria | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
GeroCare is a subscription-based service for the elderly that entitles them to regular doctor home visits. The service advocates preventive healthcare for the elderly as against waiting till something goes wrong. “For most people the only time they get a report from their parents is when something goes wrong. Gerocare was created to ensure people are able to receive regular updates about the welfare of their aged parents” Dr. Ebi said.
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Augmented Engagement: The Future of Pharma And Health Care Marketing

Augmented Engagement: The Future of Pharma And Health Care Marketing | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
AR provides an opportunity to create a more empathetic health care experience.
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Scientists report a new strategy to combine microwave thermal therapy with infection inhibition to effectively treat cancer

Scientists report a new strategy to combine microwave thermal therapy with infection inhibition to effectively treat cancer | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Researchers in China at Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) proposed a novel tumor treatment strategy for simultaneous ablating tumor and inhibiting infection.
It is well known that exploring effective anti-tumor treatments is necessary due to the traditional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are not as effective as expected.
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Healcerion 300L Wireless Portable Ultrasound Now Available in U.S.

Healcerion 300L Wireless Portable Ultrasound Now Available in U.S. | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Healcerion, the South Korean firm that introduced truly wireless ultrasound probes that work with smartphones and tablets, is releasing its SONON 300L ultrasound in the United States. The device was cleared last fall by the FDA and Healcerion has been working on manufacturing and preparing it for distribution.

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5 payers launch blockchain partnership

Of note, a partnership of five healthcare organizations including insurers UnitedHealthcare and Humana, Optum, Quest Diagnostics, and MultiPlan announced plans to launch a blockchain pilot to help payers tackle mandated provider directories. The program will apply blockchain technology to improve the quality of data and reduce the administrative costs associated with insurers getting up-to-date healthcare provider demographic data, with results expected in the fall. 
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NHS Failing to Treat Common Causes of Death

NHS Failing to Treat Common Causes of Death | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

The report from Nuffield Trust, Health Foundation, Institute for Fiscal Studies and The King’s Fund suggests the health organization performs “worse than average” at treating eight of the 12 most common causes of death, “including deaths within 30 days of having a heart attack, and within five years of being diagnosed with breast cancer, rectal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and lung cancer.”

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How To Drive Blockchain Technology Value In Life Sciences

How To Drive Blockchain Technology Value In Life Sciences | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Blockchain: Everywhere you turn in life sciences digitization, this ledger system is involved. Fully 83% of executives in life sciences expect blockchain integration in healthcare within five years. Last year’s proof of concept study clearly showed strong results using blockchain in identity trust. PC Magazine mentioned the use of blockchain for legal proof of ownership of unique cannabis strains.
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Drug-Reminder App Didn't Help Blood Pressure Control in Study

Drug-Reminder App Didn't Help Blood Pressure Control in Study | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Use of a medication-reminder smartphone app resulted in a slight improvement in self-reported medication adherence, but no improvement in blood pressure control in adults with poorly controlled hypertension, researchers report.
More than 100 smartphone apps are currently available for hypertension alone, but the new clinical trial doesn't provide much encouragement for their use in isolation.

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Doctors Report First Recorded Instance of a Tattoo Causing Chronic Pain

Doctors Report First Recorded Instance of a Tattoo Causing Chronic Pain | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
A report published this week revealed the first ever recorded instance of a tattoo responsible for chronic pain caused by inflammatory myopathy.
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150+ Startups Reshaping The Wellness Industry

150+ Startups Reshaping The Wellness Industry | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

Modern-day “wellness” refers to holistic healthy living characterized by physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. Whether it’s sipping kombucha or experimenting with the latest CBD oil, wellness has officially invaded our society.
While the industry has seen its share of controversy — debates over goop’s wellness lifestyle suggestions, the infamous death of connected juicer startup Juicero, etc. — consumers, startups, and corporations are placing broad bets across the sector.

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Scientists Now Believe They May be Able to Cure Glaucoma by Restricting Its Autoimmune Activity

Scientists Now Believe They May be Able to Cure Glaucoma by Restricting Its Autoimmune Activity | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
A new study asserts that glaucoma might actually be an autoimmune disorder, and the research could lead to new treatments for this neurodegenerative condition.
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Blue Light From Your Phones and Laptops May Be Ruining Your Eyes, New Study Reveals

Blue Light From Your Phones and Laptops May Be Ruining Your Eyes, New Study Reveals | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Exposure to blue light from devices may accelerate the natural eye aging process in humans a new study has revealed.
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The intelligent payer: a survival guide

The intelligent payer: a survival guide | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Squeezed for capital and new sources of value in a competitive and challenging market, US health insurers can turn to artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to unlock billions of dollars in value. While AI can be a vehicle to achieve change, it is a much more complex and dynamic innovation with the potential to evolve beyond expectations. Possessing a survival guide may help payers make their organizations more intelligent by developing a sustainable strategy, targeting specific capabilities to drive near-term value and shaping a program for long-term success.
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Consumerizing the patient experience through personalized care

Consumerizing the patient experience through personalized care | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Much like retail giants are using customer information to make personalized purchase recommendations, healthcare organizations are increasingly leveraging patient data in ways that can add value to the patient’s experience.
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New MOF vaccines could expand access to immunization

New MOF vaccines could expand access to immunization | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
“MOF vaccines are crystals that contain an antigen like the protein on the surface of influenza, except they’re frozen inside a crystalline lattice, so they can’t denature or change shape,” Gassensmith explained. MOFs contain clusters of metal ions bound together with organic links. The structure resembles building blocks and enables increased molecular control of pore size, shape and functionality.
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Le Règlement UE 2017/745 : vers un désastre industriel ?

Le Règlement UE 2017/745 : vers un désastre industriel ? | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Toutes les dénégations officielles n’empêchent pas de penser que l’affaire PIP a servi de détonateur, bien au-delà du vrai risque sanitaire qu’elle représentait, pour punir globalement tout un secteur industriel. C’est inédit. Une brebis galeuse, pourtant sévèrement sanctionnée judiciairement, a donc été la cause de l’élaboration d’un nouveau règlement UE, imposé au monde des dispositifs médicaux, au lieu d’un remodelage et d’un renforcement ciblé de l’architecture règlementaire actuelle, comme prévu initialement.
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Low-quality healthcare persists in high-income countries, report finds

Low-quality healthcare persists in high-income countries, report finds | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

According to the report, 10% of patients in high-income countries are harmed during medical treatment. Also, 15% of hospital expenditures in those countries come from mistakes or patients being infected while hospitalized.

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Not Vaccinating Your Children in Australia Will Now Get You Monthly Fines

Not Vaccinating Your Children in Australia Will Now Get You Monthly Fines | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
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Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan announced the extra measure to the country's already strict “no jab, no pay” policy saying the new rule is an attempt to further help "protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases."

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What Is a 'Good Death'?

What Is a 'Good Death'? | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it

It's a concept more Americans, from the elderly to the terminally ill to the doctors who care for them, are embracing. Eight states have passed laws allowing doctor-assisted suicide, although a judge recently overturned California’s 3-year-old law. Conversations about death, once taboo, are now held around the world at so-called Death Cafes. Before former first lady Barbara Bush died in April, she received support on social media when she decided to forgo further medical treatments.

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"Good death" is a concept more Americans, from the elderly to the terminally ill to the doctors who care for them, are embracing. A disturbing article, at another frontier of healthcare.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Personalized Medicine

How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Personalized Medicine | Healthcare: reloaded... | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence or AI is an area in computer science whose primary objective is to create machines that reflect human activities such as reasoning and cognitive abilities. Chronic illnesses can nowadays be treated professionally using AI within a shorter period. It is made achievable through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
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AI in Healthcare: when will it arrive?

An emerging theme in healthcare AI is applications which assist clinicians with repetitive back-office tasks, giving them more time to interact with patients and actually deliver care. Treatments will also become more personalised. Rather than treating large groups of patients with the same therapy, clinicians using AI will be able to pinpoint the most effective therapy for a patient based on analysis of their electronic health record, smartphone, wearable data and even their genome.
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