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Can Personality Change Or Does It Stay The Same For Life? A New Study Suggests It's A Little Of Both Can personality change over time or is it a locked box that remains the same throughout our lives? New research reveals that the answer isn't necessarily either/or. What Is Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease? West Virginia University Postpones Fan Day There have been reports of hand, foot, and mouth disease outbreaks in Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. And it has sidelined 2 major league baseball players, the New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard and the New York Yankees' J.A. Happ.

Why You Should Not Flush Your Contact Lens Down The Toilet Or Sink Also, don't store your contact lens under your eyelid, like this woman did inadvertently for 28 years. Democrats Rip GOP On Pre-existing Conditions Without Mentioning Obamacare Democrats' new campaign ads blast Republicans who want to strip patient protections from Americans with pre-existing conditions.

An unlikely winner in the long-running bull market: Health insurers In March 2009, when the stock market hit bottom, health insurance stocks hardly seemed like a sure bet. But the group has outpaced the strong returns of this bull market. Third African swine fever outbreak hits China's hog herd China's Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday 88 hogs had died from African swine fever in the eastern city of Lianyungang, the third outbreak this month, as the highly-contagious disease threatened to spread through the world's biggest pig herd.

This start-up aims to do genomic tests on memory champs, newborns and 110-year olds Veritas Genetics is interested in the extreme ends of the human experience Houston Has 2 Reasons To Have A Baby Boom It was the worst of times. It was the best of times. Then there was sexy time.

Is The Blockchain Failing Corporates? The Blockchain is a difficult beast to get into corporations but will that always be the case? Creating great intranet content is your special skill Show off the unique additions you made to your intranet. Enter Ragan’s 2018 Intranet Awards. Don’t miss the final deadline Aug. 22.

At-home, mail-in fertility testing is on the rise as more women take control of their eggs As more women put off starting families, helping women assess how much time they have left to conceive is a growing business. Several startups are selling kits that allow women to test their fertility at home with a simple finger prick.  In Pharma Patent Disputes, Data Rules Over Intuition And (Gasp!) Legal Judgment In patent disputes between branded and generic firms, companies could benefit from having access to data that would help to predict the outcome of litigation rather than relying solely on legal judgment and intuition.

How the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2018 were chosen "Disruption" has become the word of the year and our 17th annual ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare aims to reflect the changes that are taking hold across the industry. Beware Pets, Your Owners May Be Using You To Get Opioids, Warns FDA This includes intentionally injuring or making an animal ill to obtain opioid medications from a veterinarian.

CDC Reports 107 Measles Cases Already This Year, Here Are Potential Outbreak Hotspots Health officials are warning about potential measles exposure in Arizona, one of the 18 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their kids through non-medical exemptions (NMEs). New Haven police make arrest after overdose calls Police in the Connecticut city of New Haven have arrested one man in connection with a spate of synthetic marijuana overdoses that sickened scores of people at a park this week.

This machine learning researcher wanted to design an adult diaper The creator of the Willow got fixated on designing a better quality adult diaper. It took 4 years, 3 miscarriages and 1,616 shots to make this baby This photo is testament to an undying hope in the face of heartbreak after heartbreak.

The 'under the radar' drug behind more than 100 New Haven overdoses A drug called K2 is believed to be behind more than 100 overdoses in New Haven, Connecticut, this week. Some of those who overdosed experienced speeding heart rates, difficulty breathing and vomiting. Others were found collapsed in a semiconscious or unconscious state on the New Haven Green, the downtown park. 5 Secrets For Breaking Into India's Booming Market It’s time tech entrepreneurs discovered the Indian market.

Disrupters dominate Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare A small group of executives, along with President Donald Trump, are working to break healthcare out of the status quo. Rituxan vs. Remicade Rituxan (rituximab) and Remicade (infliximab) are monoclonal antibodies used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

'Medicare for all' proves to be tricky issue for Democrats Progressive Democrats want to wrestle "Medicare for all" into their party's platform. But strategists, industry and the results of recent primaries say the country isn't ready for it yet. Why Stress Makes It Harder To Figure Out What You're Feeling Stress can affect how well we read our own emotions.

Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills 47 Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so far killed 47 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday. 10 ways to get the writing juices flowing The empty page or blank screen can seem daunting, but often that’s not the real impediment. Try these exercises to unblock your mind.

Here's a Part of Aging That Really Stinks Title: Here's a Part of Aging That Really StinksCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM Meijer kicks off back-to-college season with shopping celebrations The Meijer Mania celebration, which celebrates incoming college students with a night of fun, will feature a DJ, photo booth, interactive contests, samples, coupons and the occasional big-ticket giveaway. Read More

Staff survey on culture improves patient safety at LifePoint Health LifePoint Health surveys its staff every 18 months to gauge safety culture in their units. Leaders say the surveys ensure staff are engaged in patient safety improvement efforts. Sun Pharma gets FDA nod for Cequa’s dry eye treatment Sun Pharma’s Cequa (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution) 0.09% for topical ophthalmic use combines cyclosporine A with nanomicellar technology, the company said. Read More

Kids Who Lived With Smokers Face Greater COPD Risk People who said they had lived with a daily smoker throughout childhood were 31 percent more likely to die of COPD than those who did not grow up in a smoking household, new research from the American Cancer Society shows. Transgender veterans don't have worse health (Reuters Health) - Transgender military veterans do not have worse health than cisgender veterans, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Best Buy acquires Jitterbug maker for $800M Best Buy announced that it is acquiring GreatCall, a provider of emergency response devices for the aging, for $800 million in cash. Read More Young Boys Allegedly Abused By Air Force Colonel Now In His Sole Custody The Air Force colonel alleged to have abused his two 6-year-old sons has just been awarded sole custody of the boys, who have lived only with their mother for five years.

Stok enlists Lil Jon for new campaign Stok Cold Brew and Lil Jon teamed up on the Stok Hype Experience, which is a personalized music video focused on getting consumers pumped, can be customized on the company’s website to include personal names and activities. Read More Thinning Retina Seen as Early Warning Sign for Parkinson's Title: Thinning Retina Seen as Early Warning Sign for Parkinson'sCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

Infographic: 10 essential parts of highly ranked websites To boost your profile on important search engines like Google, you must develop the elements that matter to the ranking algorithm. Here are the top features that will make a difference. 1 in 4 in U.S. Has a Disability, CDC Reports Title: 1 in 4 in U.S. Has a Disability, CDC ReportsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

Giant Food kicks off pediatric cancer fundraising program Giant Food has set a goal of $2 million to be raised between the weeks of Aug. 17 to Oct. 11, in support of pediatric cancer research during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Read More Commentary: It's time to stand up to abuse, wherever it's encountered Providence St. Joseph executive Debra A. Canales tells how her personal experience with domestic abuse helped inspire her system's commitment to zero tolerance.

Viewpoints: Trump Is Trying To Make Insurance Affordable; Health Lessons On The Verdict Against Monsanto Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others. BACK TO SCHOOL Navigating Speech and Language Services in Schools: What Parents Should Know As kids all over the country begin heading back to school, some parents may have concerns about their child’s ability to communicate. These may include concerns with speaking, listening, reading, writing, and social interactions. Children may be eligible for treatment in schools by a speech-language...

Staying fit might cut glaucoma risk (Reuters Health) - Meeting physical activity guidelines and being physically fit may reduce the risk of developing glaucoma by 40 percent to 50 percent, recent research suggests. Russia reports severe bird flu outbreak: OIE Russia has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the Kostromskaya region in the west of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from Russia's Agriculture Ministry.

Rituxan vs. Tysabri Rituxan (rituximab) and Tysabri (natalizumab) are monoclonal antibodies used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). FDA Approves 1st Generic EpiPen Title: FDA Approves 1st Generic EpiPenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

'Ambien tweeting' is becoming a popular excuse — because it actually can cause bizarre side effects In an interview with The New York Times published Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he sometimes takes Ambien because it's "often a choice of no sleep or Ambien." Trump Administration Value-Based Rule Expected To Force ACOs To Adapt Or Bolt The National Association of ACOs signals that the Health and Human Services plan will cause affordable care organizations to leave Medicare's Shared Savings Program. News outlets also report on industry news surrounding a heart valve procedure that is saving lives, a Q2 drop in bankruptcies and a “tidal wave of change” predicted from Colorado companies.

Will Weight Loss Before Conception Make Mom And Baby Healthier? A woman’s overall health before conception can impact her pregnancy and the health of her fetus. “Half of all pregnant women in the United States are overweight or obese, increasing the mother’s risk of pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, fetal anomalies, prematur... The 'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live Longer Title: The 'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live LongerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

OptumRx unveils sustainable medication packaging OptumRx is replacing polystyrene, or foam, packaging with 100% renewable cotton medication packaging that is recyclable for its home delivery patients. Read More Healthy Interactions, Merck launch digital diabetes management, engagement platform Healthy Interactions, a population health company that offers both digital and in-person programs for chronic disease management and education, and Merck have launched a diabetes management and engagement platform designed to support in-person counseling programs.

FaceTory unveils its Sun Bae sheet mask The Sun Bae sheet mask, which contains aloe, was inspired by the brand’s love for California. The product helps keep skin hydrated and nourished, the company said. Read More Ben & Jerry’s names a new CEO Matthew McCarthy, a 21-year veteran of the brand's parent company Unilever, has taken over the role of chief executive officer. Read More

Autoinjector Shortage? Alternatives Are Available Autoinjectors are in especially high demand as the new school year begins. Reports of a shortage of EpiPens have been surfacing lately as parents attempt to stock up on the epinephrine autoinjectors for school, home, backpacks and grandma’s house. The manufacturer of EpiPen, Mylan, has been deali... Security researchers say they can hack Medtronic pacemakers Security researchers say they've found flaws in the Medtronic pacemaker that leaves the life-saving device vulnerable to hackers and puts patients at risk. 

Hikma adds generics sales, marketing EVP Kristy Ronco will lead Hikma's generics’ retail sales, addiction therapy sales, and branded sales teams. Read More Sleep in Your Contacts, Risk Serious Eye Damage: CDC Title: Sleep in Your Contacts, Risk Serious Eye Damage: CDCCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

L&R Distributors chooses ItemMaster for consumer-facing e-commerce content The partnership will see Chicago-based ItemMaster building and managing the consumer-facing content and attributes of L&R products, syndicating the content to L&R’s retail partners. Read More Art tours tied to easing of chronic pain (Reuters Health) - Art museums may have an analgesic effect on chronic pain, a small study suggests.

Rituxan vs. Ocrevus Rituxan (rituximab) and Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) are monoclonal antibodies used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Rituxan is used off-label to treat MS. U.S. Overdose Deaths Reach Record High Title: U.S. Overdose Deaths Reach Record HighCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

Alembic gains FDA tentative approval for generic Latisse Alembic gets tentative approval from the FDA for a generic version of Allergan's Latisse ophthalmic solution. The product has a market value of approximately $63 million. Read More FDA approves Bristol-Myers' Opdivo for small cell lung cancer Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its treatment, Opdivo, for patients whose lung cancer had progressed even after undergoing chemotherapy and at least one other therapy.

Escape from the Mayo Clinic: How CNN reported the story Since CNN published the "Escape from the Mayo Clinic" stories, Mayo Clinic issued several responses that are critical of CNN's reporting. Mayo's responses misrepresent several facts. 7 Aretha Franklin quotations to inspire PR pros The queen of soul touched many listeners with her powerful songs, but her words also served to underline important life lessons. Consider a few of her famous sayings.

FDA Approves 1st Generic EpiPen The first generic version of the EpiPen was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, paving the way for more affordable versions of the lifesaving allergy emergency medication. As Measles Outbreak Spreads To 21 States With 107 People Taken Ill, Health Officials Urge Parents To Vaccinate Children Following an investigation of an outbreak last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found people who were infected lacked immunizations and had the incorrect perception that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine was linked to autism. Media outlets also report on food safety, baby foods, blood pressure medicine recalls, kidney donors and more.

Amazon's Clinics Join U.S. Employer Push Into Worksite Healthcare Amazon's worksite health clinics join one-third of large U.S. employers already offering a medical clinic to their employees, Mercer data shows. Regeneron gets FDA nod for updated Eylea label Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has received the green light from the Food and Drug Administration for a supplemental Biologics License Application for Eylea (aflibercept) injection in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration, or wet AMD). Read More

New Blood Test Spots Parasitic Infection in Pregnant Women Title: New Blood Test Spots Parasitic Infection in Pregnant WomenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM FDA OKs third Lenvima indication Eisai and Merck's third approved indication for Lenvima is for the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. Read More

The man bringing rap music to the deaf community As A$AP Rocky's "Praise the Lord" begins blaring through the speaker, Matt Maxey smiles. "Turn it up," he says, pointing his finger to the sky. Maxey is animated, kinetic. But he isn't just dancing; he's bringing the song to life. Every move has meaning. Ofra Cosmetics, NikkieTutorials collab on an extra glow Ofra Cosmetics and beauty influencer NikkieTutorials unveiled their new Electroglaze Highlighter Collection, which comes in either the Space Baby or Cloud 9 shades. Read More

Rituxan vs. Cytoxan Rituxan (rituximab) and Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) are cancer medications. Kroger deploys its self-driving grocery delivery pilot Kroger launched its self-driving grocery delivery pilot, which will have its first deliveries made by Nuro’s self-driving Toyota Prius fleet before transitioning to Nuro’s custom R1 driverless vehicle. Read More

CIOs are Dead (Or At Least Invisible), Long Live DBOs (For Competitive Advantage) Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are "dead." Their enterprise role is restricted to infrastructure duties. Digital Business Officers (DBOs) - immersed in business units - should become the champions of digital, where old and new business processes and models leverage emerging digital technology. Nurse uses medicine bottle caps to create colorful mosaic A La Peer Health Systems nurse uses medicine caps to create a colorful mosaic spelling out her system's name.

Why Oscar Health wants a piece
 of the Medicare Advantage pie Many health insurers are investing in privatized Medicare as well as the provider organizations that can improve the quality and lower the cost of seniors' care as the pool of eligible beneficiaries grows. Schizophrenia Drug Discovery Has Scared Off Many Researchers, But This Group Is Taking On Challenge A lack of understanding about the disease's physiology makes creating new medicines difficult. “So we hope to revolutionize the way schizophrenics are being treated. … We hope to give these people their lives back," Remy Luthringer, CEO of Boston-based Minerva Neurosciences, tells Stat. In other biotech and pharmaceutical news: companies thrive in Minnesota. And production resumes at a troubled Pfizer plant.

Sam’s Club reportedly opening second e-commerce fulfillment center A Sam’s Club that closed earlier this year in Matteson, Ill., will be transitioned into an e-commerce fulfillment center for the retailer, according to the Chicago Tribune. Read More Bristol Diabetes Spin-Out Acquired By Novo Nordisk For $800M Bristol University spin-out Ziylo has been acquired by Danish pharmaceutical Novo Nordisk for over $800 million. Novo Nordisk now has full rights to Ziylo's glucose binding molecule platform to develop glucose responsive insulins. The deal is one of the largest for a Univesity of Bristol spin-out.

Contact Lens Stuck Under Woman's Eyelid for Years Doctors determined she had a cyst. When they removed it, the cyst broke open and revealed a hard contact lens, according to a paper published recently in the journal BMJ Case Reports. Weight Gain Doesn't Diminish Benefits of Giving Up Smoking The weight gain that often accompanies smoking cessation temporarily raises the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but it doesn't diminish the overall benefits in reducing cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, new research shows.

HCA marks golden anniversary with New York Stock Exchange's opening bell HCA Healthcare helped mark its 50th anniversary by ringing the opening bell Aug. 14 at the New York Stock Exchange. Scotland's Ayrshire to give free tampons to tackle period poverty Scotland's North Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority in Britain to provide free sanitary provision in public buildings, hoping to tackle "period poverty".

China sacks six senior officials at food and drug regulator over vaccine scandal China said on Saturday it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision. Japan's Eisai sets price tag of about $17,000 on liver cancer drug (Aug. 16) (This version of the August 16th story corrects to change drug price in headline, first bullet, paragraphs 1 and 3 after company corrects it to $16,970 from $15,970)

Teen accuses world-famous hospital of 'medical kidnapping' In a jaw-dropping moment caught on video, an 18-year-old high school senior rushes to escape from the hospital that saved her life and then, she says, held her captive. Many people take drugs that interfere with their blood pressure pills (Reuters Health) - People who take pills to lower their blood pressure often take other drugs that reduce the pills' effectiveness, a recent study suggests.

CVS Health addresses Ohio Medicaid pricing requirements CVS Health issues a statement praising PBMs for saving Ohio taxpayers money, while noting that the company will continue to help Ohio Medicaid clients manage their drug costs. Read More New Haven police make arrest after more than 100 K2 overdose calls Police in the Connecticut city of New Haven have arrested one man in connection with a spate of synthetic marijuana overdoses that sickened scores of people at a park this week.

State Highlights: Flurry Of Abortion Law Moves Set Off By Supreme Court Debate; Medical Boards Fail To Act On FDA Doctor Warnings Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, New Mexico, California, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Maryland, Ohio and Connecticut. People with early Parkinson's appear to experience a thinning of their retinas, which are the light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye, South Korean researchers report.

Perspectives: Damage Done By Opioid Overdoses Can Leave Families In A Bind; Congress Needs To Expand Treatments Opinion pages focus on the impact of the opioid epidemic. EpiPen shortage has parents struggling during back-to-school season The lifesaving allergy medicine has had manufacturing disruptions since May, but allergy sufferers and caregivers may find it especially hard to find now, as parents try to stock up to send their kids back to school. 

Walgreens, VA partner to improve care coordination Through the partnership, Dept. of Veterans Affairs providers will be able to see the entire medication and immunization history of the VA-enrolled patient, if they receive prescriptions and immunizations at Walgreens. Read More Liberal Vets Group Sues To Stop Influence Of Three ‘Shadow’ Advisers Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general finds problems in the agency's caregiver program.

Maybe It's Time to Get in the Game Title: Maybe It's Time to Get in the GameCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM Sycamore Brewing launches cider beverages Sycamore Brewing has released its new Wild Blossom Cider line, which includes a rosé and brut, that is crafted from Pacific Northwest juice and fermented with champagne yeast, the company said. Read More

Novadoz Pharmaceuticals to launch first 3 U.S. generics Novadoz's generics of Crestor, Avelox and Xeloda were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the fall of 2017. Read More World's top pork firm shuts China slaughterhouse in race to contain deadly swine fever China has ordered the world's top pork producer, WH Group Ltd, to shut a major slaughterhouse as authorities race to stop the spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF) after a second outbreak in the planet's biggest hog herd in two weeks.

Hospital Takes Patients With Disabilities On Surfing Trip Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) made a splash this week with a surfing trip for young patients. Giving new meaning to the term “patient care,” the Adaptive Sports Academy at Lerner Children’s Pavilion at HSS treated 12 patients, along with some of their siblings, to sand and surf in Long Beach, L... Life in Turkey now: Tough talk, but fears of drug shortages Turkey's financial crisis is rippling through the economy,  shutting down power plants and threatening the supply of life-saving drugs, The New York Times reports.

Emergent BioSolutions to acquire PaxVax Emergent BioSolutions' agreement to acquire PaxVax will bring several specialty vaccines for typhoid fever and cholera to the company's portfolio. Read More This Matrix Delivers Healing Stem Cells To Injured Elderly Muscles A car accident leaves an aging patient with severe muscle injuries that won't heal. Treatment with muscle stem cells from a donor might restore damaged tissue, but doctors are unable to deliver them effectively. A new method may help change this. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology e...

Chipotle to retrain staff after second bout of foodborne illness The burrito chain has struggled to meet health and safety standards, with customers reporting food poisoning on two occasions. Can this new move satisfy its critics? Walmart’s online sales spur big growth in Q2 Walmart propelled itself forward in the second quarter with a boost in digital sales and increased store sales driving earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street's estimates for the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer.  Read More

Evidation Health CEO: For better clinical outcomes, look to patients' data, devices Deborah Kilpatrick has spent some time on the cutting edge of the healthcare industry — her decade-spanning career has included a director position at Guidant Corporation’s vascular intervention accelerator (now part of Boston Scientific) and the chief commercial officer role at genomic diagnostic company CardioDx. Now serving as the CEO of Evidation Health, a company investigating how everyday behavior and health interact, she believes that the healthcare industry is on the verge of a major technology-driven shift in how care is designed and evaluated. Nevada business groups launch association health plan Three chambers of commerce in Nevada will be among the first small-business groups in the country to offer an association health plan, taking advantage of a new Trump administration rule to sidestep Affordable Care Act rules and offer cheaper plans.

Teva gets FDA clearance for first EpiPen generics Teva will market its generic epinephrine auto-injector in 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths. Read More Geisinger and Merck unveil Medtrue and Family Caregiver apps Geisinger and Merck's Medtrue and Family Caregiver apps can be accessed in healthcare systems and the patient's home. Read More

Tech firms say A.I. can transform health care as we know it. Doctors think they should slow down Some doctors worry that those in the tech world think artificial intelligence can not only help clinicians, but even do a better job. Real Techniques sends its brushes into space Real Techniques worked with the near space experts at Sent into Space, to send a helium balloon containing its Brush Crush Volume 2 collection into space. Read More

Wearable Devices And Mobile Health Technology: One Step Towards Better Health With increasing efforts being made to address the current global obesity epidemic, wearable devices and mobile health ("mHealth") technology have emerged as promising tools for promoting physical activity. However, current literature seems to indicate that these new technologies may serve best as pa... Handheld Fluorescence Imaging Device Receives FDA Clearance MolecuLight Inc. achieved a regulatory milestone permitting expansion into the United States market. FDA has granted De Novo clearance for the wound fluorescence imaging device from MolecuLight. The device digitally captures and documents fluorescence information from wounds and surrounding tissue u...

Autism Linked To Egg Cells' Difficulty Creating Large Proteins New work from Carnegie's Ethan Greenblatt and Allan Spradling reveals that the genetic factors underlying fragile X syndrome, and potentially other autism-related disorders, stem from defects in the cell's ability to create unusually large protein structures. Their findings are published in Science.... Maesa appoints new VP of sales Kattie Roh was named the new vice president of sales for mass, drug and beauty retailers at Maesa. She will be leading the team across such brands as Flower Beauty, Col-Lab and Kristin Ess Hair. Read More

UK Vape Entrepreneurs Could Help Save A Million Years Of Life Despite scare stories, the rise of vape culture and the entrepreneurs supporting it should be celebrated. Conspiracy Theories And Dubious Health Advice, Courtesy Of Alex Jones Conspiracy theorist and far-right radio host Alex Jones has just been banned from multiple media platforms for his hate speech. He also runs a highly profitable side business selling dietary supplements. I took a look at a couple of his more outrageous claims about them.

Feds propose lowering opioid production quotas by 10% in 2019 The Justice Department and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration proposed to reduce manufacturing quotas for the six most frequently abused opioids by 10% in 2019 amid the historic epidemic. Moe’s Southwest Grill intros nationwide salsa line Moe’s Southwest Grill's new grocery store salsa features three products, which contain such ingredients as seasonal peppers, all-natural tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic and lime juice, the company said. Read More

Stroke Patients Treated At A Teaching Hospital Are Less Likely To Be Readmitted Stroke patients appear to receive better care at teaching hospitals with less of a chance of landing back in a hospital during the early stages of recovery, according to new research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The study, published today in JAMA Network... Making wellness simple is complex David Orgel examines the approaches that Kroger and Hy-Vee are taking in-store to help their shoppers navigate improving their wellness. Read More

A Little 'Horseplay' Eases Veterans' Mind, Body & Soul Title: A Little 'Horseplay' Eases Veterans' Mind, Body & SoulCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM China think tank slammed for 'procreation fund' idea A proposal by two Chinese researchers to force couples with fewer than two children to pay into a "procreation fund" backfired on Friday, with critics calling it a "thoughtless" and "absurd" way to battle the problem of an ageing population.

Dementia patients may benefit from music therapy (Reuters Health) - Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests. Retail sales see summer spike for July Retail sales increased 0.4% seasonally adjusted over June, and 4.9% unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Read More

Aretha Franklin Dies of Pancreatic Cancer Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," died of pancreatic cancer. She had several recent health scares but did not reveal their causes. Low and high carb diets increase risk of early death, study finds A low-carb or high-carb diet raises your risk of death, a new study suggests, with people eating the food staple in moderation seeing the greatest benefits to their health.

How Doctors Are Expanding Access To The Earned Income Tax Credit For Families With Kids How some pediatricians are helping families apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit, and perhaps improving their children's health. Chips, Light And Coding Moves The Front Line In Beating Bacteria The never-ending fight against bacteria has taken a turn in humanity's favor with the announcement of a tool that could give the upper hand in drug research. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics has produced alarming headlines in recent years, with the prospect of commonly prescribed treatments beco...

Childhood Exposure to Smoke May Raise Risk of Death From COPD Title: Childhood Exposure to Smoke May Raise Risk of Death From COPDCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM Weight Gain Better Than Smoking Weight Gain Doesn't Diminish Benefits of Giving Up Smok

Q&A with Miami Cancer Institute CEO Michael Zinner on the growing need for cancer care Cancer care is quickly expanding to meet demand. One recent entry is the Miami Cancer Institute. The goal, CEO Dr. Michael Zinner said, is to offer the best of a community hospital setting and marry it to an academic cancer center -- Memorial... Pharmacy And Health Partners Announce ONE Rx Program To Help Prevent Opioid Misuse Preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a nearly 7% increase in drug overdoses in 2017, with more than 72,000 deaths. Of the total deaths, almost 68% of them were tied to opioid use. A new statewide program in North Dakota called ONE Rx aims to stem...

Automated Detection Of Focal Epileptic Seizures In A Sentinel Area Of The Human Brain Patients with focal epilepsy that does not respond to medications badly need alternative treatments. In a first-in-humans pilot study, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have identified a sentinel area of the brain that may give an early warning before clinical seizure manifesta... Eating Before Early Workout Helps Burn Carbs Having breakfast before a morning workout triggers the body to burn more carbohydrates during exercise and also speeds digestion afterward, a small British study finds.

Week ahead: Interoperability, Medicaid fraud will be hot topics Interoperability, Medicaid fraud, Premier's latest financial results and a listening session on proposed changes to Medicare's physician fee schedule will be in the news this week. Shiner brings new brews to shelves Spoetzl Brewery unveiled two new additions to its portfolio, the Shiner Wicked Juicy IPA and Shiner Day Quencher Session Ale, which contain unique flavors. Read More

Coal Miners At Growing Risk Of Developing Debilitating, Deadly Lung Fibrosis The number of cases of progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) among U.S. coal miners has risen during the past two decades, even as the number of coal miners has declined, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In “Progressive Massive Fibrosis Resurge... Hy-Vee pharmacies are set to give flu vaccines in store and corporate locations Hy-Vee is stocked with flu vaccines in more than 250 of its pharmacy locations, and it is offering corporate flu clinics. Read More

Technology Allows Athletes To Monitor Fatigue And Help Prevent Injuries Pocket Radar, Inc., a company who specializes in accurate speed measurement systems, announced the launch of the Smart Coach Radar. The Smart Coach Radar is a complete speed and video training system that empowers the modern athlete and coach in many sports with the ability to create and share a dig... School Drinking Fountains In 3 Maryland Counties Found To Contain High Levels Of Lead In First Year Of Required Testing While public health officials say fountains or taps found to contain water with lead levels above 20 ppb are shut down and are being evaluated, parents are pushing for more stringent standards. The CDC says no level of lead is safe for children. Media outlets also report on water issues in D.C. and Florida.

Ironshore Pharmaceuticals gets FDA nod for Jornay PM for ADHD Ironshore’s Jornay PM is approved for children 6 years and older who have ADHD. Read More How AI Will Augment Human Creativity With the right perspective, AI will amplify and augment our creative potential and ensure that Bill Gates is correct in declaring, AI will make our lives “more productive and creative".

‘Queen Of Soul’s’ Death Highlights Viciousness Of Pancreatic Cancers Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, following lung and colorectal cancers. Meanwhile, new research from the University of California-Davis shows that Californians are faring better against most types of cancer because of early detection and more effective treatments. CNN explores one scenario that plays out when insurers won't pay for care. Congo Ebola outbreak: 78 cases, 44 deaths, 10 health workers infected There have been 78 cases of Ebola reported in the current outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo as of Wednesday, the World Health Organization said Friday.

CRN adds 11 new member companies The Washington, D.C.-based organization announced this week that it had added 11 companies, including six voting members and five associate members. Read More Health Tip: Achieve Healthier Hair Title: Health Tip: Achieve Healthier HairCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM

Colorado becomes 16th state to restrict DXM sales Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signing of HB 1307, which prohibits sale of OTC products with dextromethorphan, has earned praise from the Consumer Health Products Association. Read More NYU Announces ‘Game Changer’ For Medical Students: Free Tuition The initiative is designed to alleviate the six-figure debt that many medical students carry after graduation. The school says that will help encourage a more diverse student enrollment and allow more graduates to think about careers in primary care.

Health 2.0's Fall Conference to feature demos, prominent speakers, deep dives on digital health trends Health 2.0's 12th Annual Fall Conference kicks off in just over a month in Santa Clara, California, and MobiHealthNews will be onsite covering the show, along with HIMSS TV. Can Radar Replace Stethoscopes? In conjunction with researchers at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) in Cottbus and the Department of Palliative Medicine at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, electronic engineers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have developed a procedure for reliably detecting and d...

'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live Longer Researchers who followed more than 15,000 people in the United States for a median of 25 years found that moderate consumption of carbohydrates (50 to 55 percent of calories) was associated with the lowest risk of early death. The better-known low-carb and high-carb diets were associated with higher risk of early death. China sacks top official over vaccine scandal, firm may de-list China has sacked a senior provincial official and is probing a former top drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd, which again warned it could be delisted over the scandal.

Video success is closer than you think Justin Allen explains what you’ll gain from a video audit. 'What did we do?' Families struggle with anxiety over chemicals in tap water When Parchment, Michigan, learned that its tap water had the contaminant PFAS at up to 200 times federally recommended levels, the city and state immediately took action. But for residents, it's created a sense of anxiety over their health and the health of their families.

China finds second African swine fever case at WH Group plant China found its second case of African swine fever (ASF) on Thursday at a slaughterhouse owned by WH Group Ltd's Chinese unit, stirring concerns about the spread of the deadly infection across the world's largest pig herd. Researchers Reveal Miscarriage Cause, Key Cellular Targets Of Potential Drugs Tragic miscarriages for a couple have led to a discovery with potentially broad implications for future disease treatments, according to a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. They identified a previously undiscovered gene mutation underlying hydrops fetalis – ...

As measles hits 21 states, health organizations urge people to vaccinate Whether it’s newsjacking or a tweet from the CEO, hospitals and others are urging the public to protect themselves and their children. Weight-loss surgery linked to better job prospects (Reuters Health) - Obese adults who get surgery to lose weight may have an easier time getting a full-time job than they would without these operations, a French study suggests.

Key Protein Involved In The Development Of Autism Discovered Most individuals with autism spectrum disorder cannot be distinguished by physical traits or by severe neurological symptoms. In fact, these cases can be identified only on the basis of certain behaviour, namely their obsessive focus on certain activities, and difficulties with social communications... Reliable Point-Of-Care Blood Test Can Help Prevent Toxoplasmosis A recent study, performed in Chicago and Rabat, Morocco, found that a novel finger-prick test for infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii during pregnancy — and many other potential applications — is 100 percent sensitive and 100% specific for detecting the presence of this life-damaging micro...

Breast Cancer Drug Promising in Phase 3 Trial Title: Breast Cancer Drug Promising in Phase 3 TrialCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Hologic's Cynosure Division Signs Agreement With Porter Instrument To Exclusively Distribute Nitrous Oxide And Oxygen System iI Aesthetics Market Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX) today announced completion of an agreement between its Cynosure division and Porter Instrument, a business unit of Parker Hannifin Corporation, for distribution rights in the United States and Canada to Porter Instrument’s nitrous oxide and oxygen system, Nitronox™. Cyno...

Best Buy acquires aging in place tech company GreatCall for $800M San Diego-based GreatCall — an old guard digital health company which started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place individuals — has been acquired by retail chain Best Buy for $800 million. FDA approves Teva’s generic EpiPen after yearslong delay Teva's products are the first cleared by the FDA that are direct generic copies of the EpiPen and could be substituted for the brand-name product by a pharmacist.

Long-Term Health Benefits Of Quitting Smoking Eclipse Negative Effects From Any Weight Gain The nicotine in cigarettes can suppress appetite and boost metabolism, and many smokers who quit who don't step up their exercise find they eat more and gain weight. In other news on smoking, a study reports no amount of secondhand smoke is safe. There's No Place Like Home: Study Finds Patients With Low-Risk Blood Clots May Be Better Off Receiving Treatment At Home A new study by researchers at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City found that patients with low-risk blood clots may be better off receiving treatment at home versus being admitted to the hospital. The study, published in the journal CHEST, tracked 200 patients who were treated for acute ...

NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to students NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to all current and future students to alleviate the burden of crippling debt on physicians. It's the first major medical school in the U.S. to provide free education to all students. Cosmetic Procedures Boost Well-Being, Poll Shows Title: Cosmetic Procedures Boost Well-Being, Poll ShowsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

Rebates don't correlate to drug price spikes, AHIP study says As scrutiny tightens on drug middlemen and the significance of their role in spiking drug costs within Medicare Part D, health insurers are hitting back with data that show the most expensive drugs offer the lowest rebates. 30 jobs in the PR and marketing world Take a deep breath and celebrate National Relaxation Day with these stress-relieving tactics for communicators. Then, check out our roundup of current job openings.

FDA approves Teva's generic of Mylan's EpiPen The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's generic version of Mylan NV's life-saving allergy injection, EpiPen, at a time when regulators are looking to lower healthcare costs. New Drug of Last Resort Tackles Resistant HIV Title: New Drug of Last Resort Tackles Resistant HIVCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

‘Every Single Person That Has Died, I Do It For Them’: Parkland Students Traverse Country To Try To Curb Gun Violence The students are reaching out to local activists and communities, preaching a message of fixing the underlying problems of gun violence and registering voters across the country. In other news: the problems with sitting, the mysterious illnesses in Cuba, robot peer pressure, and weight loss. Thyroid medication recalled after failed inspection at Chinese manufacturer A medication used to treat hypothyroidism has been voluntarily recalled due to quality concerns, although there have been no "adverse events" associated with the recalled products, USA Today reports. 

Lawmakers want British vaping rules relaxed to help smokers quit Vaping rules should be relaxed to allow the promotion of e-cigarettes as tools to help tobacco smokers quit, British lawmakers said on Friday. Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments A special National Institutes of Health oversight panel will no longer review all gene therapy applications and will instead take on a broader advisory role, as the treatment quickly becomes an established form of medical care with no extraordinary...

Trump pushes U.S. lawsuit against drug companies over opioids U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday again pressed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to sue drug companies over the nation's ongoing opioids crisis. NYU will offer a full ride to all medical students The decision was made in efforts to address the rising costs of medical education, which have saddled graduates with thousands in debt and funneled them toward more lucrative specialties.

One Reason Why Kidney Transplants Fail Title: One Reason Why Kidney Transplants FailCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM 3 marketing essentials to combat social media distrust As users question their attachment to social media, marketers and PR pros don’t want to lose this valuable tool to speak to their audience. Try these tactics to maintain consumer trust.

Why Friendships Matter Title: Why Friendships MatterCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Longer Looks: Meth In Alaska; The Health Care Election; And American Epidemics Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.

How a vegan diet can change your body Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons. Ancient Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer Title: Ancient Gene Protects Elephants From CancerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

‘Consumer Reports’ Finds Heavy Metals in Baby Foods Heavy metals at levels called ''troublesome'' are lurking in foods commonly eaten by babies and toddlers, according to a new Consumer Reports investigation of 50 packaged foods made for children. Stem Cells Restore Some Vision in Blind Mice Title: Stem Cells Restore Some Vision in Blind MiceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

Alex Jones' Top 10 Health Claims And Why They Are Wrong Now that Alex Jones has been booted off Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify and his Twitter account has been locked for 7 days, here is what you will miss. Earlier onset of type 1 diabetes linked to greater heart risk, shorter life (Reuters Health) - The earlier a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the greater the risk of heart disease and a life shortened by as much as 18 years, a large study suggests.

The Vulnerable Ones It’s that time of the year, when people walk out of air-conditioned buildings into a “sauna” that fogs glasses and creates instant beads of perspiration on their foreheads. Besides the obvious discomfort, excess heat can take a major toll on your health. While heat-related illnesses are largely pr... Health Tip: Keep Diabetic Feet Healthier Title: Health Tip: Keep Diabetic Feet HealthierCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM

FDA approves first EpiPen generic Teva Pharmaceutical's product is the first direct generic copy of the EpiPen, the life-saving automatic epinephrine injector that fueled a national debate on rising pharmaceutical prices. State Highlights: New Lawsuits Against USC’s Former Gynecologist Detail Lewd Comments, Behavior; D.C. Children Suffered Lead Poisoning In Homes Approved By Inspectors Media outlets report on news from California, D.C., Washington, Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Florida.

Healthcare messaging system Klara lands $11.5M in Series A funding New York-based Klara, a healthcare messaging system, has just landed another $11.5 million in Series A funding in a round led by FirstMark Capital with participation from Lerer Hippeau, Project A Ventures, Atlantic Labs, and other individual investors.  First Biomarker Evidence Of DDT-Autism Link A study of more than 1 million pregnancies in Finland reports that elevated levels of a metabolite of the banned insecticide DDT in the blood of pregnant women are linked to increased risk for autism in the offspring. An international research team led by investigators at Columbia University's Mailm...

First generic EpiPen gets FDA approval The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced the approval of the first generic version of EpiPen. Trump administration proposes production quota cuts for six opioids The Trump administration on Thursday proposed that U.S. drugmakers cut production quotas of the six most abused opioids by 10 percent next year to fight a nationwide addiction crisis.