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Medicare Advantage's Latest Benefit Helps Grandma Kick The Habit Nearly half of Medicare Advantage plans are offering new supplement benefits for 2019 that range from nicotine replacement therapy to in-home support from a caregiver or social worker, Avalere Health says in a new report. Battling Anxiety, Depression, And Tech Addiction In The Workplace Mental illness is now the biggest cause of disability worldwide, according to findings from the World Health Organization. Here's what companies can do to help.

Cancer Of The Voice Box Declining Worldwide, But Not In Developing Countries Cancer of the voice box is declining globally, but not in countries with low socioeconomic status. Lack of decline in the prevalence of cigarette smoking may contribute to continued prevalence of this cancer. The Cure to Aging Could Be Hiding in Plain Sight From supplements to cosmetics, Americans spend billions searching for an elusive fountain of youth. The more we learn about the molecular functioning of our body, the more we realize the cure to aging may be hiding in plain sight.

China finds first cases of African Swine Fever in country's south China's three-month old outbreak of African Swine Fever has spread for the first time to the country's south, its major pork-consuming region, after authorities on Sunday reported two cases in southwest Yunnan province. What Amazon Did This Week Your weekly Planet Amazon round-up is here...this week was all about Sears, defence contracts, a new Kindle, fake reviews and... Shark Tank??! Grab a was a bumpy week for Amazon.

Are you Achieving Communications Excellence? Prove that you’re an industry trendsetter. Enter Ragan and PR Daily’s 2018 ACE Awards. Save $25 per submission when you enter by Oct. 26. Merck KGaA says might strike partnership deal this year German drugmaker Merck KGaA might agree partnership deals to jointly develop two of its most promising experimental medicines with a rival as early as this year, but more likely in 2019, its drug research and development chief said on Sunday.

I Do Not Wear A Bicycle Helmet Why do cyclists have to wear helmets when motorists do not? It's healthier to cycle without a helmet than not to ever cycle at all. Roche takes on Loxo, Bayer in gene-defined cancer class Roche's entrectinib cancer pill was shown to shrink tumors in 57 percent of patients within a group that can only be identified via genetic profiling, as the Swiss drugmaker challenges an alliance of Bayer and Loxo Oncology in a new targeted treatment area.

AstraZeneca's Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancer An AstraZeneca drug that blocks a cancer cell's ability to repair its genetic code greatly reduced the risk of ovarian cancer worsening in a phase III trial, underpinning its lead against two U.S. rivals in the same class. Novartis drug cut death risk by 35 percent in gene mutation breast cancer An experimental cancer drug that Novartis hopes will raise the profile of its oncology portfolio cut the risk of death or disease progression by more than a third in breast cancer patients with a hard-to-target gene mutation.

Concentric Health Experience ends silence over postpartum depression, earns 'Best in Show' award The Campaign of the Year in the 2018 Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards tried to strike a balance between keeping it interesting while remaining respectful of those suffering from postpartum depression. Crafting healthcare marketing messages that make a difference Modern Healthcare and Ad Age are excited to announce winners of the 2018 Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards. These campaigns spotlight how personal storytelling is an integral part of the push for a more consumer-centric healthcare industry.

Encouraging Gratitude In Kids Reduces Materialism, Study Finds Luckily, gratitude is a trait that can be nurtured. Is Not Exercising One Of The Worst Things That You Can Do? This study showed how being out of shape may be associated with a higher likelihood of earlier death and how this compared to smoking or having diabetes,

Heartfelt Watch 4 Ushers In New Time For Apple It’s easy to beat up on Apple. Management seems smug. Its lack of real product innovation in its yearly releases can get depressing. But every five years or so, the company does something really special. Marketers eye storytelling to drive engagement for healthcare companies Two winners from the 2018 Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards detail how and why they created campaigns aimed at spurring greater employee and consumer engagement.

Immunotherapy-chemo combo extends life for women with aggressive form of breast cancer, study finds A combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy added months to the lives of women with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive type that attacks women under 50. If You Stole This Giant Inflatable Colon, Why You Should Return It Immediately Some piece of fecal material stole this $4,000, 10 foot-long, 150 pound inflatable colon that the University of Kansas and the Cancer Coalition have been using to do this.

Nexium vs. Prilosec Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium) and Prilosec (omeprazole) are proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) that block acid production in the stomach and are used to treat stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Nexium and Prilosec are available as generics and over-the-counter (OTC). Oct. 21-26: HCAHPS Changes Coming in Opioid Bill Oct. 18—Major legislation, which could be signed into law next week, aims to address the opioid crisis and includes changes to Medicare’s hospital patient survey. 

As smog season begins, China wary of leaving residents without winter heat Sometimes to win the war against pollution, you have to beat a tactical retreat. Student agency crafts ride-share campaign for American Cancer Society A new public service campaign created by University of Southern California undergrads for the American Cancer Society aims to help recruit volunteers for the Road to Recovery ride-sharing service to ferry patients to treatment.

Commentary: Healthcare consumer reviews are here to stay. Adapt or be defined It's human nature to react defensively to public criticism. But successful healthcare leaders will overcome that impulse and lean into transparency. Health systems, startups come together to create national standard for security assessments It's just the first test case for the nascent Digital Health Collaborative, an all-volunteer group of healthcare stakeholders.

Children Of Catastrophically Wounded Veterans Benefit From National Program Launched The Independence Fund today launched a new Family program for the children of wounded Veterans and their Caregivers. Seven wounded Veteran families with 13 children are participating in the first-ever Family therapy retreat in Florida. "We're using the children's book, Hero at Home, authored by The... Polio-Like Illness Strikes Kids, Frustrates Doctors The good news is that the disease is very rare. Only one in 1 million people will get it, and most of them will recover without treatment. Still, because the disease is more likely to strike children, and because of the mysteries of it and because of the dramatic health effects, it gets more attention than it might otherwise.

Study: Let the Sun In to Cut Down on Germs In a new study, about 12 percent of bacteria, on average, were able to reproduce in dark rooms, compared with 6.8 percent in sunlit rooms, and 6.1 percent in rooms exposed to UV light, ABC News reported. Report Suggests Hospitals Could Save $25.4 Billion By Improving Their Supply Chain Operations Modern Healthcare reports on a new analysis that finds the highest-performing hospitals focus on ways to standardize the use of "physician-preference" items and medications that produce clinically equivalent outcomes at a lower cost.

Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, study reveals We've all heard exercise helps you live longer. But a new study goes one step further, finding that a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Chicken Rises to 92 in 29 States: CDC Title: Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Chicken Rises to 92 in 29 States: CDCCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM

Perspectives: Health Care Sabotage; Patient-Centered Cancer Research; And Quality Nursing Home Care Editorial writers focus on these health topics and others. Women are more faithful than men, and other myths on female infidelity

Length Of Each Breathing Disruption In Sleep Apnea May Predict Mortality Risk Better Than Number Of Breathing Disruptions How long a person with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) stops breathing may be a better predictor of mortality risk from OSA than the number of times they stop breathing, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medi... Q&A: MetroHealth's Tracy Carter's fight to save Medicaid coverage For Tracy Carter, vice president of government relations at Cleveland-based MetroHealth System, protecting Medicaid is intertwined with the public health system's overall mission. In recent budget battles, her team fought off cuts that would have...

Several Influenza Deaths in US, Including One Child, as Flu Season Begins Several patients including one child have died from influenza as the first week of the 2018-19 flu season drew to a close, according to news and public health department reports. She asked for a drug to treat her miscarriage. The pharmacist refused to give it to her because of his religion Michigan woman wants grocery story pharmacy to change its policy on when pharmacists can refuse to fill prescriptions on religious grounds.

Childhood Trauma, Depression Linked To Higher Risk Of Longer-Term Fatigue In Breast Cancer Survivors Breast cancer survivors who experienced trauma early in life and depression after their cancer treatments are at increased risk of persistent fatigue, a new UCLA study shows. Some of the key predictors of longer-term fatigue for this group of women include elevated levels of depressive symptoms afte... State Highlights: CVS-Aetna Deal Raises Concerns With New York Regulators; Texas Ordered To Hire More State Workers To Oversee Foster Kids Media outlets report on news from New York, Texas, Georgia, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Crazy Foam’s hydrating masks channel superhero powers Crazy Foam's new Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn Super Hero Hydrating Face Masks contain golden chamomile and lemon extract to revitalize skin with essential nutrients and moisture, the company said. Read More Healthcare leaders implored to look inward 
to fix ailing system Executives find themselves at the crossroads on virtually every critical issue facing the industry. From adapting to new payment models to embracing a consumer-centric mindset, there's no shortage of "what do we do now?" moments.

New health insurer policy may mean you pay for your ER visit (Reuters Health) - While symptoms like chest or belly pain might reasonably drive you to the emergency room with worries about a heart attack or appendicitis, your insurance company might decide not to pay if it turns out your fears were unfounded, a new study suggests. Ten vegan-friendly versions of tailgate classics

Cityblock CEO says technology can "stitch together" broken health ecosystem Cityblock Health's Iyah Romm talks about how to combine technology and hyperlocal resources to remedy patient distrust in the system.  The Medical Minute: Improvements To Joint Replacement Procedures Allowing For Quicker Recovery Hundreds of thousands of Americans get knee or hip replacements each year, and the procedures are becoming more common than ever. Luckily, the recovery from a total joint replacement, or arthroplasty, is improving. Two decades ago, patients would spend a week or so in the hospital after one of thes...

Protein-Packed Foods That Should Be Part of Your Diet Title: Protein-Packed Foods That Should Be Part of Your DietCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM Elite athletes not at higher risk of birth complications (Reuters Health) - Elite female athletes have no greater risk of childbirth complications than women who don't exercise, a small study suggests.

How to time your holiday media pitches The holiday season is approaching and PR pros looking for timely holiday coverage have a shrinking window to get their stories told. Consider these insights. Rabies Rabie

Omega-3s in Seafood May Keep You Healthier, Longer Title: Omega-3s in Seafood May Keep You Healthier, LongerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM Radiology finds clinical decision support in AI-based tool Radiologists are overworked, interpreting new images every few seconds to keep up with increasing numbers of CT and MRI scans. As is the trend these days, some are turning to digital tools backed by artificial intelligence to help ease the pain.

Data Points: Healthcare industry challenged with cyber insecurity, data breaches Data breaches at healthcare organizations have consistently increased year over year, with 277 breaches between the beginning of 2018 and Oct. 1, compared with 271 during the same period last year. Sharp Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040: Study Title: Sharp Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM

Health systems move slowly toward 'high-touch' primary care A number of hospital systems have moved to establish intensive, team-based primary-care clinics along the lines of those operated by innovative independent operators like ChenMed and Iora Health. Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia in Later Life Title: Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia in Later LifeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM

Several Influenza Deaths in US Several Influenza Deaths in US, Including One Child, as Flu Season Be Helping Older Kidney Patients Make Fundamental Care Decisions The National Kidney Foundation is collaborating with Tufts University on a three-year project to help older patients with advanced stages of kidney disease and their family care partners make decisions that best reflect their goals and preferences for care. Funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Re...

Veteran battling suicidal thoughts opens horse ranch to help military families October in Georgia is when summer finally gives way to fall and the atmosphere paces itself like a perfectly curated air conditioner. One recent Saturday morning, on a rural property in Fortson, the sound of children laughing and playing could be heard between the occasional horse's neigh. Unwash expands its product range in-stores, online Unwash is bringing eight new products that care for hair without stripping it of natural oils, moisture and color or harming its integrity, to the shelves of Ulta Beauty and online. Read More

USC says it's tentatively agreed to $215M settlement over gynecologist misconduct claims The University of Southern California said Friday it has "reached agreement in principle" on a $215 million class-action settlement after students filed lawsuits accusing former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall of sexually abusing them. Hospital Bed Sheets Still Germy Despite Washing Despite being washed with industrial detergent in high, disinfecting temperatures, hospital sheets still were contaminated with the potentially life-threatening C. difficile bacteria, researchers found. And those sheets spread the bacteria to uncontaminated ones.

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Cancer Treatment Can Often Come Too Late, But What If You Could Get Ahead Of The Disease? A new study, called Project Baseline, is trying to pinpoint the transition from normal health to disease. Researchers hope that the project could lead to the identification of new markers in the blood, stool or urine of healthy people that help predict cancer, cardiovascular disease and other leading killers of Americans. In other news, why don't all cancer-linked mutations in cells turn into tumors? 15 terrifying office specters to flee this Halloween Beware! Brainstorm vampires. Spirit-spoiling werewolves. Home-haunting honchos. They’re all creeping from the corporate graveyard as Halloween looms, so grab your torches and pitchforks.

China culls 200,000 pigs due to African swine fever - official China, the world's top pork producer, has culled 200,000 pigs so far following outbreaks of highly contagious African swine fever in the country, a Chinese animal health official said on Friday. FDA approves 2 Amneal generics Amneal has received the Food and Drug Administration's blessing for generic Isuprel and generic BiCNU, which are both injection products. Read More

A New Targeted Cancer Company To Watch Jean Cui led the invention of Pfizer's Xalkori. Now she has her own company focusing on drug-resistant cancers, and it has raised $147 million. Pop! Gourmet, Hidden Valley Ranch partner on salty snacks Hidden Valley Ranch and Pop! Gourmet partnered together to create the new Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoned Popcorn and Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoned Wavy Potato Chips. Read More

U.S. official optimistic Congo Ebola outbreak can be controlled The leading Ebola expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday he believed an outbreak in Congo can be brought under control quickly and that the high rate of new cases is due largely to improved detection. APhA looks to alleviate increasing pressures of the profession Michael Hogue, the president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association, explains how the APhA is working with other professional organizations and employers to seek legislative changes at the state and national levels that will result in recognition of pharmacists as providers of care. Read More

Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes' Title: Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes'Category: Health NewsCreated: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM Helix launches DNA Product Studio to help partners develop and test apps The consumer genomics platform announced the launch of a new tool that will include an ancestry, genomics and insight API. 

Scientists Closer to Drug That Cuts Nicotine Dependence Title: Scientists Closer to Drug That Cuts Nicotine DependenceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM Cancer Patients Can Now Use Skin Creams During Radiation Therapy Contrary to the advice most cancer patients receive when they go through radiation treatment, topical skin treatments, unless applied very heavily, do not increase the radiation dose to the skin and can be used in moderation before daily radiation treatments. A new study from the Perelman School of ...

Sanofi drug Dupixent wins FDA approval to treat asthma France's Sanofi SA said on Friday eczema drug Dupixent was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an additional maintenance therapy in patients with two types of asthma. FDA to consider limiting e-cigarette sales to vape shops to curb youth use Regulators are considering prohibiting some e-cigarette sales in convenience stores and confining them to vape shops, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tells CNBC.

Technology can only save healthcare if it connects with and leverages people Speakers from Fitbit, Johnson & Johnson discussed motivation and behavior change at the Connected Health Conference in Boston. Nearly 100 More Women Sue USC With Accusations Of Sexual Abuse By University’s Longtime Gynecologist With the additions, the number of women now suing the University of Southern California with allegations against Dr. George Tyndall rises to over 400. Meanwhile, a respected research hospital in New York says it knew about allegations of child sexual misconduct against one of its pediatric doctors.

Did da Vinci's Genius Stem From 'Lazy Eye'? A scientist believes that Leonardo da Vinci had strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes, which may have forced the artist to rely on only one eye, a perspective that may have been a creative boon. Energy Department Officials Making Shift To A Top Adviser Spot At Veterans’ Affairs John Mashburn has previously served as the policy director of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Too many people missing out on health benefits of golf, some experts say (Reuters Health) - Playing golf is associated with better strength and balance, a sharper mind, a lower risk of heart disease and a longer life, according to public health experts who say more people should take up the sport. Feds and Pharma Spar Over Drug Costs in TV Ads The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants drugmakers to list the price of pharmaceuticals in television ads -- even as the industry tried to head off the new rules by promising to give consumers more information about pricing.

Trader Joe's and Whole Foods ready-to-eat salads recalled due to possible salmonella contamination Ready-to-eat salads have been recalled from popular grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's due to concerns about corn contaminated with salmonella and listeria, the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service has reported. Pressure Sores Pressure Sores (Bedsores)

Aetna's new app, telehealth debate, and more news and views from CHC 2018 Plus, tips for pitching a startup and deals from Northwell, Brigham and Women's. Almost Half of Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: CDC In a national health survey, 49.3 percent of people aged 20 and older said they'd tried to lose weight over the past 12 months, the CDC reports.

FDA Pre-Cert participants share early experiences A collaborative attitude and a commitment to strenuous review have characterized the process so far. SilverSneakers Introduces SilverSneakers GO, Innovative Mobile Fitness App Designed Exclusively for Seniors SilverSneakers®, the nation's leading community fitness program for older adults, launched SilverSneakers GOTM, a mobile fitness app that fits the goals, preferences, and lifestyles of active adults. With workout programs designed specifically for seniors, SilverSneakers GO unlocks access to a libr...

Health Tip: Be Aware of Autumn Driving Hazards Title: Health Tip: Be Aware of Autumn Driving HazardsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM China lifts African swine fever restrictions in three cities in Anhui China's agriculture ministry said on Friday it would lift African swine fever related restrictions on areas in the cities of Chuzhou, Wuhu and Xuancheng in Anhui province

Common Drug Shows Promise Against Lymphedema Title: Common Drug Shows Promise Against LymphedemaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM New York poses potential hurdle for CVS Health-Aetna merger New York regulators threatened to block CVS Health's $69 million merger with health insurer Aetna amid concerns about potential hikes in insurance premiums. Read More

Patient outcomes are at heart of disruptive healthcare tech Startups are having the biggest impact working on technology that disrupts access, data gathering, monitoring and care interventions to help patients – as well as alleviate clinician burnout – says cofounder and EVP of Health 2.0 Indu Sabaiya. Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.

Concerta vs. Vyvanse Concerta (methylphenidate extended release tablets) and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) are central nervous system stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Vyvanse is also used to treat moderate to severe binge eating disorder. Hungary's PM bans gender study at colleges saying 'people are born either male or female' Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is facing a strong backlash from universities this week after banning gender studies programs.

Facebook Live: What About Those Sky-High Air Ambulance Costs? This Facebook Live discussion explores an aspect of the health care cost continuum that often flies below the radar. Hispanic heart disease deaths highest in mostly-Latino communities (Reuters Health) - Hispanics in the U.S. have lower rates of death from heart disease overall than non-Hispanic whites, except in communities where Hispanics make up most of the population, a recent study finds.

High-Pressure Oxygen Therapy May Be Beneficial In Treating Sudden Hearing Loss Bottom Line: The addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (where patients receive pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber) to standard medical treatment was associated with an improved likelihood that patients who experience sudden deafness might recover all or some of their lost hearing. Sudden deafness,... China says hog prices to rise ahead of Lunar New Year amid swine fever outbreaks China's hog prices are set to rise ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in February as outbreaks of African swine fever hit supply, the country's agriculture ministry said on Friday.

Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer's Title: Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer'sCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM Ben & Jerry’s Moo-phoria line adds new flavors Ben & Jerry's added Cherry Garcia with a Twist, Mocha Fudge Brownie, PB Marshmallow and Chocolate Cookie EnlightenMint to its Moo-phoria lineup of lighter ice creams. Read More

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help Title: Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might HelpCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM WEconnect's substance abuse recovery app raises $6.05M The app offers users a stronger recovery support network while helping care teams track and flag those at risk for relapse.

Board Chaos Often Begets More Chaos The seeds of one board-level crisis may spawn collateral dysfunction, for which boards must anticipate and prepare. Naterra International focuses on consumer connection Naterra will add Bohemian Escape, Sunkissed Sands and Pacific Sunrise to its Tree Hut label, and include a hydro-light gel, shea sugar scrub, foaming body wash and bubble bath with each line. Read More

FTC Files Complaints Against Two Stem Cell Clinics Offering ‘Miracle’ Treatments For Autism, Parkinson’s This is the first time the agency has cracked down on clinics saying, “There are no human clinical studies in the scientific literature showing that amniotic stem cell therapy cures, treats, or mitigates diseases or health conditions in humans." In other public health news: cyborgs, whole-genome sequencing, a mysterious illness in children, Ebola, equality, sunlight and more. Study: Misuse of acetaminophen combo products in decline A recent study published in the journal Clinical Toxicology found a decline in the incidence of therapeutic misuse of OTC combination products with acetaminophen during the 10 years between 2007 and 2016. Read More

Protecting Coal Miners From Black Lung Disease Black lung disease didn’t go away with pickaxes and carbide lamps. Today’s coal miners may use diesel-powered equipment to break through rock and light their way with LED bulbs, but they still get black lung, an irreversible and potentially fatal condition. In fact, black lung has been on the rise a... Primary-care companies cut costs through preventive models These companies' population health-style efforts are being emulated by hospital systems, but progress has been slow and spotty.

Week Ahead: AMA, RAND gauge physicians' interest in alternative pay models The AMA and RAND Corp. release findings from a study assessing how physicians view new pay models. Also this week, earnings season continues. Viewpoints: The Future Of Entitlements? Listen To What The GOP Is Really Saying; Prices In Pharma Ads Would Mislead Patients Editorial pages weigh in on these health topics and othe

Sam’s Club brings same-day deliveries to additional markets Sam's Club will expand same-day delivery, which is powered by Instacart, to nearly 350 locations across the nation by the end of October. Read More Self-Control Key to Weight Loss, Brain Scans Show Brain scans reveal that people who are better at losing weight have more activity in regions of the brain associated with self-control, a small new study reports.

Apple Takes Huge Head Start With EKG App, The Beginning Of ‘Torrent Of Data That Will Engage Patients, Improve Care’ In other news on innovations, the MAVEN Project helps underserved communities around the country by connecting retiring, volunteer doctors with patients via telehealth, videoconferencing and phone calls. FCC's Ajit Pai talks proposed $100M connected care pilot, rural telehealth funding, opioid epidemic initiatives Addressing the Connected Health Conference in Boston, the chairman described many ways the agency is working to improve access to connected care.

AbbVie settles Humira biosimilar dispute with Fresenius Kabi U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc said on Thursday it has settled a patent dispute regarding its Humira biosimilar with Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd and will grant the Germany-based company non-exclusive marketing rights for the drug. China hog price to rise ahead of Spring Festival on African swine fever impact: agriculture ministry China's hog prices were set to rise ahead of the Spring Festival, another name for the Chinese New Year holiday, because of the impact of African swine fever on supply, the country's agriculture ministry said on Friday.

Five months in, NIH's All of Us has enrolled 100,000 participants Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron offered Connected Health Conference attendees an update on the progress of NIH’s ambitious population health research. Merck, Pfizer combo treatment meets main goals of kidney cancer trial Merck & Co said on Thursday a combination treatment of its cancer drug Keytruda and Pfizer Inc's Inlyta met the main goals of a late-stage study in patients with the most common form of kidney cancer.

FDA gives green light to Regeneron’s Libtayo The FDA has approved Regeneron’s Libtayo for metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most common cancer in the United States. Read More Medicaid expansion is about reclaiming dollars, Va. governor says For states that haven't expanded Medicaid, the push to do so isn't just about leaving money on the table. It's also about no longer subsidizing other states without benefit, according to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia.

Does your team deserve a celebration? Tell us how you’re achieving communications excellence. Share the success of your team, your agency or your own efforts. Enter Ragan and PR Daily’s 2018 ACE Awards by Oct. 26 to save $25 per entry. Will Republicans keep their new promises on pre-existing condition protections? Despite congressional GOP candidates' promises, health policy analysts doubt whether victorious Republicans would move to replace those ACA protections with equally strong measures to cover people with health conditions as part of repeal legislation.

Should children be activists? 11 social media mistakes brand managers should avoid Online platforms offer a unique opportunity for organizations to talk directly to their audience, but poor interactions can undermine your reputation. Beware these costly errors.

Omega-3s From Fish May Help Body And Brain Age Well, Study Finds The omega-3s found in fish may help people avoid health problems as they age. Fitness trackers' accuracy varies widely for calories burned (Reuters Health) - Even though many people swear by fitness trackers to help lose weight and stay in shape, a review of existing research confirms that many of these gadgets are not very good at measuring how much energy we burn.

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help New research appears to challenge longstanding wisdom that those who struggle with rosacea should avoid both caffeine and hot drinks of any kind. Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes' There's no proof that cardboard baby reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and they may pose other risks, British researchers said this week, concerns that are shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Congo's Ebola outbreak to worsen without stepped-up response - WHO committee The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to worsen significantly unless the response to it is stepped up, an emergency committee of experts convened by the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Dieting is out. That poses a problem for Weight Watchers as it renames itself WW Weight Watchers had weathered threats over the decades from the likes of Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem and fad diets like Atkins. But its biggest competition in recent years hasn't been from any of its rivals. Consumers don't want to diet any more.

States that legalized recreational weed see increase in car accidents, studies say The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the probable cause of a crash that killed 12 people on a church bus near Concan, Texas, in March 2017 was that the 20-year-old man whose truck hit the bus was under the influence of marijuana and a sedative. Questions Raised About Sen. Dean Heller’s Support Of Unproven ‘Brainwave’ Treatment For Veterans The company marketing the treatment has connections to Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) The Trump administration is encouraging the VA to use more alternative treatments, even though doctors and mental health experts caution against steering patients to procedures that haven’t been scientifically demonstrated to be safe and effective.

Gillette, Formlabs pilot personalized 3-D printed razor handles Gillette partnered with Formlabs to pilot the Razor Maker, which offers consumers a series of customizable 3-D printed handles for razors. Read More Gartner's Strategic Predictions for 2019: The Good, the Silly and the Weird The Gartner Group publishes its annual predictions for the following year every October. In addition to some really good insights about virtual visits and the shortage of AI talent, Gartner also predicts compliance issues with blockchain and concerns about e-commerce more difficult to understand.

9 Myths About Aging And Long-Term Care For Dummies 9 Myths About Aging and Long Term Care for Dummies, Navigating your Later Years for Dummies, by Carol Levine. the book serves as a guide to pretty much everything you need to know about aging. Don't let these 9 myths of elder care and getting older derail your dream retirement. Scottish government identifies case of mad cow disease Scotland's government said on Thursday that a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, had been discovered on a farm in Aberdeenshire, the first in Britain since 2015.

Study: Skin Creams May Be OK During Radiation Contrary to the usual advice, a new study has found that, unless applied very heavily, skin creams did not raise the radiation dose to the skin during cancer treatment. State Highlights: CVS-Aetna Deal Gets Go-Ahead From Connecticut Regulators; New Legislation In NYC Aims To Tackle High Maternal Mortality Rates Media outlets report on news from Connecticut, New York, Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Missouri, California, Wisconsin and Ohio.

First US case of rat-sourced virus from the Andes reported The first confirmed US case of Andes virus was reported at a Delaware hospital in January, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said Thursday. 8 Myths About Aging And Long-Term Care In her new book, Carol Levine, author of 'Navigating Your Later Years for Dummies,' busts popular myths about aging and long-term care.

Fear of denials could be pushing more joint procedures into outpatient setting Hospital administrators, worried about denials, have been pushing doctors to perform knee replacement procedures in outpatient settings. Protective Use of Antivirals Cuts New HIV Cases In a study of gay men who did not have HIV who were given antiviral drugs protectively, the number of new HIV infections fell from 295 cases in the year before the program rollout to 221 cases the year after.

Is emotional support part of AI's future in healthcare? MIT's Cynthia Breazeal is developing "social robots" that could help care for patients' emotional wellbeing.  Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia Later Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, researchers have found. This form of dementia is triggered by impaired blood flow in the brain.

Pfizer Embraces Digitalization For In-Transit Visibility When a new Vice President assumed responsibility for this supply chain in 2016, he asked a very simple question. "If Amazon can provide end to end shipment status of my orders, why can't Pfizer." That was the impetus for the in-transit visibility project. The ROI is "huge." FDA snubs Novartis bid to repurpose inflammation drug for heart attacks The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rejected Novartis's bid to repurpose a drug now approved for rare inflammatory diseases to be used in a group of heart attack survivors, the Swiss drugmaker said on Thursday.

3-Drug Therapy Might Be Cystic Fibrosis Advance In what researchers call “a breakthrough,” two clinical trials have found that two different three-drug treatment plans could help 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis. “It’s not a cure,” said one of the lead researchers. “But it could be game-changing.” Longer Looks: Climate Change; Abortion; And Global Pandemics Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.

For EHR Reporting Program, cost transparency is top of mind The ONC intends to use the EHR Reporting Program to disseminate information about certified software that gauges products' usability, security and interoperability. Voice tech gearing up for its next wave Connected Health Conference speakers said design and security concerns will be ironed out as the technology advances.

French foie gras makers say they are ready if bird flu returns French foie gras makers, still recovering from two severe bird flu crises that ravaged flocks, said on Thursday they would be able to face any new outbreak thanks to strict security measures but prices will remain high to make up for increased costs. Online grocery sales set to skyrocket Online sales of groceries more than tripled between 2013 and 2018, according to a new report from Packaged Facts. Read More

Acadia Healthcare shares jump 9% after report of talks with private equity firms Acadia, which operates a network of nearly 600 behavioral health-care facilities with approximately 17,800 beds in 40 states, has been approached by private equity firms KKR and TPG Global, among others, according to Reuters. Bulgaria reports bird flu outbreak on two farms in south Bird flu has broken out on a duck farm and a poultry farm in southern Bulgaria, the country's food safety agency said on Thursday.

Xcertia releases draft privacy, security guidelines for health app designers The organization is accepting public comment on these guidelines for the next 45 days, and will release a final version in February at HIMSS 2019. Beddr launches Sleep Tuner, a forehead-worn sensor for sleep apnea patients The device senses blood oxygenation, heart rate, sleep position, and stopped breathing events.

Memes lead to teenage obesity, lawmakers told It's been a bad few weeks for memes. Viewpoints: Emergency Services Crippled By Patients With Mental Illness; Solution For Lower Costs, Better Health: More Food, Please? Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.

Rare eye condition was behind da Vinci's genius, research claims A rare eye condition helped Leonardo da Vinci paint distance and depth of objects on flat surfaces with the accuracy which he became famous for, new research claims. Joint Commission accreditation doesn't lead to better outcomes, study shows Hospitals the receive accreditation from organizations like the Joint Commission don't have better mortality or readmission rates than their non-accredited peers, according to a new study.

7 ways SAS uses social media monitoring to track the competitive landscape Listen to competitors as well as the chatter. Develop your keywords—to track and respond to mentions—with internal help. Here’s how the analytics firm gets results from its reconnaissance. Merck applauds VA for adopting biosimilar medicines to treat veterans Merck’s Renflexis (infliximab-abda) — a biosimilar of Remicade — will be placed on the Department of Veterans Affairs' national formulary. Read More

The ideal diet to combat climate change Adult bones healthier when kids participate in organized sports (Reuters Health) - Young adults who played in organized sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids, a new study suggests

Zika spreads rapidly in India The number of people infected with the Zika virus in India has increased to 80 confirmed cases in the western state of Rajasthan, including at least 18 pregnant women. Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Republicans’ Preexisting Political Problem In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal and Joanne Kenen of Politico discuss how protections for people with preexisting conditions have become a top issue in the elections, Trump administration efforts to make prescription drug prices more public and the start of Medicare’s annual open-enrollment period. Plus, Rovner interviews California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

FCC chairman sees big potential with intersection of broadband and telemedicine Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, talks about how he’s working to modernize FCC regulations to close the digital divide and help rural communities get the high quality healthcare through telemedicine innovations. The Biotech Innovation That Will Transform Society Has Arrived (Hint: It's Not CRISPR) "Our field spent incredible amounts of time and money racing to sequence the human genome. And we succeeded. Once we finally finished sequencing it, we could finally read the thing. So then I said to myself, 'Okay, now it's time to start writing DNA.'"

How do you tell your organization’s story internally? We want to know about the creative ways you’ve told stories to employees. What methods do you use to make boring information more engaging? Tell us how you’ve turned employees into brand ambassadors. Enter by the extended deadline on Oct. 19. FDA Panel OKs Stronger Opioid Despite Concerns The company says there's a need for opioid pain medicines that don't require swallowing, because some patients have difficulty taking oral medication and may not have access to IV opioids. The FDA had earlier flagged two safety concerns.

Startups must build partnerships to scale products Scaling to work with larger healthcare entities for startups requires partnerships and Fran Ayalasomayajula, healthcare executive strategist at HP, has some pro tips on how to make it work. AI integration into workflows minimizes tools to ease doctor burden Jennifer Esposito, general manager of Health and Life Sciences at Intel, explains how AI benefits workflows with its direct impact to be a seamless integration for physicians and the patient experience.

Long-term safety of silicone breast implants still unclear (Reuters Health) - Women with silicone breast implants may have a higher risk of certain medical problems than women who don't get implants, but more research is needed to get a complete picture of implant safety over the long term, a new U.S. study suggests. Making art is helping heal veterans, parolees

What Changes Are Coming to Medicaid in 2019? Oct. 16—Additional state expansions of Medicaid eligibility are among the expected developments coming next year to the program, according to a former federal leader of Medicaid. Pharmacy Quality Solutions expands to Canadian retail pharmacy PQS will assist Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest retail pharmacy network, in facilitating patient-centered pharmacy quality initiatives. Read More

Older vets often leave hospital on increased dose of blood pressure pills (Reuters Health) - Doctors may be overtreating high blood pressure in U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals, a new study suggests. Editorial: Price transparency's day of reckoning The healthcare industry, which has embraced a sea change in recent years at the behest of consumers, should now embrace the idea that price transparency is here to stay.

Benefit Of Multimillion-Dollar Industry That Accredits Hospitals Called Into Question In Study The Harvard University study challenges the assertion that patients benefit when a hospital is accredited. “The wealthy, big hospitals that generally have more resources are more likely to be Joint Commission-accredited, and the thinking is that they have better outcomes,” said Ashish Jha, the author of the study. “What you find is that it doesn’t have a big effect, and it really makes you worry. We’ve put a lot of faith and resources into accreditation.” ‘This Disease Would Not Let Her Go’: Powerful Obituary Sparks Flood Of Donations To Addiction Treatment Center “To some, Maddie was just a junkie — when they saw her addiction they stopped seeing her. And what a loss for them. Because Maddie was hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient. She could and would talk to anyone, and when you were in her company you wanted to stay," read the obituary for Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir, who had struggled with opioid addiction. The words garnered a great deal of attention, putting a human face to the opioid epidemic holding the country in its grip. News on the crisis comes out of Missouri, Ohio, Florida and Virginia, as well.

US Bioservices earns home care accreditation from Joint Commission U.S. Bioservices has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for home care accreditation. Read More Chemical changes in e-cigarette liquids can make them irritants, study says Even if you check the ingredient list on your flavored e-cigarette, you may not know what you're actually inhaling, according to a new study.

Opioid Lawsuits On Par To Become Largest Civil Litigation Agreement In U.S. History Recent months have seen a surge in opioid-related lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and individual leadership of pharma, as well as retail pharmacies and dispensaries. Interestingly, they are being filed by cities, counties, state’s attorneys general and Native American tribal councils. Lessons From The Civil War: Long Shadow Cast By Trauma Stretches Far Beyond A Single Generation There's evidence that a father's extreme hardship can alter the function of his genes in ways that can be passed on to his sons and shorten their lives. In other public health news: genetic testing and privacy, research quality, Alzheimer's, dementia, prostate cancer, fish oil, the flu and more.

Philip Morris shares jump as new tobacco products gain momentum overseas Philip Morris International reported quarterly earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' expectations. The company has been focusing most of its attention on iQOS, a device that heats tobacco instead of burning it. Walgreens, McLaren Health Care partner on Rx, health service The partnership will see McLaren Health Care opening retail clinics, urgent care centers and primary care sites within Michigan Walgreens stores; and Walgreens will operate pharmacies at certain McLaren sites, purchasing the locations' pharmacy files and inventory. Read More

U.S. blocks pork from Poland over African swine fever The United States suspended imports of pork from Poland on Thursday over an outbreak of the highly contagious hog disease African swine fever in that country. After 20 Years, Abbott Labs CEO Miles White Has Successor In Mind Abbott Laboratories CEO Miles White appears to have settled on his successor at the diversified healthcare company in medical device business head Robert Ford.

Australian watchdog's appeal against Pfizer ruling dismissed by court Australia's competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court's decision on whether Pfizer Inc's local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. Medical device manufacturers need to say what's in their products In a newly released draft guidance, the FDA created two tiers of devices—those that connect to other devices and networks and those that don't—and recommended all devices come with lists of their components.

Hospitals have an unrealized $25.4 billion supply chain opportunity Hospitals could save significant money if they standardize purchasing, analyze data that tie costs to patient outcomes and facilitate collaboration between physicians and administrators, according to a new report. Tic Tac’s new campaign embraces life’s lighthearted moments Tic Tac's new Open Up campaign introduces its new brand persona, Mr. Tic Tac, who wants to help people open up in order to share life’s lighthearted moments with others. Read More

Here’s What We Know About The Polio-Like Illness In Children That Has Health Experts Baffled This year, 62 cases of the illness are confirmed and others are under investigation, according to federal health authorities. Scientists don't know what causes acute flaccid myelitis, but they are urging people to avoid getting mosquito bites. Paralysis comes on suddenly and can be permanent. Weed was legal in Canada for a whole hour before someone got a ticket for driving and toking Pot was legalized in Canada on Wednesday, and things went great ... for exactly one hour.

Tampax intros menstrual cup The Procter & Gamble brand on Thursday unveiled the Tampax Cup — a menstrual cup that it said was developed with input from hundreds of women and such experts as a practicing OBGYN. Read More U.S. CDC confirms 62 cases of rare polio-like neurological condition The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, polio-like condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs, across 22 states.