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A detective was granted a warrant to search a private DNA database. Is your genetic privacy at risk?

November 11, 2019


A Florida detective at a recent police conference announced that a judge had approved a warrant to search the genetic profiles of almost one million users on the genetic database GEDmatch—news that alarms privacy advocates, who fear that warrants like this could lead to all genetic databases becoming open to law enforcement.

This woman's genetics left her at great risk for Alzheimer's—so why didn't she develop it?

November 11, 2019


A Colombian woman's family history and genetic profile indicated she would develop Alzheimer's disease by the time she was 50, but researchers say an extremely rare genetic mutation staved off cognitive decline until her 70s, opening up the possibility for a new approach to Alzheimer's treatment.

How this 'obscure' pricing model is helping lower Rx drug prices

November 11, 2019


An old pricing model called quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, puts a dollar value on the benefits a drug can have for a patient—and it is increasingly being used by Harvard Medical School's Institute for Clinical and Economic Review to nudge drugmakers into lowering prices.

HHS files lawsuit claiming Gilead infringed on its patents for PrEP

November 8, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences claiming the drugmaker's sales of the HIV-prevention drugs Truvada and Descovy violate HHS patents.

NIH, FBI are investigating nearly 200 suspected cases of biomedical research theft

November 7, 2019


NIH and the FBI are investigating nearly 200 cases involving scientists who allegedly stole biomedical research from U.S. institutions, including prestigious medical schools, for China and other countries.

Research shows many Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs

November 6, 2019


Many seniors and disabled U.S. residents grapple with high health care costs despite being enrolled in Medicare, according to research published this week.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

Trump will nominate MD Anderson CMO to lead FDA

November 4, 2019


President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Stephen Hahn, CMO of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to serve as FDA commissioner—and Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, has replaced Ned Sharpless as FDA's acting commissioner until Hahn is confirmed.

How Warren would pay for 'Medicare for All'

November 4, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday unveiled how she would pay for a so-called "Medicare-for-All" plan without raising taxes on middle-income U.S. residents.

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