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Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

How an alleged Groupon scam led these patients to get 'fake Botox'

September 18, 2019


Federal and state officials last week raided a plastic surgery office following accusations that a doctor at the clinic administered non-FDA-approved drugs to patients who purchased certain services through Groupon, adding to growing concerns that Groupon users might be more vulnerable to medical scams.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

FDA finds cancer-causing chemical in another US drug

September 17, 2019


FDA on Friday announced that it has found low levels of a chemical that could cause cancer in some batches of medications commonly used to treat heartburn, but it has not issued recalls of the drugs at this time.

Why are nurses hiding drugs in ceiling tiles? Blame the US' health care 'workarounds.'

September 17, 2019


When Theresa Brown, a clinical faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, heard about nurses hiding patients' drugs in the ceiling to work around their hospital's slow pharmacy, she "wasn't surprised," and Brown in a New York Times opinion piece explains why these workarounds are all too common in the U.S. health system.

Is private equity the key to physician practice growth—or 'a risky national experiment'?

September 17, 2019


Beacon Orthopaedics recently partnered with Revelstoke Capital Partners to launch a new network of orthopedics groups to help the practices compete in a more consolidated marketplace—a partnership that observers warn could have both beneficial and detrimental results.

Your gut bacteria might be tied to obesity. (But fixing the problem won't be easy.)

September 12, 2019


Researchers are increasingly interested in the connection between the gut microbiome and obesity, but a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that transferring microbiota from a lean donor to an obese recipient might not improve the recipients' metabolic health, contrary to other research.

FTC cracks down on CBD products with unsupported claims they treat diseases

September 12, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it has warned three companies for advertising that their cannabidiol products can treat medical conditions without evidence to support those claims.

Men are missing out on 'lifesaving' breast cancer therapies—and FDA wants that to change

September 12, 2019


FDA recently released draft guidance that calls on researchers to include more male patients in clinical trials for breast cancer therapies in response to concerns that men are missing out on lifesaving treatments.

Google to ban ads for unproven cell, gene, and stem cell therapies

September 10, 2019


Google on Friday announced a new policy banning advertisements for "unproven or experimental medical techniques," including most cellular, gene, and stem cell therapies.

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