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CRISPR shown to be safe to target HIV (but unsuccessful so far)

September 13, 2019


A patient with HIV/AIDS who received transplanted stem cells edited with CRISPR to have a mutation that blocks HIV is living without side effects, providing evidence that the gene-editing technology can safely target HIV, according to a case study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

For-profit dialysis center patients less likely to receive a transplant, study finds

September 13, 2019


Patients with renal failure who get dialysis at for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to receive a kidney transplant than patients who get dialysis at nonprofit centers, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, but the researchers said this does not mean for-profit centers are purposefully skimping on transplants.

Amid merger mania, this rural hospital stayed independent—and became a neurology hub

September 13, 2019


Despite warnings to join forces with a larger health system or face bankruptcy, Memorial Healthcare, a 161-bed rural hospital in Michigan, made the decision to stay independent—and it since has become a profitable hub for neurology.

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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FDA recently released draft guidance that calls on researchers to include more male patients in clinical trials for breast cancer therapies in response to concerns that men are missing out on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

Mayo Clinic + Google: The new 10-year plan to 'redefine how health care is delivered'

September 11, 2019


Mayo Clinic on Tuesday announced a 10-year strategic partnership with Google to develop new artificial intelligence technologies—and their plan includes a new Google office located in Mayo's hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.

Groupon is now selling CT scans. Is that 'bonkers'?

September 11, 2019


As the debate around health care prices continues, some providers are turning to Groupon to get new patients in the door with deals on health care services—a trend that has persisted despite the industry's efforts to move away from volume-driven care.

Where EMS providers take patients might depend on race, study suggests

September 11, 2019


Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries are less likely to be transported to the same emergency departments as white Medicare beneficiaries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

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