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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.

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FDA recently released draft guidance that calls on researchers to include more male patients in clinical trials for breast cancer therapies in response to concerns that men are missing out on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

Novo Nordisk to launch lower-cost, generic insulin in US

September 11, 2019


Novo Nordisk on Friday announced that it will offer generic versions of its insulin drug Novolog at 50% of the drug's current list price in the United States, making it the last of the so-called "Big Three" insulin drugmakers to offer lower-cost insulin products to U.S. consumers.

As vaping illness deaths rise, public health officials are giving conflicting advice

September 9, 2019


Public health officials on Friday reported more deaths likely caused by a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as federal health agencies issued conflicting warnings about vaping and e-cigarette use.

How insurers are moving to cover multimillion-dollar gene therapies

September 9, 2019


Major insurers are eyeing and developing new strategies to help employers cover the cost of gene therapies priced at millions of dollars per treatment.

Are diet sodas dangerous? New research deepens the debate.

September 9, 2019


Drinking soft drinks every day—including sugar-free diet sodas—is associated with a greater risk of premature death, according to a study of over 450,000 people published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine, though some experts warn that observational studies like this fail to answer the question of whether drinking diet sodas causes harm or is simply associated with unhealthy behavior.

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