A House panel will hold a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the "Medicare-for-all" bill introduced by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. The hearing, the first to focus on "Medicare-for-all," will be hosted by the House Rules Committee, after the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee declined to take up the bill amid a divide among Democrats over the legislation.
An experimental vaccine for chronic wasting disease tested in mice delayed the onset of symptoms by up to 60%, and researchers are working on an oral version. There is no treatment for the prion disease, which is highly contagious and is spreading through wild cervids in North America, says researcher Dalia Abdelaziz, and studies in squirrel monkeys showed the infectious prion can be transmitted to nonhuman primates.
Female pandas are selective about their mates, are in estrus only once a year for about two days, and may harbor a fertilized embryo for up to five months before it attaches to the uterine wall, all of which complicate conservation efforts. Veterinarians at Calgary Zoo partnered with their colleagues at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Toronto Zoo to artificially inseminate Er Shun, a female panda who had rejected a potential mate, and veterinarians will monitor her closely over the coming months.
A study in the European Heart Journal showed that individuals with prediabetes who received 2,000 mg of metformin daily experienced reductions in left ventricular hypertrophy, body weight and blood pressure levels, compared with those on placebo. Researchers recruited 68 participants for the MET-REMODEL Trial, average age of about 70, and said additional research is needed.
Researchers evaluated patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, all of whom had kidney disease, and found 17 circulating inflammatory proteins that played a significant role in diabetic kidney disease progression to end-stage renal disease, none of which were associated with diabetic retinopathy or originated in the kidney. The findings were published in the journal Nature Medicine.
There are many apps to help people with diabetes manage the disease, but registered dietitian nutritionist Susan Weiner says an important function is helping people feel less overwhelmed. RD Jennifer Smith, who has diabetes, says it can be easier to use one app with many features rather than multiple apps and that some apps can keep caregivers informed and be used for children or adults with diabetes.
Public health initiatives are underfunded by about $4.5 billion, even as public health threats increase, affecting the ability of state and local agencies to respond to emergencies, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health. State and local health departments get most of their money from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, created through the Affordable Care Act, but the fund has been cut during the Obama and Trump administrations.
Under CEO Pat Basu, Cancer Treatment Centers of America is working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to try to use health care data to improve care for cancer. Basu said precision medicine and immunotherapy are promising as cancer therapies, while telehealth and remote monitoring have a role in cancer care delivery.
A report from Iqvia said small biotech companies may have research and development budgets far smaller than larger pharmaceutical companies, but last year they accounted for 38 of 59 new approvals by the FDA. The report said it appears that biotechs are holding onto control of their drugs longer and putting off licensing or partnership deals with pharmaceutical companies.
Private markets see significant opportunities in supporting Americans through their senior years, but from a human perspective, the business of aging too often falls short of delivering solutions that meet fundamental societal needs. If we did walk some distance in the shoes of seniors, we might realize that their most pressing need may be human connection and not online access to medical records or appointment reminders.
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