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12/7/2018

CivicaRx CEO Martin VanTrieste said more than 120 health systems have expressed interest in joining the company, which will seek to increase the availability of and access to generic drugs. VanTrieste said CivicaRX will work with manufacturers of licensed drugs, but also has a research and development team working on its own generics.

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12/7/2018

The Medicaid Transformation Project launched in August by former CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt now includes 24 health systems with 342 hospitals in 25 states. Jefferson Health CEO Stephen Klasko said the US health care delivery system needs to be disrupted and that will be driven by collaboration and creativity.

12/7/2018

Experts differ on whether Apple's clinics are a threat to hospitals but agree that collaboration with employer clinics is key as is a commitment to outcomes and cost transparency. Organizations like Apple think they can do better themselves than relying on a third party.

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12/7/2018

New York officials credit a statewide network of voluntary support services for new and expectant mothers with slashing the number of newborns entering foster care -- a trend contrary to most states. Healthy Families New York, with its 38 home-visiting programs, is part of a battery of state prevention efforts that carry a total budget of $635 million this year alone.

12/7/2018

Ronnie Veliz, a social work graduate of California State University at Northridge who identifies as non-binary, wants to "create the first organization in the Valley that is run by and helps people who are LGBTQ+, immigrants and people with disabilities." US census numbers show 80% of US social workers as being female and 67% as being white, and Katie Mortimer of CSUN's social work department says the program is "trying to reach out to more diverse, vulnerable people who represent the communities we're trying to help."

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12/7/2018

Three high schools in Michigan have improved the social inclusion of students with special needs through an elective class that teaches general-education students to help their peers with social skills. The popularity of the program at West Ottawa High School has grown from supporting a dozen students with autism initially to having 127 students across general ed and special ed working together.

12/7/2018

Johns Hopkins University researchers who used PET found that the rate of rifampin penetration to tuberculosis meningitis lesions in rabbits dropped from 32% to 11% after two weeks of treatment, and a similar decline was observed among most human patients with TBM. The findings in Science Translational Medicine suggest that PET may be used to optimize TBM treatments and prompt the development of personalized treatments for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other serious infections, researchers said.

12/7/2018

Researchers found that PET with the radiotracer F-18 FluorThanatrace was able to provide effective PARP-1 level measurement and visualization in all breast cancer tumors and metastases in women with various breast cancer subtypes, while another study showed that fluciclovine PET was able to monitor tumor glutamine level changes brought by the glutaminase inhibitor CB-839 in women with triple-negative breast cancer. "These studies are important steps toward developing much-needed, non-invasive imaging tests to help measure and predict inhibitor responses and guide treatments for women with a wide range of breast cancers," said Dr. David Mankoff, co-senior author of both studies presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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Medical Xpress
12/7/2018

Spectrum Dynamics has sued GE Healthcare, saying it stole and misappropriated intellectual property and sought patents for the technology used in Spectrum's Veriton-CT 64 SPECT/CT system. The lawsuit also aims to rectify "inventorship" and obtain "constructive ownership" of patents owned by GE, which denies the allegations.

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12/7/2018

An American Medical Association poll in Health Affairs showed that 39.5% and 42.7% of radiologists used telemedicine for patient interactions and for patient data storage and forwarding, respectively, which were the highest usage rates across all medical specialties. Researchers also found that 25.5% of radiologists used telemedicine to interact with other health care professionals, with only emergency medicine physicians and pathologists ranking higher.

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