Industry experts say the upshot of Biogen's decision to halt development of its leading Alzheimer's candidate, aducanumab, may be that the biotech gets more active in mergers and acquisitions. John LaMattina, former president of Pfizer Global Research and Development, writes that Biogen may learn from Pfizer's torcetrapib pipeline failure, which led to a right-sizing of its research and development program and assessments of major M&A opportunities.
States participating in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's State Innovation Model Round 2 Model Test are making progress in the areas of payment reform, advanced behavioral health integration and population health infrastructure, according to a report. New York has made the biggest changes, with a new patient-centered medical home model.
Updates to the company's Clara health care platform are trying to make it easier for clinicians to train and adapt deep learning algorithms, while also making the implementation process smoother. It's part of an effort to allow AI technology to plumb deep data sets and be integrated into workflows to allow actual clinical adoption.
A CDC report found the rate of fatal drug overdoses involving fentanyl increased doubled each year from 2013 to 2016, with the sharpest increase seen among men, those ages 15 to 34, and blacks. An analysis of death records across the US showed that over 36,000 Americans died with fentanyl in their systems during the period, and 18,335 of those deaths occurred in 2016.
A report from the Government Accountability Office found the price charged by air ambulance providers has risen over 60% in recent years, with the median price for a helicopter transport and fixed-wing ride now reaching more than $36,000 and almost $41,000, respectively, up from about $22,000 and $25,000 in 2012. Data also showed that 69% of 20,700 air ambulance trips taken in 2017 by patients with private insurance were out-of-network, which could put patients at financial risk.
Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., have asked the Congressional Budget Office to evaluate possible measures meant to protect patients against surprise medical bills. Options include having an arbitrator decide how much a health insurance provider should pay, setting payments based on a percentage of Medicare rates or requiring hospitals to send a single bill to the health insurer.
Patients with metabolic syndrome who did high-intensity interval training had greater reductions in fat mass, percent total body fat, percent waist fat and waist circumference and had increased lean body mass compared with those who did moderate-intensity continuous training, researchers reported at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. There were no significant differences in change in BMI and body mass between the groups.
Researchers used a cohort of 400 people with diabetes, ages 25 to 65, and found that around 77% of them had distress, with 55% of women having moderate to high stress levels compared with 22% of men. The findings in the International Journal of Psychology and Counselling also found women had almost two times worse control of diabetes than men.
Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia gives out vouchers for food at its farmers markets to patients who indicate they experience food insecurity. Patients can use the vouchers at the farmers markets that rotate at all three Mercy Health System hospitals.
Children who eat breakfast regularly with their parents significantly increase their likelihood of having a positive body image, a study from the University of Missouri-Columbia indicates. "Having a healthy relationship with food from eating breakfast and spending meal time with family might have a significant impact on well-being," says social work assistant professor Virginia Ramseyer Winter.