Google offers high-tech spoon that stays steady in shaky hands

By Los Angeles Times  |  November 26, 2014

For a company best known for its search engine, Google is making big investments in the medical field: A contact lens to help diabetics monitor their glucose levels; magnetic nano particles to detect signs of cancer and impending heart attacks. Its latest medical venture is the Liftware spoon,...

Panel decides against strongest FDA warning on steroid injections

By New York Times  |  November 25, 2014

A panel of medical experts advising the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday decided not to slap the sternest federal warning on steroid injections for neck and back pain, allowing their use to continue relatively unchanged. Millions of Americans get such treatments annually.

For rural veterans with PTSD, telemedicine may help

By Reuters  |  November 25, 2014

For the many veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who don't have access to a trained mental healthcare team, connecting with such a team remotely by phone and video chats may help, a new study suggests.

Treatment for HIV runs low in the U.S., despite diagnosis

By NPR  |  November 25, 2014

About two-thirds of Americans who are infected with the AIDS virus aren't getting treated for it. The finding comes from an analysis just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more needs to be done to make sure people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus...

Merck buys rights to NewLink's experimental Ebola vaccine

By Reuters  |  November 24, 2014

Merck & Co. will buy worldwide commercial rights to NewLink Genetics Corp's experimental Ebola vaccine. Merck will have the right to research, develop, manufacture and distribute the vaccine, rVSV-EBOV, as well as any follow-on products, the companies said in a joint statement.

Upfront costs of going digital overwhelm some doctors

By NPR  |  November 24, 2014

Dr. Oliver Korshin practices ophthalmology three days a week in the same small office in Anchorage, Alaska, he's had for three decades. Many of his patients have aged into their Medicare years right along with him. For his tiny practice, which employs just one part-time nurse, putting all his...

Feds: Identity thieves hit 2 metro Detroit hospitals

By Detroit Free Press  |  November 21, 2014

A pair of thieves stole the identities of hundreds of patients at two metro Detroit hospitals and used their personal information to scam the government out of nearly $500,000 in phony tax refunds, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Highmark and UPMC feud over canceled physician contracts

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  |  November 21, 2014

Highmark said Thursday it terminated contracts with 689 UPMC physicians in the Pittsburgh region to make clear that the doctors would be out-of-network for the insurer's subscribers on Jan. 1. UPMC called Highmark's move an “illegal breach” of the contracts and said Pennsylvania's...

Drug spending tops $1 trillion on hepatitis C, cancer therapies

By Reuters  |  November 20, 2014

Global pharmaceutical spending will break the trillion dollar mark in 2014, driven by high prices in the U.S.for novel treatments such as Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi for hepatitis C and new cancer drugs, according to a study released on Thursday.

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