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Maker of hepatitis C drug strikes deal on generics for poor countries
By New York Times | September 15, 2014
Gilead Sciences, the maker of one of the costliest drugs in the world, announced on Monday that it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic-drug makers to sell lower-cost versions of the medicine—a $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment—in poorer countries.
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Obama to detail plans on Ebola offensive on Tuesday
By Reuters | September 15, 2014
President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost the country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
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Online service helps users learn and share their STD status
By Reuters | September 15, 2014
People being tested for sexually transmitted diseases can now use their computers or iPhones to quickly get the results, and experts hope this easy access will make them more likely to honestly share their STD status with their partners.
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Shortage of in-home dialysis solution has patients worried
By Los Angeles Times | September 15, 2014
Baxter International, the nation's leading supplier of peritoneal dialysis solution, says it can't keep up with demand and has started rationing the product, directing physicians to limit the number of new patients to whom they prescribe the treatment and reducing the size of shipments sent to...
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Some cancer experts see overdiagnosis, question emphasis on early detection
By Wall Street Journal | September 15, 2014
While it's clear that early-stage cancers are more treatable than late-stage ones, some leading cancer experts say that zealous screening and advanced diagnostic tools are finding ever-smaller abnormalities in prostate, breast, thyroid and other tissues. Many are being labeled cancer or precancer...
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Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work
By Reuters | September 15, 2014
Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple's HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker's ambitious take on healthcare will work in practice.
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Temple physicians' office reports health-data breach
By Philadelphia Inquirer | September 12, 2014
An unencrypted desktop computer containing personal information on 3,780 patients was stolen during a break-in at a Temple University physicians' office in July, the university said in a statement. The computer, in the department of surgery, contained files with patient information that could be...
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What cancer patients want and what Medicare covers may differ
By Reuters | September 12, 2014
When asked what Medicare should cover for cancer patients in their last months of life, many patients and their caregivers choose benefits the federal insurance does not offer, such as home-based long-term care and concurrent palliative care, according to a new study based on interviews.
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Health developers, doctors want to see more from Apple's watch
By Reuters | September 12, 2014
Technology pundits were quick to predict the demise of most fitness wristbands and smartwatches when Apple launched its Apple Watch. But healthcare professionals and fitness junkies were left wanting to see more.
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Are lawmakers interfering with the doctor-patient relationship?
By Newsworks.org | September 12, 2014
Doctors are sending up red flags about laws that they say block them from giving patients independent medical care and advice. They call it "legislative inference."
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