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Innovations: Startup's liquid biopsies match cancer patients with trials

Innovations: Startup's liquid biopsies match cancer patients with trials

By Erica Teichert  |  August 20, 2016

Guardant Health, based in Redwood City, Calif., developed a liquid biopsy blood test that has helped match cancer patients with clinical trials and treatment options without costly or invasive biopsies. CEO and co-founder Helmy Eltoukhy calls it a “game changer” for oncology.

NantHealth's cancer test picks up more willing insurers

NantHealth's cancer test picks up more willing insurers

By Bob Herman  |  August 10, 2016

NantHealth, the precision-medicine company started by billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, is in negotiations with 13 additional health insurance companies and large employers to cover its costly genome sequencing test for cancer patients.

Blog: Cupping therapy gets some Olympic attention

Blog: Cupping therapy gets some Olympic attention

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 10, 2016

Purple circles visible on Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps' body while he competes at the Rio Games are evidence of the superstar swimmer's belief in an ancient Chinese technique called cupping, which is touted as a way to ease sore muscles.

Essure court ruling in California could bring more lawsuits

Essure court ruling in California could bring more lawsuits

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  August 09, 2016

The decision could potentially open the floodgates for more litigation tied to the device, which thousands of women have said led to chronic pelvic pain, punctured their uteruses and caused other damage.

FDA clarifies when medical devices should be re-approved

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 08, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance Monday stating that if a company alters the “overall structure" of a device's software, it should consider filing a new 510(k), a form that demonstrates a marketed medical device is safe and effective.

Using virtual reality to treat PTSD

By Lisa Bertagnoli, Crain's Chicago Business  |  July 29, 2016

Virtual reality, a Chicago doctor explains, exposes veterans to the sights, sounds, sensations and even scents of the events responsible for their trauma: a shooting, an attack, an IED explosion. Exposure to the trauma in a safe, controlled setting can help retrain brains to overcome fear.

And now ... a bot you can swallow

And now ... a bot you can swallow

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 23, 2016

Medical technology has already brought us snake robots and nanobots for surgery. The next bot on the list? An origami robot with a biodegradable frame that you swallow in an ice cube.

From the editor: The challenges ahead—for you and for us

From the editor: The challenges ahead—for you and for us

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 09, 2016

Reviewing the arc of healthcare history over the first four decades of Modern Healthcare's existence as a part of Crain Communications, two major themes stand out. First, as a nation we have moved inexorably toward providing health insurance coverage for all of our citizens. Second, advancing...

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