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12/13/2019

House lawmakers voted 230-192 to approve sweeping legislation introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that would allow HHS to negotiate lower prices for as many as 250 drugs per year. The Democratic party-backed bill, called the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, has little chance of becoming a law after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed to block it.

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12/13/2019

Researchers with the University of Auckland received a $1 million grant to develop an AI tool that can merge breast scans taken with different imaging techniques to give physicians a clearer picture of abnormalities and guide diagnostics or surgery. Dr. Anthony Doyle, an expert in MRI at Auckland City Hospital who is part of the research team, said the technology is "approaching real-time clinical application, which is very exciting in terms of realizing the benefits of advanced computational techniques in improving outcomes for patients."

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Radiology Business
12/13/2019

The foundation for an effective health care system already exists, and improving this system is the best way to lower health care costs and ensure everyone has access to high-quality, affordable care, AHIP said in testimony submitted to a House panel as part of a hearing on universal coverage proposals. "We strongly oppose these proposals. Each of them would force government insurance systems upon Americans while making care less affordable -- resulting in higher taxes on all Americans, higher total premiums and costs for the hundreds of millions of people enrolled in private coverage, longer wait times, and lower quality of care," AHIP wrote.

12/13/2019

Two studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine describe therapies that show promise against treatment-resistant metastatic breast cancer. T-DXd shrank HER2-positive tumors by at least 30% in 61% of the treatment cohort, and tucatinib along with Herceptin and chemotherapy extended progression-free survival, including in about 25% of patients whose cancer had metastasized to the brain.

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12/13/2019

The Trump administration has approved South Carolina's plan to require adult Medicaid recipients to devote at least 80 hours per month to work or volunteer activities. Starting no sooner than December 2020, residents who fail to meet the work provisions for three consecutive months will have their benefits suspended, but they will be allowed to re-enroll once they can demonstrate compliance.

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The Hill
12/13/2019

Researchers examined mammalian cells and found that blocking the interaction between alpha-synuclein and its chaperone proteins prompted alpha-synuclein accumulation similar to Lewy bodies, which are common in the brains of individuals with Parkinson's disease. The findings in the journal Nature suggest that chaperone protein dysfunction may be involved in Parkinson's development and could be a therapeutic target, researchers said.

12/13/2019

Two of 85-year-old triplets developed Alzheimer's disease in their mid-70s and had long-standing obsessive-compulsive behavior but had similarly younger biological ages relative to their chronological ages as their sibling who didn't have Alzheimer's, while older biological age was found in a child of a triplet with Alzheimer's who also developed the disease, but not in another child of the same triplet without the disease, according to a study in the journal Brain. The findings suggest that genetics isn't exclusively correlated to Alzheimer's development, researchers said.

12/13/2019

A funding round brought in $6.5 million for Aspen Neuroscience, a newly launched biotech that is developing an autologous neuron replacement for patients with Parkinson's disease. Aspen will need to raise additional capital via a Series A funding round to advance its lead candidates through midstage trials, though.

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Aspen Neuroscience
12/13/2019

Children as young as 6 in Florida's Tampa Bay area have been involuntarily placed in mental health facilities under the state's Baker Act as schools increasingly invoke it to prevent mass shootings and other tragedies. Licensed social workers or counselors aren't required to be involved in decisions, with police often handling cases.

12/13/2019

A shelter for homeless and at-risk youth in Michigan is receiving a $500,000 donation from a group of Eastern Michigan University alumni. The Ozone House will use half of the money from the group, known as GameAbove, to cover several years of a social worker's salary, and the rest will go toward a capital campaign for the organization's new shelter.

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WDIV-TV (Detroit)