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Diabetes 'Unicorn' Raises Final VC Round Before IPO

Intarcia Therapeutics, a Boston-based company looking to revolutionize treatment for Type 2 diabetes, on Thursday will announce that it has raised …

FDA Boosts Warning On Danger Of Combining Opioids And Anxiety Meds

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that patients and doctors should more fully understand the potentially life-threatening risks of combining anti-anxiety or sleep medications with prescription opioids.<p>To that end, the agency is requiring that nearly 400 products carry a "black box …

Medicine

Smart medicine is coming of age, but will doctors bite?

THE doctors were stumped. After months of cancer treatment at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the patient – a woman in her 60s – was not getting …

When A Screening Test For Colon Cancer Leads To A Pricey Follow-Up

When DNA colon cancer screening tests find abnormalities, are patients discouraged about getting more diagnostic testing because of costs they will incur? And why do hospitals sometimes send a second bill for treatments given in a doctor's office? Here are the answers.<p><b>A stool-based DNA test to</b> …

Health Care

Philips Unveils IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 2.1: 5 Things to Know

Philips today announced the launch of IntelliSpace Cardiovascular 2.1, the latest version of its next-generation Cardiovascular Image and Information …

Superbug Resistant to 2 Last-Resort Antibiotics Found in U.S. for First Time

A strain of E. coli resistant to two last-resort antibiotics has for the first time been reported in the United States.<p>The strain was found in the …

Doctors use ultrasound to jump-start coma patient's brain

We're getting better at predicting <i>when</i> a patient might come out of a coma, but helping them recover is another matter. Even after a patient wakes up, the effects of being in a persistent unconscious state can result in severe brain injury. Recovery can take ages, but doctors at UCLA are testing a …

Gut reaction: the surprising power of microbes

Most of us think of microbes as germs to be feared and killed. In fact they hold the key to improving our health – and may be the key to tackling obesity<p>‘So, what’s in the thermos?” I asked.<p>I was standing in a lift at Washington University in St Louis, with Professor Jeff Gordon and two of his …

Microbiology

Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life

The term "life hacking" usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a …

Wearable Tech is Taking the Modern-Day Gym to the Next Level

If in this day and age you are still going to the gym with your traditional and usual fitness tracker like Jawbone or Fitbit, you are doing injustice …

What You Don't Know About Medicare Advantage Could Cost You

Image source: Getty Images<p>Many older Americans don't realize that when they enroll in Medicare, they can choose either the "original" Medicare package of Part A and Part B (covering, respectively, hospital and medical expenses) or a Medicare Advantage plan, sometimes referred to as Part C. There's …

Retirement

Doctors can now prescribe Jabra fitness headphones to treat obesity, cancer and diabetes

Jabra has teamed up with the TrainerMD health program to help doctors monitor patients' health stats in real time using the company's new Sport Pulse Special Edition fitness earbuds.<p>The next time you walk into a doctor's office, you might leave with a prescription for a pair of Jabra …

Health Care

23andMe helps identify genetic links to common skin cancer

The team at 23andMe is clearly going out of its way to show that huge amounts of volunteered genetic data can boost medical research. Scientists at both 23andMe and Stanford used data from consenting customers to conduct the largest ever genetic study of basal cell carcinoma, the most typical form …

Most Extensive Reengineering of an Organism's Genetic Code Now Complete

Synthetic biologists report the most far-reaching rewiring yet of a bacterial genome. The feat, described today in <i>Science</i>, involved repurposing 3.8% …

Bacterial Nanobots Could Make Cancer Drugs More Effective And Less Terrible

In mice, they are delivering chemo directly to tumor sites.<p>The side effects of chemotherapy–from pain and hair loss to permanent organ damage–are a result of the fact that the drugs kill healthy cells along with cancerous ones. A dose of toxic chemo goes everywhere in the body. But tiny new …

Magnetism

Patient Prescriptions Jump 80% After Obamacare's Medicaid Coverage Kicked In

Uninsured Americans went to the doctor and got needed prescriptions once covered under the Affordable Care Act while their out-of-pocket costs fell, according to a new analysis.<p>A new RAND Corporation analysis is the latest evidence of pent-up demand for healthcare services for those who didn’t have …

Health Care

NextHealth raises $8.5M from Norwest to drive down medical costs

One of the few remaining universal truths is that healthcare costs are too high. Insurance companies are bucking under the pressure from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and they are willing to try almost anything if it means reducing costs.<p>With a shiny $8.5 million Series A from Norwest Venture …

Bloomlife gets $4M for wearable pregnancy tracker

San Francisco-based <b>Bloomlife</b> has raised $4 million for its smartphone-connected pregnancy-tracking wearable, bringing the startup’s total funding to …

Cancer in context: 37 years of painstakingly collected data - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Prostate and lung cancer have been the No. 1 and 2 cancers among men. Stomach cancer, the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, has been on …

A new method simplifies blood biomarker discovery and analysis

Scientists at Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with Estonian Competence Centre on Health Technologies have developed a new gene expression …

Biomarkers

Healthcare’s struggle with social media continues, but help may be forthcoming

Perhaps the most shocking moment from the 2016 HIMSS conference in Las Vegas that highlights the long road to embracing patient opinion on social …

MRIs, Machine Learning, and the Future of Health Tech

Healthcare systems around the world are faced with an epidemic of metabolic and obesity-related diseases. Accurate and direct measurement of body …

In Battle Of Health Care Titans, Should Insurers Act Like Wal-Mart?

Retail giant Wal-Mart uses its market dominance to inflict "ruthless," "brutal" and "relentless" pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report.<p>What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way?<p>The idea is …

Apple Patent Describes ECG-Based Heart Health Wearable

Apple has invented a new health wearable device that measures electrocardiographic signals via a series of built-in electrodes (via <i>PatentlyApple</i>).<p>The device was revealed in a new patent application published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and appears to show designs on another …

Wearable Tech

DEA decides not to loosen restrictions on marijuana, keeping it schedule 1 (with heroin)

After years of anticipation, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has decided whether it will remove marijuana from its harshest legal classification: Nope.<p>The decision means marijuana will remain schedule 1, a category that includes other drugs like heroin and LSD, and is ranked higher than …

Sleep apnea triggers pediatric fatty liver disease progression

Obstructive sleep apnea and low nighttime oxygen - which results in oxidative stress - may trigger progression of pediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver …

Watson could be your new doctor as the real one baffles

Watson could be your new doctor as the real one baffles<p>3 Shares<p>Watson doesn’t only understand your emotion; it can also save a life. Doctors at the …

Silicon Valley was going to disrupt capitalism. Now it’s enhancing it

The tech giants thought they would beat old businesses but the health and finance industries are using data troves to become more, not less, resilient<p>The chances that, in a few years’ time, people will be able to receive basic healthcare without interacting with a technology company became …

Silicon Valley

The average Americans' weight change since the 1980s is startling

There's no doubt about it: Americans are getting heavier and heavier. But new U.S. estimates may still come as a shock -- since the late 1980s and …

Machine Learning Is Helping Us Find The Genetics Of Autism

Princeton researchers are working smarter, not harder<p>The genetic cause of autism spectrum disorder is notoriously hard to research. Genetic markers for the disorder are tough to match from patient to patient because they’re so rare—one of the most common genetic signifiers is only found in less …