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David and Goliath, wearable tech edition: wristworn ECG startup AliveCor says it will outdo the new Apple Watch — which has a single-lead ECG capability — with a forthcoming 6-lead device. (TechCrunch)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism changed information on its website regarding the connection between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer to clarify there is “a strong scientific consensus.” (STAT)
Heroin users can now access inexpensive test strips (if they’re fortunate) to ensure their supply doesn’t lead to overdose. (Associated Press News)
As the overall number of heroin users steadily declines, there are spikes in heroin-induced deaths. (Scientific American)
Medicare Advantage plan limits options for injectable drugs for patients receiving care for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and macular degeneration, among other drugs. (Kaiser Health News)
Come again? Novo Nordisk will lay off 400 R&D workers “to divert funding toward investment in biological and technological innovation,” Reuters said.
The Texas Medical Association, the nation’s largest state medical society, registered strong opposition to proposed Medicare changes that would “cause lasting and serious damage to the program and to health care in the United States.”
Before TAVR cases, clinicians generally do a routine balloon aortic valvuloplasty, but that is no longer required and is becoming far less common. (TCTMD)
CMS blocks Massachusetts’ efforts “to exclude expensive drugs that weren’t proven to work better than existing alternatives” in order to cut back on drug spending. (NPR)
Many foster care children may be taking psychiatric drugs: “Health and Human Services inspector general’s office found that about 1 in 3 foster kids from a sample of states were prescribed psychiatric drugs without treatment plans or follow-up, standard steps in sound medical care.” (STAT)
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