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Saturday 4th July 2015

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Reduce Dengue Transmitters by 95 Percent – Entomology Today

"The results of a trial of genetically engineered mosquitoes intended to reduce their ability to transmit dengue fever have been published in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.The mosquitoes, commonly known as “Friendly Aedes aegypti” mosqitoes in Brazil where the trial took place, were developed by a company called Oxitec. The results of the trial showed that the numbers of the mos...

Friday 3rd July 2015

How doctors celebrate Independence Day: They don’t

It’s July 4th! All across the country, Americans are celebrating freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Families and friends are relishing potato salad, apple pie, barbecues and parades. Is your doctor decked out in red, white, and blue enjoying fireworks from his yacht? Probably not. Have you seen any medical students waving little flags? […]

Rivals Lurked Behind Aetna's Deal With Humana

Jockeying among the three other major health insurers—UnitedHealth, Anthem and Cigna—played into the dynamics of Aetna’s $34.1 billion deal to acquire Humana.

A Declaration of Data Independence Through the Lens of the Patient

By BRIAN AHIER This weekend is not only independence day in the US, it’s the culmination of a patient-led uprising to demand that providers hand over their medical data. To that end I & THCB are supporting Health Data Independence Day. Sig...

Let’s help Foggy reach his target – less than 12 days left | 3 July 2015

Foggy in sunshine mood – on a recent visit to the Phillippines

Freeze Sperm at 18, Bioethicist Urges Men

(BBC) – The sperm of all 18-year-olds should be frozen for use in later life because of the risks attached with being an older father, a UK bioethicist has argued. Sperm becomes more prone to errors with age, increasing the … Read More

Ebola Survivors May Be the Key to Treatment – For Almost Any Disease

(Wired) – Past Ebola outbreaks killed as many as 90 percent of the people who got the disease. This most recent one did not—as many as 60 percent of infected people survived. Nobody is sure why. It might have had … Read More

How New Drugs Helping Millions of Americans Live Longer Are Also Making Them Go Broke

(Washington Post) – Around the U.S., people with serious diseases like Agar’s are falling through the cracks, unable to afford the medication they need even if they have good jobs and good insurance. Patients with HIV, cancer, lupus, leukemia...

Drug Delivery Failure Blunts Neglected Disease Fight

(Sci Dev Net) – Many developing countries still lack the infrastructure to dispense drugs against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with up to US$300 million a year needed to address this, according to a report. The progress report on the Lon...

More Caregivers Are No Spring Chickens Themselves

(New York Times) – Every few years, the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute survey the state of American caregiving; their latest report, published last month, focused in part on caregivers over 75. They consti...

Expert: Editing Stem Cell Genes Will “Revolutionize” Biomedical Research

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) – Applying a dramatically improved method for “editing” genes to human stem cells, University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist Su-Chun Zhang has shown a new way to silence genes in stem cells and...

Music is better than medicine. This physician-musician gives you 10 reasons why.

1. You don’t have to make an appointment with your doctor, or sit in a crowded waiting room for hours, to get music — you can just download it instantly from iTunes or pick up an instrument and play it. 2. Music costs far less than a medical office co-pay or out-of-pocket fee-for-service charge. And for […]

Woman Asks Pro-Life Movement to Donate $1 Million to Prevent Her Abortion

(Vice News) – Pro-life and pro-choice advocates today both criticized a website recently launched by a woman who says that she is seven weeks pregnant and is demanding $1 million from pro-life supporters in exchange for not having an abortion. ...

Centene Looks Toward The Bigger Deal With HealthNet Buy

University of Michigan Pathology Department Recruiting Mid-Career Informatician

The Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, is recruiting a mid-career pathology informatician to work under Dr. Ulysses Balis in the Division of Pathology Informatics. In my opinion, this is a plum of a job. Michigan has had ...

Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Uses Schizophrenia As A Slur, Gets It Wrong

Huckabee shows his ignorance and his bias about mental illness.

Aetna to Buy Humana for $34.1 Billion in Latest Insurer Deal

Aetna agreed to buy Humana for $34.1 billion, following weeks of frenzied merger talks among large health insurers. Deal would add to Aetna’s Medicare business.

Debating EGFR Inhibitors for Squamous Cell Lung Cancer Patients

_kmq.push(["trackClickOnOutboundLink","wpa2a_4","Article link clicked",{"Title":"","Page":"Debating EGFR Inhibitors for Squamous Cell Lung Cancer Patients"}]);   Squamous cell carcinoma patients have limited options. Data presented at ASCO 2015 showed positive patient outcomes with Gilotrif (afatinib) vs Tarceva (erlotinib), but some feel that there is little value in a treatment with only mo...

Summer Terrors: Brain Eating Amoebae!

Naegleria fowleri trophozoites - CDC Of all the scary summertime bogeymen, amoeba might win any contest. After all, what could top “Brain-eating.” It’s much catchier than “Powassan” virus. And much sexier sounding than measles, or whooping ...

Multiple Observations On Celgene's Latest Licensing Deals, And Its Valuation

Practice models may change, but relationships with patients endure

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to A few weeks ago, my partners and I held a “going away” dinner for one of our partners who retired in late March. It was a great evening. We reminisced, discussed how medicine has changed over the years, and caught up on our lives outside […]

Aetna's $37B Humana Deal Expands Role In Medicare's Value-Based Care Push

Following weeks of speculation, Aetna (AET) made it official this morning, agreeing to buy rival Humana (HUM) for $37 billion as merger-mania sweeps the health insurance industry. For now, the deal appears to put the two insurers into the top three h...

Aetna Buys Humana For $37 Billion, But Deal Doesn't Add Up

The big are getting bigger: Aetna and Humana are merging, and that could create the second-biggest health insurer in America. But in health care, bigger is not necessarily better.

Aetna Buys Humana For $37B, But Deal Doesn't Add Up

The big are getting bigger: Aetna and Humana are merging, and that could create the second-biggest health insurer in America. But in health care, bigger is not necessarily better.

Aetna Buys Humana For $34 Billion, But Deal Doesn't Add Up

The big are getting bigger: Aetna and Humana are merging, and that could create the second-biggest health insurer in America. But in health care, bigger is not necessarily better.