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Hospital operators in merger talks to form U.S. industry leader: WSJ
That would surpass the current largest US hospital operator, HCA Healthcare Inc (HCA.N), a for-profit company. The two have been in talks about a deal for months but have not reached an agreement, the Journal reported. The paper said that unlike for-profit companies, mergers of nonprofit hospital operators do not typically involve one entity buying the other. Last week, Catholic Health Initiatives CAHEA.UL and Dignity Health announced that they had signed a definitive agreement to align their organizations.
Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immun
The experts also recommended that Dengvaxia be bought in small batches so the price could be negotiated down. That's a fact, said Susan Mercado, a former Philippines health department undersecretary and former senior official at the World Health Organization (WHO). A criminal probe is underway into how a danger to public health came about and two Congressional inquiries have been convened in the Philippines. Duque told Reuters he was concerned that the program was paid from an off-budget allocation, meaning it bypassed Congressional scrutiny.
France orders international recall of Lactalis baby formula
France has ordered banned the sale and ordered a recall of several baby formula milk and baby food products made by French dairy giant Lactalis after the discovery of salmonella bacteria, consumer protection agency DGCCRF said in a statement. The recall follows 20 cases of salmonella infection of infants in France during early December, which had already prompted a limited recall of 12 Lactalis products. One of the infants had consumed a Lactalis product that had not been on the first recall list.
'Unheard of' responses to bluebird CAR-T therapy seen in myeloma study
This is unheard of, something that we haven't seen with any drugs approved for myeloma in this type of population. The excitement among all the myeloma providers is crazy, said Berdeja, director of myeloma research at the Sarah Cannon Center for Blood Cancer in Nashville. Bb2121 belongs to a potentially revolutionary new type of one-time treatment called CAR-T therapy that involves genetic manipulation of a patient's immune system.
Gilead's new drug keeps 56 percent of lymphoma trial patients alive
Follow-up on 108 patients treated with Yescarta showed that 42 percent remained in remission after a median of 15 months, and 56 percent were still alive, according to research presented in Orlando at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. After analyzing tumor tissue from before and after treatment in patients who relapsed, the researchers found that in a third of patients the CD19 protein targeted by Yescarta was no longer present on cancer cells.
Birth Control and Breast Cancer: Look Beyond the Headlines
I bring all of this up because this past week there were big headlines about a new study that linked contraceptive pills and other hormonal birth control to an increased risk of breast cancer. Another way to say that is for every 7,690 women who use hormonal contraception for one year, one extra might get breast cancer. Besides breast cancer, there's evidence that hormonal birth control is associated with higher risks of liver cancer.
Multiple sclerosis symptoms improved with fruit and veg
Eating a healthful diet comprising fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may be linked with reduced disability and fewer multiple sclerosis symptoms among people with the condition, according to a new study published in Neurology. Proponents of the Swank diet believe that it can reduce the frequency of flare-ups and lessen the severity of symptoms related to the disease. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society state that there is not currently enough evidence to recommend any one diet as best for people with MS.
Menopause and libido: Effects on sex drive and remedies
Menopause can cause physical and emotional changes that impact a woman's life, including her sex life. Some symptoms and side effects associated with menopause include: anxiety bladder control issues decreased sex drive and desire (libido) depression difficulty sleeping thinning hair weight gain. Some women going through menopause report reduced libido, but the causes vary from person to person. A doctor will be able to rule out other conditions that may be responsible for a reduced sex drive.
Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It
When insurers seek deals for generic drugs, they do so in batches, reaching agreements for groups of different drugs rather than getting the lowest price on every drug. As a result of these complicated layers of negotiation - which are not made public - different insurers end up paying different prices for individual drugs. For at least a decade, she's been using a prescription lotion called sulfacetamide sodium to treat rosacea, a skin condition.
Welcome to China's Florida: Sun, Sand and Retired Snowbirds
Retired life is better than we could have ever imagined, said Sheng Shengmin, 67, a retired building contractor from Beijing. Last year, Mr Sheng joined the wave of snowbirds who have laid down roots here, buying an apartment in the city for the equivalent of $272,000. That so many Chinese retirees would leave behind their homes to live in an unfamiliar city is all the more remarkable given China's tradition of filial piety.
Why facial recognition is the future of diagnostics
Instead of going to the doctor - which has become an obsolete profession - you take out your phone and take a diagnosing selfie. More like soon to be a fact; scientists have designed a computer model that accurately predicts your health based on the shape of your face. A facial recognition computer model can accurately predict your BMI, body fat, and blood pressure, new research shows. Next, the researchers wanted to see whether or not humans would detect health cues in the same way.
The mysteries of sniffing unraveled
From a cacophony of signals, our senses are able to pick out the important information and bring it to our attention. Imagine, if you will, walking into a chocolate shop and sniffing the air. To gain this new insight, they researchers designed a way to control rhythmic sniffing in mice. The activity ebbed and flowed in cycles that matched the rate of sniffing. Olfaction still holds a great many mysteries, but this work provides a small piece of the puzzle.
12 signs of a depression relapse
Fast facts on depression relapse: Depression can come back weeks, months, or even years after a first episode. Depression relapse can occur days, months, or years after recovering from an earlier bout of depression. After the first episode of depression, the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) practice guidelines say that depression can return in two ways. Depression relapse happens when a person slides back into depression during recovery from an earlier episode.
U.S. House committee 'may reconsider' WHO cancer agency funds
US congressional committee members warned on Friday that Washington's funding of the World Health Organization's cancer research agency could be halted unless it is more open about its operations. In a letter to the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - a semi-autonomous unit of the WHO - the US House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology (SST) Committee warned it may reconsider US taxpayer funding if IARC does not demonstrate transparency.
Leslie Wolfe, Who Pursued Equality for Women, Dies at 74
In 1979 she became director of the Women's Educational Equity Act program, a government agency that funded career training for women. By then Congress had passed the Title IX law barring gender discrimination by institutions receiving federal funding. Her organization established a national resource center for women with AIDS and put together education and counseling programs around the country. Ms Wolfe was also one of the authors of a 1989 report on gender and racial discrimination on the SAT college admissions exam.

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