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Most Hospitalists Would Not Order Inpatient Mammography

(Doctors Lounge/HealthDay News) Apr 13, 2015 - Most hospitalists feel that they should not be involved in breast cancer screening, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
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New Biomarker for Uterine Cancer Discovered

(Uppsala University [Sweden]) Apr 14, 2015 - Researchers at Uppsala University have, together with researchers from Turku and Bergen, discovered a new biomarker which makes it possible to identify women with uterine cancer who have a high risk of recurrence. The findings were recently published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.
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Repeat Prostate Biopsy Rounds Yield Cancer Cases

(hcplive.com/HealthDay News) Apr 13, 2015 - Among a group of men with an initial negative prostate biopsy, clinically significant cancer is still found in subsequent repeat sampling rounds, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of Urology.
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New Breath Test Detects Stomach Cancer

(FoxNews.com) Apr 14, 2015 - Scientists have discovered a new type of technology that senses compounds in exhaled breath that can be used as a screening tool to detect stomach cancer.
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Hospitals Help Families Cope: The Psychological Toll of a Child’s Illness

(Wall Street Journal/The Informed Patient) Apr 13, 2015 - When a child faces cancer or another serious illness, the main focus, of necessity, is on a cure. What is often overlooked in the maze of medical treatments is the emotional and psychological toll on families.
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Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

(NPR/Shots blog) Apr 14, 2015 - Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.
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Roche Aims for 11 Late-stage Trials in Cancer Immunotherapy Drug This Year

(Reuters) Apr 14, 2015 - Roche aims to have an immunotherapy cancer drug in 11 late-stage trials by the end of the year, the Swiss drugmaker's head of medical affairs for oncology, Niko Andre, said at a conference on Monday.
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Aspirin Does Not Reduce Mortality in Prostate Cancer

(Medscape Medical News) Apr 14, 2015 - Aspirin use was not associated with a reduction in the risk for prostate cancer death in a large study of men in the United Kingdom.
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Texas Medical Panel Votes to Limit Telemedicine Practices in State

(New York Times) Apr 13, 2015 - Taking a stand against the rapidly expanding use of telemedicine, the Texas Medical Board voted Friday to sharply restrict the practice in the state, siding with organizations representing doctors over the objections of industry representatives who said the new rules would reduce access to medical care at a time of increasing demand.
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Glaxo Plans Changes to Compensation Program for U.S. Sales Team

(Chicago Tribune/Bloomberg) Apr 10, 2015 - GlaxoSmithKline, which replaced the head of its struggling U.S. operations in February, is considering changes to its compensation model for sales staff, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg News.
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FDA Staff Backs Medicines Co's Once-rejected Blood Clot Preventer

(Reuters) Apr 13, 2015 - An intravenous blood clot preventer developed by The Medicines Co should be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA staff reviewers concluded.
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Sanofi Won’t Discount Toujeo More Than Lantus Blockbuster

(Bloomberg) Apr 13, 2015 - Sanofi is caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to promoting its new insulin.
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Obama Administration Report Slams Digital Health Records

(Wall Street Journal) Apr 10, 2015 - The Obama administration took vendors of electronic health records to task for making it costly and cumbersome to share patient information and frustrating a $30 billion push to use digital records to improve quality and cut costs.
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CMS Draft Rule Would Ease Demands of EHR Program

(Modern Healthcare) Apr 10, 2015 - The CMS intends to give more flexibility to hospitals, office-based physicians and other healthcare providers to meet federal targets for meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a proposed rule the agency issued late Friday.
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Last-Minute Senate Skirmishes Could Cause Setbacks For Easy Passage Of The ‘Doc Fix’

(KHN Morning Briefing) Apr 13, 2015 - One of the main objections is from conservatives who are concerned that the measure's $214 billion cost is not fully paid for.
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Cancer Surge in China Prompts Rise of Special Patient Hotels

(FoxNews.com/Associated Press) Apr 13, 2015 - With lung, bowel and breast cancer rates surging in China, so-call cancer hotels have sprouted up in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, part of an ad hoc response to what medical experts say is a growing health crisis challenging an unprepared medical system.
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Meet the Facebook for Doctors

(CNBC) Apr 8, 2015 - Sermo - a "Facebook for doctors" - helps physicians connect with specialists. For one doctor, the service helped his cancer patient survive.
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Longtime Mayo Clinic Executive Joins Scripps Cancer Care Program

(Scripps) Apr 8, 2015 - Longtime Mayo Clinic executive Karen Jensen has joined Scripps Health as director of the oncology clinical care line for the health system’s integrated cancer program.
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Florida Cancer Specialists’ Physician Named FLASCO President

(FCS) Apr 13, 2015 - Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that Michael Diaz, MD, who serves on the FCS Executive Board, has been named President of the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) at the organization’s Spring Conference and Annual Meeting, held last week in Orlando, FL.
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Opens Pediatric CAR T Cell Clinical Trial

(MSKCC) Apr 9, 2015 - Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) are pioneering a new groundbreaking clinical trial for children and young adults with relapsed or treatment-resistant acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) by using one of the most promising methods of cancer treatment today, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells.
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Cologuard® Receives Coverage by Several Commercial Health Plans in Q1 2015

(Yahoo! Finance) Apr 13, 2015 - Exact Sciences Corp. today announced expanded patient access to Cologuard as a result of several insurers now covering the test. Cologuard is now covered for more than 90 million Medicare and commercial lives across the U.S.
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Take Action to Decrease Your Cancer Risk - Obesity and Its Role in Cancer Health Disparities

(NCI) Apr 10, 2015 - In support of this year’s National Minority Health Month “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity!”, the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) is highlighting the role of obesity in cancer health disparities among diverse population groups in the U.S.
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Why Survival Rate Is Not the Best Way to Judge Cancer Spending

(New York Times/The Upshot blog) Apr 13, 2015 - For many cancers in the United States, we’ve made little headway in mortality rates, which is a different measure altogether.
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Protocol Trumps Logic: Prostate Cancer MRI Request Denied

(Forbes) Apr 10, 2015 - Last Friday, my partner wanted to get an MRI for his prostate cancer patient. This may seem like a simple task.
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How the Hottest Biotech Sprouted in Iowa

(Wall Street Journal) Apr 12, 2015 - NewLink’s focus on one of the hottest areas of cancer treatment—immunotherapy—has attracted interest from one of the industry’s most respected R&D shops: Roche Holding AG’s Genentech unit.
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