Industry News

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A Medscape news report indicates that the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement.
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Following its acquisition of CareFusion, Becton, Dickinson & Co is planning the sale of its respiratory devices unit to shed so-called "unwanted assets."
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Forty-four percent of adults with sickle cell disease who report trouble sleeping actually have a clinical diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing, including sleep apnea, which lowers their oxygen levels at night.
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The FDA has approved Anthrasil, Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), to treat patients with inhalational anthrax in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs.
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Two months after the California Department of Health declared e-cigarettes a public health risk, the state has rolled out new TV and digital ads about the dangers of the devices.
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Sollpura (liprotamase) is an investigational enzyme therapy appropriated for those with lower levels of digestive enzyme, or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) caused by several diseases, including cystic fibrosis.
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Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif will begin offering a four-year baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy as early as next year.
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A new report on the oxygen therapy devices market estimates it will be worth $2.8 billion in 2020.
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US treatment market for asthma will rise in value from $11.7 billion in 2013 to an estimated $14 billion by 2020, according to new financial research.
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3B Medical Inc has filed a legal action in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging antitrust violations by ResMed, according to a 3B news release.
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Becton, Dickinson and Co has completed its acquisition of CareFusion based on its previous merger agreement to buy the company for $12.2 billion in October 2014.
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The US Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of the narcotic fentanyl, which is often used in anesthesia to prevent pain after surgery or other procedures.
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The active ingredient dextromethorphan, which is contained in many over-the-counter cough remedies, has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetes.
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Researchers say existing healthcare delivery models are poorly constructed to manage chronic disease, and a reengineering is needed.
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World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan urged global action to drive tobacco companies "out of business" and hailed progress in tackling smoking in many countries.
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A survey of nearly 8,000 people across 10 countries conducted by Philips reveals that worry about work, finances, and the economy is the leading factor impacting sleep.
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A new partnership between Cerner and Validic,a digital health platform, will allow patients to stream data into their online portal and electronic health record.
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Biodesix and Inivata have announced a partnership to develop and commercialize Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-blood based tests for clinical applications in lung cancer.
Each year, over 7,000 adults and children in Belarus live underground in an operational salt mine as part of a lung treatment called speleotherapy.
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Apple has introduced ResearchKit, an open source software framework designed for medical and health research.