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FDA raises medical device user fees more than 4%
The FDA is raising the user fees medical device makers pay for the safety watchdog to review its products by more than 4%. The user fees for fiscal 2016, which begins Oct. 1, 2015 are going up 4.2% over the fiscal 2015 fees for both small businesses making less that $100 million annually and for their larger brethren, the FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health said today. The cuts are slated to cover applications for 510(k) clearance, the more stringent pre-market approval process and a raft of other applications to the FDA. The agency cut the fees by -2.9% for fiscal 2015, having raised them by 4.2% for FY2...
Source: Mass Device - August 3, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Source Type: news

Big Data Byte: The emergence of the Chief Data Officer
Short Headline:  The emergence of the Chief Data Officer Nick Marko, MD, Chief Data Officer at Geisinger Health System, discusses the nature and purpose of the role of CDO in a healthcare organization. Recorded from the 2015 Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in NYC.   (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - August 3, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Eric Bailey Tags: Analytics Electronic Health Records Source Type: news

3 heavyweights harness analytics for womens health
Global pharmaceutical company Allergan is expanding its collaboration with ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte and Intermountain Healthcare to include women’s health. The new initiative will leverage ConvergeHEALTH’s OutcomesMiner analytics platform to generate clinical insights aimed at improving patient outcomes. Analytics read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - August 3, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Bernie Monegain Tags: Online Only Analytics Clinical Medical Devices Population Health Quality and Safety Source Type: news

Covidien wants Supreme Court to hear appeal in $177m patent spat with Ethicon
Medtronic‘s (NYSE:MDT) Covidien subsidiary wants the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal in a patent infringement case against Johnson & Johnson‘s (NYSE:JNJ) Ethicon Endo-Surgery unit over surgical shears. In December 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a decision granting a $177 million award to Covidien in the U.S. District Court for Connecticut, where Judge Janet Bond Arterton had ruled that Ethicon Endo-Surgery infringed surgical shears patents held by Covidien’s corporate predecessors, Tyco Healthcare and U.S. Surgical Corp. The Federal Circuit vacated the damag...
Source: Mass Device - August 3, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Patent Infringement Surgical Covidien medtronic Source Type: news

Extended FDA Track & Trace deadline a boon for Rx
Health system pharmacy managers and contracting & purchasing executives got a reprieve when the Food & Drug Administration moved the deadline for compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act from July 1, 2015 to November 1, 2015.   [See also: Rx playing bigger role in EHR strategy] Pharmacy read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - August 3, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anthony Vecchione Tags: Online Only Compliance & Legal Enterprise Content Management Network Infrastructure Pharmacy Quality and Safety Source Type: news

IT, EHR go dark at 13-hospital system
The computer system, including the electronic health record platform, at a 13-hospital health system went black this week, resulting in a 20-hourlong outage. BJC HealthCare, in St. Louis, Missouri, reported a computer outage Tuesday afternoon that impacted its IT systems across 13 hospitals.  Network Infrastructure read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - August 3, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Erin McCann Tags: Online Only Clinical Electronic Health Records Network Infrastructure Quality and Safety Workflow Source Type: news

After Court Win, Dentist Braces for Appeal
A Pulaski County Circuit Court jury recently awarded Interdisciplinary Dental Therapy P.A. $221,000 in its case against Arkansas Family Dental P.A. of Little Rock. The roots of the case go back to late 2012 when Heathman, an associate dentist at Arkansas Family Dental, wanted to buy a practice. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Fraud trial date set for Bham health care CEO
The trial of Jonathan Dunning, the former CEO of Birmingham Health Care accused of health care fraud, will be held on Feb. 16, 2016. Dunning is charged in a 112-count indictment with diverting federal grant money to his privately-owned companies, according to a report from AL.com. The funding that was diverted was intended to provide heath care to the poor and homeless at Birmingham Health Care and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health in Tuskegee – both community health centers. U.S. District… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Phillips Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: 'Give Mining Sector Special Focus to Fight TB'
[The Herald] Tuberculosis in mines has become a major threat to the country and the sadc region's economic prosperity, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira has said. Commissioning the National Social Security Authority's occupational health centre and mobile clinic at NSSA Willowvale Complex in Harare yesterday, Minister Mupfumira underscored the need to fight the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - August 3, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Doctors Encourage End-of-Life Talks
By the time most doctors talk to terminally ill patients about end-of-life care, it's already too late. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hopes to change that. On July 8, CMS proposed paying doctors for their time spent talking with Medicare patients about end-of-life planning. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

‘Private Option' Benefits List of Largest Health Insurers
The effect of the “private option” — Arkansas' use of federal Medicaid expansion funding to buy private health insurance for the working poor — is written all over this year's list of the state's largest health insurance companies. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Aledade Gets Slow Start in Arkansas
A Maryland accountable care organization operator that began recruiting primary care physicians a year ago has had limited success in Arkansas, in part because dozens of the most likely practices are temporarily occupied with a federal pilot program with similar goals. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Results Mixed
Fifty-nine primary care practices representing 254 physicians are currently participating in a four-year pilot program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services known as CPCI, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Weighing Private Option Boost, Medicare Cuts To Scale Uncompensated Care
Hospitals around the state have reported that the so-called “private option” provided a needed boost by reducing losses associated with uncompensated care. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Little Rock Warehouse Sells for Almost $1.8M (Real Deals)
A 166,800-SF warehouse in south Little Rock weighed in at $1.78 million. Essick Air Products Inc. of Little Rock purchased the 3700 W. 65th St. project from 3700 West 65th LLC, led by Rick Ferguson. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Triwest will hire 500 for Kansas City call center
TriWest Healthcare Alliance said it plans to hire 500 for a new call center and offices in Kansas City, Kansas. The Phoenix-based company announced that it will open a 64,000-square-foot call center and administrative offices at 7930 NW 110th St., near Kansas City International Airport. The new center will open Sept. 8. TriWest is a contractor for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and its expansion into Kansas City is part of a 2,500-person nationwide hiring spree. The company administers the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Ashley Jost Source Type: news

Pitt researchers to monitor resistance to HIV drugs in Africa
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Infectious diseases researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are leading a five-year, $5 million initiative to monitor drug resistance during the rollout of HIV prevention drugs in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 3, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Federal Register: Promoting Semantic Interoperability of Laboratory Data; Public Workshop; Request for Comments
The FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health are announcing the public workshop ``FDA/CDC/NLM Workshop on Promoting Semantic Interoperability of Laborato... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - August 3, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Scottsdale CEO pursues MMA, bodybuilding dreams after 40
Darrell Denslow isn’t like most aspiring mixed-martial arts fighters — or most aspiring bodybuilders. Denslow is 41 years old, making him the senior of his sparring partners and rival fighters. He’s also the CEO and owner of Scottsdale-based 3D Spine & Spinal Solutions LLC. Denslow, who has an MBA, said the medical device and implant company he started in 2009 now has multi million-dollar sales and 15 employees. Denslow, who is 6-feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds, said he was interested… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - August 3, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Mike Sunnucks Source Type: news

Scottsdale CEO pursues MMA, bodybuilding dreams after 40
Darrell Denslow isn’t like most aspiring mixed-martial arts fighters — or most aspiring bodybuilders. Denslow is 41 years old, making him the senior of his sparring partners and rival fighters. He’s also the CEO and owner of Scottsdale-based 3D Spine & Spinal Solutions LLC. Denslow, who has an MBA, said the medical device and implant company he started in 2009 now has multi million-dollar sales and 15 employees. Denslow, who is 6-feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 245 pounds, said he was interested… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 3, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mike Sunnucks Source Type: news

Bigger May Be Better for Health Insurers, but Doubts Remain for Consumers
Consumer advocates, policy experts and former regulators say that while Anthem, Cigna, Aetna and Humana may reap monetary benefits by combining, gains might not trickle down to individuals and employers. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - August 3, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: REED ABELSON Tags: Anthem Inc. Fedex Corporation FDX NYSE Aetna Inc AET NYSE CIGNA Corporation CI NYSE Centene Corporation CNC NYSE Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn Health Insurance and Managed Care UnitedHealth Group Inc UNH NYSE Humana Inc HUM NYSE Merger Source Type: news

Africa: Mosquito-Hunting Spiders Could Help Fight Deadly Malaria
[SciDev.Net] Nairobi -Mosquito-eating spiders from East Africa and Malaysia could become a new weapon in fighting malaria, researchers have said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 3, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters
A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - August 2, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

NJH 2016: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey - Communities in Action Round 2
(Source: RWJF - Upcoming Calls For Proposals)
Source: RWJF - Upcoming Calls For Proposals - August 2, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Source Type: news

Obama to Unveil ‘Most Important Step’ Ever to Combat Climate Change
The White House plans to unveil regulations on Monday to dramatically curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and eventually revamp the country’s energy industry. The regulations, billed by the President Obama as “the biggest, most important step” ever taken to address climate change, play a key role in the President’s aim to make combatting climate change a priority of his final months in office. The Environmental Protection Agency rules, finalized versions of 2012 and 2014 proposals, call for a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030 from 2005 levels. The White House...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - August 2, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Justin Worland Tags: Uncategorized climate change Environment Source Type: news

IOC Increasing Water Tests In Rio After Alarming Levels Of Sewage Reported
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year's Rio de Janeiro Games. Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters. But after an Associated Press investigation published last week revealed high counts of viruses directly linked to human sewage in the Olympic waters, the IOC reversed course after being ad...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 2, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Macheso Hails First Aid Training Programmes
[Zimbabwe Standard] Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Humanitarian Ambassador Alick Macheso has urged Zimbabweans to train in basic First Aid with organisations like Zimbabwe Red Cross Society. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

See the Space Station Caught in the Light of the Moon
(Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - August 2, 2015 Category: Science Authors: mcmoates Tags: Uncategorized A Year In Space international space station moon NASA Science Source Type: news

These Long Exposure Photos Show the Space Station Streaking Across the Night Sky
(Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - August 2, 2015 Category: Science Authors: mcmoates Tags: Uncategorized A Year In Space earth international space station NASA photography Science Source Type: news

Britain not sunny enough for healthy vitamin D levels, say experts
Intake should be boosted with supplements, say official health advisors in draft recommendations that could lead to new guidancePeople in Britain should boost their vitamin D intake with supplements because of a lack of bright sunshine to provide it naturally, government health advisers have suggested. The British weather prevents much of the population from receiving healthy amounts of the essential vitamin from sunlight, and natural food sources alone are not enough to boost levels, according to the scientific advisory committee on nutrition (SACN).The SACN, an independent advisory body to the government, made the recomm...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 2, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Nutrition The sun Health Society & wellbeing Life and style Science Diabetes Weather Skincare UK charts Source Type: news

NYC health official expects more Legionnaires' disease cases
Outbreak in the Bronx has killed four people and sickened dozens; health official says it's "likely that there will be more cases" (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fast food generation: Top tips to make sure your children get enough nutrients
TEEN DIETS are often unhealthy, so how can we make sure they get enough nutrients? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Obamacare Takes Hold, Unpaid Hospital Bills Vanish
As hospital operators begin to report second period earnings -- the sixth consecutive quarter of new revenue from once uninsured patients -- the number and size of unpaid medical bills continues to fall thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The health law last year began to provide subsidized private health (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 2, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen Source Type: news

Cecil the Lion’s Brother Jericho Is Alive, Researcher Says
Cecil the lion’s brother Jericho is in fact alive, an Oxford University researcher monitoring the animal confirmed on Sunday, a day after conflicting reports emerged that claimed Jericho had been killed by hunters. The news came as Zimbabwean officials alleged on Sunday that a second American, Jan Casmir Sieski of Murrysville, Pa., had illegally killed a lion in Zimbabwe several months ago. Researcher Brent Stapelkamp, who is tracking Jericho the lion with a GPS tag, said the device indicates that he is “alive and well,” CNN reports. Stapelkamp also shared a photo through Oxford University’s Twitter...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jack Linshi Tags: Uncategorized Zimbabwe Source Type: news

Dispel Hostility, Improve Your Health
by Mimi O' Connor Decades of research have reported on the negative health consequences of living with high levels of hostility. In his book Anger Kills, Dr. Redford Williams clarifies that of the several components of the Type A behavior pattern (the kind exhibited by people who are tense, driven, competitive and hostile), it's hostility that is most highly correlated with cardiovascular disease. It is important to note the distinction between experiencing anger, which is a normal emotion, and fostering hostility. Hostility results from unchecked, unexamined anger. It involves the toxic harboring and projection of ang...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

More Americans Have A Disability Than You'd Think
By: Laura Geggel Published: 07/31/2015 10:33 AM EDT on LiveScience About one in every five Americans reports having a disability, according to results from a new nationwide survey. About one in eight adults say they have mobility limitations, such as difficulty walking or climbing stairs, making this the most common type of disability, according to the report. The next most common disability is in thinking and/or memory, followed by problems with independent living (such as difficulty running errands and visiting the doctor without help), vision and self-care (such as self-bathing or dressing), according to the report. The...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

8 Ways To Vacation Right And Recharge Your Health
By 6 a.m., Sam Clarke is usually already on a call with an Asian tech company halfway around the world. By the afternoon, she switches to calls in the U.S. And until she goes to bed, she keeps an eye on her email. On a bad week, Clarke, a sales manager for a software startup in San Francisco, clocks in about 55 hours. In the tech industry, "you always have to be available to the customer," she says, adding that the mentality makes going offline on vacation nearly impossible. While Clarke, who is in her mid-30s, says she takes all the time off she can get, she admits she works through most of h...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Healthy retired nurse ends her life because old age 'is awful'
A healthy former nurse has ended her life in a Swiss suicide clinic because her experiences of caring for the elderly showed her old age in no fun (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: nurse dignitas dying swiss gill pharaoh lifecircle care not killing Source Type: news

Viagra 'added to Chinese alcohol'
Two distillers in China added Viagra to thousands of bottles of spirits and told customers it had "health-preserving qualities", food officials say. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Oleogustus' Is The Newly Discovered Taste, And Boy, Is It Bad
There's a new, sixth taste for humans: the taste for fat. But Rick Mattes of Purdue University tells NPR's Rachel Martin to think less yummy ice cream, more rancid food.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: In South Africa Childhood Hunger and Obesity Live Side By Side
[The Conversation Africa] There is a bizarre paradox at work in South Africa: children are either going hungry or are eating too much of the wrong foods. This means that over and under nutrition co-exist. Both phenomena are extremely harmful for children's physical and mental development and long term health. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Angola: Nestle Announces Awareness Campaign On Good Nutrition
[ANGOP] Luanda -An awareness and mobilisation campaign on good nutrition and the importance of iron in children's food will kick off in the first week of August across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 2, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Harper Government Moves Forward to Regulate Salvia
Will protect Canadians from its potentially harmful effects. The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced further steps to protect Canadian youth from dangerous drugs. (Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada)
Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada - August 2, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Health Canada Source Type: news

Government of Canada to Take Proactive Approach to Marijuana Advertising Enforcement
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced she has directed Health Canada to take a more proactive approach to monitoring illegal advertising of marijuana by non-regulated parties. (Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada)
Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada - August 2, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Health Canada Source Type: news