A New Drug Delivery Vehicle: Anthrax Bacteria
Having delivered antibody mimics to cancer cells in vitro, the research group at MIT that conducted the research is now working on evaluating the technique in tumors grown in mice.
UnitedHealthcare Established New ACOs in Illinois
UnitedHealthcare is establishing new accountable care organizations with Advocate Health Care and Illinois Health Partners that will provide coordinated care for more than 65,000 Illinois residents.
American Journal of Managed Care’s ACO Coalition to Meet in MiamiThe American Journal of Managed Care
brings the next meeting of its ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition to the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay October 16-17, 2014, where participants can learn and share best practices in an effort to improve overall patient outcomes.
Treating Late-Stage Lung Cancer Not Cost-Effective: JTO Study
A prospective study published in The Journal of Thoracic Oncology found that the average cost to screen high-risk individuals for developing lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography plus the average cost of curative intent treatment, like surgery, is lower than the average cost to treat advanced stage lung cancer, which quite rarely results in a cure.
Lung Infections May Hamper Efficacy of FDG-PET
A new retrospective study published in JAMA identified that tuberculosis and certain fungal infections in the lungs could hamper the efficient detection of lung cancer by FDG-PET imaging.
PAD2 Overexpression May Promote Skin Cancer
Research published this month in the journal Cancer Research
, found that increased expression of the enzyme PAD2 in young mice could lead to skin tumors that could progress to invasive squamous cell carcinoma.
Proton Radiation—Yea or Nay?
Controversy over the value of proton beam radiation continues to harass clinicians as the therapy emerges to be extremely useful in some, but not all, cancers. Additionally, payers sometimes refuse to cover treatment costs due to lack of evidence of efficacy.
Marketplaces Will Have 25% More Insurers in 2015
The health insurance Marketplace will have 77 new insurers offering coverage in 2015, according to a report released by HHS. Overall, there will be a net 25% increase in the number of insurers that consumers will be able to choose from.
NIH Seeks Gender Equality in Research Studies
The National Institutes of Health announced disbursement of more than $10 million in research funding to researchers studying various healthcare issues. The objective of this additional funding is to avoid gender bias and seek equal representation of female subjects.
Number of Medicare Part D Drug Plans Down in 2015
Driven by a consolidation of offerings, the number of Part D prescription drug plans will decrease by 14% in 2015. While monthly premiums will decrease overall by 2%, there will be large premium variations.