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IBM Watson Health and the VA extend partnership to fight cancer

In 2016, as part of then-Vice President Joe Biden's National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and IBM embarked on a collaboration aimed at providing access to "precision treatment" options to over 10,000 patients with cancer. Today, the two announced an extens

VENTUREBEAT - 2018-07-19 14:08:02

Trump administration opens door for prescription drug importation

The Trump administration has released a "blueprint" to lower prices, but it is been criticized for being light on specifics, and seeks to draw recommendations from the industry.

THE HILL - 2018-07-19 13:30:32

4 Ways Amazon Is Moving Into Healthcare

While Amazon originally wanted to sell pharmaceutical drugs through its Amazon Business marketplace, the company ended up abandoning those plans earlier this year. Instead, Amazon bought mail-order pharmacy company PillPack for $1 billion in June.

MOTLEY FOOL - 2018-07-19 13:30:00

Can A Community Hospital Stick To Its Mission When It Goes For-Profit?

Mission Health, the largest hospital system in western North Carolina, provided $100 million in free charity care last year. This year, it has partnered with 17 civic organizations to deliver care for substance abuse by people who are low-income. Based in bucolic Asheville, the six-hospital system a

NPR - 2018-07-19 13:26:56

Amid Kabila stand-off, Congo parliament extends privileges to former presidents

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament has passed a law expanding financial privileges for former presidents, lawmakers said on Thursday, a move seen as an incentive for President Joseph Kabila to step down following an election in December. FILE PHOTO: Democratic Republic o

REUTERS - 2018-07-19 13:17:52

Comcast yields to Disney in Fox bidding war

Why it matters:Comcast has been batting Disney in a fierce bidding war over Fox's entertainment assets, like its movie studio and cable channels National Geographic and FX, for months. In withdrawing from the battle, it nearly guarantees that Disney will acquire most of Fox, barring any regulatory c

AXIOS.COM - 2018-07-19 13:01:24

Trump loyalists purge VA of longtime staffers who don't support agenda: report

Officials within the Department of Veterans Affairs have moved to root out staffers who are believed to be disloyal to President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 timesESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley CupRussian am

THE HILL - 2018-07-19 12:55:27

Poll: Half of Americans find healthcare harder to afford this year

A Navigator pollfound 49 percent of Americans said it’s more difficult to afford prescription drugs, insurance premiums and doctor visits compared to last year. Additionally, 78 percent of Americans said they believe the government should be doing more to make healthcare more affordable.

THE HILL - 2018-07-19 12:39:11

The left’s gains in the 2018 Democratic primaries, explained in 3 charts

TheBrookings Institution’s Primaries Project, led by Elaine Kamarck, has analyzed 1,600 House and Senate candidates across nearly 600 Democratic primary elections. They found that this year an unprecedented number of self-identified progressive candidates are running for office: 280 nonincumbents in

VOX - 2018-07-19 12:30:02

Trump administration may open door to import drugs in limited cases — including after some price hikes

WhenMartin Shkreliraised the price of the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim by 5,000 percent overnight in 2015, many notedit’s available for pennies in other countries.

CNBC - 2018-07-19 12:00:28

IBM extends deal using Watson to support veterans with cancer

IBM is making further use of Watson in the fight against cancer. The tech giant has extended a team-up with the US Department of Veterans Affairs that taps Watson for help treating soldiers with cancer, particularly stage 4 patients who have few other options. The new alliance runs through "at least

ENGADGET - 2018-07-19 12:00:00

Yale Law Students' Letter Against SCOTUS Nominee Discredits Them

Some 400 current and former Yale Law students said President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court represents an existential threat in a recently publishedopen letter. The nomination “presents an emergency – for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future o

THE FEDERALIST - 2018-07-19 11:41:36

Watchdog group predicts higher costs with hospital merger

The Health Policy Commission's report released Wednesday says a merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Lahey Health System could mean $191 million more per year for inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services and almost $60 million more per year for specialty physician services.

AP - 2018-07-19 11:40:23

U.S. Medigap plans fall short on protections for pre-existing...

A technician stocks the shelves of the pharmacy at White House Clinic in Berea, Kentucky, U.S., February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

REUTERS - 2018-07-19 12:32:30

Poll: Huge GOP majority backs Trump's Putin performance

Wetold you yesterdaywhy elected Republicans go so silent so quickly when they disagree so strongly with President Trump: They fear it's political suicide to speak up. Now we have an exclusive, new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll that shows why those fears are real:Data: SurveyMonkeyonline pollconducted July

AXIOS.COM - 2018-07-19 11:06:46

Dems shy away from calling Trump's Helsinki comments "treason"

Saying Trump committed treasonin Helsinkigoes too far for some leading Democrats, who are worried about sending the wrong message during an election year, AP's Laurie Kellmanwrites.

AXIOS.COM - 2018-07-19 10:55:43

US health care companies begin exploring blockchain technologies

The sprawling U.S. health care industry has trouble managing patient information: Every doctor, medical office, hospital, pharmacy, therapist and insurance company needs different pieces of data to properly care for patients. These records arescattered all over on each business’s computers– and some

THE CONVERSATION - 2018-07-19 10:42:02

Jaipur-based MeraPatient aims to bring more offline pharma stores online

MeraPatient, an aggregator of offline pharmacies and diagnostic labs, plans to expand to 10 cities, including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Pune by 2019.

YOURSTORY.COM - 2018-07-19 10:37:00

Medical costs in retirement are projected to be average of $200K. Are you prepared?

Medicare pays for many of the health care costs incurred by older Americans, but it doesn't cover everything. This creates a financial-planning problem: How much should a person expect to pay in out-of-pocket health-related expenses during retirement? It's a tough question because there are so many

USA TODAY - 2018-07-19 10:05:05

The next Ocasio-Cortez: can these candidates pull Democrats to the left?

One day in mid-June,Cori Bush, a nurse and activist mounting a progressive primary challenge against a well-established Democratic congressman in Missouri, took a look at her fundraising totals.

THE GUARDIAN - 2018-07-19 10:00:42