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11/14/2019

Several consumer advocacy, privacy and social justice groups said in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission that Google's proposed acquisition of Fitbit raises privacy and antitrust concerns. The groups said the acquisition would further strengthen Google's dominance of internet search and advertising as well as smartphone operating systems, and would expand Google's trove of consumer data.

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11/14/2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said President Donald Trump was not satisfied with the administration's International Pricing Index proposal and wants it changed so US drug prices would be even lower than those in other countries. Under the proposal, the US would pay less than it currently pays but still more than the average from among developed countries, but Azar said Trump wants the US to get "the best deal among developed countries."

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11/14/2019

About 0.5% of the 400,000-plus people who enrolled in the Apple Heart Study received notification of an irregular heartbeat, but only about 25% of that subset followed the protocol of wearing a monitoring patch for two weeks and submitting it for analysis, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. Of the group that did submit the patch, 84% were confirmed to have atrial fibrillation, suggesting that the Apple Watch could be used to monitor some cases of AFib, but cardiologists are skeptical.

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CNBC
11/14/2019

It can be stressful when personalities clash and interactions become tense, but there are several ways to turn the relationship around, writes Peter Daisyme. Setting boundaries so they're relevant to the other person is one way to change the dynamic, says licensed social worker Melody Wilding.

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Entrepreneur online
11/14/2019

Cellulitis, ulcerative lymphangitis and edema are common causes of swollen limbs in horses, says equine veterinarian Rosemary Cuming. Cellulitis and lymphangitis are bacterial infections; edema, or pooling of fluids in the limbs, can occur after a long period of restricted movement and is common in older horses as well as those that have been injured or have had cellulitis or lymphangitis, Dr. Cuming says.

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The Horse
11/14/2019

Bei Bei, a 4-year-old giant panda at Smithsonian National Zoo, is being shipped to Chengdu, China, accompanied by a veterinarian and panda keeper on a chartered FedEx cargo plane stocked with apples, sweet potatoes and 66 pounds of bamboo. Bei Bei will join China's giant panda breeding program sometime in the next few years.

11/14/2019

A study published in Diabetic Medicine found that patients with type 2 diabetes who began with a combination of metformin and sitagliptin had lower A1C and were 24% less likely to require insulin one year into treatment, compared with patients who delayed starting sitagliptin. The researchers used data from 8,764 patients and suggested that "costarting sitagliptin with metformin may change the natural history of [type 2 diabetes], which could ultimately lead to fewer medications and a lower risk of complications."

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11/14/2019

A study published in Diabetes Care found that among youths with diabetes, ages 3 to 19, those with diabetic ketoacidosis at diagnosis had significantly higher health care costs, spent more time in the hospital and had more inpatient admissions and office visits within 60 days of diagnosis, compared with those without DKA. Analyzing data on 4,889 patients, the researchers found that annual excess health care costs -- which could range from $46 million to $63 million -- may potentially be avoided if "DKA is averted through timely diabetes diagnosis and management."

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Endocrinology Advisor
11/14/2019

Drugmakers and academic research institutions are posting results from a larger percentage of clinical trials on ClinicalTrials.gov in compliance with a federal law, but the quality of data being posted varies, and most results are submitted after the one-year deadline, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. Much of the data submitted lack mortality statistics and are inconsistent, researchers found.

11/14/2019

The Indiana Health Information Exchange and the Michiana Health Information Network are consolidating into a statewide health information exchange beginning Jan. 1. A third Indiana exchange, HealthLINC, has been moving customers to the IHIE since the middle of this year.