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Doctors do not care about your Fitbit

Tech site Venturebeat, citing anonymous sources, says doctors are too overwhelmed and weary to evaluate how many steps you took this weekend.

US diabetes risk jumps to 40%

US diabetes risk jumps to 40%

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African-American women had the highest risk of being diagnosed with diabetes—55%. Hispanic men and women were close behind, carrying a 50% risk of being diagnosed with diabetes.

Healthy-habit trackers have short-lived appeal

A study indicates consumers stop using them at the six-month mark.

GAO tallies cost-effective interventions

GAO tallies cost-effective interventions

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Half-measures, like diabetes educational materials without a part B, fared poorly.

Open Payments website 'temporarily' taken offline

The pharma payment verification site has been temporarily shut down by CMS due to incorrect information, ProPublica reported today.

HHS shows how diabetes adds up

HHS shows how diabetes adds up

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A 2005-to-2010 survey shows diabetics 65-and-up juggle at least four co-morbid conditions and five medications for them.

Doctors want to know how CMS plans to display Sunshine payment data

Doctors want to know how CMS plans to display Sunshine payment data

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Physician and industry trade groups are asking CMS to explain how context will be provided to the general public around the dollar sums drugmakers ascribe to doctors for things like meals, travel, gifts, consulting and research

UK generic use soared in 2013

Generics made up almost 75% of prescriptions in the United Kingdom last year.

Next target for hep. C drugmakers: co-infections

Next target for hep. C drugmakers: co-infections

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An international AIDS conference this weekend kicked off a new battle in the war against hepatitis C: demonstrating high cure rates in those who are co-infected.

CME commercial support cuts narrow

CME commercial support cuts narrow

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The rate of decrease in industry's budget for continuing medical education (CME) slowed last year.

Industry trims support for CME

Industry reined in commercial support for CME in 2013—the sixth consecutive annual decrease—data released today by the ACCME show.

Study links Actos with delayed dementia

German healthcare data from 2004 through 2010 across a data set that included 146,000 patients shows dementia surfaced later among Actos patients.

FDA quicker on approval trigger than EU: study

The FDA began its drug review at a median time of 103 days sooner than the EMA. Being first, researchers found, often resulted in quicker approval.

Generics trigger wallet shock

Prices for some generics are rising, thanks to limited competition.

Healthcare organization makes big data bigger

Credit card and loyalty program purchases will help Carolinas HealthCare System flag potential patient behavior issues.

Zohydro's second act

Zogenix is working on a less easily abused formulation of its controversial prescription painkiller.

CDC: US is biggest Rx opioid market

CDC: US is biggest Rx opioid market

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The Centers of Disease Control reports that prescribers wrote enough painkiller prescriptions to give one bottle to every adult in the US in 2012.

Facebook's clinical trial

The networking site's emotion experiment rankles some in the science and political communities.

IMS to buy Cegedim CRM

IMS to buy Cegedim CRM

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IMS is offering $520 million cash to add Cegedim's CRM and strategic data business. Cegedim says it will use the money to pay down debt.

Drug sales to hit $1T by 2020, researchers say

Drug sales to hit $1T by 2020, researchers say

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EvaluatePharma's World Preview 2014 has pharma soaring to new lucrative heights in six years' time, buoyed by biologics and a formidable pipeline.

Vertex to submit CF drug combo to FDA this year

Vertex to submit CF drug combo to FDA this year

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Phase III results showing improved lung function among cystic fibrosis patients using a combination of Kalydeco and lumacaftor means drugmaker Vertex is filing the two-part drug for FDA approval during the fourth quarter.

Sifting social media for the  "why" behind Rx switching

Sifting social media for the "why" behind Rx switching

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Platform lets pharma firms mine big data, and monitor whether millions spent on ad campaigns or medical education are having the desired effect

Triglycerides, not HDL, may be cardio bad guys

Gene mutations lead researchers to rethink ways to protect the heart.

Study finds Alzheimer's misunderstood

Study finds Alzheimer's misunderstood

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An Alzheimer's Association survey finds 59% think the degenerative disease is just part of aging.

Study: Opioid deaths outnumber heroin-associated ones

Study: Opioid deaths outnumber heroin-associated ones

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Researchers at Montreal's McGill University survey the explosion in prescription painkiller use and abuse.

Novartis says it buried studies

The drugmaker has told global regulators it failed to share 10,000 reported cases of side effects for a variety of its drugs.

Higher dose of Victoza helped patients drop weight

Higher dose of Victoza helped patients drop weight

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Patients taking a high-dose form of Novo Nordisk diabetes drug Victoza saw an average weight loss of 5.9% of their body weight, data from a study show.

Seniors are major painkiller users

A USA today analysis shows Medicare painkiller prescriptions rose 30% between 2007 and 2012.

Patients paying more for diabetes medications

Patients paying more for diabetes medications

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Yale researchers find patients are paying more money for newer diabetes medications as they gravitate towards insulin analogs, over human synthetic and animal insulin.

Researchers urge specialty Rx insurance plans

Researchers urge specialty Rx insurance plans

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Researchers argue it makes economic sense to employ Value-Based Insurance Design plans for costly specialty medications.

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