Sure, cancer mutates, but it has other ways to resist treatment Print E-mail
Written by Fabian V. Filipp | The Conversation   
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:35

Because of advances in drug design and precision medicine, researchers have been able to target certain molecules within a cell at the root of a particular disease and to develop specific therapies to undo their damages. Today, precision targeting combines therapy decisions with molecular insights to offer hope after a life-changing cancer diagnosis.

But there's a dark side to cancer-killing drugs designed to match distinct cancer mutations like a key into a lock. Some cancers that initially respond to targeted chemotherapy become treatment-resistant - and the drug itself may not be the culprit.

New research helps explain how therapy-resistant cancers arise, findings with important implications for the future of cancer therapy. It shows how hidden, subtle layers of regulation - epigenetics - control the activity of genes to produce drug-resistant surviving cells.

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California Takes On Health Giant Over High Costs Print E-mail
Written by Chad Terhune and Ana B. Ibarra | KHN   
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 17:24

California's attorney general sued Sutter Health, accusing the hospital giant of illegally quashing competition and for years overcharging consumers and employers. The lawsuit marked a bold move by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra against the dominant health care system in Northern California as concerns mount nationally about consolidation among hospitals, insurers and other industry middlemen. The antitrust suit, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court, asks the court to prevent Sutter from engaging in anticompetitive practices and "overcharges." It said Sutter employs a variety of improper tactics, such as gag clauses on prices, "punitively high" out-of-network charges and "all-or-nothing" contract terms that require all of its facilities to be included in insurance networks.

Sutter, which owns 24 hospitals, reported net income of $893 million last year on $12.4 billion in revenue. The company's nonprofit health system also has 35 surgery centers, 32 urgent-care clinics and more than 5,000 physicians in its network.

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Lawsuit claims CVS unintentionally revealed HIV status of 6,000 customers Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 02 April 2018 17:04

Carma Hassan, via CNN on April 1, 2018, informs us CVS is being sued for revealing HIV status of 6,000 customers in Ohio. A direct-mail piece was poorly designed and allowed HIV status to be revealed without opening the envelope (it showed the status of participants in the state's HIV drug assistance program through the envelopes' glassine window).

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