Apple presents smartwatch results from 400,000-strong heart study
March 18, 2019
By Neozene

After canvassing more than 400,000 people across all 50 states in just eight months, Apple has finished a virtual investigation of its smartwatch’s ability to alert users to irregular heart rhythms possibly linked to atrial fibrillation. It was one of the largest studies of its kind. The Apple Heart Study—first launched in November 2017 in collaboration with Stanford Medicine—focuses on the earlier generations of the Apple Watch, which lack the latest version’s onboard ECG that was cleared by the FDA last fall. Instead, the smartwatches check a user’s pulse rate in

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New strategies for improving pancreatic cancer treatments
March 5, 2019
By Neozene

Pancreatic cancer is so difficult to treat that the one-year survival rate across all stages of diagnosis is just 20%. Two discoveries announced on Monday—one related to a new combination treatment and the other to genetic testing—could improve the prognosis for patients with pancreatic cancer. The potential new treatment strategy capitalizes on a natural process known as autophagy, in which cells recycle some of their own components to use as an energy source. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center figured out how to coax pancreatic cancer

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Price hearing cheat sheet: CEOs prep for grilling, history repeats itself and more
February 26, 2019
By Neozene

The nation’s capital is abuzz as Big Pharma CEOs rehearse their testimony for Tuesday’s big drug-pricing hearing. What to expect? High political theater, for one thing, as Republicans and Democrats both take their shots. But don’t dismiss the event as mere grandstanding, analysts say. Senators on the dais have introduced pricing bills and launched investigations, and the Trump administration seems willing to participate in a crackdown. Plus, every D.C. media outlet will be covering it—zeroing in on the most dramatic exchanges, of course—and those TV news feeds and mainstream media headlines

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