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U.S. cancer death rates drop for the 25th straight year, down 27% from their peak in 1991. (Associated Press)
New California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) wants to create the nation’s largest single purchaser of prescription drugs via Medi-Cal, the state’s massive Medicaid system, and negotiate prices with drugmakers. (Reuters)
Phoenix police are obtaining DNA samples from men working at Hacienda HealthCare, the facility where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth to a child. (Washington Post)
A meta-analysis supports botulinum toxin injections (Botox) for migraines, though side effects included drooping eyelids and double vision among others. (New York Times)
New York state is again dealing with a measles outbreak, this one the worst since the 1990s; most of the victims are Orthodox Jews, although their rabbis support vaccination. (NBC News)
AbbVie appears to have taken a $4 billion hit from its acquisition of rovalpituzumab tesirine (Rova-T) — most recently, a phase III lung cancer trial was halted due to worse survival in the Rova-T arm. (BioPharma Dive)
John Ioannidis, MD, and colleagues drum up ideas for cutting down on “incidentalomas,” high healthcare costs, and other ramifications of wasteful imaging in medicine. (JAMA)
Eli Lilly posted the monthly list price of dulaglutide (Trulicity) for diabetes on its new pricing website ($730.20), with the rest of its TV-advertised drugs to go up by the end of February.
And could disclosing air ambulance prices bring down costs on these “giant squid” of surprise bills? Some have rung up in excess of $500,000. (STAT News)
Just in time for people resuming their workout routines or making good on New Year’s resolutions, tips on how to avoid skin infections at the gym, including an instructional video. (American Academy of Dermatology)
A Kentucky elementary school teacher is charged with assault for dragging an autistic boy through the school’s hallway. (CNN)
Could a “smart diaper” cut down on babies’ urinary tract infections? Just one of the hundreds of intriguing/silly prototype devices displayed at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. (CNET)
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