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Flexible Skin Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate

Researchers at MIT have developed a wearable sensor that can detect small deformations of the skin, potentially serving as a way to help amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients to communicate through facial movements. The low-cost sensors are much cheaper and may be more effective than current assistive communication technologies for ALS patients. Canan Dagdeviren, the… Read More »

Anti-inflammatory drug improves survival in COVID-19 patients

Researchers from 68 sites across the country, led by David E. Leaf and Shruti Gupta  from the Division of Renal Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have investigated the effects of the anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab on critically ill patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19. Unlike steroids, which suppress the immune system more broadly, tocilizumab specifically inhibits the receptor for… Read More »

Bristol Myers Squibb’s Zeposia boosts remission rates over placebo in ulcerative colitis patients

As one of the hottest markets in pharmaceuticals, immunology has become a murderers’ row of blockbuster drugs in recent years. But Bristol Myers Squibb has big hopes for a next-gen entry in Zeposia, and it’s angling for a foothold in ulcerative colitis to get the ball rolling.  Zeposia helped 18.4% of ulcerative colitis patients reach clinical remission at… Read More »

Talking Politics in the Exam Room: A Physician’s Obligation to Discuss the Political Ramifications of Science with Patients

By HAYWARD ZWERLING I walked into my exam room to see a patient I first met two decades ago. On presentation, his co-morbidities included poorly controlled DM-1, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and a substance abuse disorder. Over the years our healthcare system has served him well as he has remained free of diabetic complications and now leads… Read More »

Hospitals charge privately insured patients 250% more than those on Medicare. The gap is growing.

Dive Brief: Privately insured patients pay 247% more at hospitals on average than Medicare patients for the same care, according to a new study by nonprofit think tank RAND. The study, based on 2018 data, shows the gap is increasing from 2017 and 2016, which saw disparities of 230% and 224%, respectively. If private payers had… Read More »