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As battle over US drug prices wages on, can a treaty be reached?

Posted by Laurie L. Sullivan

Jul 30, 2015 3:19:00 AM

Many voices, two sides of the same coin. A coin multiplying so rapidly that prescription drug costs are becoming unsustainable for both insurers and patients. These costs are also exacting a toll on the US healthcare system. Add to that, the fast translation of research findings to new treatments is making it hard for the US healthcare delivery system to keep up. Predictable rates of increase in medical costs, upon which current payment systems were constructed, are no longer predictable. A chorus of patients, drug makers, government parties, payers, and other organizations are all vying for their voices to be heard amid the battle cry.

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Topics: Life Sciences

Apple Joining Hands with WWF to Increase Managed Forests in China

Posted by Preyoshi Kundu

Jun 19, 2015 4:42:00 AM

Apple is partnering with World Wildlife Fund to increase the number of responsibly managed forests in China. The collaboration is part of Apple's initiative to increase renewable energy and environmental protection in China.

As part of the project, Apple plans to extend its renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China, too. "We've set an example by greening our data centers, retail stores and corporate offices, and we're ready to start leading the way toward reducing carbon emissions from manufacturing," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.  
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Topics: enviroment

A Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome May Offer Relief for Sufferers

Posted by Preyoshi Kundu

Jun 15, 2015 9:37:00 AM

More than 30 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the intestines that has no cure. Worse, its erratic, ever-changing nature makes it difficult to identify its cause, adding to the woes of its sufferers struggling for symptomatic relief.

The causes of IBS, also known as spastic cause, have long eluded doctors. Theories abound, such as that oversensitive nerves in the intestine, intestinal muscle disorders and inflammations of the intestinal wall could all play a role. It has also been observed that IBS is more common among people who have had an intestinal infection. Some people with irritable bowel syndrome have more bacteria in their small intestine. A genetic predisposition may also play a role. Psychological stress, dietary habits and food intolerances are thought to be possible triggers too. Yet for many of these factors it is not clear whether they are a cause or result of IBS–and whether they actually contribute to the symptoms.

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Topics: pharmaceuticals

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