Under the radar: Uber launches health platform to get patients to and from appointments–whether or not they have the app or a smartphone!

The News: UBER Technologies Inc. (San Francisco) is launching a new business line called Uber Health that will provide a ride-hailing platform available specifically to healthcare providers, letting clinics, hospitals,… Read more »

Warren Buffett’s bluster about new healthcare venture bound to backfire. Then what?

The News: Warren Buffett says his joint venture with Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon is going for something bigger than shaving a few percentage points off healthcare costs. The big… Read more »

Study finds working the graveyard shift can have more serious health consequences than previously thought. New data should support better compensation.

The News: Night-shift work may wreak havoc with blood-sugar levels, a new study asserts. Researchers analyzed data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those… Read more »

New study says family history increases breast-cancer risk, even among older women. US mammogram guidelines need updating–soon.

The News: Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t diminish regardless of age,… Read more »

South Korea’s Celltrion Inc. (Incheon) gets EU green light for Herceptin biosimilar

The News: Celltrion Inc. said on February 14, 2018 that it has received approval to sell its replica version of Roche Holding AG’s (Basel CHE) breast-cancer blockbuster Herceptin in Europe…. Read more »

Join a clinical trial? The success rate of such trials is higher than you thought, but still awfully low overall; especially for Alzheimer’s.

The News: Instead of less than 10% of drugs reaching the market, a new study has found that almost 15% of new compounds pass clinical trial–which still suggests that it’s… Read more »

US physicians’ annual economic influence: $2.3 trillion and 12.6 million jobs. Makes me view my GP, specialists in an entirely new light.

The News: Physicians support 12.6 million jobs in the US–17.1 jobs each–and contribute $2.3 trillion to the economy, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (pdf) (AMA)…. Read more »

Investor Alert: Qiagen grabs Spanish biotech STAT-Dx in quest for new and better diagnostic tests. My personal take.

The News: Molecular diagnostics company Qiagen NV (Hilden DEU) has agreed to acquire biotech STAT-Dx SL (Barcelona) for up to €153 million–over 3 times the total funding the Spanish company has raised… Read more »