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Theranos CEO faces critics, presents new product

August 12, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

At the annual meeting of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, which saw some 2,650 scientists converge on Philadelphia this past August 1, embattled Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes took on critics and questions.   Ms. Holmes’ finger-prick blood-test technology company suffered huge setbacks in recent months after federal authorities raided several Theranos labs and the company lost a huge business deal with national pharmacy chain Walgreens.  According to Holmes, Theranos is working on a new desktop “minilab” product, and working to clean up its laboratory services act.

Jumping trampoline parks, jumping kids’ injuries

A study published Aug. 1 in Pediatrics finds that while children’s injuries due to home trampolines have remained level, children’s injuries incurred at trampoline parks have jumped.  The number of the ever-popular trampoline parks has dramatically jumped in recent years.

According to the study’s research, there were 280 trampoline parks worldwide by 2014, compared to 35 in 2011.  The study correlates the increasing injuries with the increasing parks.

Specifically, researchers found 580 records for U.S. emergency-room incidents involving trampoline parks in 2010, but nearly 7,000 for 2014.

Most of those injured were children and teens, and most injuries consisted of broken bones and rains.  A handful of injuries were more severe.

Researchers and experts say that trampoline-park injuries are best prevented by grouping kids by age/height, preventing crowding, and banning flips or other high-flying stunts.

January verdict for Aetna-Humana mega-merger

In December 2016, a federal judge is set to hear the looming antitrust challenge against Aetna and Humana’s proposed $37 billion merger, with the decision scheduled for mid-January 2017.  The schedule was announced on Aug. 10 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Hon. U.S. District Judge John Bates presiding.

New York medical schools no longer against ‘dignity bill’

New York State has 16 medical schools, with eight of them in New York City alone.  And until recently, most of them opposed a bill that would bar them from misusing unclaimed bodies for “research” and “education” without explicit family member consent.  Under the bill, now only needing Gov. Cuomo’s immediate signature, medical schools will first need to exhaustively search for any living relatives of the deceased before engaging in the dubious practice.  In a win for the dignity of the nameless deceased, though, the schools have now dropped their opposition.