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FDA approves new drug for rare leukemia

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for treating a rare blood and marrow cancer that affects older adults, the agency said Tuesday.

The FDA announced the approval of Pfizer’s Bosulif (bosutinib) for chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML. According to the FDA, about 5,430 men and women will be diagnosed with CML this year.

The drug is designed for patients with chronic, accelerated or blast-phase Philadelphia chromosome-positive CML, who can’t tolerate other therapies or for whom those therapies don’t work.


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GE, Healthline release BodyMaps app

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — General Electric and Healthline have introduced a new application that lets users explore the inside of the body, the companies announced Tuesday.

BodyMaps, designed to work with the Apple iPad’s Retina display, features 3D, high-resolution images of more than 1,000 body parts, tissues, bones and organs and a searchable index.

It also includes 200 videos about different medical conditions, procedures and treatments and a mark-up tool that allows doctors and nurses to draw on the images and highlight information, according to the company. The app can be used with such social media services as Facebook, where users can share their markups and notes.


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PureWellness integrates wellness system with EHRs

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — PureWellness has released continuity of care documents supported by HL7 standards for health information exchange between its online wellness system and CCD-supported electronic health records, the company said.

The new integration allows members and health coaches to synchronize and share lifestyle, behavior and risk information with care providers and their associated data networks. Most EHR systems and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology have adopted CCD as the standard.

"Members, patients and providers can now share key health and prevention data with other pertinent health information systems," PureWellness president Ken Kaufman said. "This capability advances the coordination of patient-centered care, which plays an important role in controlling healthcare costs and improving health and wellness strategies."


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