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Infographic – U.S. Smoking Rate Hits New Low

Chart: smoking in the U.S.

These data show fewer than 1 in 6 Americans, or 16 percent, smoked a cigarette in the past week. . . . → Read More: Infographic – U.S. Smoking Rate Hits New Low

FDA Reviewers Found Accepting Industry Payments After Drug Approvals

Pills and dollars

A new report finds a large percentage of panel members that review drug applications for the Food and Drug Administration accept payments and other rewards from companies after their drugs are approved. . . . → Read More: FDA Reviewers Found Accepting Industry Payments After Drug Approvals

FDA Issues Guidance on Patient Experience Data Collection

Scott Gottlieb

The Food and Drug Administration issued draft regulatory guidance outlining methods for collecting data from patients that the agency says will help improve evaluations of more precisely targeted drugs. . . . → Read More: FDA Issues Guidance on Patient Experience Data Collection

Infographic – Immigrants Boost High-Value U.S. Start-Ups

Countries of immigrant start-ups

Based on data from 2016, about half — 44 of 87 — U.S. start-ups valued at $1 billion or more were founded by immigrants, with India providing the largest number of these entrepreneurs. . . . → Read More: Infographic – Immigrants Boost High-Value U.S. Start-Ups

New Models Improve Suicide Risk Predictions

Woman at window

Statistical models derived from data in electronic health records and standard questionnaires for depression are shown to better predict a person’s risk of suicide following a doctor’s office or mental health clinic visit. . . . → Read More: New Models Improve Suicide Risk Predictions

Global Health R&D Cuts Threaten U.S. Economy, Jobs

Children receiving vaccine

An analysis of the impact of proposed cuts in funds for research and development on technologies to address global health needs shows the U.S. economy benefits directly from this spending, including support of many jobs in nearly all states. . . . → Read More: Global Health R&D Cuts Threaten U.S. Economy, Jobs

Kaiser Permanente to Spend $2M on Gun Injury Research

Handgun and bullets

The health care provider Kaiser Permanente plans to spend $2 million on research into preventing injuries and death from firearms, as well as begin an internal task force on firearm injury prevention. . . . → Read More: Kaiser Permanente to Spend $2M on Gun Injury Research

Hospital Costs Lead to Fewer Bankruptcies Than Thought

An analysis of medical records and financial data show bankruptcies from costs of hospitalization occur less often than anticipated, but health care expenses overall have other long-term negative effects on personal finances. . . . → Read More: Hospital Costs Lead to Fewer Bankruptcies Than Thought

Survey: More Research Patents, Start-Ups in 2016

A survey of universities and other institutions shows the number of patent filings and new start-up companies resulting from federally-funded research climbed in 2016. . . . → Read More: Survey: More Research Patents, Start-Ups in 2016

Cancer Drug Price Rises Shown Unrelated to Competition

An analysis of cancer drugs shows their prices steadily increased over 16 years despite competition from newer drugs on the market. . . . → Read More: Cancer Drug Price Rises Shown Unrelated to Competition