Day: November 26, 2021

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Supreme Court to hear 340B case that could impact all hospitals

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case seeking to reverse cuts to the 340B Drug Program next week, and the outcome could have consequences for all providers, even those who don’t access the discounted medicines.

Plaintiffs including the American Hospital Association and providers that participate in the program are asking the high court to reverse a nearly 30% cut in 340B reimbursements the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initiated during President Donald Trump’s administration and continued under President Joe Biden. Oral arguments are scheduled for Nov. 30.

“If CMS’s final rule is allowed to stand, 340B providers will be forced to eliminate or dramatically curtail some crucial programs that treat a wide range of medical conditions, from cancer to mental health disorders and opioid addiction,” 37 state and regional hospital associations wrote in a brief to the court in September.

The decision’s repercussions could reach further than

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Neural stem cells may hold key to combatting newborn brain injury

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Neural stem cells have strong potential to be effective in reducing brain injury in newborn babies, in the most extensive review of research on the topic.

Injury to the brain during pregnancy, or around the time of birth, can have life-long impact on the offspring including and epilepsy, but there are no treatments to regenerate the injured newborn brain.

Neural stem cells (NSCs) are the building blocks of the brain and research is under way to determine how they might be used to boost recovery in injured parts of the brain.

In a review published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, Hudson Institute researchers led by Madeleine Smith analyzed all published pre- and found that NSCs can reduce brain injury and improve physical function following brain injury.

New consensus on neural stem cells

“Neural stem cells are specific to the brain and

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