BRAIN initiative gets approval for high-priority projects; researchers capture live images of tumors;

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> The Obama Administration's BRAIN Initiative has received approval for high-priority research projects from the National Institutes of Health. The initiative was announced in April by President Obama, who called for a total of $110 million in the 2014 fiscal year budget to support it. NIH will provide $40 million of the total. The aim of the project is "to enhance understanding of the brain and improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases." Announcement

> Researchers Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have combined two different high-tech optical imaging methods to uncover cancer's inner workings by capturing live images of growing tumors, according to an announcement from The Optical Society. The technique promises to help researchers better understand the intricate workings of human cancer and aid in drug discovery to treat cancer. "These optical imaging approaches can provide unprecedented insights in the biology and mechanisms of cancer," one researcher, Dai Fukumara, said. Annoucement

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule on Medicaid payments to disproportionate share hospitals (DSH), cutting approximately $1.1 billion from the program in the next two fiscal years. As a result of healthcare reform, CMS announced it will reduce DSH payments by $18.1 billion between fiscal year 2014 and FY 2020. Article

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> A survey found that 85 percent of dermatologists use a smartphone and 90 percent of those use Apple iPhones. Almost all (90 percent) of those iPhone users employ their devices for work, according to an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Article

And Finally... These winter coats are a steal--and a hoot. Article

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