National Photonics Initiative invests $30M as part of BRAIN Initiative; 3-D printed skin grafts could help burn victims;

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> In support of the White House's BRAIN Initiative, which just received $46 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Photonics Initiative, an alliance of top scientific societies, launched its Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group. The group is committing to invest $30 million to advance optics and photonics technology over the next three years. Announcement

> A new 3-D printer may hold promise for burn victims and others. The printer uses patients' cells to print skin grafts, according to an article at The machine won the James Dyson Award for student design, setting the stage for the group to compete for a $60,000 international prize. Article

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> Rising rates of prescription painkiller addiction have led to spikes in claims for drug abuse treatment and renewed emphasis on prevention. Article

> Shire Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay states and the federal government a total of $56.5 million to settle allegations of unlawful drug marketing and promotion. Article

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> In an effort to be more efficient, deliver value-based care and streamline the healthcare continuum, hospitals enter into partnerships out of want rather than financial necessity to stay ahead of competitors in the ever-evolving healthcare industry. Article

And Finally... I'd rather get my caffeine in an IV. Article