VCU scientists use computer models to simulate immune system recovery; Researchers create 3-D micro-scaffold tech to reprogram stem cells;

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> Virginia Commonwealth University scientists are using computer models to simulate immune system recovery. The technology can be used to help providers predict what patients might suffer complications during stem cell transplants. Announcement

> Researchers have created a 3-D micro-scaffold technology that can reprogram stem cells into neurons and supports growth of neuronal connections. The researchers, from Rutgers University; Stanford University School of Medicine's Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine; and the Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, received funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project. Announcement

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> Healthcare prices and spending continued modest growth during the first month of 2016, according to data accumulated by the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Article

> A one-time hospital CEO has launched an online petition to denounce the lack of transparency in the pricing of acute care services. Article

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> At a congressional hearing about ensuring the fiscal stability of the Medicare program, experts and lawmakers discussed the role that Medicare Advantage plans have played in altering how Medicare operates--and what role they should play in the future. Article

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