The Campbell Foundation Awards $75K Grant to FAU Researcher Studying RNA Molecules Generated by HIV

FORT LAUDERDALE – Massimo Caputi, PhD, a professor of biomedical science at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, has found a novel class of molecules called circular RNAs that HIV-1 generates while replicating in human cells. “These molecules have the shape of a closed circle and are derived from the RNA that the virus utilizes to produce the viral proteins,” says Caputi. To further his research, The Campbell Foundation has awarded Caputi a $75,000 grant to define the precise amount and composition of the circular RNA molecules produced by HIV-1 and determine their role in the replication of the virus. “Understanding how HIV replicates in...

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Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? The Pros and Cons of a New Twist in Health Plans

At the height of the covid-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them. Priority Health in Michigan, for example, offers coverage requiring online visits first for nonemergency primary care. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, selling to employers in Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire, has a similar plan. “I would describe them as virtual first, a true telehealth primary care physician replacement product,” said Carrie Kincaid, vice president of individual markets at Priority Health, which launched its plans in...

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OIG Gives Blessing to Alzheimer’s Study Payment Arrangement

On September 29, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a favorable advisory opinion regarding the proposed subsidization of certain Medicare cost-sharing obligations relating to a clinical study of Alzheimer’s disease. The requestor is a professional medical society that represents radiologists and a charity that provides support and research relating to Alzheimer’s. The unnamed professional association sponsors the study, which is designed to evaluate the association between certain brain imaging procedures and patient outcomes in a racially and clinically diverse group of Medicare participants who are experiencing cognitive impairment. The...

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Memorial Primary Care Now Open at Memorial Hospital Miramar Medical Office Building

Memorial Healthcare System has opened its tenth Memorial Primary Care location, expanding high-quality, patient-centered primary healthcare services in Miramar. Developed to maximize the patient experience, the center is located at Memorial Hospital Miramar’s Medical Office Building I, adjacent to a brand new Women’s Imaging Center, Outpatient Lab and Outpatient Surgery Center, and offers convenient access to a comprehensive array of services and specialists in the hospital. “We are proud to expand our Memorial Primary Care services to meet the needs of our growing communities in and around Miramar,” said Melida Akiti, vice president of Memorial’s Ambulatory Program and Community Services....

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