Early physical therapy linked to reduced healthcare costs and opioid use in low back pain patients
(Wiley) In a Health Services Research analysis of patients with low back pain, when patients saw a physical therapist first, there was lower utilization of high cost medical services as well as lower opioid use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Even Higher-Income Americans are Frustrated with High Health Insurance Costs; Many Drop Coverage and Switch to Concierge Care; Clinical Laboratories May Be Affected by Trend
From reduced medical laboratory test ordering to dealing with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are impacted daily by rising healthcare costs. Until now, however, one demographic was not affected—affluent Americans. But that is no longer the case. According to Bloomberg, thousands of people—some earning more than $125,000 a year—are now […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 18, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement ACA Affordable Care Act anatomic pathology Apex Management Group clinical laboratory concierge care Dark Daily dark intelligence Source Type: news

AI can help tame America’s exploding healthcare costs
Autonomous technology can make clinical decisions, allowing for convenient diagnosis (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Early Palliative Care Curbs Costs, Especially for Cancer Early Palliative Care Curbs Costs, Especially for Cancer
Palliative care that begins within 3 days of hospitalization can significantly reduce healthcare costs, especially among cancer patients and those with multiple comorbidities.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Recipe to Save 700,000 Young Children a Year: Clean Water & Decent Toilets
This study adds to the evidence that the lives of hundreds of thousands of young children could be saved each year if these pillars of development were combined with other health interventions.WaterAid and Defeat DD are calling on governments and donors to align child health and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, policies and financing to address this unnecessary health crisis more effectively and more efficiently. These investments create a positive cycle that builds human capital, strengthens economies, reduces future healthcare costs and contributes to national development.This July the UN’s Sustainable Dev...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Savio Carvalho Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Olympus inks co-development deal with Ai4gi for AI-supported colonoscopy solution
Olympus (TYO:7733) said today it inked a co-development deal with artificial intelligence joint venture Ai4gi which will give Olympus exclusive rights to offer Ai4gi’s AI solution designed for clinical decision support during colonoscopy screening and surveillance procedures. Ai4gi is a joint venture between Imagia and Satis Operations, Tokyo-based Olympus said. The company added that the co-development agreement is intended to improve clinical outcomes during colonoscopy procedures, reduce costs and improve quality of life for patients. “Ai4gi’s solutions to early colon cancer recognition are going ...
Source: Mass Device - May 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Software / IT ai4gi Olympus Source Type: news

Delayed calorie disclosure rule takes effect for U.S. food sellers
(Reuters) - Many restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and movie theaters across the United States are required starting on Monday to clearly display food calorie counts as part of a push to trim expanding American waistlines and control healthcare costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Merit Medical gets in on NinePoint ’ s NvisionVLE OCT
NinePoint Medical said today that it inked a long-term deal with Merit Medical (NSDQ:MMSI) division Endotek to distribute its NvisionVLE optical coherence tomography device that includes strategic investment of an unspecified amount. “NinePoint Medical is committed to providing GI physicians an elegant and cost-effective OCT imaging solution to enable early and accurate diagnosis,” president & CEO Christopher von Jako said in prepared remarks. “Merit Medical Endotek is the ideal partner as they have the reputation, clinical experience, and complementary product portfolio to grow this busines...
Source: Mass Device - May 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Imaging Wall Street Beat Merit Medical Systems Inc. NinePoint Medical Inc. Source Type: news

Fitbit Dives Deeper in Healthcare Through Google Partnership
Fitbit is continuing to make good on its promise to become more deeply entrenched in the healthcare market. The wearables giant has announced a collaboration with Google – a company that’s no stranger to teaming up with healthcare firms. San Fransisco, CA-based Fitbit said it intends to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to help integrate wearables further into the healthcare system, such as by connecting user data with electronic medical records. The companies said that connecting to the healthcare API can make it easier for clinicians and patients to collaborate on care, leading to better health outc...
Source: MDDI - April 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Digital Health Source Type: news

4 Trends Advancing Medtech
For the past 20 years, the Medical Design Excellence Awards have celebrated medical products that improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare. Our finalists this year carry on this tradition, while also keeping in step with today’s high-tech digital and consumer trends. With the help of our esteemed jurors, we have identified four key trends in this year’s group of finalists: risk reduction; faster, more-efficient healthcare delivery; the influence of the Internet of Things; and the consumerization of healthcare. We’ve been tracking a few of these trends in past awards programs, so they’re n...
Source: MDDI - April 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: MD & M East (New York) Design Source Type: news

86 million workdays lost to migraine in the UK every year
(Lancaster University) Migraine costs the UK economy £ 8.8 billion per year in lost productivity, a new report by the Work Foundation reveals.The equivalent of 86 million workdays are lost to migraine each year and close to £ 1 billion is spent on healthcare costs associated with the condition. It affects more than 23 percent of adults with almost 200,000 attacks happening in the UK every day -- making migraine the most common neurological reason for accident and emergency attendance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infection of the heart valves and healthcare costs on rise due to impact of IV drug
(Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions) A new study finds the number of patients hospitalized with endocarditis has increased dramatically over the last decade in a pattern that mirrors the increase in mixed drug use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amazon, Chase and Berkshire Hathaway search for a healthcare chief
Amazon.com  Inc.’s new health care initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase is expected to have a leader soon. According to Axios, a CEO for the partnership will be named over the next two months. Ever since the corporate giants went public in January about the partnership, details have been few and far between. Jamie Dimon, CEO of New York-based JPMorgan, unveiled some information in his annual letter to shareholders earlier this month. He addressed high healthcare costs,wellness… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 25, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Anthony Noto Source Type: news

Healthcare costs for adults with autism more than double those for general population
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers compared total annual healthcare costs for adults on the autism spectrum to costs for adults with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and adults in the general population and found them to be 20 percent and 70 percent higher, respectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surgery recovery program slashes opioid use, benefits patients, cuts costs, study finds
(University of Virginia Health System) A special recovery program for thoracic surgery patients developed at the University of Virginia Health System is getting patients home sooner while decreasing both healthcare costs and opioid use, a review of the first year of the program shows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reducing complications and overall healthcare costs of hip fracture management: a retrospective study on the application of a Diagnostic Therapeutic Pathway in the Cosenza General Hospital - Loizzo M, Gallo F, Caruso D.
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic Therapeutic Pathways (DTPs) are multidisciplinary plans designed by each healthcare organization for a specific category of patients to reduce the variability of professional behaviors and to ensure greater safety and better overall ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Even the wealthiest Americans fear growing healthcare costs
A survey of more than 5,000 people from 10 countries with more than $1 million in assets found that Americans' views different significantly from those of people in other countries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Type of Consumerism Healthcare Really Needs
For decades, many have been dreaming of a revolution in healthcare based on the premise that making patients more accountable for healthcare costs —making them “consumers”—will result in higher quality and lower costs. For many patients, it’s not a dream, it’s a nightmare. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sachin H. Jain, Contributor Source Type: news

MediMergent and FDA team up to tackle medication adherence
Healthcare data analytics company, MediMergent, and the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research reportedly gathered stakeholders from biopharma companies, pharmacies, health plans and regulatory agencies to propose strategies regarding medication non-adherence. Approximately half of all Americans with chronic diseases who need lifelong medications do not stick to their prescribed regimen six months after they begin therapy, according to MediMergent. It’s a problem that results in up to $300 billion in added healthcare costs, the company said. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business N...
Source: Mass Device - April 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Big Data Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals medimergent Source Type: news

Study shows potential cost savings for early detection and treatment of type 2 diabetes
(Aarhus University) A large study from Aarhus University, Denmark, showed that for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, screening is associated with a reduction in healthcare costs due to fewer admissions and doctor's visits and a reduction in prescribed medication. These results have just been published in the scientific journal Diabetologia. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Germany: compensated cirrhosis substantially increases comorbidities and healthcare costs for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) Compensated cirrhosis substantially increases comorbidities and healthcare costs for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease/non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Food Delivery Programs May Reduce Senior Healthcare Costs Food Delivery Programs May Reduce Senior Healthcare Costs
Ensuring that vulnerable elderly are well-fed could trim their healthcare costs, especially for emergency-room visits, U.S. researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Food delivery programs may reduce senior healthcare costs
(Reuters Health) - Ensuring that vulnerable elderly are well-fed could trim their healthcare costs, especially for emergency-room visits, U.S. researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

HeartSciences touts MyoVista LVDD study
This study of MyoVista wavelet ECG technology is a significant step towards enhancing the most commonly used low-cost, front-line tool, the 12-lead resting ECG, with new capabilities that can provide more effective risk stratification related to the early detection of heart disease,” board chair Andrew Simpson said in a prepared release. Data from the 188-patient study indicated an 80% sensitivity and 84% specificity with an area under the curve of 91% for predicting low (e’), which is used to determine LVDD. Prediction of low (e’) was identified in 82% of subjects with significant underlying coronary art...
Source: Mass Device - April 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Clinical Trials heartsciences Source Type: news

Camouflaged collectives: managing stigma and identity at gun events - Blithe SJ, Lanterman JL.
This article seeks to contribute to social justice work on the "gun problem" by studying gun collectives. To understand gun culture and to identify gun violence red... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Cost and economic burden of illness over 15 years in Nepal: a comparative analysis - Swe KT, Rahman MM, Rahman MS, Saito E, Abe SK, Gilmour S, Shibuya K.
BACKGROUND: With an increasing burden of non-communicable disease in Nepal and limited progress towards universal health coverage, country- and disease-specific estimates of financial hardship related to healthcare costs need to be evaluated to protect the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

GP nursing home service cuts hospital admissions by a third
Commissioning GP practices to provide dedicated support for patients in nursing homes could significantly reduce emergency hospital admissions and healthcare costs, researchers have found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - April 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Commissioning News Source Type: news

Does I-CBT for paediatric chronic pain reduce healthcare costs?
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - April 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

WSG has no impact on short-term healthcare costs
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - April 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

No Benefit in Outcomes With Higher Resource Use in Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Increases in resource use were not associated with improved survival or quality of care for patients with metastatic prostate cancer, but were associated with higher healthcare costs. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - March 30, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Genitourinary Cancers News Prostate Cancer Source Type: news

Reducing falls in older adults recently discharged from hospital: a systematic review and meta-analysis - Naseri C, Haines TP, Etherton-Beer C, McPhail S, Morris ME, Flicker L, Netto J, Francis-Coad J, Lee DA, Shorr R, Hill AM.
BACKGROUND: older adults are known to have increased falls rates and functional decline following hospital discharge, with substantial economic healthcare costs. This systematic review aimed to synthesise the evidence for effective falls prevention interve... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

2018 Medtech Startup Showdown: The Finals
They fought off some stiff competition, and now we have the final two competitors in MD+DI's 2018 Medtech Startup Showdown. It's down to a battle of digital health dynamos Strados Labs vs. Spry Health, and once again, we're asking you to help us decide which upstart medtech company has what it takes to make it in the real world. You know the drill by now: We'll give readers a week to vote, and the company that gets the most votes is the winner. We'll feature the champ in an upcoming profile on MD+DI (see complete rules here). strados_vs_spry.png Company name Strados Labs S...
Source: MDDI - March 28, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Tags: Business Source Type: news

It's not just housing; Northern California healthcare costs are 30% higher than rest of state
When it comes to health care, residents of Northern California are paying a whole lot more than their neighbors to the South. According to a study from the UC Berkeley's Petris Center, which researches affordability and access to health care markets, health care costs in Northern California outstrip Southern California by 30 percent. The gap grows even wider when looking at one of the most expensive portions of health care costs: inpatient procedures. According to the study, the average inpatient… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 28, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Kevin Truong Source Type: news

Gait and balance in the aging population: fall prevention using innovation and technology - Khanuja K, Joki J, Bachmann G, Cuccurullo S.
On a global basis, adults 65 years of age and older experience falls more frequently than younger individuals, and these often result in severe injuries as well as increased healthcare costs. Gait and balance disorders in this population are among the most... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Hospital admission rates and costs increase in line with BMI
Analysis of data (Million Women Study) found for each 2kg/m2 rise in BMI above normal-weight in women aged 55-79 leads to 5% rise in annual hospital admissions and 7% rise in healthcare costs. Commentary suggests further public health efforts to support healthy lifestyle change. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Addressing Health Through Housing Solutions
As the US healthcare system searches for a way to address the poor health and high healthcare costs of American, one concept has risen to the top and received a lot of attention: social determinants of health. Podcast focuses on the issue of housing, and how communities are working to get people into housing so their health can improve. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - March 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amazon Is Building an All-Star Health Tech Team
Details about Amazon's ambitions in healthcare are still sparse at this point, but the online retail giant appears to be building an all-star team to lead the new venture. Earlier this year Amazon announced a partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create a new venture aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving quality for employees. The company is also reportedly looking to give traditional medical suppliers a run for their money. CNBC reported late last week that Amazon quietly hired Taha Kass-Hout, MD, a former FDA chief health informatics officer, to serve in a business development role foc...
Source: MDDI - March 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Why US healthcare costs more, but isn't better than other countries: Study
An analysis published in JAMA breaks down the factors behind the high cost. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

JAMA report on U.S. healthcare spending calls out imaging
Why are U.S. healthcare costs so much higher than those in comparable developed...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: U.S. health spending to approach 20% of GDP by 2026 U.S. healthcare spending slowed in 2016 CMS: State healthcare spending growth on the rise MedPAC: Imaging still high on low-value service list MedPAC report on imaging volume sees glass half empty (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 13, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Doctors salaries contribute to high US healthcare costs
Researchers at Harvard University found the US spend nearly twice as much on health care than other wealthy countries and the main driver of these prices are salaries for physicians and nurses. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

T2 Biosystems lands $2m grant for ‘ superbug ’ test
T2 Biosystems won a $2 million grant to develop a test using its T2Dx MR-based technology to detect strains of drug-resistant bacteria or so-called “superbugs.” The grant is from Carb-X, a Boston University-based public-private partnership aimed at furthering anti-bacterial R&D that’s jointly funded by the U.S. Health & Human Services Dept.’s Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority and the Wellcome Trust. The group has a $455 million war chest to deploy until 2021 to back the development of new antibiotics, therapeutics, vaccines, rapid diagnostics and devices to treat ...
Source: Mass Device - March 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Diagnostics Funding Roundup T2 Biosystems Inc. Source Type: news

Obesity epidemic driving up healthcare costs across America
(Natural News) A report from NewsWise reveals that while the obesity epidemic in America remains a problem, there is little to no data concerning its economic impact on each state. However, recent research spearheaded by John Cawley, a professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, offers a closer look at how the different states are influenced by the healthcare costs... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The cost of having a baby in America, by state: Alaska is most expensive, Alabama is cheapest
(Natural News) If you’re pregnant and plan to raise a child in the U.S., you might want to check out the FAIR Health’s map of childbirth costs in the country. FAIR Health, a non-profit organization that provides information about healthcare costs, compiled the figures on the map. Alaska tops the list as the most expensive state to give birth,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bait And Switch: The Sneaky Way Your Employer Just Passed Healthcare Costs Onto You
If you are feeling squeezed by healthcare costs, pay close attention when you sign up for an insurance plan. What looks like a bargain probably isn ’t. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Panel: Payment Models Need More Incentives, Fewer Burdens
Physicians and analysts at the recent Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit said successful payment reform requires easing burdens and fine-tuning compensation. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 27, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

A survey of safety recommendations for all-terrain vehicle dealers and track owners in Kansas - Martin MJ, Morton R, Rau S, Nyberg S, Berg GM.
This study s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

FDA clears Access Vascular ’ s HydroPICC catheter
Access Vascular said today that its HydroPICC catheter has won 510(k) clearance from the FDA. The peripherally-inserted central catheter is designed with Access Vascular’s proprietary bulk-hydrophilic material, which the company touted as “the ideal material for long-term implantable vascular access devices.” “The FDA clearance of the HydroPICC catheter is an important milestone for Access Vascular and a critical step forward on our pathway to commercialization,” founder, president & CEO, James Biggins, said in prepared remarks. “Today’s news is a validation of our team&rs...
Source: Mass Device - February 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: 510(k) Catheters Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Vascular accessvascular Source Type: news

SAPVoice: How Analytics Could Put A Big Dent In Rising Healthcare Costs
There seem to be no easy answers to resolving the growing crisis of rising healthcare costs. But there are a couple of obvious places for health systems to start. Read how St. Louis-based Mercy uses advanced analytics to help eliminate waste and drive down costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John Ward, SAP Tags: sap Source Type: news

Colorado 50+ Voters
AARP commissioned a survey in Colorado to gauge the views of voters ages 50+ on a range of issues affecting their state. Key findings include the following: Colorado voters ages 50+ say that healthcare costs represent the most important issue facing their state. Division in America is a top concern among Colorado voters  ... (Source: AARP.org Policy and Research)
Source: AARP.org Policy and Research - February 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Chinese city touted as model for cutting healthcare costs
Cheaper drugs cut burden on Sanming budget, but locals grumble over quality of care (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news