Morning Read: New diabetes cases have declined significantly

Also, Alphabet has filed for a patent for a laser ablation device to remove surgical tissue through electromagnetic radiation.

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A report from the Centers for Disease Control said the rate of new diabetes cases fell by roughly one-fifth from 2008 to 2014. It marks the first sustained decline since the disease began to boom in this country about 25 years ago. Last year there were 1.4 million new cases compared with 1.7 million in 2008. Although there is no one reason, data suggests people are gradually eating less unhealthy food and exercising more. But the diabetes treatment community won’t be retiring just yet. One in every 1o Americans has the chronic condition, which is the leading cause of amputation, kidney dialysis and blindness. — The New York Times

LIFE SCIENCES

Roche has inked a deal to develop drugs to treat inflammatory diseases with Upsher-Smith Laboratories subsidiary Proximagen.  — Pharma Times

Siemens Healthcare got FDA approval for its Robotic Advanced X-ray. The Multitom Rax is designed to be a universal diagnostic imaging system that provides a way to do a variety of examinations in multiple clinical areas such as emergency medicine, interventional, pain management, and orthopedics. It can also do conventional 2D radiography, fluoroscopy exams and angiography applications. — Pharmaceutical Business Review

Alphabet has filed for a patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a laser ablation device to remove surgical tissue through electromagnetic radiation. The device would be for its medical arm, Google Life Sciences. The device uses a laser of electromagnetic radiation guided by a sensor for detecting high-temperature regions of tissue. — Fierce Medical Devices

PAYERS AND PROVIDERS

An ongoing dispute between Highmark and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was resolved yesterday when a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling preserved in-network access to UPMC hospitals and doctors for 182,000 Western Pennsylvania seniors with Highmark Inc.’s Medicare Advantage health insurance plans until 2019. — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Texas Medical Center has visions of grandeur that go beyond being just a hospital. It wants to transform its camps into mixed use applications with retail stores, a hotel, shared research space, and perhaps a transit line. — Houston Chronicle

In a counter move to Martin Shkreli’s Turing Pharmaceuticals, pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts will collaborate with Imprimis Pharmaceuticals to provide a generic version of Daraprim that costs about $1 per pill to treat toxoplasmosis. — PRNewswire

TECHNOLOGY

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine developed a telemedicine platform designed for sleeping disorders called Tell A Sleep Doc. — PR Newswire

A LITTLE BIT EXTRA

Behshad Behzadi, director of search innovation at Google’s Zurich lab, revealed some details about the future of search at the Futurapolis conference in Toulouse, France.  — Venture Beat

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