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Briefly Noted October 2018


Yet more evidence that obesity early in life can have serious consequences later on: People age 30 and younger who are obese are at greater risk of developing eleven types of cancer later in life, according to a study in Obesity Reviews. Included in the list are colorectal, ovarian, and endometrial cancer.

Some heavy-hitting players in the hospital industry—including Intermountain, the Mayo Clinic, and HCA Healthcare—have decided to respond to what hospitals see as a flawed supply chain for medications by creating their own not-for-profit generic drug company. The hospitals announced their intentions in January but presented more details last week about the company, to be called Civica Rx. NPR reports that the new company “plans to market 14 common generic drugs that have been in short supply and whose prices have risen in recent years.” Just which drugs those are has not yet been disclosed. The company expects to release its first products early next year.

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