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Health Care Week in Review: Predicted Breast Cancer Cases, Tech Obstacles in Opioid Crisis, SF Air Quality, New Executive Order

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Researchers at the American Cancer Society predict there will be a quarter-million new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. in 2017. Women living in the U.S. have a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer over their lifetime. However, death rates from breast cancer have declined 39 percent from 1989 through 2015, largely as a result of early diagnosis and advanced treatments.  Read More

•  While tech companies are working hard to help target the opioid crisis, tech can also be seen as a separator. For example, the lack of interoperability and the challenge in changing antiquated provider workflows can stand in the way of opioid prescription management.  Read More

•  It has been a devastating week of wildfires in California's wine country region. The effects of the fires have also extended into the surrounding Bay Area, creating a layer of air pollution that has not been this unhealthy since 1999 and can be compared to high pollution days in China. Officials recommend minimizing outdoor activities and even leaving the region until air quality improves.  Read More

•  On Thursday, the President signed an executive order that aims to revamp health insurance markets in the U.S. While the order itself does not implement any policies, it does seek to direct federal agencies to draft regulations.  However, health care experts and insurers have been vocal about the potential impact and consequences the executive order may bring.  Read More

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