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Healthy hearts need two proteins working together

Two proteins that bind to stress hormones work together to maintain a healthy heart in mice, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health and their collaborators. These proteins, stress hormone receptors known as the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), act in concert to help support heart health. When the signaling between the two receptors is out of balance, the mice have heart disease.

Lagging Pharmacies Court the Chronically III

CVS and Walgreens hope to offer care to customers needing lots of it. The challenge: to be taken seriously as health providers; Doritos and eye exams

America's two biggest pharmacy chains are attempting to reverse their sagging fortunes by becoming go-to treatment centers for people with chronic illnesses.
CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. are remodeling hundreds of stores into medical-service centers targeted at customers with conditions like diabetes, heart disease and

WellCare To Acquire Aetna Drug Plan Unit

Aetna Inc. said it agreed to sell its Medicare drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans Inc., as the company waits for its merger with CVS Health Corp. to be approved by federal and state officials The deal with WellCare will be effective at the end of this year, Aetna said in a regulatory filing Thursday, adding that “the purchase price is not material.”
 The announcement marks a significant step forward for CVS's planned acquisition of Aetna, a nearly $70 billion deal that will unite the third biggest health insurer with the drugstore and pharmacy-benefit company.

What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors.

These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals, according to a review by The New York Times and ProPublica and data from other recent research.

Gunman Kills Chicago Emergency Physician, Two Others

CHICAGO -- Physicians were outraged after two hospital employees -- including a physician and a pharmacy resident -- and a police officer were killed Monday in a shooting here at Mercy Hospital, according to news reports.

"The city of Chicago lost a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant, and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in an announcement. "This tears at the soul of our city."