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As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

As Trump attacks the federal health law, some states try to shore it up

This year, a handful of Democratic-led states are gearing up to curb further rate hikes caused by changes implemented by the Trump administration by enacting laws and adopting insurance regulations designed to shore up the traditional insurance industry and restore parts of the ACA, known as Obamacare.

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

Philadelphia moves towards ‘safe injection’ sites

Philadelphia is a step closer to opening what could be the nation’s first supervised site for safe drug injection. But turning the idea into reality won’t be easy.

January 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Big pharma greets hundreds of ex-federal workers at the ‘revolving door’

Big pharma greets hundreds of ex-federal workers at the ‘revolving door’

Nearly 340 former congressional staffers now work for pharmaceutical companies or their lobbying firms. On the flip side, the analysis showed, more than a dozen former drug industry employees now have jobs on Capitol Hill — often on committees that handle health care policy.

January 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
A push to get older adults in better shape for surgery

A push to get older adults in better shape for surgery

At risk patients who participated in the POSH (Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health) program before abdominal surgery spent less time in the hospital, were less likely to return to the hospital in the next 30 days , and were more likely to return home without the need for home health care.

January 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
How to buy medicine safely from an online pharmacy

How to buy medicine safely from an online pharmacy

Rogue online pharmacies may claim to sell prescription medicines at deeply discounted prices, often without requiring a valid prescription. But they often sell unapproved or counterfeit medicines outside the safeguards followed by licensed pharmacies.

January 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
When it comes to your health, where you live matters

When it comes to your health, where you live matters

The “social determinants of health” include community factors like housing quality, access to nutritious and fresh food, water and air quality, education quality and employment opportunities. These factors are thought to be among the most powerful influences on a person’s health.

January 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

Four things you need to know right now to protect yourself from the flu

This has been a particularly bad influenza season, starting early especially in the South and West Coast in the U.S. Here are some answers to frequent questions I am hearing from people about this year’s flu.

January 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
States face costly conundrum: How to treat inmates with hepatitis C

States face costly conundrum: How to treat inmates with hepatitis C

In 2013, Gilead Sciences introduced Sovaldi, the first of a new generation of drugs called direct-acting antivirals that can cure hepatitis C and with fewer side effects than the previous treatments. But the excitement was dampened by the drug’s price. A full course of treatment carried an $84,000 price tag.

January 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

Inflammation due to infection inside the pregnant womb can alter the activity of genes essential for normal fetal heart formation. 

January 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let’s stop the trend now – Viewpoint

US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let’s stop the trend now – Viewpoint

Life expectancy has fallen for the second time in two years – from a high of 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.6 years in 2016. It fell for men and women, whites, blacks and Hispanics. Statistics show that thousands were preventable, premature deaths.

January 22, 2018 | By | Reply More