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Researcher Develops New Weapon in War Against Overdoses: An Implanted Device That Automatically Releases Lifesaving Naloxone
Opioids
Researcher Develops New Weapon in War Against Overdoses: An Implanted Device That Automatically Releases Lifesaving Naloxone

CHICAGO — An opioid overdose can be a lonely death. People who use drugs often do so in private, and should they get a dose stronger than they can tolerate, no one will be there to save them with the... Read More

IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
Veterans
IAVA CEO Butler Takes Up the Fight for a New Generation of Veterans
2019-12-03 19:51:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In many ways, Jeremy Butler is the perfect interview subject. It doesn't take much to encourage him to talk about topics he's passionate about. And as the newly appointed CEO of Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Butler... Read More

Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills
Texas
Last-Minute Loophole Could Undermine Texas Law Against Surprise Medical Bills

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ bipartisan effort to shield patients from surprise medical bills could be weaker than lawmakers intended when it takes effect Jan. 1. Earlier this year, lawmakers from both parties came together on legislation to protect people in... Read More

Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy
Research
Suicides and Overdoses Among Factors Fueling Drop in US Life Expectancy

It’s official: Americans are dying much sooner in life. Preliminary signals of declining health were neither a false alarm nor a statistical fluke. A reversal of American life expectancy, a downward trend that has now been sustained for three years... Read More

New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
State News
New Jersey Wants to Give Planned Parenthood, Others $9 Million After Trump Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

Lawmakers in New Jersey voted overwhelmingly Monday to provide more than $9 million to organizations like Planned Parenthood, which said they had to turn down federal money after President Donald Trump instituted a so-called “gag rule” forbidding them from making... Read More

With Safe Injection Sites, ‘Somebody Has to Go First.’ It Could Be Philadelphia
Health
With Safe Injection Sites, ‘Somebody Has to Go First.’ It Could Be Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — In a massive, soot-stained 19th-century former Methodist church that fills an entire block here, dozens of addiction counselors and peer support specialists work to help injection drug users stay as healthy as possible until they decide they’re ready... Read More

Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment
State News
Florida Leads Nation in ACA Signups Midway Through Open Enrollment

ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost halfway through the ACA open enrollment period, Florida is leading the nation in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance, according to the federal data released on Wednesday. Of the 1.7 million... Read More

The Case of the Affordable Care Act’s Disappearing Taxes
Health
The Case of the Affordable Care Act’s Disappearing Taxes

It was a moment of genuine bipartisanship at the House Ways and Means Committee in October, as Democratic and Republican sponsors alike praised a bill called the “Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019.” The bill, approved by the panel... Read More

Pentagon Warns That Number of Military Bases With Contaminated Water Likely to Rise
Health
Pentagon Warns That Number of Military Bases With Contaminated Water Likely to Rise

WASHINGTON — The number of known military installations with water sources contaminated by cancer-linked firefighting foam is likely to rise, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. In 2018, the Pentagon reported that 401 sites — including wells, on-base drinking sources and groundwater... Read More

Under New Rule, Hospitals Will Have to Share Information on Pricing
Health
Under New Rule, Hospitals Will Have to Share Information on Pricing

Hospitals will soon have to share price information they have long kept obscured — including how big a discount they offer cash-paying patients and rates negotiated with insurers — under a rule finalized Friday by the Trump administration. In a... Read More

Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
In The News
Senators Express Frustration with FDA for Slow Response to Vaping Hazards
2019-11-15 20:38:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration official told a U.S. Senate committee this week that new regulations to control vaping are likely coming soon, but couldn’t say when. His testimony drew rebukes and words of frustration from members of... Read More

Sit, Heal: Dog Teaches Military Medical Students the Merits of Service Animals
Mental Health
Sit, Heal: Dog Teaches Military Medical Students the Merits of Service Animals

The newest faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has a great smile — and a wagging tail. Shetland, not quite 2 years old, is half golden retriever, half Labrador retriever. As of this fall, he... Read More

The Politics of Medicaid Expansion Have Changed
Health
The Politics of Medicaid Expansion Have Changed

WASHINGTON — Year by year, resistance to extending Medicaid to more low-income Americans in conservative states has given way. That trend seems likely to continue into 2020. In some states, Democratic governors who favor expansion have replaced Republicans who were... Read More

As Congress Works to Curb Surprise Medical Bills, New York’s Fix Gets Examined
Health
As Congress Works to Curb Surprise Medical Bills, New York’s Fix Gets Examined

Lobbying campaigns and legislative battles have been underway for months as Congress tries to solve the problem of surprise billing, when patients face often exorbitant costs after they unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network doctor or hospital. As Congress considers... Read More

For Young People With Psychosis, Early Intervention Is Crucial
Mental Health
For Young People With Psychosis, Early Intervention Is Crucial

Andrew Echeguren, 26, had his first psychotic episode when he was 15. He was working as an assistant coach at a summer soccer camp for kids when the lyrics coming out of his iPod suddenly morphed into racist and homophobic... Read More

VA Unveils Video Series to Help Vets File Disability Claims Online
Veterans
VA Unveils Video Series to Help Vets File Disability Claims Online
2019-11-07 22:04:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new video tutorial aimed at helping veterans file disability compensation benefits claims online. The tutorial tells veterans how they can learn about and apply for benefits earned using... Read More

Supreme Court Leans Toward Expanding Clean Water Act
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Leans Toward Expanding Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices, both conservative and liberal, appeared skeptical Wednesday of a Trump administration argument that the federal Clean Water Act should not apply to sewage plant wastewater that flows into the ground and eventually seeps into federally... Read More

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support
Health
Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

WASHINGTON — Absent action by Congress in the next three weeks, Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, is going to have to figure out what medical services to deny hard-pressed communities in rural eastern North Carolina. “It runs the... Read More

She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin
Health
She Moved Overseas for School, and Stayed for Insulin

HAMBURG, Germany — Every now and then, Katie West considers returning to the United States. She moved to Germany for graduate school three years ago and now works as a health systems researcher in Hamburg. Her family is an ocean... Read More

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
State News
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama's Near-Total Abortion Ban
2019-10-29 17:12:41
by Dan McCue

A federal judge blocked an Alabama abortion ban Tuesday that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who was appointed to the bench by President Jimmy... Read More

Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries
Marijuana
Rural Medical Marijuana Users Often Have Long Treks to Ohio Dispensaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Ohio doled out medical marijuana dispensary licenses, state officials took location into account. The idea was to grant licenses to a geographically diverse set of applicants so all patients, regardless of their hometown, had access to... Read More

A Million-Dollar Marketing Juggernaut Pushes 3D Mammograms
Health
A Million-Dollar Marketing Juggernaut Pushes 3D Mammograms

When Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens made an appointment for a mammogram last year, she expected a simple breast cancer screening — not a heavy-handed sales pitch. A receptionist asked if she wanted a free upgrade to a “3D mammogram,” or tomosynthesis.... Read More

In Hamburg, ‘Gesundheit’ Means More Than a Wish for Good Health
Health
In Hamburg, ‘Gesundheit’ Means More Than a Wish for Good Health

HAMBURG, Germany — Researchers around the world hail Germany for its robust health care system: universal coverage, plentiful primary care, low drug prices and minimal out-of-pocket costs for residents. Unlike in the U.S., the prospect of a large medical bill... Read More

The Uncertainty of Government Run Healthcare
Health
The Uncertainty of Government Run Healthcare
2019-10-22 15:38:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Accustomed as they are to believing government can do a great deal of good for a great many, serious Democrats have grown increasingly concerned over the potential long-term ramifications of Medicare for all proposals. While it's easy --... Read More

Bill Seeks to Provide Vision Coverage in Medicare, Lowering Costs for Seniors
Medicare
Bill Seeks to Provide Vision Coverage in Medicare, Lowering Costs for Seniors
2019-10-22 13:11:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A quartet of House Democrats want to see Medicare Part B coverage expanded to include routine vision benefits. Right now, Medicare only covers surgery and screenings for people who are at a high risk of getting cataracts and... Read More

Rose Hosts District Roundtable on Prescription Drug Prices
Prescription Drugs
Rose Hosts District Roundtable on Prescription Drug Prices
2019-10-22 13:07:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Max Rose hosted a roundtable for seniors in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday to bring them up to speed on his proposal to lower prescription drug prices. Rose met with members of AARP Bay Ridge Chapter 3630 to... Read More

Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Federal Investment in Cancer and Rare Disease Research
Health
Spanberger Fighting to Strengthen Federal Investment in Cancer and Rare Disease Research
2019-10-22 13:01:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., wants $10 billion allocated to the National Institutes of Health over the next 10 years as a catalyst for medical cures and scientific breakthroughs. The Biomedical Innovation Expansion Act introduced last week by Spanberger... Read More

Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
State News
Governors Hold Summit on Regional Approach to Cannabis and Vaping Legislation
2019-10-18 21:07:24
by Dan McCue

The governors of five northeastern states came together for a summit on Thursday to discuss the outlines of a joint regional approach to cannabis and vaping policies. "This issue is complicated, controversial and consequential. It is probably one of the... Read More

Cancer Patients Often Need This One Basic Thing to Participate in Clinical Trials
Health
Cancer Patients Often Need This One Basic Thing to Participate in Clinical Trials

PHILADELPHIA — When Paul Bagga was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer that soon spread to his brain, the nonsmoker was devastated and terrified. More than five years later, the Flourtown retiree, 67, is going strong, thanks to participating in clinical... Read More

State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban
Health
State Court Halts Michigan Governor’s Flavored Vaping Ban

LANSING, Mich. — A state judge has granted a preliminary injunction to vape shop owners who opposed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s flavored vaping ban, temporarily stopping the state from enforcing emergency rules banning the sale of the products. The facts... Read More

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