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2022-01-19 23:26:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
Kaiser Mental Health Physicians Strike, Demand Culturally Competent Care

On Monday, according to information from the National Union of Healthcare Workers, nearly 200 mental health clinicians from Kaiser Permanente,... Read More

On Monday, according to information from the National Union of Healthcare Workers, nearly 200 mental health clinicians from Kaiser Permanente, a major health care company, took to the streets of Oakland, California, with demands for more culturally responsive care for... Read More

2022-01-19 23:24:18
by Alexa Hornbeck
AI-Based Risk Models May Change the Process of Breast Cancer Screening

A recent study published in Nature Medicine examines the role of AI in improving screening programs by advancing early detection of breast cancer... Read More

A recent study published in Nature Medicine examines the role of AI in improving screening programs by advancing early detection of breast cancer while reducing over-screening. Breast cancer is currently the most diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women... Read More

2022-01-19 23:21:40
by Alexa Hornbeck
Coalition Created to Establish Best Practices for AI in Health Care

Leaders from the Brookings Institution, Cleveland Clinic, Duke Health, University of Virginia, and other public and private partnerships recently formed... Read More

Leaders from the Brookings Institution, Cleveland Clinic, Duke Health, University of Virginia, and other public and private partnerships recently formed a coalition called the Artificial Intelligence Industry Innovation Coalition, known as AI3C, to establish recommendations and best practices for the... Read More

2022-01-19 23:19:23
by Alexa Hornbeck
West Virginia Implements New Behavioral Health Court for Prisoners

The Hancock County Circuit Court in West Virginia rolled out a new program this week to try to address behavioral... Read More

The Hancock County Circuit Court in West Virginia rolled out a new program this week to try to address behavioral problems in criminals, rather than pushing them through the court system. The first session of what is called a behavioral... Read More

2022-01-19 23:16:47
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Administration Pressured to Make Insurers Cover Birth Control

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury recently released a fact sheet to respond to a... Read More

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury recently released a fact sheet to respond to a number of complaints and reports that participants, beneficiaries and enrollees are being denied contraceptive coverage. According to the fact sheet,... Read More

2022-01-19 23:13:40
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Asks Trans Women About Experiences Surrounding HIV Infection

A recent study completed by researchers from the San Francisco Department of Public Health seeks to understand why trans women face such... Read More

A recent study completed by researchers from the San Francisco Department of Public Health seeks to understand why trans women face such big obstacles to physical and mental health well-being, and the experiences surrounding HIV infection.  Prior research has shown that trans... Read More

2022-01-19 23:10:26
by Alexa Hornbeck
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Votes No Change to Physician Fee Schedule

A federal advisory board known as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, recently voted to not include any payment... Read More

A federal advisory board known as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, recently voted to not include any payment increases for hospitals or providers for 2023, as the board found that COVID-19 relief funds, especially to rural hospitals, increased... Read More

2022-01-19 16:54:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
CMS Vaccine Mandate Passes With Some Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to a national vaccine mandate for 10 million health care workers who serve Medicaid and Medicare recipients. The mandate says, get vaccinated or lose funding from the U.S. Centers for... Read More

2022-01-19 16:49:24
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Blockchain is Transforming Health Care

WASHINGTON — A digital ledger of transactions known as blockchain, that can protect an individual’s identity and information, is evolving... Read More

WASHINGTON — A digital ledger of transactions known as blockchain, that can protect an individual’s identity and information, is evolving in the health care space into decentralized patient-centric platforms.  “Think of blockchain as an underlying technology that supports everything. It’s... Read More

2022-01-19 16:47:35
by Alexa Hornbeck
Return to Work Associated With Improved Mental Health in Cancer Survivors

WASHINGTON — Kelli Ahnen, a 63-year-old former nursery manager and cancer survivor, found returning to work after a battle with... Read More

WASHINGTON — Kelli Ahnen, a 63-year-old former nursery manager and cancer survivor, found returning to work after a battle with breast cancer improved the quality of her mental health.  “I went back to work and it helped. It took my... Read More

2022-01-14 20:22:34
by Dan McCue
White House Announces Plans to Distribute Home COVID Tests

WASHINGTON — Beginning Jan. 19, Americans will be able to order free at-home COVID-19 tests online from the federal government,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Beginning Jan. 19, Americans will be able to order free at-home COVID-19 tests online from the federal government, a senior White House official announced Friday afternoon. In the early going of the new program, individuals will be limited... Read More

Mask Rules Get Tighter in Europe in Winter's COVID-19 Wave

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with... Read More

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules will help it... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Lawmakers Push Congress to Implement Another COVID Relief Package

Recent surges in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations due to the omicron variant are raising concerns among lawmakers about whether another... Read More

Recent surges in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations due to the omicron variant are raising concerns among lawmakers about whether another COVID-19 relief package, particularly for restaurants, will be needed.  “We, the undersigned, call on House and Senate leadership to expedite... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
California Reintroduces AB 1400 for Health Care for All

For five years, California lawmakers have debated the idea of creating a single-payer Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, which... Read More

For five years, California lawmakers have debated the idea of creating a single-payer Guaranteed Health Care for All Act, which would provide all residents with health coverage under the same health plan — that is, without the ever-rising insurance premiums,... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Department of Defense Increases COVID-19 Measures for Pentagon Reservation

The U.S. Department of Defense has recently increased health protection policies at the Pentagon Reservation in response to an increase... Read More

The U.S. Department of Defense has recently increased health protection policies at the Pentagon Reservation in response to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region over the past two weeks.  Effective as of Monday, Jan. 10,... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
How Blood Tests Could Change the Process of Lung Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force changed its recommendations for lung cancer screening last year to expand testing to more smokers.  A... Read More

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force changed its recommendations for lung cancer screening last year to expand testing to more smokers.  A recent study funded by the National Cancer Institute finds that a blood test can provide a better way to identify... Read More

2022-01-13 16:32:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Research Shows Children and Teens With COVID More Likely to Get Diagnosed With Diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new study showing that children and teens up to age 18 who... Read More

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new study showing that children and teens up to age 18 who are infected with COVID-19 are more likely than those who are not infected to be diagnosed with diabetes a month... Read More

2022-01-13 02:04:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
CDC May Soon Update Mask Guidance

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised the public of potential plans to renew its mask guidance... Read More

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised the public of potential plans to renew its mask guidance from last July.  The move by the CDC follows recent findings from health departments in states like New York and... Read More

2022-01-13 02:02:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Maryland Man Receives Genetically Modified Pig Heart Transplant

David Bennett, a 57-year-old from Maryland, became the first human patient in the world to have successfully received a transplant... Read More

David Bennett, a 57-year-old from Maryland, became the first human patient in the world to have successfully received a transplant of a genetically modified pig’s heart.  As of Monday, Bennett was still in recovery and breathing on his own, but... Read More

2022-01-13 02:00:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Virginia’s Office of Vital Records Temporarily Scales Back Operations

Officials from the Virginia Department of Health announced in a recent statement that the Office of Vital Records is experiencing a... Read More

Officials from the Virginia Department of Health announced in a recent statement that the Office of Vital Records is experiencing a shortage of workers because of a surge in COVID-19 infections, and the use of live operators in call centers will... Read More

2022-01-13 01:58:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Research Examines Differences in Rural and Urban Care for Home Health Agencies

A recent study from researchers at New York University examines the disparities in quality performance between rural and urban home health agencies... Read More

A recent study from researchers at New York University examines the disparities in quality performance between rural and urban home health agencies between 2014 and 2018. The findings show that rural health agencies consistently begin home care quicker than in urban settings,... Read More

2022-01-13 01:54:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Medicare Limits Restrictions for Alzheimer's Drug Treatment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made an announcement on Tuesday to limit restrictions on coverage for the new Alzheimer’s drug... Read More

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made an announcement on Tuesday to limit restrictions on coverage for the new Alzheimer’s drug treatment Aduhelm to only individuals involved in clinical trials.  “We agree with the [National Institute of Aging] meta-analysis that there... Read More

2022-01-13 01:52:00
by Alexa Hornbeck
Fast-Food Restaurants Seek to Put Plant-based Meats on the Menu

Many fast-food restaurants in the U.S. will soon offer plant-based foods, a trend that emerged in recent years as retailers... Read More

Many fast-food restaurants in the U.S. will soon offer plant-based foods, a trend that emerged in recent years as retailers tested whether there was a high enough demand from American consumers for plant-based menu options. On Monday, representatives from Kentucky... Read More

2022-01-12 19:22:54
by Reece Nations
House Rules Committee Rejects G.I. Bill Education Benefits for Vaccine Refusal

WASHINGTON — The House Rules Committee on Monday rejected an amendment to the Guard and Reserve G.I. Bill Parity Act... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House Rules Committee on Monday rejected an amendment to the Guard and Reserve G.I. Bill Parity Act that would guarantee Armed Services members discharged for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for G.I. Bill education benefits. The... Read More

2022-01-12 19:17:54
by Alexa Hornbeck
Reliability of Antigen Rapid Tests in Detecting Early Omicron Questioned

WASHINGTON — Beginning Jan. 15, private health insurers will be required to cover the cost of home testing kits despite... Read More

WASHINGTON — Beginning Jan. 15, private health insurers will be required to cover the cost of home testing kits despite recent concerns from elected officials and researchers over the reliability and availability of rapid antigen testing. “I’ve heard from so... Read More

2022-01-12 15:08:15
by Alexa Hornbeck
COVID Pills Show Promise for Combating Severe Infection

Pfizer’s Paxlovid is the first pill treatment to combat severe COVID-19 infection, and new figures from Israel’s Ministry of Health... Read More

Pfizer’s Paxlovid is the first pill treatment to combat severe COVID-19 infection, and new figures from Israel’s Ministry of Health show the pill may hold promise in saving lives. Shortly before Christmas Day, Paxlovid was authorized for at-home treatment of... Read More

2022-01-12 15:07:15
by Alexa Hornbeck
Researchers Develop mRNA-based Lyme Disease Vaccine

Yale researchers recently developed an mRNA-based Lyme disease vaccine capable of targeting antigens in tick saliva to prevent their ability... Read More

Yale researchers recently developed an mRNA-based Lyme disease vaccine capable of targeting antigens in tick saliva to prevent their ability to transmit pathogens.  According to the CDC, nearly half a million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Lyme Disease... Read More

2022-01-12 15:06:11
by Alexa Hornbeck
New Study Shows There Are No Cures for an Alcohol Hangover

A team of British researchers recently found there are no real hangover cures. Their findings followed a systematic review of... Read More

A team of British researchers recently found there are no real hangover cures. Their findings followed a systematic review of numerous remedies that claim to be effective at curing a hangover from alcohol, such as red ginseng, Korean pear juice... Read More

Omicron May be Headed for a Rapid Drop in Britain, US

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the... Read More

Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically. The reason: The variant has proved so wildly contagious... Read More

2022-01-11 22:15:22
by Tom Ramstack
Disease Experts Tell Senate End of Pandemic Is Elusive

WASHINGTON — One day after the United States shattered the world record for the number of coronavirus infections, some of... Read More

WASHINGTON — One day after the United States shattered the world record for the number of coronavirus infections, some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts only cautiously held out hope for an end to the pandemic soon. One of... Read More

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