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Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages Health
Torres Small Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Address Rural Doctor Shortages
2019-03-22 22:07:59
by Dan McCue

Last week, Representative Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., introduced The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2019 (H.R. 1763), which she and her bipartisan cosponsors say will take definitive steps toward reducing nationwide physician shortages, with an emphasis in rural areas. The bill... Read More

EPA Adviser Is Promoting Harmful Ideas, Scientists Say Health
EPA Adviser Is Promoting Harmful Ideas, Scientists Say

The Trump administration’s reliance on industry-funded environmental specialists is again coming under fire, this time by researchers who say that Louis Anthony “Tony” Cox Jr., who leads a key Environmental Protection Agency advisory board on air pollution, is a “fringe”... Read More

Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says Health
Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says

Every time University of Pennsylvania engineer Marc Miskin speaks about his research on miniature robots, someone asks the question: How does it compare to the submarine in “Fantastic Voyage”? That’s the fanciful 1966 sci-fi movie in which a tiny vessel... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options Veterans
Bipartisan Bill Introduced in House to Protect Veterans’ Cannabis Treatment Options
2019-03-15 22:58:49
by TWN Staff

Representative Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Don Young, R-Alaska, have introduced the bipartisan Fairness in Federal Drug Testing Under State Laws Act (H.R.1687). The bill would protect veterans' cannabis treatment options and their ability to be employed by the federal government.... Read More

Judge Vows to Rule on Medicaid Work Requirements by End of March Health
Judge Vows to Rule on Medicaid Work Requirements by End of March

WASHINGTON — The federal judge who shot down a Medicaid work requirement plan last June remained deeply skeptical Thursday of the Trump administration’s renewed strategy to force enrollees to work. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who last year blocked Kentucky’s... Read More

Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores of Medical Devices Health
Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores of Medical Devices

Dr. Douglas Kwazneski was helping a Pittsburgh surgeon remove an appendix when something jarring happened. The surgical stapler meant to cut and seal the tissue around the appendix locked up. Kwazneski later turned to the Food and Drug Administration’s public... Read More

Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Excise Tax On Middle-Class Health Benefits Introduced in Senate Health
Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Excise Tax On Middle-Class Health Benefits Introduced in Senate
2019-03-09 00:19:00
by TWN Staff

This week, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal a provision in the Affordable Care Act known as the “Cadillac Tax,” which taxes high-cost health insurance plans and impacts middle-class health benefits. In... Read More

Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung Kentucky
Coal Official Allegedly Cheated on Safety Tests, Putting Miners at Risk of Black Lung

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A coal company manager took part in cheating on tests designed to protect miners from contracting deadly black lung disease, a federal grand jury has charged. The grand jury issued a new indictment adding Glendal “Buddy” Hardison... Read More

Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced Health
Liberal Democrats Want Medicare for All. The House’s Top Budget Guy Isn’t Convinced

WASHINGTON — The increasingly powerful Democratic left sees a huge opening this year to promote Medicare for all in Congress. But they need to convince Rep. John Yarmuth, and that’s going to be tough. Read More

E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information Congress
E&C Demands Facebook Briefing on Exposure of Users' Personal Health Information
2019-02-20 00:10:48
by TWN Staff

On Tuesday, Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demanding a briefing from the company following a consumer complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission that personal health information of certain Facebook users who were participating in... Read More

Using Opioids to Treat Addiction Is Considered the Gold Standard Health
Using Opioids to Treat Addiction Is Considered the Gold Standard

PHILADELPHIA — Doctors need no special training to prescribe the opioid pain pills widely blamed for fueling a national addiction crisis. But prescribing the medicine considered the gold standard for addiction treatment is another story entirely. Read More

Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts In The News
Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts

WASHINGTON — The 9/11 fund is running out of money, and will slash payments by at least half for growing numbers of people getting sick or dying from the toxins unleashed in the terror attacks of 2001, officials announced Friday. Read More

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