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State highlights: Calif. hospital chain sues union; Texas sues Xerox again; La. employees face higher health care costs

State highlights: Calif. hospital chain sues union; Texas sues Xerox again; La. employees face higher health care costs

In a surprising move, an anti-union Southern California hospital chain hoping to buy the struggling Daughters of Charity Health Care System is suing employee unions under the federal RICO Act, saying the unions are trying to thwart that deal and others by using extortionist tactics aimed at forcing it to cave into union demands. [More]

Feds say Texas responsible for unnecessary Medicaid spending

Texas is "ultimately responsible" for millions of misspent Medicaid dollars, according to a new federal audit, because a state agency failed to properly oversee the contractor that reviewed the medical necessity of Medicaid claims. [More]
Access Pharmaceuticals enters into exclusive license agreement with Norgine

Access Pharmaceuticals enters into exclusive license agreement with Norgine

ACCESS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., an emerging biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it had entered into an exclusive license agreement with Norgine B.V., a leading independent European specialty pharmaceutical company, for the commercialization of MuGard in Europe. [More]
Cosmetic dentistry improves patients' self-confidence

Cosmetic dentistry improves patients' self-confidence

The results of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry showed that virtually all Americans -- 99.7 percent to be exact -- believe that a nice looking smile is an important physical asset. Dr. Michael Lenz, DMD of Wilmington Dental Associates sees countless patients who don't like the way their teeth look and are eager to improve their smiles at his Wilmington cosmetic dentistry. [More]
Hamlin Dental Group provides easy and comfortable teeth straightening treatment

Hamlin Dental Group provides easy and comfortable teeth straightening treatment

It's easy to feel self-conscious if you're suffering from crooked teeth but, for many, the thought of having uncomfortable metallic braces obscuring your smile is even less appealing. [More]
Highlights: Calif. nurse union in contract fight; personhood measure in Colo.; Md. transgender coverage

Highlights: Calif. nurse union in contract fight; personhood measure in Colo.; Md. transgender coverage

But this is no church service, and nurses are not here to worship. The California Nurses Association is rousing its troops for battle. California's powerful nurses' union will begin bargaining next week with Kaiser Permanente on a new four-year contract for nurses at its Northern California hospitals. (Kaiser Health News is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.) Kaiser operates the largest hospital system in the state, by number of hospitals and number of hospital beds, and is the eighth largest health system in the country (Dembosky, 7/22). [More]
First Edition: July 23, 2014

First Edition: July 23, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage and analysis of yesterday's conflicting legal decisions regarding the health law. [More]
Breg launches FreeRunner knee brace for runners suffering from patellofemoral pain syndrome

Breg launches FreeRunner knee brace for runners suffering from patellofemoral pain syndrome

Breg, Inc., a premier provider of sports medicine products and services, has launched the FreeRunner knee brace with new innovations to help people, particularly runners, who suffer from patella mal-tracking return to active lifestyles. [More]
Knowing summer allergies

Knowing summer allergies

As if a runny nose and red eyes weren't enough to ruin your warm weather look, summer allergies can gift you with even more than you've bargained for this year. In fact, some unusual symptoms can leave you looking like you lost a round in a boxing ring. [More]
State highlights: Mental health funding in Kansas; EHR problems claim CEO's job; 'litany of woes' at IHS

State highlights: Mental health funding in Kansas; EHR problems claim CEO's job; 'litany of woes' at IHS

A selection of health policy stories from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, and Wyoming. [More]

Dr. Cynthia Lee Jackson listed in San Diego Magazine's 2014 Top Dentists and Specialists

Announcing a special recognition appearing in the April, 2014 issue of San Diego Magazine published by San Diego Magazine Publishing Company. Dr. Cynthia Lee Jackson was selected for the following honor: "2014 Top Dentists and Specialists" [More]
Access provides update on new formulation of anti-inflammatory drug amlexanox

Access provides update on new formulation of anti-inflammatory drug amlexanox

ACCESS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (OTCBB: ACCP) provided an update on a new formulation of the anti-inflammatory drug amlexanox, called LexaGard™, for the treatment of inflammatory and ulcerative conditions of the esophagus. [More]
States: Calif. malpractice bill; Conn. braces for mental health cuts; Fla. advance practice nurses bill

States: Calif. malpractice bill; Conn. braces for mental health cuts; Fla. advance practice nurses bill

A selection of health policy stories from California, Connecticut, Florida and Arizona. [More]
New orthotic device could aid in rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders

New orthotic device could aid in rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders

​A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. [More]
Keeping teeth and gums healthy through interactive games

Keeping teeth and gums healthy through interactive games

Learning about oral health can be informative and fun at the same time. The Pennsylvania Dental Association's (PDA) website features a section specifically designed for kids, and we encourage you to check it out. The Kids' Corner, www.padental.org/kidscorner, is an excellent resource for children of all ages and features the lovable Topher Tooth. It includes interactive games and activities, information on brushing and flossing, answers to frequently asked questions, nutritional information and more. [More]

Children with buck teeth can be corrected in early adolescence stage

Children with prominent front teeth, colloquially known as buck teeth, often require orthodontic work to straighten their teeth and improve both their bite and appearance. [More]
First Edition: December 17, 2013

First Edition: December 17, 2013

Today's headlines include reports about how the health law is viewed by immigrant populations. [More]
UTHealth starts clinical trial to study two forms of stem cell treatments for children with CP

UTHealth starts clinical trial to study two forms of stem cell treatments for children with CP

A first-of-its-kind clinical trial studying two forms of stem cell treatments for children with cerebral palsy has begun at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. [More]
Health plan cancellations create White House's next set of challenges

Health plan cancellations create White House's next set of challenges

News coverage is focusing on the notion that a large percentage of people who currently have individual health coverage are receiving cancellation notices because their plans don't meet the standards created by the health law. Many of these people, according to reports, will face "sticker shock" with their new insurance. A critical emerging question is whether the Obama administration expected this scenario. [More]
Patellofemoral knee brace can improve pain, bone marrow lesions in knee osteoarthritis patients

Patellofemoral knee brace can improve pain, bone marrow lesions in knee osteoarthritis patients

Use of a patellofemoral knee brace can improve pain symptoms and bone marrow lesions in patients with a type of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Diego. [More]