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Prescription drug deaths drop in Fla. after crackdown on doctors

Prescription drug deaths drop in Fla. after crackdown on doctors

Deaths involving narcotic painkillers dropped 26 percent over two years in Florida after stricter doctor scrutiny, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can improve health of the US population

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can improve health of the US population

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by US President Barack Obama in 2010, can advance public health in the USA by supporting increased emphasis on prevention, and reversing the historic division between public health and private health care services, according to the authors of new research published in The Lancet as part of a new Series, The health of Americans. [More]
Study: Lead in children's' blood linked to increased emotional and behavioral problems

Study: Lead in children's' blood linked to increased emotional and behavioral problems

Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The results were published online June 30 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. [More]
Sedia Biosciences to present results of HIV incidence assay at International AIDS Conference

Sedia Biosciences to present results of HIV incidence assay at International AIDS Conference

Sedia Biosciences Corporation of Portland, Oregon will be presenting its first public results of a new rapid point-of-care HIV incidence assay at the upcoming 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, July 21-25, 2014. [More]
Study finds little progress in reducing disparities among people with disabilities

Study finds little progress in reducing disparities among people with disabilities

Psychological distress in people with disabilities is associated with increased prevalence of other chronic conditions and reduced access to health care and preventive care services, finds a new study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. [More]
Exchange plans attract sicker consumers

Exchange plans attract sicker consumers

An analysis of early medical claims shows that Americans enrolled in the health law's exchange plans have higher rates of serious health problems, according to The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that some small employers buying coverage for their workers are struggling with costs and logistics. [More]
First Edition: June 25, 2014

First Edition: June 25, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about a recent analysis that finds new health plan enrollees are showing high rates of serious health conditions. [More]
Viewpoints: Concerns about ACOs; problems in Va. gov.'s strategy; Medicaid 'black hole'

Viewpoints: Concerns about ACOs; problems in Va. gov.'s strategy; Medicaid 'black hole'

Although Obamacare's health insurance expansion has directly provided coverage to only about 4 percent of Americans, changes embedded in the Affordable Care Act could affect many more people, and not always in good ways. [More]
eHealth interventions may help prevent HIV infection in high-risk men

eHealth interventions may help prevent HIV infection in high-risk men

While many HIV prevention interventions have traditionally been delivered face-to-face, a study from Columbia University School of Nursing suggests that digital outreach efforts delivered via text messages, interactive games, chat rooms, and social networks may be an effective way to reach at-risk younger men. [More]
Bisexual men are vulnerable to STIs and other health problems

Bisexual men are vulnerable to STIs and other health problems

Bisexual men have many unmet public health needs, which leave them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other health problems. This new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) illuminates the behavioral, interpersonal, and social realities of men who have sex with men and women (MSMW), and it explores possible interventions to better serve their needs. [More]
Cubist Pharmaceuticals' SIVEXTRO receives FDA approval for treatment of ABSSSI

Cubist Pharmaceuticals' SIVEXTRO receives FDA approval for treatment of ABSSSI

Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved SIVEXTRO (tedizolid phosphate) for the treatment of adult acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). [More]
First Edition: June 20, 2014

First Edition: June 20, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about a new poll of showing a majority of those signing up for marketplace plans had been uninsured before and the Obama administration's decision to extend marriage benefits, including family leave, to same-sex couples. [More]
Viewpoints: U.S. health care: Expensive and deficient; GOP threat to gun violence research

Viewpoints: U.S. health care: Expensive and deficient; GOP threat to gun violence research

Britain and Switzerland were top scorers in a study examining the quality and efficiency of health care systems in 11 advanced nations by a leading American research organization. As usual, the United States finished last overall and last on several important measures of cost and health outcomes, despite having the most costly system in the world (6/16). [More]
C. difficile bacteria pose major health threat without proper infection prevention in hospitals, homes

C. difficile bacteria pose major health threat without proper infection prevention in hospitals, homes

Without proper infection prevention in hospitals, and now homes, the Clostridium difficile bacteria poses a major health threat, cautions a Case Western Reserve University infection control researcher. [More]

Loyola celebrates National HIV Testing Day by offering free HIV testing to patients

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and Loyola University Health System will celebrate as they do every day - by offering free HIV testing to patients in the emergency department and at select immediate care centers. [More]
Affordable Care Act to have significant impact on patients with diabetes

Affordable Care Act to have significant impact on patients with diabetes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) is dramatically changing health care delivery in the U.S. Specific parts of the new law, which will be phased in through 2020, will have a significant impact on patients with diabetes and prediabetes, as explored in a comprehensive Review article published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
Cepheid releases molecular test for detection of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria

Cepheid releases molecular test for detection of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria

Cepheid today announced the release of Xpert® Carba-R, an on-demand molecular test for rapid and accurate detection of carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria, to be marketed as a CE IVD product under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. [More]
Research roundup: Hospital readmissions; researchers mistrust social media; premiums in Washington state

Research roundup: Hospital readmissions; researchers mistrust social media; premiums in Washington state

Reducing hospital readmissions is a major target for current quality improvement and cost-containment efforts. [More]
Researchers develop rapid-acting antidepressants for treatment-resistant depression

Researchers develop rapid-acting antidepressants for treatment-resistant depression

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have generated fresh insights that could aid in the development of rapid-acting antidepressants for treatment-resistant depression. [More]
U.S. cancer survivors face economic burdens due to growing medical costs, productivity losses

U.S. cancer survivors face economic burdens due to growing medical costs, productivity losses

U.S. cancer survivors face significant economic burdens due to growing medical costs, missed work, and reduced productivity, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. [More]