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Caffeine intake may aggravate hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women

Caffeine intake may aggravate hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women

A new Mayo Clinic study, published online today by the journal Menopause, found an association between caffeine intake and more bothersome hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women. [More]
How is the health law working on the local level?

How is the health law working on the local level?

Opened in March, Detroit Central City is the first community mental health clinic in southeast Michigan to become a specially designated, federally qualified health clinic to integrate mental health care with physical health, or primary care. [More]
Researchers identify key explanation for why immune system unsuccessful in killing HIV virus

Researchers identify key explanation for why immune system unsuccessful in killing HIV virus

Our immune system contains CD8+ T cells which protect us from various diseases such as cancer and viruses. Some of them are specifically tasked with killing cells infected with the HIV virus - and researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, together with international colleagues, have for the first time identified a key explanation for why these cells are unsuccessful in their task. [More]
Va. Gov. to visit free Medical camp set up for uninsured

Va. Gov. to visit free Medical camp set up for uninsured

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will fly to southwest Virginia to draw attention to the uninsured as he continues his campaign to expand Medicaid. [More]
First Edition: July 17, 2014

First Edition: July 17, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how Capitol Hill politics are impacting health care policy. Houston Public Media's Carrie Feibel, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: "Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. [More]
CVS Caremark enters into definitive agreement to acquire Navarro Discount Pharmacy

CVS Caremark enters into definitive agreement to acquire Navarro Discount Pharmacy

CVS Caremark today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Miami-based Navarro Discount Pharmacy, the largest Hispanic-owned drugstore chain in the U.S. The transaction includes Navarro's 33 retail drugstore locations and Navarro Health Services, a specialty pharmacy serving patients with complex or chronic diseases. [More]
Pulmonary abnormalities may be precursor to chronic respiratory disease in Iraq/Afghanistan, Gulf War veterans

Pulmonary abnormalities may be precursor to chronic respiratory disease in Iraq/Afghanistan, Gulf War veterans

Pulmonary function abnormalities may be a precursor to chronic respiratory disease in Iraq/Afghanistan and Gulf War veterans years after their deployment, according to a new study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference. [More]
Students from St. Louis win 2014 national Script Your Future Award

Students from St. Louis win 2014 national Script Your Future Award

The marathon quest to hold 28 health education events in 28 days earns a team of student pharmacists, physicians, nurses and therapists a national award. [More]
CVS Caremark net revenues increase 6.3% to $32.7 billion in Q1 2014

CVS Caremark net revenues increase 6.3% to $32.7 billion in Q1 2014

CVS Caremark Corporation today announced operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2014. [More]
First Edition: April 30, 2014

First Edition: April 30, 2014

Today's headlines include a new round of articles exploring recent polls and politics related to the public's view of the health law. [More]

What is 'preventive' care? answer causing patient-doctor friction

Access to preventive care at no charge to the patient is a tenet of the health law, but differences over just what's considered "preventive" are causing friction between doctors and patients, reports The Wall Street Journal. Other stories look at how California community clinics have yet to see increased demand for primary care doctors and how plans are targeting newly insured diabetics to avoid costly complications. [More]
State highlights: 'Balance billing' protection in N.Y.; L.A. nursing home complaint backlog

State highlights: 'Balance billing' protection in N.Y.; L.A. nursing home complaint backlog

Hospital patients in New York are the latest in the nation to gain legal protection against unexpected bills from doctors who won't accept their insurance. [More]

Looking ahead at health law milestones

With open enrollment for 2014 set to formally close today, analysts note that it will take years to assess whether the health law succeeds at creating stable markets for those without employer-sponsored insurance. Several look at likely victories and hurdles. [More]
First Edition: March 31, 2014

First Edition: March 31, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations offer assessments of the administration's campaign to get people signed up for health care and a look at the issues going forward after today's deadline for most enrollments. [More]
UC baby health innovation wins Gates award

UC baby health innovation wins Gates award

An innovative, colourful and accessible design to improve child health records worldwide has earned a University of Canberra graphic design lecturer a prestigious international award. [More]

Calif. reports more than 900,000 people have signed up for health plans

But officials note that the number of Latinos and young people enrolling on the state marketplace is still below expectations. Meanwhile, the troubled Maryland exchange is reportedly gearing up to adopt the technology used by Connecticut. [More]

First Edition: March 14, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about which states are doing well with health law enrollment and implementation, and which ones are not. [More]
State highlights: Vt. health care costs plan; Iowa inmate coverage; Mich. abortion law takes effect

State highlights: Vt. health care costs plan; Iowa inmate coverage; Mich. abortion law takes effect

A selection of health policy stories from Vermont, Iowa, Michigan, California, Florida, Wisconsin and North Carolina. [More]
First Edition: March 13, 2014

First Edition: March 13, 2014

Today's headlines include details of Wednesday's Capitol Hill testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. [More]
Highlights: Calif. retiree health costs rise; more abortion clinic closings in Texas; Wash. insurance bills roadblock

Highlights: Calif. retiree health costs rise; more abortion clinic closings in Texas; Wash. insurance bills roadblock

A selection of health policy stories from California, Texas, Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Georgia. [More]