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Primary care can help tackle mental health care disparities among ethnic minorities

Primary care can help tackle mental health care disparities among ethnic minorities

Primary care that includes mental health screenings and treatments that take into account a patient's language and cultural background can help address mental health care disparities among ethnic minorities, according to psychologists, physicians and other health care experts writing in a special issue of Psychological Services, published by the American Psychological Association. [More]
State highlights: Health care takes center stage in debates in Maine, Arizona, Missouri

State highlights: Health care takes center stage in debates in Maine, Arizona, Missouri

The three candidates for governor clashed Tuesday in their final debate, highlighting their differences on a wide range of issues, including health care and welfare. Partisan sparks flew early and often between Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who are running in a dead heat in the race, far ahead of independent Eliot Cutler, two weeks before Maine residents go to the polls (10/21). [More]
Agfa HealthCare to implement and support diagnostic imaging solution for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

Agfa HealthCare to implement and support diagnostic imaging solution for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

Agfa HealthCare today reports the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded the company a contract to implement and support its enterprise diagnostic imaging solution, IMPAX. IMPAX is Agfa HealthCare's advanced solution for diagnostic radiology imaging, including tools to improve workflow, analysis, and operations for medical imaging management and collaboration. [More]
Coverage gaps still persist among some populations

Coverage gaps still persist among some populations

The Star Tribune reports on how some American Indians -- even now that the health law is in place -- continue to struggle with costs and other challenges related to securing health insurance. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch examines how state decisions to expand Medicaid impact residents' options. [More]
ZERO donates mobile health vehicles to Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, LSU Health Sciences Center

ZERO donates mobile health vehicles to Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, LSU Health Sciences Center

ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer recently announced the donation of two mobile health vehicles to LSU Health Sciences Center and Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. Through a competitive process, the vehicles have been awarded to two reputable health service providers. [More]

Study: Subsidy quirk means young people pay more for bronze plans

How the government calculates insurance subsidies makes the cheapest bronze plans more costly for young people relative to those aged 54 to 64, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Meanwhile, Oregon budgets $2 million for a lawsuit fight with Oracle over its health insurance marketplace. [More]
ONCOblot expands into international territories

ONCOblot expands into international territories

The ONCOblot- Test, a highly sensitive blood test for cancer, has now expanded into international territories; bringing much needed support for early cancer detection to areas beyond The United States. [More]
Expert lectures doctors about hidden dangers of wireless radiation from patients' cell phones, Wifi

Expert lectures doctors about hidden dangers of wireless radiation from patients' cell phones, Wifi

An American public health expert will lecture Canadian doctors tomorrow about the hidden dangers of wireless radiation from their patients' cell phones, Wifi and other wireless consumer devices. [More]
AbbVie’s Phase 3 pivotal study shows HUMIRA is effective in reducing symptoms in HS

AbbVie’s Phase 3 pivotal study shows HUMIRA is effective in reducing symptoms in HS

AbbVie today announced results from a Phase 3 pivotal study demonstrating that HUMIRA® (adalimumab) is effective in reducing common clinical signs and symptoms in moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), specifically the number of abscesses and inflammatory nodules. [More]
State highlights: Mass. health care costs grow smaller 2.3 percent; new rules in Calif. for inmates with mental illness

State highlights: Mass. health care costs grow smaller 2.3 percent; new rules in Calif. for inmates with mental illness

Two years ago, Massachusetts set what was considered an ambitious goal: The state would not let that persistent monster, rising health care costs, increase faster than the economy as a whole. [More]
State highlights: Minn. vaccine requirements; Sovaldi in Calif. prisons; Ga. Rural ERs

State highlights: Minn. vaccine requirements; Sovaldi in Calif. prisons; Ga. Rural ERs

For the first time in a decade, Minnesota schoolchildren are required to receive additional vaccines this fall. Seventh-graders now must get the meningococcal vaccination and an additional pertussis (whooping cough) booster. [More]
Advocates decry closing of mental health clinics in Chicago

Advocates decry closing of mental health clinics in Chicago

But officials say the closings, which planned to shutter six of the city's 12 mental health clinics, actually expanded care for those with mental illnesses. [More]

Worker health costs drag down Walmart profits even as retailer makes play to be shoppers' health care source

Walmart plans to open a dozen clinics by the end of this fiscal year that will provide a broad range of primary care services. [More]
First Edition: August 15, 2014

First Edition: August 15, 2014

Today's headlines include a variety of updates regarding health policy and the health care marketplace. [More]

Seven Pennsylvania health centers receive federal funding to establish behavioral health services

Department of Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth today announced that seven Pennsylvania health centers will share $1.75 million in federal funding to establish or expand behavioral health services. [More]
State highlights: Va. Lt. Gov.'s politics and pediatrics juggle; Md. hospital error reporting; ruling on Fla. 'Docs V. Glocks' law

State highlights: Va. Lt. Gov.'s politics and pediatrics juggle; Md. hospital error reporting; ruling on Fla. 'Docs V. Glocks' law

A selection of health policy news from Virginia, Maryland, Florida, New York, Wisconsin, Washington state, New Jersey and Kansas. [More]
First Edition: July 28, 2014

First Edition: July 28, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the deal reached by House and Senate negotiators regarding veterans' health care. [More]
State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

State highlights: Public comments on Mass. hospital deal; Wash. insurance case brings allegations; Mo. clinic reaps dividends from new law

Quite an "only in Massachusetts" moment. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and leaders of Raytheon, Suffolk Construction and Putnam Investments have all filed letters in support of an anti-trust agreement that would not normally see the light of day before a judge approves the deal. The opposition includes public health professors, a group of top economists and politicians battling Attorney General Martha Coakley in the governor's race. This show of force is weighing in on a deal Coakley negotiated with Partners HealthCare. It would let the state's largest hospital network expand its market power, but with constraints, some of which would last for 10 years (Bebinger, 7/24). [More]
AlloSource receives wellness awards from Cigna and Denver Business Journal

AlloSource receives wellness awards from Cigna and Denver Business Journal

AlloSource, one of the nation's largest providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world's largest processor of cellular bone allografts, received a pair of wellness awards from Cigna and the Denver Business Journal. [More]
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]