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Research hopes to protect hundreds of newborns from severe health problems by protein in milk

Research hopes to protect hundreds of newborns from severe health problems by protein in milk

An international effort led by the University of Sydney hopes to protect hundreds of Bangladeshi newborns from a host of severe health problems by assessing the effect of lactoferrin, a natural protein found in breast and cow's milk, in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy. [More]
Researchers look at impact of stigma on relationship quality of transgender women

Researchers look at impact of stigma on relationship quality of transgender women

Researchers who looked at the impact of discrimination, poverty and stigma on the mental health and relationship quality of transgender women and their male romantic partners found that social and economic marginalization not only takes a psychological toll on each person individually but also appears to undermine them as a couple. [More]
Plan International outlines strategies to combat Ebola outbreak

Plan International outlines strategies to combat Ebola outbreak

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide. [More]
State highlights: Mo. drops many from Medicaid; Mich. Medicaid shift savings

State highlights: Mo. drops many from Medicaid; Mich. Medicaid shift savings

A selection of health policy stories from Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Minnesota. [More]
BCBSIL awards grants to improve health and wellness of the people of Illinois

BCBSIL awards grants to improve health and wellness of the people of Illinois

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is awarding $3,380,000 to nonprofit health and human service organizations that are making meaningful differences in the lives of the people of Illinois. [More]
Medicaid expansion dilemmas: Mental health care demands, impact of managed care, non-expansion states squeezed

Medicaid expansion dilemmas: Mental health care demands, impact of managed care, non-expansion states squeezed

The health law built in changes to the system of coverage for lower-income people. Mental health centers in Colorado are seeing a surge in new clients seeking services under the state's expansion of Medicaid. [More]
Innovative scholarship program expected to increase medical professionals in Coachella Valley

Innovative scholarship program expected to increase medical professionals in Coachella Valley

The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation is funding an innovative scholarship program that aims to bring back a Coachella Valley high school graduate as one of the area's trained physicians. The gift to the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine was awarded as a mission-based scholarship to incoming medical student Jay Thetford, a resident of Cathedral City, who intends to practice medicine in the Coachella Valley. [More]
Mental health coaching eases depression and reduces blood sugar levels in people with diabetes

Mental health coaching eases depression and reduces blood sugar levels in people with diabetes

In a rural, low-income area with a high rate of diabetes, mental health coaching significantly eased depression and reduced blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, according to a pilot study being presented here today at AADE14, the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting & Exhibition. [More]
Viewpoints: Treating Ebola patients in the U.S.; Medicare costs; discouraging Medicaid enrollment

Viewpoints: Treating Ebola patients in the U.S.; Medicare costs; discouraging Medicaid enrollment

It was a commendable decision -; and more unnerving than risky -; for Emory University to accept into its hospital two Americans who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while doing humanitarian work in Africa. [More]
State highlights: Calif. contemplates drug testing for doctors; Federal trial testing Texas abortion law begins today

State highlights: Calif. contemplates drug testing for doctors; Federal trial testing Texas abortion law begins today

At a time when random drug testing is part of the job for pilots, train operators, police officers and firefighters -; to name a few -; one high-profile line of work has managed to remain exempt: doctors. [More]
Diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose toe, foot, leg

Diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose toe, foot, leg

It's no secret that poverty is bad for your health. Now a new UCLA study demonstrates that California diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods are up to 10 times more likely to lose a toe, foot or leg than patients residing in more affluent areas of the state. [More]
Community-based doulas dramatically increase breastfeeding rates in underserved communities

Community-based doulas dramatically increase breastfeeding rates in underserved communities

A new study by the federal government finds that community-based doulas – based on a program started by HealthConnect One – dramatically increase breastfeeding rates in underserved communities, where a baby's exposure to breast milk can help mitigate the impacts of poverty. [More]
First Edition: August 4, 2014

First Edition: August 4, 2014

Today's headlines include a variety of health policy stories reflecting developments on the state level. [More]
ACAAI offers practical solutions to improve asthma problem in older women

ACAAI offers practical solutions to improve asthma problem in older women

Women over the age of 65 face numerous barriers to good health: an increased risk for obesity, greater struggles against poverty and higher rates of asthma with worse health outcomes. [More]
Household income plays key role in avoidable hospital visits across New Jersey

Household income plays key role in avoidable hospital visits across New Jersey

The household income of its residents is the most important factor in whether a community has high or low rates of avoidable hospital visits - conditions that could be better managed in a doctor's office or other health care settings if treated at an early stage, according to a report released today by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP). [More]

Advocates press Fla. lawmakers on Medicaid expansion to help working poor

About 800,000 residents of the state are stuck in a "coverage gap" because they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid since the state did not expand its program under the health law but they don't earn enough to qualify for federal tax credits. [More]

Nearly 1 in every 20 elderly American adults faces financial exploitation

Nearly one in every twenty elderly American adults is being financially exploited - often by their own family members. This burgeoning public health crisis especially affects poor and black people. It merits the scrutiny of clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and any citizen who cares about the dignity and well-being of older Americans, says Dr. Janey Peterson of Weill Cornell Medical College in the US. [More]
Viewpoints: Ryan's 'thoughtful blueprint' to end poverty; GOP challenges after health law ruling

Viewpoints: Ryan's 'thoughtful blueprint' to end poverty; GOP challenges after health law ruling

The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee today released a thoughtful blueprint for overhauling $800 billion worth of U.S. anti-poverty programs. [More]

10 million newly insured because of health law, study says

The study, done by Harvard researchers and published by the New England Journal of Medicine, was based on Gallup polling and data from the Department of Health and Human Services. [More]

Rep. Paul Ryan to propose consolidation of anti-poverty programs

The proposal calls for melding a range of safety net programs -- from food stamps to housing vouchers -- into a single grant offered to states, which would come with strict accountability standards. The proposal, which does not include Medicaid, is part of a GOP effort to rethink how conservatives approach antipoverty programs. [More]