President Trump Proposes Large Budget Cuts for Science
The White House released the President’s Budget Request for fiscal year (FY) 2020 on March 11, 2019, proposing deep cuts to science funding for the third consecutive year. The proposal calls for significant cuts to many federal science agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The $4.7 trillion FY 2020 budget framework includes $1.3 trillion in discretionary spending and provides $543 billion (-5 percent) for nondefense discretionary spending, which is the source for ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - March 19, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

USGS Slated for Restructuring, 16 percent Budget Cut
Under President Trump’s budget plan for fiscal year (FY) 2020, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) would be funded at $983.5 million, a 17 percent cut from the FY 2019 level. The budget proposes to consolidate the agency’s seven mission areas into five new mission areas to reflect “stakeholder-focused realignment of program priorities.” The five new mission areas would be: Ecosystems, Energy and Mineral Resources, Natural Hazards, Water Resources, and Core Science Systems. Programs formerly under the Environmental Health area would be moved into the Ecosystems and Water Resources areas and p...
Source: Public Policy Reports - March 19, 2019 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

UPMC: Attorney general is changing the rules of the consent decree
The judge last week set deadlines for the rest of the case and a nonjury trial on the first count was set for May 29 in Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Anti-Mosquito Drug Reduces Malaria Spread in Burkina Faso (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Repeated mass administration of ivermectin alongside other antimalarials reduced the incidence of malaria in children (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

New shareholder challenge to Gilead: What are you doing with billions in tax savings?
An activist investor wants to know what drug giant Gilead is doing with its multibillion-dollar windfall from the 2017 federal tax overhaul. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.
The administration will focus on more than 50 “ hot spots ” in the U.S. that annually account for half of new H.I.V. infections. A clinic in the Deep South sees the challenges every day. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Blacks Homosexuality and Bisexuality Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Federal Budget (US) Epidemics United States Politics and Government Medicaid Source Type: news

Berywn biopharm firm taking on Parkinson's, Alzheimer's raises $530K
QR Pharma has now raised more than $4.5M since the start of 2010 through stock and debt sales. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Whistleblowers allege CHS received more than $400M for false claims
The complaint, unsealed last week, says the payments were “an important revenue stream for CHS.” (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Former Hennepin Healthcare CEO will get $1 million after exit
Dr. Jon Pryor, who resigned from his position as CEO of Hennepin Healthcare in early February, will be compensated just over $1 million by the end of May, according to a his exit package deal with the medical system. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Wittenberg Source Type: news

Chicago cannabis operator to enter Florida through $120M acquisition
Cresco Labs Inc., one of the largest seed-to-sale cannabis operators in the country, will enter the Sunshine State through an agreement to buy the ownership interests or assets of Jacksonville-based cannabis provider VidaCann Ltd., according to the Associated Press. The purchase consideration is roughly $120 million and will be comprised of a mix of cash and Cresco Labs shares, which will be subject to a six- to 12-month lock-up agreement following closing. The transaction is anticipated to close… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

$1.6M permit filed in Pinch District
St. Jude Children ’s Research hospital is in the midst of a massive expansion of its work globally. But, the mission of treating patients with catastrophic illnesses on its Memphis campus continues, as well. Through building and renovation projects, St. Jude’s hospital in the Pinch District has evolved over tim e to meet the needs of its patients and staff. That continues with its latest building permit, valued at $1.6 million and issued to St. Jude on Friday, March 15. The permit is for interior… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Senior living development planned for prime corner in Chesterfield
Construction is projected to start this summer. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Steph Kukuljan Source Type: news

Netsmart ’s first chief people officer: Develop talent that can keep up with high growth
As the first chief people officer for Netsmart Technologies Inc., Wendy Hill sees her new role as the nexus between the Overland Park-based health IT company ’s business strategy and fostering and recruiting talent.   “Netsmart has experienced high growth over the last several years with amazing results, and they’re at the point now where they're trying to take it to another level, and that's the decision around creating the chief people officer role,” Hill told the Kansas City Business… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Lily Lieberman Source Type: news

Shepherd Center promotes co-founder's son to COO, appoints CSO
A slate of leadership changes at Atlanta's Shepherd Center will include the promotion of the son of the hospital's co-founder to chief operating officer. Jamie Shepherd, son of James Shepherd, joined the Shepherd Center's staff in 2015. He has served as director of Community Services& Risk Management. “He will provide the leadership, management and strategic vision necessary to ensure Shepherd Center has the proper processes and resources in place to effectively optimize the clinical operations… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Saunders Source Type: news

Risky Painkillers Commonly Prescribed for Osteoarthritis
(MedPage Today) -- Nearly one-third of patients in one large health system get opioids, benzodiazepines (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Hookah Use Popular Among Youths, Tied to Health Risks (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Smooth, aromatic smoke belies increased risk of addiction, CVD, toxicity, AHA warns (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Meningitis changes immune cell makeup in the mouse brain lining
NIH study finds new cell composition may lead to less effective future response. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

US Launches First National Firefighter Cancer Registry
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has launched the first nationwide Firefighter Cancer Registry, linking workplace exposures to deadly malignancies such as mesothelioma. Officials administering the study believe the registry will help reduce the incidence of various cancers for firefighters. “A national registry will go a long way toward answering the many questions still out there,” Dr. Kenny Fent, an industrial hygienist at NIOSH who is leading the effort, told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “We’re just laying the groundwork now, but in the long run, we want to h...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 18, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Otter Creek Cottages Host $5.7M Transaction (Real Deals)
An affiliate of Read Property Group of Brooklyn, New York, purchased the 96-unit apartment project in west Little Rock. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Anthony Timberlands Seeks to Chop Health Costs
Anthony Timberlands Inc. of Bearden has partnered with the Arkansas Health Network of Little Rock to help cut costs and improve the health of about 1,000 people in the company's self-insured plan. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Trying Again on Revised Overtime Rules (Missy McJunkins Duke Commentary)
The statistical reality of the the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime proposal is that Arkansas employees earn lower wages than much of the country, meaning Arkansas employers are more likely than employers in other parts of the country to feel the effects of an increase. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Lee Archer Recognized by Pulaski County Medical Society (UAMS Movers & Shakers)
Robert “Lee” Archer was honored by the Pulaski County Medical Society with the President’s Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Contributions to Medicine during the society’s annual meeting at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Conway Regional Adds Physician Mallory Smith (Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Mallory Smith, an infectious disease physician, has joined Conway Regional Health System to establish the first infectious disease clinic in Faulkner County. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CEO Erin Kiefer Proud to Follow Dad’s Cart Path
Erin Kiefer knew in high school that she wanted to work at Assembled Products Corp. in Rogers. Why wouldn’t she? Her father, Bill Sage, founded the company in 1983 after he invented a motorized shopping scooter that is now, along with its doppelgangers, found in grocery and retail stores nationwide. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Premier Medical Plaza Construction Proceeds Despite Loan Hiccup
Construction on the $35 million Premier Medical Plaza was halted for about two weeks because the construction loan didn’t close as expected. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Harrison Doctor Allows Suspended License to Expire
James Hawk, the Harrison doctor whose medical license was suspended three times in four years, decided not to attempt to renew his license when it expired at the end of last month. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Arkansas Ranks Low in Economic Clout of Women-Owned Businesses
Arkansas ranks in the bottom 11 states in terms of the “economic clout” of women-owned businesses, according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express. (Eleven states were included because of ties.) (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA Says Use Paclitaxel PAD Device Alternatives
(MedPage Today) -- Interventional cardiologists weigh in (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 17, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The Work-Education Balancing Act
(MedPage Today) -- How to coordinate continuing education and a full-time career (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 17, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Quiz Time: Who Will Run the FDA Post-Gottlieb?
(MedPage Today) -- You passed medical training, now see if you can pass our weekly quiz (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 17, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

2019 Prescription Drug Survey
AARP conducted a survey of likely voters ages 50 and older to assess their current use and experience with prescription medication and their thoughts on proposals for reducing prescription drug costs. (Source: AARP.org Policy and Research)
Source: AARP.org Policy and Research - March 16, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Fake news media, Democrats lay blame for New Zealand shootings at POTUS Trump's feet but THEY are the ones spreading hate, division
(Natural News) No sooner than news broke that a self-styled “eco-fascist” had attacked two mosques in serene, picturesque, and tolerant New Zealand, killing at least 50 and wounding nearly as many, the Western media went dutifully to work blaming it on POTUS Donald Trump. Oh, they didn’t come right out and say, “Trump is responsible... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

So corrupt: Clinton lawyers, DoJ, made deal to block the FBI’s access to Clinton Foundation emails, Strzok says
(Natural News) The legal team for Hillary Clinton “negotiated” a deal with the corrupt Obama Justice Department that denied the FBI access to the private email server she had set up in her home related to the Clinton Foundation, according to a recently released transcript of congressional testimony from fired FBI agent Peter Strzok. The... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cuba Says USA, Not Canada, Manipulating Diplomat Health Incidents Cuba Says USA, Not Canada, Manipulating Diplomat Health Incidents
Cuba denounced the Trump administration on Thursday for continuing to refer to health incidents among their diplomats in Havana as"attacks" without presenting any evidence, saying it was part of a broader campaign to damage bilateral relations.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Third Medical Marijuana Cultivator Approved to Start Growing
A third medical marijuana cultivation facility has been approved to start growing, leaving just two facilities waiting for state inspection. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Health insurance giant Aetna to lay off 106 employees
An Aetna spokesperson said the company wants to consolidate its offices. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ashley Portero Source Type: news

Mixed Results With Clinician Training on End-of-Life Talks
(MedPage Today) -- Improved counseling and reduced patients'anxiety and depression, but no increase in " goal-concordant " care (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

At SXSW, legendary UT football player Ricky Williams talks cannabis business, fundraising, Mack Brown & more
Ricky Williams was a star football player at UT and in the NFL. But marijuana use cost him millions of dollars during his playing days. How does he feel about changing national attitudes toward marijuana now that he's the founder of a cannabis company? (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Paul Thompson Source Type: news

Report: SmileDirectClub preparing for IPO
Nashville-based SmileDirectClub is laying the groundwork for an initial public offering, Axios reported on Thursday. SmileDirect has picked bankers for an upcoming IPO and is expected to file paperwork to go public by the end of June, according to Axois. JPMorgan is leading the process, Axios reported. If SmileDirect does file an IPO, the company would become one of Middle Tennessee’s ten largest publicly tra ded health care companies. That's based on Nashville Business Journal research and Axios'… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Cloud chasers: FDA's proposed e-cigarette flavor ban has vaping industry up in arms
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday proposed a new policy that aims to remove fruity flavors for e-cigarettes. But some in the vaping industry believe the FDA has the wrong target in its crosshairs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

Inside the sterile environment of one of Memphis' most high-tech facilities
Full disclosure: I've never been to Mars. But, on a recent visit to St. Jude, I wore a head-to-toe sterile suit not unlike one worn by Matt Damon in "The Martian" and felt a bit like I had visited another planet.   A typical Thursday for a journalist starts with coffee – and news: Catching up on the big stories of the day, then looking for fresh story ideas of my own. On Thursday, March 7, my day started off at 8 a.m. with coffee at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for a "Media Immersion… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Another Year, Another Match Day Record
(MedPage Today) -- Unification with osteopathic schools drives up applicants, positions (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

HHS Budget Proposal; Azar on the Hot Seat
(MedPage Today) -- Also, the FDA gets temporary boss next month (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Celebration of TBJ's 2019 Health Care Heroes (Photos)
Area heath care and business leaders gathered Thursday evening at the Umstead Hotel& Spa in Cary to honor Triangle Business Journal ’s 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards winners. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Cameron Snipes Source Type: news

Abandoned gas station site in Plant City to be transformed into kidney clinic
The site of an abandoned gas station in Plant City will be demolished and turned into a new medical office building. A project dubbed the "Plant City Medical Office Building" will comprise of a 7,461-square-foot dialysis clinic and nearly 2,000-square-foot kidney clinic, according to a site plan filed in the Southwest Florida Water Management District permits. The project site is on the corner of North Wheel er Road and Monroe Street. The building will house Florida Kidney Physicians, which… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Veronica Brezina-Smith Source Type: news

DeSantis steps up Alzheimer's efforts
Gov. Ron DeSantis is directing the state Department of Health to add Alzheimer ’s disease and related types of dementia as a priority in the State Health Improvement Plan. DeSantis made the announcement Thursday night at the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in Palm Beach County. An estimated 560,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease in the state. That figure is projected to increase by nearly 29 percent by 2025. Alzheimer’s disease is the No. 6 cause of death in Florida.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: News Service Florida staff Source Type: news

Federal grand jury issues 50-count indictment in $50M N.J. health fraud case
A federal grand jury in Camden on Friday returned a 50-count indictment that charges seven people with defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers out of more than $50 million. The indictment alleges the defendants by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey. William Hickman, 42, Sara Hickman, 42, Thomas Schallus, 42, Thomas Sher, 46, all of Northfield; Brian Pugh,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Citing new evidence, VA broadens Cerner/Mar-a-Lago investigation
The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee has expanded the scope of his investigation into the potential influence of three members of President Donald Trump ’s Florida country club regarding the VA’s contract with Cerner Corp. Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., opened an investigation Feb. 8, requesting all records of communication between the “Mar-a-Lago three” and their companies with current or former officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans A ffairs. In a letter sent to VA… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Lily Lieberman Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and Jeff Shuren, M.D., Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, on efforts to evaluate materials in medical devices to address potential safety questions
The FDA is working to further evaluate materials like metals that are used in medical devices to learn more about how these materials interact with the immune system. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Our brains may ripple before remembering
NIH study suggests tiny electrical brain waves may be a hallmark of successful memory retrieval. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - March 15, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news