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New year, same old problems in health care
State lawmakers are back at the Capitol for a legislative session, which will likely be dominated by budget talks. And with health care being a major subject of debate in every legislative session, I am pleading with policymakers to keep affordability at the forefront. Each year, state and federal lawmakers pass dozens of laws that are well-intentioned, but often lead to higher costs. As a result, 7 cents of every dollar you spend on health insurance goes directly to the government, not for care,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

New year, same old problems in health care
State lawmakers are back at the Capitol for a legislative session, which will likely be dominated by budget talks. And with health care being a major subject of debate in every legislative session, I am pleading with policymakers to keep affordability at the forefront. Each year, state and federal lawmakers pass dozens of laws that are well-intentioned, but often lead to higher costs. As a result, 7 cents of every dollar you spend on health insurance goes directly to the government, not for care,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 22, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dr. John D. Bennett Source Type: news

Dems are "anti-dreamers" who put Americans LAST: The #SchumerShutdown is punishment for daring to love your country
(Natural News) It’s now clear from the ongoing #SchumerShutdown that Democrats put Americans last when it comes to priorities. By refusing to contribute to the 60 votes needed in the U.S. Senate to pass the Continuing Resolution for government funding, Democrats are effectively holding Americans hostage while demanding citizenship for illegal aliens (“undocumented immigrants”) who... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How The Government Shutdown Makes A Bad Flu Season Worse
CDC staff resources during the government shutdown would result in " more time to review, analyze, and report out " flu outbreaks, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contingency says. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

Run by liberals, California now takes the prize as the most IMPOVERISHED state in America
(Natural News) Once governed by Ronald Reagan, California is a prime example of the wretched failure of big government socialism. A high-tax, excessively regulated state — measures which primarily target law-abiding, middle-class workers and their families — in the death grip of virtue-signaling, far-left Democrats now has the highest poverty rate in America. From 1992 through 2015, the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allocate more funds, increase expenditure: Health experts
The government had said it would increase spending on health from 1.15 per cent to 2.5 per cent of the GDP by 2025, Poonam Muttreja, the executive director of the Population Foundation of India, said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GOP Schedules Early Monday Vote on Shutdown
(MedPage Today) -- Bill would keep government running through Feb. 8 (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 21, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Democrats chose ILLEGAL aliens over U.S. military personnel by letting govt. shut down
(Natural News) For days last week, top Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck #SchumerShutdown threatened to allow the government to shut down if they didn’t get their way: A “clean” piece of legislation that would legalize 1-3 million “Dreamers” who, for one reason or another, are in the United States illegally. On Saturday at midnight,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Totalitarian California government ARRESTS citizens for feeding the homeless... only the state is allowed to do that
(Natural News) Should you be arrested for approaching a homeless person on the streets and giving him or her some food? According to the totalitarian California government, the answer is yes. This past weekend, El Cajon police officers placed roughly a dozen people under arrest for the horrible, unspeakable act of feeding homeless people at... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Remembering Irene Stacey – a stalwart of our union, and a friend
Irene Stacey, a long-standing member of our NEC representing low-paid members in London, died earlier today after a long illness. Irene was a stalwart of our union. Someone universally admired and respected by members, activists and staff alike. Formerly the branch secretary of UNISON’s local government branch in Newham, Irene served with the dedication and passion for which she was famous. Her enthusiasm for our union was infectious. A passionate recruiter of new members, Irene was rewarded by the TUC for her efforts, and never stopped encouraging people to join UNISON – even when she was being treated in hosp...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Irene Stacey Source Type: news

President urges activists to strengthen the union
“Our strength as a union comes from you, our members and our activists” and we need to “build up our density and strengthen our power. That was the rallying call to delegates at UNISON’s Black members’ conference from president Margaret McKee, speaking in Liverpool this morning. Building the union was essential, she said, because of “the challenges we face from the Westminster government … a government determined to undermine working people”. Ms McKee said that, “10 years after the financial crisis … it is public services workers that are still paying the price,...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 20, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News 2018 Black members conference Margaret McKee Source Type: news

With Clock Ticking, Senate Fails to Vote on Spending Bill
(MedPage Today) -- Government funding expired at 12:01 a.m. Saturday (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

CDC's flu tracking program to continue if U.S. government shuts down
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will continue its work tracking one of the worst flu seasons the United States has seen in several years even if the federal government shuts down on Saturday, senior administration officials said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Government Shutdown To Furlough 41,000 U.S. Health Workers
Half of U.S. Health and Human Services employees or 41,000 people would be on furlough if the U.S. government shuts down at midnight Friday, the government's contingency plan shows. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Source Type: news

U.S. government shutdown would shutter CDC's flu tracking program
CHICAGO (Reuters) - If the U.S. Senate fails to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be forced to suspend its seasonal flu program as the nation faces one of the worst flu seasons in several years. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Blog: Solidarity with Birmingham home care workers
No-one goes on strike lightly. Care workers certainly don’t. They know the benefit they bring, every hour of every day, to those they care for. Yet in Birmingham, home care workers are striking this Saturday, because they’ve been pushed to breaking point. Government cuts to local authority budgets have led to Birmingham City Council slashing the home care/enablement budget by 40%. This is on top of seven years of austerity – where the social care workforce has fallen from 7,000 to just 2,000 – a further, damaging, deep cut to care. That’s why homecare workers balloted to strike, with 99% votin...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - January 19, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News home care Source Type: news

Gathering Together World-Renowned Medical Device Manufacturing Suppliers, Medtec China Helps to Propel the Medical Device Localization Process
SHANGHAI, Jan. 19, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- To deliver a boost to the Medical Device Industry in China, the Chinese government has proactively launched several policies directed at medical device innovation which focus on speeding... Devices, Regulatory Medtec China (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - January 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Government Ban on Seven Words Creates Anger Among Physicians Government Ban on Seven Words Creates Anger Among Physicians
Last year, the Washington Post reported that the CDC was banned from using seven scientific words. What do physicians think of the ban?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

: Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It
Kentucky ’ s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Medicaid Kentucky Health Insurance and Managed Care States (US) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Tanzania:New Treatment Guidelines Launched
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government on Friday launched the new Standard Treatment Guidelines and National Essential Medicines List. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

House passes stopgap bill that would delay medical device tax; Senate Dems vow filibuster
Senate Democrats vowed to filibuster a stop-gap bill aimed at keeping the federal government open past a midnight deadline today, after the U.S. House yesterday passed the budget measure which would in part put a two-year pause on the medical device tax. The 2.3% excise tax on U.S. medical device revenues was in effect for two years before a two-year moratorium began in 2016. It went back into effect at the beginning of this year, although the IRS said this week that it will not enforce any penalties for late payments of the medtech levy. The House voted 230-197 to pass the stopgap bill, which also grants a ...
Source: Mass Device - January 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill medicaldevicetax Source Type: news

Uganda:Government Moves to Regulate Free Health Camps
[Monitor] Kampala -Organisers of medical camps offering among others surgical and dental services shall have to plan for management of early and late complications including a plan for patients' referral where necessary in case of any incident, effective this month. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Cancer Cases Rise As Govt Launches New Machine
[Monitor] Kampala -As government commissions the new Cobalt 60 radiotherapy machines today, the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has revealed that the number of new cancer cases registered annually has shot up by 500, rising from 4,000 in 2016 to 4,500 in 2017. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Trusts hit by 'serious' apron shortage following Chinese pollution crackdown
Patient care is being affected by a “serious” shortage of suitable aprons for NHS staff, after the service’s supply chain was hit by a crackdown on pollution by the Chinese government. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - the Weight of 143 Bodies - Yet No Real Remorse From Those Responsible
[Daily Maverick] The Life Esidimeni arbitration resumed on Thursday. Another government official displayed how little she cares about the loss of life under their watch when self-interest is at stake. By GREG NICOLSON. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Groups Condemn U.S. Cuts to Palestinian Refugee Agency
Displaced children in a UN-run school in the Shujaiyeh neighbourhood of Gaza.Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 2018 (IPS)International organizations have criticized the United States’ decision to cut more than half of planned funding to a UN agency serving Palestinian refugees. This week, the U.S. administration announced that it is withholding 65 million dollars from a planned 125-million-dollar aid package for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).UNRWA serves over 5 million refugees with education, healthcare, social services, and emergency assistan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Education Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Prescription Opioids: Medicare Should Expand Oversight Efforts to Reduce the Risk of Harm
U.S. Government Accountability Office. 01/17/2018 This 15-page document is testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means about the recently released report on oversight of opioid prescribing in the Medicare program. It looks at Medicare's efforts to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing, and suggests ways to help Medicare collect information on doctor investigations and at-risk beneficiaries that could help it determine whether its efforts are working. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Bioterrorism, Pandemics, and Preparing for the Future
Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. 05/01/2017 This 45-minute video features the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense in a discussion of the growing pandemic threat and the steps the United States government needs to take in order to keep America safe. Topics include previous flu epidemics, the need for medical countermeasures, and how these issues threaten national security. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Trump Gives Health Workers New Religious Liberty Protections
The Trump administration announced a new “ conscience and religious freedom ” office to protect health workers who object to providing abortions or some types of contraception. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR and JEREMY W. PETERS Tags: United States Politics and Government Abortion Women's Rights Birth Control and Family Planning Health Insurance and Managed Care Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

Falling forensic science standards 'making miscarriages of justice inevitable'
Regulator says UK forces failing to meet standards, with routine outsourcing of great concern Police forces are failing to meet the official standards for forensic science, making miscarriages of justice inevitable, the government ’s forensic regulator has said. In her annual report, Gillian Tully highlighted her growing concerns about the failure of some forensic firms used by the police to meet basic quality standards. It means innocent people could be wrongly convicted and offenders escaping justice.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin and Vikram Dodd Tags: Police UK criminal justice Forensic science UK news Law Source Type: news

No homes for nurses from land sell-off, says economic think tank
A report from think tank the New Economics Foundation casts doubt on the government ’s stated plan to use the sale of public land to fund building of affordable homes. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - January 19, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drone Rescue Executed off Australian Beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors. After a friend raised the alert, lifeguard Jai Sheridan said he piloted the drone to the swimmers and dropped a rescue pod minutes faster than l...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Drone Rescue Executed off Australian Beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors. After a friend raised the alert, lifeguard Jai Sheridan said he piloted the drone to the swimmers and dropped a rescue pod minutes faster than l...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

No, Big Pharma's drug market is not a free market; it's a monopoly-enforced RACKET, protected by corrupt government
(Natural News) Despite raking in tens of billions of dollars annually with its corner on medicine, the pharmaceutical industry just isn’t content with its current profit portfolio. New reports indicate that drug companies are continuing a trend they started several years back of “recycling” older drugs – meaning they dramatically hike up prices, only to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gov't scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown
NIH's Fauci says agency in scramble to save research as government shutdown looms (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

: When States Add Paperwork, Even Eligible People Lose Medicaid
Kentucky ’ s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARGOT SANGER-KATZ Tags: Medicaid Kentucky Health Insurance and Managed Care States (US) Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Fauci: NIH in a "scramble" to prepare for any gov't shutdown
NIH's Fauci says government shutdown would be disruptive for research (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

SAGE Publishing expands data offering with the purchase of Data-Planet
SAGE Publishing has today announced the purchase of Data-Planet, a statistical multidisciplinary data repository that has application in academic libraries, public libraries, government and commercial markets. Speaking of the purchase Karen Phillips, Senior Vice President Global Learning Resources, SAGE commented: “Data-Planet marks another exciting leap forward for SAGE in our data offerings to the library and research community. It transforms our data publishing, both increasing the scale of data that we offer; the range of data including global data; and the versatility of analysis that Data-Planet offer...
Source: News from STM - January 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured World Source Type: news

Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections
The Trump administration announced a new “ conscience and religious freedom ” office to protect health workers who oppose abortion, sex-changes and some contraception. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: United States Politics and Government Abortion Women's Rights Birth Control and Family Planning Health Insurance and Managed Care Trump, Donald J Source Type: news

U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures, in an effort likely to please conservative Christian activists and other supporters of President Donald Trump. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Risk perception of heat waves and its spatial variation in Nanjing, China - Huang L, Yang Q, Li J, Chen J, He R, Zhang C, Chen K, Dong SG, Liu Y.
In this study, we found a significant difference of public perceived effects of heat waves and trust in government among urban, suburban, and rural districts... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Britain now has a government minister for loneliness
Appointment of new cabinet level official comes after study found loneliness, which affects millions, can be as bad for health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ADHD Drug Use Soars Among Young Women
THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 -- Though drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are typically taken by children and young teens, scores of women of childbearing age are now using the medications, a new government report... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

U.S. Smoking Rate Falls, But 38 Million Still Light Up
THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 -- The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show. Cigarette smoking rates among Americans 18 and older fell from... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

U.S. government creates health division for 'religious freedom'
(Reuters) - The U.S. government will create a division within its health agency that focuses on guaranteeing "conscience and religious freedom" for health workers who say their beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions and other procedures. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

JAMA Theme Issue: Obesity
Theme issue ofJAMA focuses on societal norms of obesity, precision approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity, weight control, government regulation of sweetened beverages, fitness, surgical interventions for obesity, and health policy. Articles may require a subscription to view. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Senate panel approves HHS nominee Azar
The Senate finance committee has approved president Donald Trump’s nominee for chief of the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar. The former drug company executive is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. If confirmed, Azar will succeed Tom Price, who was forced out after reports from Politico revealed he often used pricey charter jets on the taxpayer’s dime. Senate Republicans have argued that Azar, who previously worked as president of Eli Lilly‘s (NYSE:LLY) U.S. business, will be an asset to HHS given his experience in the pharmaceutical industry. At his confirmation hearing l...
Source: Mass Device - January 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Healthcare Reform Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Eli Lilly & Co. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Source Type: news

Some hospitals responding to flu as they would for a major disaster
A government shutdown could affect the nation's response to the most widespread flu season in recent years. If a funding bill is not passed, the agency will likely furlough a majority of its staff, including those who monitor the virus. Some school districts in Texas have shut down because of the flu. Omar Villafranca reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Liberia:Major Hospital in Grand Bassa County Overcrowded - Relocation Call Intensifies
[FrontPageAfrica] Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County - The Administrator of the Liberian government hospital in Buchanan says over crowdedness of patients, limited doctors and low financial budget are major challenges slowing the functions of the hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NHS continuing healthcare funding: Thirteenth Report of Session 201719
The report says Government must take steps to improve complex process beset with delays and poor-quality assessments because care is compromised too often due to access to funding. NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding is intended to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, who have significant healthcare needs, but too often people's care is compromised because no one makes them aware of the funding available, or helps them to navigate the hugely complicated process for accessing funding. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news