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Euthanasia dispute in Belgium: When do doctors cross a line?
A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world's most liberal euthanasia laws. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Girl, 6, died despite getting flu shot
Nevaeh Hernandez, 6, of North Bergen, New Jersey, died from the flu on Monday. Her family is considering legal action against a hospital that failed to diagnose her and sent her home. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Euthanasia dispute in Belgium: When do doctors cross a line?
A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world's most liberal euthanasia laws. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Bitcoin hacks are funding North Korea's nuclear missile program; Cryptos now LESS secure than conventional money
(Natural News) The group behind a recent $500 million crypto heist that targeted the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange CoinCheck has been identified as a group of North Korean hackers, new reports indicate. According to a recent Bloomberg report, an unidentified South Korean lawmaker who wishes to remain anonymous is credited with having nabbed the hacker clan,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Possible Financial Boost Awaits Thousands Of Out-Of-State Plaintiffs In Philadelphia
Though a recent Superior Court ruling has livened plaintiff attorneys as to the potential of winning punitive damages in Philadelphia's packed Risperdal program, one lawyer is cautioning against “banking” on such a possibility. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Legal Newsline, Contributor Source Type: news

Death of dementia patient stirs Belgium euthanasia fears
A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world's most liberal euthanasia laws. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

What you need to know when you have sick employees
As the flu season hits its peak, employers may be wondering what they are permitted to do under the law when their employees get sick.   One issue that is becoming increasingly relevant is paid sick leave. Several jurisdictions — including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minneapolis, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, among others — ha ve paid sick leave laws on the books. There is no federal paid sick… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jay Starkman Source Type: news

SC rejects petition by Singh brothers against Daiichi's arbitration award
Daiichi approached the high court earlier this week to enforce the award following this favourable judgment. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NuVasive files alleged poaching, infringement suits against Alphatec
NuVasive Inc. (NSDQ:NUVA) has filed a suit against Alphatec (NSDQ:ATEC) claiming the company hired on executives, including former COO and prez Pat Miles, with knowledge of its XLIF lateral interbody fusion procedures in an attempt to recreate the technology for its own products. In its infringement suit, submitted this week to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego-based NuVasive claims it created the XLIF method for fusing vertebral disks to reduce nerve damage and that Alphatec’s recently released devices, the Battalion lateral system, infringe on their products. ...
Source: Mass Device - February 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Patent Infringement Alphatec Nuvasive Source Type: news

Massachusetts considers legalizing assisted death, so the same doctors who now kill you accidentally can start killing you on purpose
(Natural News) Should a doctor be allowed to give an adult who is terminally ill and has fewer than six months to live a medication that will allow them to die peacefully in their sleep if they request it? After opposing assisted death officially since 1996, the Massachusetts Medical Society has now become neutral on... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition U.S. Judge Weighs Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States'longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump's administration.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

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Statement on School Shooting in Parkland, Floridafrom Colleen A. Kraft, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics" Yesterday just before the dismissal bell rang, 17 children and adults were shot and killed and 15 were injured inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We find ourselves once again filled with grief and horror, and we mourn alongside all those impacted by the shooting. As our hearts are in Parkland, our eyes are on Congress.  " This is the eighteenth school shooting in 2018, the equivalent of one every two and a half days so far this year. Shootings have ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - February 15, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Cannabis does more harm than good, health officials warn
New medical guidelines issued in Canada, where cannabis has been legal for medicinal use since 2001, warns the effects of the drug outweigh any minor benefits for the vast majority of conditions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Tax Laws May Require Withholding Adjustments
by Gary Strauss, AARP, February 13, 2018. Stacks of 100 dollar bills. GP Kidd/ Getty Images. New tax laws may mean you need to reevaluate your W-4 tax form withholdings. It's time to look at your W-4. The W-4 is the form you give your employer to determine how much is withheld from your paycheck to cover your federal  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - February 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

United Medical Center's former chief medical officer sues hospital, claims retaliation
The former chief medical officer of District-owned United Medical Center sued the hospital Thursday, alleging he lost his job in retaliation for testifying last fall about problems at the hospital. The suit by Dr. Julian Craig in U.S. District Court for D.C. also named the hospital's operator, Veritas of Washington LLC, as well as its top adviser Corbett Price, and Veritas employee and UMC CEO Luis Hernandez. In the whistleblower suit, Craig claims he lost his $320,000-a-year job at the ho spital… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet, Plaintiffs look to settle roughly 300 NexGen knee cases
Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) has reportedly reached a settlement with plaintiffs in a case over allegedly defective NexGen knee implants, according to court documents filed this week. The Warsaw, Ind.-based company and individuals involved in the multidistrict litigation told US District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer this week that they’ve “reached a confidential settlement in principle that will potentially resolve the entirety of cases,” according to the documents. The settlement could cover approximately 300 cases involved in the litigation as well as a number of cases in state courts that were pending, acc...
Source: Mass Device - February 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Orthopedics zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

Lawsuit Argues That Feds' Cannabis Ban Violates Our Constitutional Rights
Medical marijuana patients are challenging the plant's controlled-substance status in federal court, which could end prohibition without congress'help. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Janet Burns, Women at Forbes Source Type: news

Nine organizations sue Trump administration for ending grants to teen pregnancy programs
Planned Parenthood has joined forces with eight other local government, health care, and advocacy organizations to take the Trump administration to court over the defunding of a national teen pregnancy program. On Thursday, the groups filed four separate lawsuits in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Washington, in Maryland and the District of Columbia, arguing that approximately $220 million in grants […]Related:An American says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accentShe thought the weird sensation was a stray eyelash. It was eye ...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ban on abortions due to Down syndrome challenged in lawsuit
The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio's law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Lawsuit filed against ban on abortions due to Down syndrome
The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio's law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Government backs cap on legal fees in clinical negligence cases
The government is to set up a working group to examine how to introduce a cap on legal fees in clinical negligence cases involving claims of up to £25,000. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 15, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Nicole Holst helps build the legal team at Hospital Sisters Health System
Holst leads a three-attorney team based out of HSHS ’s Belleville office that provides legal support for five Illinois hospitals. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

EHS files suit against state regulators over order to move patients
Employee Health Systems Medical Group has filed suit against state regulators after nine health plans were ordered to cancel all contracts with the medical group and transfer 600,000 patients to other providers. The company, which does business as EHS, filed the suit Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The suit alleges the California Department of Managed Health Care exceeded its authority when it sent a cease-and-desist order in late December to nine health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Scott Rodd Source Type: news

Key GOP lawmaker backs Medicaid expansion in Virginia
The chances of Virginia joining a majority of states that have expanded Medicaid have increased significantly after a key GOP lawmaker flipped positions on the issue (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

New York lawmakers propose fund that would benefit from Centene/Fidelis deal
Lawmakers in New York state are proposing a fund that would derive most of its revenue from the taxing of the proceeds from converting nonprofit health plans to for-profit systems, such as Centene Corp.'s $3.75 billion acquisition of Fidelis Care. The proposed "health care shortfall fund" would help the state address federal healthcare cuts, Health Leaders Media reports. The fund would collect about $750 million annually for the next four years, likely including about $250 million in annual revenue… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

New York lawmakers propose fund that would benefit from Centene/Fidelis deal
Lawmakers in New York state are proposing a fund that would derive most of its revenue from the taxing of the proceeds from converting nonprofit health plans to for-profit systems, such as Centene Corp.'s $3.75 billion acquisition of Fidelis Care. The proposed "health care shortfall fund" would help the state address federal healthcare cuts, Health Leaders Media reports. The fund would collect about $750 million annually for the next four years, likely including about $250 million in annual revenue… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study
THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 -- Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks, a new report... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

New York lawmakers propose fund that would benefit from Centene/Fidelis deal
Lawmakers in New York state are proposing a fund that would derive most of its revenue from the taxing of the proceeds from converting nonprofit health plans to for-profit system. The proposed "health care shortfall fund" would help the state address federal healthcare cuts, Health Leaders Media reports. The fund would collect about $750 million annually for the next four years, likely including about $250 million in annual revenue from Fidelis Care alone, Health Leaders re ports. St. Louis-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

New York lawmakers propose fund that would benefit from Centene/Fidelis deal
Lawmakers in New York state are proposing a fund that would derive most of its revenue from the taxing of the proceeds from converting nonprofit health plans to for-profit systems, such as Centene Corp.'s $3.75 billion acquisition of Fidelis Care. The proposed "health care shortfall fund" would help the state address federal healthcare cuts, Health Leaders Media reports. The fund would collect about $750 million annually for the next four years, likely including about $250 million in annual revenue… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 15, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Angela Mueller Source Type: news

Public Health Handbook for Communities Under Emergency Management: A Case Study of the Flint Water Crisis: Legal Mapping Tools and Lessons Learned
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Network for Public Health Law. 01/2018 This 28-page handbook is intended to help policymakers and practitioners incorporate the lessons learned from the Flint water crisis to avert and/or mitigate future crises. It provides guidance for implementing several overarching recommendations produced through extensive research and analysis aimed at answering a key legal question with respect to the Flint water crisis: Given the emergency manager's appointment, what legal authority could state, local, and federal public health and environmental agencies use to avert or mitigate the crisis? (PDF) (So...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Protecting the Public's Health During a Financial Emergency
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Network for Public Health Law. 01/2018 This 84-page report, co-authored by attorneys from the Network for Public Health Law and the University of Michigan School of Public Health, details why shortcomings in the structure and implementation of laws related to public health, safe drinking water, and emergency financial management failed to stop or mitigate the Flint water crisis. Along with key findings, the report provides recommendations to help prevent similar crises from happening in other communities. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria:Lawmaker to Begin Free Medical Outreach in Ebonyi
[This Day] Abakaliki -Member representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo Federal constituency in Ebonyi, Hon. Linus Okorie has initiated a constituency wide free medical and welfare outreach programme to address the health and other needs in the constituency. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Polyp Burden Drops With Sulindac/Erlotinib Combo in FAP
Patients with familial adenomatous polyposis have an increased risk for colorectal polyps and cancer; however, treatment with a combination of sulindac and erlotinib reduced their colorectal polyp burden by more than two thirds. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - February 15, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: Colorectal Cancer Genetic Disorders News Source Type: news

Indivior bets on $1 billion anti-addiction shot as legal bill weighs
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior is launching a new weapon to fight the U.S. opioid crisis this month, but high hopes for its once-monthly injection were offset on Thursday by the need to set aside more cash for legal disputes. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Booze Beats Pot at Being Unhealthy: Oregon Poll
THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 -- Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 adults in Oregon before that state legalized recreational marijuana use in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Legal charges weigh on Indivior shares despite bright forecasts
(Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Indivior legal costs rise, new anti-addiction drug ready
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior, which makes drugs to treat opioid addiction and plans to launch a key new product this month, said on Thursday it had increased provisions for investigative and antitrust litigation matters to $438 million. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Turning Promise into Action: Working Towards Gender Equality
Protesters gather outside the Lahore Press Club in the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, to demand justice for victims of sexual violence. Credit: Irfan Ahmed / IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 2018 (IPS)Persistent and pervasive gender-based discrimination is undermining sustainable development and preventing communities and countries from reaching their full potential, said a UN agency. In a new first-of-its-kind report, UN Women examines the progress in realizing the globally adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a gender lens.Though SDG 5 specifically highlights the need to achieve g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Daiichi asks HC to act on Rs 3,500 crore arbit award
The Singhs approached the Supreme Court last week seeking permission to appeal the high court ’s judgement in favour of Daiichi and to block steps to enforce it. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New York Will Investigate Reports of Gay Men Denied Insurance
Denying men life or disability policies because they take drugs to prevent H.I.V. is discriminatory and may trigger penalties. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Discrimination Homosexuality and Bisexuality Truvada (Drug) Insurance GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) New York Times New York State Source Type: news

NCWM Cannabis Task Group Meets to Develop Model Regulations
NCWM Cannabis Task Group is creating a uniform approach for regulation of the industry by state and local weights and measures officials as legalized medical and recreational use spreads across the...(PRWeb February 15, 2018)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/02/prweb15205514.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - February 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

PragerU vs YouTube case has enormous implications for the future of online FREE speech
(Natural News) As an Internet-based publication, we certainly believe it is important — crucial even — that the online world remains completely free and open, immune to censorship in any form or fashion. That’s why we’re extremely supportive of a legal effort aimed at busting up the Web’s biggest information monopoly after a series of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parents Find Kids' Weight Grades Hard to Swallow
About half of U.S. states have laws requiring schools to conduct BMI screenings among their students, according to a study published last year in Current Obesity Reports. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is FDA Getting More Cozy with AI?
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly on the rise in healthcare. From fledging medtech companies to established giants like Watson IBM—many firms are riding the current AI wave. Not only are companies embracing technology, but so is FDA. Recently the agency gave approval to San Francisco-based Viz.ai’s Contact application, a type of clinical decision support software designed to analyze CT results that could notify providers of a potential stroke in their patients. “What it’s doing is comparing the imaging features in that patient with the millions of images it has been tr...
Source: MDDI - February 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Medical Device Business Digital Health Source Type: news

As Southern states legalize medical marijuana, Memphians cash in on cannabiz
"This is the largest growth industry and is the largest cash crop." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 14, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Elle Perry Source Type: news

Stryker nears closure of Vexim takeover, passes 95% ownership
Stryker (NYSE:SYK) said today it has acquired approximately 95.5% of the share capital of French spinal implant maker Vexim, and that it plans to acquire the remaining shares soon. The Kalamazoo, Mich.-based company said that it has since crossed the 95% threshold and that it intends to file a proposed public buy-out offer and a squeeze-out for the remaining shares in accordance with French tender offer laws and regulations. Stryker is looking to pick up the remaining shares at approximately $24.88 (EU €20) per share through its buy-out offer, and said that both the buy-out offer and squeeze-out ar...
Source: Mass Device - February 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Mergers & Acquisitions Spinal Stryker Source Type: news

Italy court sends right-to-die case to Constitutional Court
A court in Milan has asked Italy's Constitutional Court to rule in the case of a right-to-die advocate who brought a well-known DJ to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland to die after he was paralyzed in a car crash (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Marijuana case judge indicates he's sympathetic
The judge hearing a lawsuit challenging federal marijuana laws has indicated that he is sympathetic to some patients who use cannabis to treat medical conditions (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Avinger prices $18m Series B
Avinger (NSDQ:AVGR) today priced an offering of Series B convertible preferred stock looking to raise a total of $18 million. In conjunction with the offering’s closing, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company said that lenders under its term loan agreement have agreed to convert $38 million of debt into the company’s Series A convertible preferred stock. Series B preferred stock issued in the offering is convertible into common stock at a price of $2 per share, and each share of Series B preferred stock will be accompanied by a Series 1 warrant to purchase 500 additional shares at an exercise price of...
Source: Mass Device - February 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Avinger Source Type: news

California Poised To Become Largest Jobs Creator - For Marijuana
California cities top the list of where to get a job in legal marijuana, but there are still risks and challenges for employers and employees (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Julie Weed, Contributor Source Type: news