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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

New York Surgeon Gets 13 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud New York Surgeon Gets 13 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud
A federal judge also ordered Syed Imran Ahmed, MD, to pay millions in restitution and fines. The court found he billed more than $85M for procedures he never performed and upped charges with a false code.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Expert pressed about risk in closing N.S. facilities for people with disabilities
A Nova Scotia government lawyer pressed an expert witness today over the risks of shifting people with intellectual disabilities out of institutional settings into the community, as a human rights inquiry entered its third day. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Every Adult in This Country Is Now an Organ Donor Unless They Opt Out
(THE HAGUE, Netherlands) — Senators in the Netherlands approved a new law Tuesday that makes all Dutch adults potential organ donors unless they opt out. The law narrowly passed in the upper house of the Dutch parliament. The lower house last year passed the legislation with a one-vote majority. The law’s drafter, Pia Dijkstra, said that under the new system — which is similar to donation laws in Belgium and Spain — every person over 18 who is not yet registered as a donor will receive a letter asking if they want to donate their organs after death. “They will be able to reply: yes, no, my nex...
Source: TIME: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized APH health healthytime onetime World Source Type: news

Pot-users want judge to declare marijuana safe under US law
Federal judge in New York to hear arguments in lawsuit that targets federal marijuana laws (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death lawsuit
From iconic blockbuster movies to an acclaimed TV series, the actor was one of Hollywood's most popular stars (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cantel Medical Promotes Lawrence Conway to Senior Vice President, Business Systems and Integration
LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Feb. 14, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. (NYSE: CMD) announced today that Lawrence Conway has been recently appointed to Senior Vice President, Business Systems and Integration. In this role, Mr. ... Devices, Personnel Cantel Medical (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - February 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Time to Enforce Tanning Salon Laws?
(MedPage Today) -- Many in apparent violation of state regulations (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 14, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Federal Trade Commission names Patterson Cos. in lawsuit over dental supplies
The Federal Trade Commission is suing Patterson Cos. and and two other big dental-products distributors, claiming the companies have been shutting out smaller dental practices from discounts. The Star Tribune reports on the move, announced this week by the FTC, that names Patterson (NASDAQ: PDCO) of Mendota Heights, New York-based Henry Schein Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), and Pennsylvania-based Benco Dental Supply Co. The FTC alleges that the companies, which give discounts to bulk buyers, im properly excluded… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Why some airlines won't accept a peacock, hamster or even cat as a comfort support animal
Miniature horses, monkeys and pigs can legally fly as emotional support animals on at least one Canadian airline, but an advocate for travellers says the vast majority of jet-setting comfort animals are far less exotic and truly necessary accommodation for people with disabilities. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Court rules California bakeries may REFUSE to decorate cakes for gay couples... Backlash against the "gay mafia" accelerates
(Natural News) Forcing independent business owners to provide goods or perform services in violation of their consciences defies the intent and spirit of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, a California judge recently ruled. The case centered around Bakersfield cake baker Cathy Miller, of Tastries Bakery, who was sued by a lesbian couple... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do Right-to-Try Laws Offer Compassion or'False Hope'? Do Right-to-Try Laws Offer Compassion or'False Hope'?
Opponents warn against removing the FDA from the process of making experimental therapies available to dying patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

GMC confirms reflective entries could be used against doctors in court
GP leaders have demanded legal protection to stop reflective statements being used against doctors in court, as the GMC confirmed to MPs that no such protection currently exists. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 14, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

South Africa:Why Are State Lawyers Fighting to Keep Millions Away From #lifeesidimeni Families?
[Bhekisisa] 'Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through', says state advocate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Challenge to federal marijuana laws to be heard in New York
Federal judge in New York to hear arguments in lawsuit that targets federal marijuana laws (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Number of lawsuits challenging opioid industry still growing
The number of lawsuits continues to grow in a combined federal challenge of drug companies' role in the opioid crisis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Dutch law to make everyone organ donors unless they opt out
Lawmakers in the Netherlands have approved a system making all Dutch adults potential organ donors unless they opt out (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Fitbit Extends Its Reach in Healthcare
Fitbit is expanding its reach in healthcare through the proposed acquisition of Boston-based Twine Health, a connected health platform designed to help people manage chronic conditions, aid in lifestyle interventions like weight loss and smoking cessation, and make it easier for providers and patients to collaborate on health plans. Learn about key topics in the industry at the free Advanced Design and Manufacturing (ADM) Conference and Expo March 7-8, 2018, in Cleveland, OH.  The deal, which is set to close in the first quarter, would lay the foundation for San Francisco, CA-based Fitbit to expand its offerings ...
Source: MDDI - February 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Out of the Shadows: Mental Health in Asia Pacific
Mental health has been a peripheral issue in emerging markets for a long time, despite the severe impact not only on those directly affected but also on families and carers, as well as on social cohesion and economic development.Fortunately, mental health is starting to get more attention but there is still a widespread tendency to stigmatize and discriminate against people suffering with a mental illness. They are often considered as dangerous and aggressive which in turn increases the social distance.Is there an opportunity for pharma to do more? In the first of a series of articles exploring mental health in emerging ma...
Source: EyeForPharma - February 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

New CEO named to oversee CHI St. Luke ’s Health
Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives — the parent of Houston-based CHI St. Luke's Health — announced Feb. 13 that T. Douglas Lawson has been named CEO of the health system's southeastern Texas market and senior vice president of the parent company.  He replaces Michael Covert, who announced in June that he would step down in Augu st. When he assumes his new role March 19, Lawson will oversee CHI’s Texas division, which is composed of 16 hospitals across southeastern Texas. In addition… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

New CEO named to oversee CHI St. Luke ’s Health
Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives — the parent of Houston-based CHI St. Luke's Health — announced Feb. 13 that T. Douglas Lawson has been named CEO of the health system's southeastern Texas market and senior vice president of the parent company.  He replaces Michael Covert, who announced in June that he would step down in Augu st. When he assumes his new role March 19, Lawson will oversee CHI’s Texas division, which is composed of 16 hospitals across southeastern Texas. In addition… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Pulsinelli Source Type: news

Marijuana laws in New Jersey are loosening restrictions in the wake of a young boy’s tragic death to rare cancer
(Natural News) Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s governor, has recently signed “an executive order for broader medical marijuana access.” Jake Honig, a seven-year-old boy who died last January due to a rare bone cancer, seems to have moved the governor to make this particular decision. Jake, who received the nickname “Jake the Tank” because of the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Oregon state lawmakers vote to make health care a right
Oregon's Legislature has taken a step toward enshrining the right to health care in its state Constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Oregon state lawmakers vote on making health care a right
Oregon's Legislature is considering taking a step toward enshrining the right to health care in its state constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Minnesota Blue Cross CEO Guyette leaves for California optical company
Michael Guyette will leave his post as president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to take a job as the top executive at optical-care company VSP Global. Blue Cross named board member Kathleen Blatz, a retired Minnesota Supreme Court judge, its interim CEO. Eagan-based Blue Cross will start a search for Guyette’s replacement. Guyette joined Blue Cross as CEO from Aetna Inc. in 2013 at a time when the insurer had rotated through several top execu tives. He succeeded Ken Burdick,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Med industry insurer Medmarc sues Medtronic over pelvic mesh claims
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) is facing a suit from its insurer Medmarc Casualty Insurance alleging that the medtech giant inappropriately handled settlements related to pelvic mesh claims and is not entitled to $17.3 million in coverage from the company. In the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Medmarc and subsidiary Noetic Specialty Insurance Company claim that Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic, and its acquired subsidiary Covidien, repeatedly disregarded its obligations towards Medmarc and conditions necessary to ensure payment of judgements and settlements. Medmarc said that Medtronic and...
Source: Mass Device - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Medtronic Source Type: news

Regional One taps new chief legal officer
A Memphis hospital has promoted a former Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell& Berkowitz PC attorney to its chief legal officer. Imad Abdullah joined Regional One Health in 2014 as associate general counsel. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing all aspects of legal affairs and risk management for the the organization. Abdullah replaces Monica Wharton, who, after nearly 10 years in the role at Regional One, began working as chief legal officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare last… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Elle Perry Source Type: news

FTC files complaint against Schein, Benco, Patterson over alleged denial of biz to buying groups
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission this week filed a complaint against Henry Schein (NSDQ:HSIC), Patterson (NSDQ:PDCO) and Benco alleging violations of US antitrust law by conspiring to refuse to provide discounts to or to serve buying groups representing dental practitioners, according to a new FTC posting. The three companies, which the FTC claims control more than 85% of all dental product distributor sales in the US, face allegations that they denied independent benefits of such buying groups to dental practices mostly composed of small businesses, including solo or small groups of dentists. Benco and Hen...
Source: Mass Device - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Dental Distribution Legal News benco Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Henry Schein Inc. Patterson Companies Source Type: news

U.S. can sue UnitedHealth in $1 billion Medicare case, judge rules
(Reuters) - A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Justice Department can move forward with a lawsuit claiming UnitedHealth Group Inc wrongly retained more than $1 billion from the government healthcare program Medicare. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Parents want custody to stop transgender teen having hormone treatment
An Ohio court will decide the fate of a transgender teen who is in what the judge describes as a "gut-wrenching situation." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Do You Need A Degree To Work In Marijuana?
As commercial cannabis grows in the U.S., legal pot companies are on the hunt for workers with advanced degrees, especially biology, chemistry and business. In fact, Yale School of Management will host the largest legal business of cannabis conference ever held by any U.S. B-school later this week. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Heather Cabot, Women at Forbes Source Type: news

Member Highlights: North Pocono Public Library, Moscow, PA
NNLM MAR is pleased to share successes of health outreach projects and activities in our region. Learn what your amazing colleagues are doing to increase access to quality health information for the communities they serve. Life Planning Series This community education series is designed to address difficult life planning decisions such as funeral arrangements and budgeting, important legal documents, and palliative and supportive care for the elderly. It is targeted at mid-life individuals caring for parents or older family members, older people who would like to be proactive in their planning, or mid-life individuals who...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - February 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Member Highlights Source Type: news

Nurse survey launched on mental health laws and detention
Mental health and learning disability nurses are being urged by unions to offer up their views on possible changes to legislation under the Mental Health Act. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 13, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Non-smoker's lung cancer
BBC legal correspondent, Clive Coleman, says his sister's diagnosis came too late to save her. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardinal Health now facing more than 350 opioid lawsuits
The number of lawsuits has climbed past 350 from government entities suing Cardinal Health Inc., other health-care distributors and pharmaceutical manufacturers over the cost of battling the opioid addiction crisis. Settlement talks are ongoing for about 300 of those filed in federal instead of state courts. The cases have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland. Teams of attorneys are supposed to report on their progress ahead of a March 6 hearing. Dublin-based Cardinal… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Fracking waste is radioactive and endangers human health – there is NO safe way to dispose of it
(Natural News) Hydraulic fracturing – more commonly known as fracking – may still be legal in many states across the U.S., but there’s no denying that it’s a highly controversial practice. In the state of Colorado, which has issued strict guidelines regarding disposal of waste water from fracking sites, has now ruled that the waste is far... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parents want custody to stop transgender teen having hormone treatment
An Ohio court will decide the fate of a transgender teen who is in what the judge describes as a "gut-wrenching situation." (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Column: CPLR and special cases of medical malpractice
This article looks at recent changes to the CPLR, and two recent decisions from the Court of Appeals, … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Scott Duquin Source Type: news

Brownies and beer: How edible cannabis businesses plan to cash in on legalization
Businesses touting cannabis-infused food and drink position themselves to snap up opportunities in what is expected to be an explosive market. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Toronto Source Type: news

Liberia:Health Minister Designate Requests Change of Venue in U.S.$6 Million Lawsuit
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The legal counsel of health minister-designate Dr. Wilhemina Jallah has filed a motion for change of venue in the action of damage for wrongful death filed against her by the family of a woman who reportedly died during childbirth her hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tanzania:'Anti-HIV Adverts Should Be Removed From Zanzibar
[Daily News] CHAKECHAKE lawmaker, Mr Suleiman Sarahani Said has asked the government to abolish anti- HIV adverts from streets, saying it sends a wrong message to tourists and outside boarders. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - February 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Tougher Tobacco Use Laws Critical in the Fight Against Cancer
[263Chat] The World commemorated World Cancer Day on the 4th of February as is the norm each year, the commemoration ran under the theme "We can, I can" and that theme alone makes a lot of sense because surely collectively We can reduce cancer related illness and subsequently cancer related deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Indiana Federal Judge Says Plan's Denial Of Disability Benefits Must Be Affirmed
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Noting that an arbitrary and capricious standard of review applies in a disability benefits dispute based on a district court's prior decision, an Indiana federal judge on Jan. 17 affirmed the disability insurer's denial of benefits on the basis that there is rational support for the insurer's denial of benefits (Donald Fessenden v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-370, N.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7754). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Denial Of Disability Benefits Was Not Arbitrary, Capricious, Federal Judge Says
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky federal judge on Feb. 5 affirmed a disability plan's denial of long-term disability benefits after determining that the evidence supports the denial of benefits for the claimant's injury and that the plan provided a reasoned explanation for its denial of benefits (Tracy Kellar v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 17-81, E.D. Ky., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18065). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Panel Remands Disability Claim After Finding Questions Of Fact Exist Regarding Denial
PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 24 determined that a district court properly applied an abuse-of-discretion standard of review in a disability benefits dispute but remanded the suit after determining that questions of facts exist regarding the disability insurer's decision not to conduct an independent medical evaluation and disregard of the claimant's fatigue and pain complaints (Renee Killebrew v. The Prudential Insurance Company of America, No. 17-2137, 3rd Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1672). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Benefits Claim Was Properly Denied, California Federal Judge Determines
SAN FRANCISCO - A claim for pension disability benefits was properly denied because the disability claimant failed to submit medical records detailing his disability as requested on multiple occasions by the plan at issue, a California federal judge said Feb. 6 (Vanmark Strickland v. AT&T Pension Benefit Plan, No. 17-01393, N.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19566). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Is Owed Benefits Under Any-Occupation Standard, Federal Judge Says
TUCSON, Ariz. - An Arizona federal judge on Jan. 19 determined that a disability claimant is entitled to current and retroactive long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the evidence supports a finding that the claimant is clearly disabled from performing the duties of any occupation (Rebecca Brown v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 16-162, D. Ariz., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9759). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Must Reimburse Claimant For Amount Of Offset Benefits
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana federal judge on Jan. 30 reinstated a disability claimant's long-term disability benefits and ordered the disability insurer to reimburse the claimant for the amount offset by the insurer after determining that a settlement received by the claimant was not subject to offset because the settlement was not for the same disability for which the claimant was receiving disability benefits (Dawn Rustad-Link v. Providence Health and Services, et al., No. 16-136, D. Mont., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14928). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - February 13, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news