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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

9th Circuit Panel Denies Petition For Rehearing In Disability Offset Suit
SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 9 refused to reconsider its ruling that a disability plan administrator did not abuse its discretion in offsetting a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits to account for Social Security disability income (SSDI) benefits that she receives for her dependents (Susan Rene Jones v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 16-16172, 9th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 565). (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's Denial Of Claim Warranted Based On Pre-Existing Condition
JACKSON, Miss. - A disability claimant is not entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the plan's pre-existing condition limitation bars benefits because the claimant was treated for back pain within the plan's look-back period, a Mississippi federal judge said Jan. 24 (Gary Bales v. Hartford Life& Accident Insurance Co., No. 15-790, S.D. Miss., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11180). (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

Texas Federal Judge Dismisses Remaining Bias Claim In Gender Dysphoria Suit
DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on Jan. 26 dismissed the remaining discrimination claim in a disability claimant's suit seeking benefits under a short-term disability (STD) plan for breast augmentation surgery to treat the illness of gender dysphoria after determining that the claimant failed to prove that the employer discriminated against her under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Charlize Marie Baker v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-3679, N.D. Texas; 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12854). (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

Statute Of Limitations Bars Disability Claimant's Suit, Maryland Federal Judge Says
BALTIMORE - A Maryland federal judge on Feb. 1 determined that a disability claimant's breach of contract suit is barred by the applicable statute of limitations because the statute of limitations began to run when the insurer issued its denial letter and not when the insurer denied the claimant's appeal (Nancy F. George v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 17-1073, D. Md., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16528). (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 Failed To Exhaust Administrative Remedies, 6th Circuit Says
CINCINNATI - A claim alleging that a disability insurer violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act when it offset a plan participant's disability benefits was properly dismissed because the claim arose under the disability plan and the claimant was required to administratively exhaust the plan's remedies or plead futility, neither of which the claimant did, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 23 (Oliver H. Barber III, et al. v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., No. 17-5588, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1560). (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

Magistrate Judge Says Discovery Not Warranted In Disability Dispute
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana federal magistrate judge on Feb. 2 denied a disability claimant's motion to compel discovery on the basis that the claimant failed to meet her burden of proving that the plan operated under a conflict of interest that would entitle her to conduct discovery (Angel Allen v. The Lilly Extended Disability Plan, et al., No. 16-2224, S.D. Ind., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17290). (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

District Court Erred By Reducing Attorney Fees, 1st Circuit Panel Determines
BOSTON - The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 18 affirmed a district court's ruling that a disability claimant is entitled to disability benefits but vacated the lower court's calculation of attorney fees and prejudgment interest awarded to the claimant after determining that the court's downward adjustment in the attorney fee award was not appropriate (Diahann L. Gross v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, Nos. 16-2002, 16-1958, 1st Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1190). (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

Motion To Transfer Disability Suit Denied; Suit Remains In California
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Feb. 6 denied a motion to transfer a disability claimant's suit to Pennsylvania federal court because the defendants failed to prove that transferring the suit would serve the convenience of the parties and would promote the interests of justice (Stephanie Stefan v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 17-6165, C.D. Calif., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20356). (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's Suit Dismissed; Nevada Not Proper Venue, Federal Judge Says
LAS VEGAS - A Nevada federal judge on Jan. 24 dismissed a disability claimant's suit against a disability insurer after determining that the claimant failed to prove that Nevada is the proper jurisdiction for the suit (Edgar Ortiz v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 17-580, D. Nev., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11374). (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

Opioid maker Purdue Pharma backs off aggressive marketing
Purdue Pharma, the company behind the painkiller OxyContin, announced it is backing off aggressive marketing techniques that target doctors' offices. The decision comes as the company faces several lawsuits by states alleging the drug maker misrepresented the drug's risks. CBS News senior national correspondent Jim Axelrod has the details. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical marijuana is causing a dip in alcohol sales: Researchers confirm a correlation
(Natural News) Have you ever wondered what legalizing medical marijuana in your state could do to alcohol sales? A group of researchers used that question as the basis of a new study that they conducted, and now they have an actual answer. According to the group of researchers, which hailed from two U.S. colleges and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Helicopter Crash in Grand Canyon Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and left four others critically injured happened on tribal land in the Grand Canyon where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park. The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said. Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old car salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Huala...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Helicopter Crash in Grand Canyon Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and left four others critically injured happened on tribal land in the Grand Canyon where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park. The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said. Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old car salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Huala...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Opioid maker backs off aggressive marketing amid lawsuits
The nation's largest opioid manufacturer says it will no longer send sales representatives to doctors' offices to push opioids (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tobacco Firms in France Cheated Nicotine Tests: Anti-smoking Body Tobacco Firms in France Cheated Nicotine Tests: Anti-smoking Body
Four tobacco companies operating in France manipulated tests to conceal the real level of nicotine and tar contained in cigarettes, endangering the lives of smokers, a French anti-smoking organization alleged in a legal complaint.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Malvinder, Shivinder Singh move Supreme Court to challenge High Court ruling in favour of Daiichi Sankyo
The Singhs and a company controlled by them have sought the apex court ’s permission to appeal the judgement, said people familiar with the development. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Food Code
A model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of government by providing them with a scientifically sound technical and legal basis for regulating the retail and food service segment of the industry (restaurants and grocery stores and institutions such as nursing homes) (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - February 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet loses bid to dismiss metal-on-metal hip cases
Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) last Thursday lost two bids looking to dismiss claims in cases over alleged faults in metal-on-metal hips including an increased risk of metallosis, according to court documents. Motions for summary judgement related to the Taper, ReCap and metal-on-polyethylene devices and motions for summary judgement relating to state-of-the-art defense were denied by US District Judge Robert Miller Jr., according to the documents. The dismissal of the state-of-the-art defenses came after the court said that examining and synthesizing state-of-the-art law in 19 different states would “indefensibly slo...
Source: Mass Device - February 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Legal News Orthopedics zimmerbiomet Source Type: news

Fatal Car Crashes Happen More Often Than Usual on 4/20, Study Finds
April 20 is known as a popular “4/20” holiday for marijuana enthusiasts, but researchers argue that the festivities may have serious consequences, including an increased risk of fatal traffic crashes. In a research letter published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Canadian researchers looked at 25 years of data on fatal crashes in the U.S. They also compared the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes from 4:20 p.m. to midnight on April 20, and compared it to the same time frame one week earlier and a week later. The authors found that the risk of a fatal crash was 12% higher on April 20. Among...
Source: TIME: Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Marijuana onetime public health Source Type: news

Medicaid Plan's Fate Uncertain as Arkansas Lawmakers Convene
Arkansas' governor and legislative leaders hope to stay focused on the next state budget when they convene this week, but uncertainty looms about whether there will be enough support to keep the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion alive for another year. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 12, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn ’ t Get Disability Insurance.
Insurers have denied life and disability coverage to men taking Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection, say gay rights advocates and medical experts. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Truvada (Drug) Discrimination Homosexuality and Bisexuality Life Insurance GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) Mutual of Omaha Source Type: news

Insulet settles investor suit for $20m
Insulet (NSDQ:PODD) plans to fork over $19.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the City of Bristol Pension Fund and the City of Omaha Police and Fire Retirement System, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleged that Insulet misrepresented the success of its OmniPod Eros roll-out in 2013, which eventually caused shares in the company to plummet. The insulin-delivery device had a number of manufacturing problems when it was launched five years ago, which the plaintiffs argued were kept hidden from investors. Get the full story at our sister site...
Source: Mass Device - February 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Diabetes Drug-Device Combinations Legal News Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Insulet Source Type: news

Ex-Advanced BioHealing exec draws probation in VA fraud case
A former Advanced BioHealing executive who admitted to federal charges that he bribed U.S. Veterans Affairs Dept. doctors to use the company’s DermaGraft biologic wound dressing last week drew probation in the case. Federal had prosecutors accused Todd Clawson, who left the company in 2012, of participating in a scheme to bribe VA physicians to use the DermaGraft diabetic foot ulcer treatment with a series of inducements including paid trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Def Leppard concert tickets, a fishing trip in Wyoming and junkets to Las Vegas with an ocean fishing kayak, according to...
Source: Mass Device - February 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Regenerative Medicine Wound Care Advanced BioHealing Inc. Shire Plc. Source Type: news

New Report Sheds Light on Opioid Industry's Role in Epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. Representatives of some of the drugmakers named in the report said they did not set conditions on how the money was to be spent or force the group...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Report Sheds Light on Opioid Industry's Role in Epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. Representatives of some of the drugmakers named in the report said they did not set conditions on how the money was to be spent or force the group...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Such a hypocrite! California state lawmaker held up as #MeToo women’s champ ACCUSED of serial sexual harassment
(Natural News) You have to hand it to Democrats — they are some of the world’s most amazing hypocrites and they follow the old expression, “If you’re going to do something, do it well.” California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a high-profile #MeToo advocate whose championing of the issue earned her national attention, has herself been accused... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blog: It ’ s ❤ unions week and we have so much to be proud of
This week is  unions week – and as part of that,  UNISON week –when we celebrate everything that is great about trade unions. It’s a time to take stock of everything that has happened over the past year, everything our union and our members have achieved. And we have so much to be proud of. Of course, there was the Supreme Court victory over employment tribunal fees – a massive win not just for UNISON members but for every single working person in the UK. This was the biggest employment law case in recent history and it was our union that won it. But not all of the successes...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 12, 2018 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: General secretary's blog heart unions week Heart UNISON Source Type: news

Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Opioid Maker Stops Marketing the Painkillers to Doctors Faced with lawsuits and blame for contributing to the United States'opioid epidemic,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Could Marijuana Amendment Be Repealed? (Randall Bynum Commentary)
With a conservative legislature and a Supreme Court leaning toward literal interpretation, it is not inconceivable that the General Assembly could vote to repeal the Medical Marijuana Amendment and have its actions upheld by this Supreme Court. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 12, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Telehealth and Legal Implications for Nurse Practitioners Telehealth and Legal Implications for Nurse Practitioners
What potential legal issues associated with telehealth should nurse practitioners be aware of?Journal for Nurse Practitioners (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

New cannabis products highly potent, pose mental health risks
(American Osteopathic Association) With states rapidly legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use, physicians will be increasingly pressed to counsel patients on their frequency of use and dosage, as well as associated risks. The special report in the JAOA aggregates what is known to help physicians give the best evidence-based recommendations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Even Australia ’ s Medical Marijuana Poster Boy Can ’ t Get the Drug
Though legal in Australia, medical marijuana is difficult to obtain. One teenager, Lindsay Carter, has become the face of the issue. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TACEY RYCHTER Tags: Medical Marijuana Australia Carter, Lindsay Seizures (Medical) Politics and Government Epilepsy Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Tumors Source Type: news

3 Reasons Trump ’s Plan to Privatize the International Space Station Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Happen
Dabbling in real estate and looking for a way to invest hundreds of millions of dollars with virtually no chance of return? Then the International Space Station (ISS) is for you. Discontinuing funding for space station operations after 2024 and turning the job over to the private sector after that is something the Trump Administration is currently contemplating, the Washington Post reports. The good news is this will surely never happen. The bad news is that the White House is even considering a plan that fails on so many levels. Here are the three big ones. Privatizing the Space Station is a fiscal loser The Internationa...
Source: TIME: Science - February 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized budgets Government international space station NASA Science trump Source Type: news

Even Australia ’ s Medical Marijuana Poster Boy Cannot Obtain the Drug
Though legal in Australia, medical marijuana is difficult to obtain. One teenager, Lindsay Carter, has become the face of the issue. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: TACEY RYCHTER Tags: Medical Marijuana Australia Carter, Lindsay Seizures (Medical) Politics and Government Epilepsy Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Tumors Source Type: news

OxyContin maker Purdue says it will stop marketing opioids to U.S. doctors
The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

‘Suddenly my world would flip’: the woman who is permanently lost
Sharon ’s world is regularly reversed by a rare brain malfunction. Now neurologists, and Wonder Woman, have come to the rescueIn 1952, when she was a child, Sharon was playing in the front garden. She was blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of blind man ’s buff. Sharon grabbed hold of someone’s sleeve and whipped off the scarf that covered her eyes. “You’re it!” she shouted.Then she blinked and looked around her. She panicked. The house and the street looked different. She had no idea where she was. Sharon ran into the back garden and...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 10, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Helen Thomson Tags: Health Neuroscience Medical research Disability Wonder Woman Society Oliver Sacks Books Source Type: news

Effect of Variations in State Emergency Preparedness Laws on the Public Health Workforce's Willingness to Respond in Emergencies
Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. 11/2017 This Web page provides information about a project that assesses whether state laws influence the public health workforce's willingness to respond in emergencies. The project's aims include identifying and classifying variations in emergency response laws in the 50 U.S. states, and assessing the association between specific state emergency preparedness laws and willingness to respond during emergencies among the public health workforce. The page also provides publications, tools, and project materials. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Tide Pods should look 'less delicious', lawmakers say
Two New York lawmakers are calling for Tide Pods to be redesigned to look less like candy as there have been more than 40 reports this year of teens being sickened after eating the capsules. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Maryland Sues Insys to Enforce Subpoena in Opioid Probe Maryland Sues Insys to Enforce Subpoena in Opioid Probe
Maryland's attorney general has filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce a subpoena the state sent Insys Therapeutics Inc as part of a probe into allegations the drugmaker deceptively marketed a fentanyl-based cancer pain medicine.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Trump Administration May Target Immigrants Who Use Food Aid, Other Benefits Trump Administration May Target Immigrants Who Use Food Aid, Other Benefits
The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Align Tech logs a win in continued patent spat with ClearCorrect
Align Technology (NSDQ:ALGN) said it racked up another win in a continuing patent spat with competitive transparent orthodontic corrective device maker ClearCorrect. The San Jose, Calif.-based company said that a three-judge panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused to initiate an inter partes review sought by its competitor ClearCorrect looking to challenge the patentability of a patent titled “Automated Treatment Staging for Teeth.” The decision was based off a failure to show “a reasonable likelihood that any of the 42 claims” in the patent were unpatentable, and the panel unan...
Source: Mass Device - February 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Dental Legal News Patent Infringement aligntechnology ClearCorrect Source Type: news