EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop
Superfund was initially paid for by taxes on crude oil, chemicals and the companies that created the toxic waste sites. But those taxes expired in 1995, leaving states strapped to find the money.(Image credit: Joe Wertz/Stateimpact Oklahoma) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Wertz Source Type: news

Targeting a January vote, Oregon health tax opponents turn in 84K signatures
The group looking to repeal newly enacted taxes on health insurers and hospitals says it has enough signatures to launch a January special election. The Stop Healthcare Taxes Referendum 301 gave Oregon's Elections Division 84,367 signatures Thursday. Should the signatures be verified, it could lead to a Jan. 23 vote. The referendum challenges a 1.5 percent tax on health insurers and 0.7 percent tax on hospitals that lawmakers passed earlier t his year. That money would help maintain coverage for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 6, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Andy Giegerich Source Type: news

Tips for Navigating Open Enrollment
Overview When open enrollment season starts, you ’ll be making important decisions about your and your family’s health care coverage for 2018. Navigating the details can be tricky. Here are some factors to consider and questions to ask during the open enrollment process. Content Blocks ContentKnow your needs. Do you have a chronic condition, or is your family relatively healthy? Where will you go for care in an emergency and will you be able to cover the expenses? Choosing a plan that covers your known and unexpected needs requires careful consideration of costs and benefits.Consider family changes. Do you h...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

The Fight Over Gun Control Isn ’t Really About Guns
Over the roar of the guitar, the gunfire erupted. At first the country-music fans at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas thought the loudspeakers were malfunctioning or that the pyrotechnics had gone awry. But as the bodies crumpled, the crowd began to grasp the horror that was unfolding. The rapid pop pop pop exploded around Doris Huser, 29. She and her 8-year-old daughter had been in the bathroom, but when the shooting began, they pushed back into the crowd, toward the sound of the bullets, in search of Huser’s 5-year-old son and her developmentally disabled sister. They could feel the bullets pinging off th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Philip Elliott / Las Vegas, Haley Sweetland Edwards / Las Vegas and Charlotte Alter / Las Vegas Tags: Uncategorized gun crime Guns Las Vegas Las Vegas Massacre las vegas shooting NRA Source Type: news

Low-cost, high-volume services make up big portion of spending on unneeded health care
Low-cost, high-volume health services account for a high percentage of unnecessary health spending, adding strain to the health care system,  new UCLA-led research suggests.Analyzing data on 5.5 million patients in Virginia, the researchers found that services providing no net health benefits to patients cost that state ’s health care system more than $586 million in 2014. Of that amount, 65 percent went to low-cost, high-volume services such as unnecessary lab tests.The findings arepublished in the October issue of the peer-reviewed journal  Health Affairs.The researchers relied on a large Virginia claims ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 5, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

What Will President Trump Say About Guns?
As President Trump heads to Las Vegas, all eyes in Washington are on how he will handle the emotional moment and what, if anything, he will say about gun control. Aides say they’ve seen no indication that the president is making a 180 on gun control overnight — he was backed by the NRA during his campaign and became the first sitting president in decades to speak to the group’s annual conference. But Trump has been moved off seemingly firm positions before, whether for emotional reasons like the photos of Syrian chemical weapons use in March, or for political ones in the case of DACA. Officials across th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zeke J Miller Tags: Uncategorized Morning Must Reads Source Type: news

Liberia: Unity Party Stalwarts Pocketed Us$45m From Liberia During Ebola Outbreak
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -FrontPageAfrica has uncovered that stalwarts of the ruling Unity Party allegedly pocketed US$45 million from Liberian taxpayers during the Ebola healthcare emergency from a controversial telecom deal in December 2011 to implement an International Gateway Management System (IGMS). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 4, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

IRS Gives Equifax Multimillion-Dollar Deal Despite Massive Data Breach
(WASHINGTON) — The company at the center of the biggest breach of personal information just signed a contract with the federal government to provide, well, personal information. The Internal Revenue Service signed a $7.25 million contract with Equifax last month. The no-bid contract, first reported by Politico, is for Equifax to provide the IRS with taxpayer and personal identity verification services. The contract stated that Equifax was the only company capable of providing these services to the IRS, and it was deemed a “critical” service that couldn’t lapse. The news of the contract came on the s...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized finance onetime Source Type: news

Report: Mylan to pony up $20m to Massachusetts in EpiPen settlement
Mylan (NSDQ:MYL) is slated to pay $20.3 million to the Massachusetts Medicaid program to resolve claims that it underpaid the program by misclassifying its EpiPen device, according to attorney general Maura Healey. “Mylan knowingly misrepresented this drug to MassHealth in order to underpay on rebates and make a profit at the expense of our state,” Healey said in prepared remarks. “This settlement brings critical funds back to our MassHealth program. Companies that receive payments from taxpayer-funded programs must be held accountable when they abuse this system.” Get the full story ...
Source: Mass Device - October 3, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Legal News Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat Mylan Source Type: news

Twitter Reacts to HHS Secretary & #039;s Resignation
HHS secretary Tom Price resigned September 29 amid reports of using taxpayer dollars for chartered flights. Here are some of the best Twitter reactions. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 3, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Population Health Healthcare Careers Healthcare Reform Source Type: news

Cheryl Strayed: Someday, a Woman Like Hillary Clinton Will Win
My kids didn’t have school the day after Donald Trump won the presidential election and eventually, near noon, they came into my room to see what was wrong with me. Perhaps they’d come to me at their father’s prompting. Perhaps they’d heard me weeping. They’d never seen me this way before. Inconsolable. “Hillary didn’t lose!” I insisted, as they sat on the bed around me, even as Hillary’s voice drifted into the room — her concession speech, on the radio downstairs, my husband shouting up, “Honey, you should come listen to this!” I would not listen. I w...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cheryl Strayed Tags: Uncategorized Books Source Type: news

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is Under Investigation for Using Private Planes
(WASHINGTON) — The Interior Department’s office of inspector general says it is investigating Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of charter flights. Zinke disclosed last week that he has taken three charter flights, including a $12,375 late-night trip from Las Vegas to his home state of Montana. A spokeswoman for the inspector general’s office, Nancy DiPaolo, says the office is investigating. Zinke is one of several Cabinet members facing questions about travel after Tom Price resigned as health chief. Price came under criticism for using costly chartered planes while on government business. Zinke said Fri...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Daly / AP Tags: Uncategorized onetime People White House Source Type: news

Gun Control Advocates Are Speaking Up About a Bill Making it Easier to Buy a Silencer
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, advocates of stricter gun control are criticizing a Republican bill to make it easier to buy silencers. As news still trickled in about the Sunday night’s shooting at Route 91 Harvest Festival at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was one of a number of gun control supporters who raised concerns about the proposed legislation. “The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots,” she tweeted on Monday morning. “Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer.” The bill, known as the Sportsmen’s Herita...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Congress Gun Control Guns Las Vegas las vegas shooting Nevada NRA onetime Source Type: news

Catalonia Just Voted for Independence From Spain. Here ’s Why That Is Unlikely to Happen
Constituents in Spain’s Catalonia region voted for independence in a disputed referendum Sunday that left more than 800 people injured after Spanish riot police used batons and rubber bullets on protesters civilians attempting to cast their ballots. Catalonia has “won the right to become an independent state,” the Associated Press quoted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont as saying after the polling. He also promised to make good on an election pledge to unilaterally declare independence for the region should its constituents vote “yes” in the referendum. Puigdemont added that he would ask th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joseph Hincks Tags: Uncategorized onetime Spain Source Type: news

Catalonia Declares Landslide Win in Independence Referendum Marred by Violence
(BARCELONA, Spain) — Catalonia’s regional government declared a landslide win for the “yes” side in a disputed referendum on independence from Spain that degenerated into ugly scenes of mayhem on Sunday, with more than 800 people injured as riot police attacked peaceful protesters and unarmed civilians gathered to cast their ballots. Catalonia has “won the right to become an independent state,” Catalan president Carles Puigdemont said after the polls closed, adding that he would keep his pledge to declare independence unilaterally from Spain if the “yes” side wins. “Tod...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aritz Parra and Joseph Wilson / AP Tags: Uncategorized Catalonia onetime Spain Source Type: news

More Than 300 People Injured in Violent Clashes in Catalonia
(BARCELONA) — Spanish riot police smashed their way into polling stations in Catalonia and fired rubber bullets Sunday at protesters outside one Barcelona polling station to try to halt a disputed independence referendum. Nearly 350 people, including some police, were injured in the melee, officials said. The officers fired the rubber bullets while trying to clear protesters who were trying to prevent National Police cars from leaving after police had confiscated ballot boxes from the voting center. The Spanish government has ordered police to stop the voting process in Catalonia, saying it’s illegal. The chaot...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aritz Parra / AP and Joseph Wilson / AP Tags: Uncategorized Barcelona Catalonia onetime Spain Source Type: news

More Than 450 People Injured During Violent Clashes in Catalonia
(BARCELONA) — Spanish riot police smashed their way into Catalan polling stations Sunday to try to halt a disputed referendum on independence, firing rubber bullets and attacking voters who were trying to stop them from confiscating ballots. The daylong melee injured at least 460 civilians and 11 police, authorities said. Police were acting on orders from the Spanish government to stop the voting, which Spain’s Constitutional Court had declared illegal. The dispute over the independence vote in Catalonia, a wealthy northeastern region of 7.5 million people, has plunged Spain into a constitutional crisis. Spain&...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aritz Parra / AP and Joseph Wilson / AP Tags: Uncategorized Barcelona Catalonia onetime Spain Source Type: news

More Than 750 People Injured During Violent Clashes in Catalonia
(BARCELONA) — Spanish riot police smashed their way into Catalan polling stations Sunday to try to halt a disputed referendum on independence, firing rubber bullets and attacking voters who were trying to stop them from confiscating ballots. The daylong melee injured at least 750 civilians and 11 police, authorities said. Police were acting on orders from the Spanish government to stop the voting, which Spain’s Constitutional Court had declared illegal. The dispute over the independence vote in Catalonia, a wealthy northeastern region of 7.5 million people, has plunged Spain into a constitutional crisis. Spain&...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aritz Parra / AP and Joseph Wilson / AP Tags: Uncategorized Barcelona Catalonia onetime Spain Source Type: news

Ward off Alzheimer's, heart disease, and other physical impairments NATURALLY as you age by developing “a sense of purpose”
(Natural News) You’ve heard the expression that the only two sure things in life are death and taxes, and while we may have little influence over the IRS and Congress, we certainly have ways to find more fulfillment in life as we approach our final moment on earth. Most of us don’t want to spend... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

‘As If Puerto Rico Did Not Exist.’ Hurricane Maria Is a Reminder of ‘Second-Class’ Status for Some
(PHILADELPHIA) — Xavier Totti moved to the mainland United States from his native Puerto Rico 43 years ago. He is still asked routinely if he is “legal,” and when he mails packages to relatives back home, he has to fill out an international form. So, the 65-year-old anthropologist was not surprised by a Morning Consult-New York Times poll that showed more than half of Americans don’t realize that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory — and that its residents are U.S. citizens. “By now, it’s sort of comical, but it makes me feel second-class, like you don’t belong,” said Totti...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Errin Haines Whack / AP Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

2 Convicted Murderers Want to Get Married. The Court Won ’t Let Them
(OMAHA, Neb.) — Two convicted murderers who are incarcerated in separate Nebraska prisons but have been trying to marry each other for years will have to wait longer yet, after the Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday reversed an order blocking the state prison system’s policy keeping them from tying the knot. The high court sent the case back to a lower court, citing a conflict in how the lawsuit was filed and decided. Paul Gillpatrick and Niccole Wetherell have been engaged since 2011. But they have had their request to marry consistently denied because corrections officials are unwilling to transport either of t...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Margery A. Beck / AP Tags: Uncategorized APW Crime onetime Source Type: news

BREAKING: Tom Price is out as HHS secretary
Tom Price has resigned from his post as U.S. health and human services secretary after days of fending off criticism over chartered flights he took on the public dime. The announcement today out of the White House said Don J. Wright – presently assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – will take over as acting secretary. The announcement came soon after President Donald Trump, at his Bedminster, N.J. gold course, told reporters that he didn’t like the “optics” around the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars spent ...
Source: Mass Device - September 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News Healthcare Reform News Well Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) Donald Trump Tom Price Source Type: news

Tom Price is out as HHS secretary
Tom Price has resigned from his post as U.S. health and human services secretary after days of fending off criticism over chartered flights he took on the public dime. The announcement today out of the White House said Don J. Wright – presently assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – will take over as acting secretary. The announcement came soon after President Donald Trump, at his Bedminster, N.J. gold course, told reporters that he didn’t like the “optics” around the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars spent ...
Source: Mass Device - September 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Business/Financial News Healthcare Reform News Well Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) Donald Trump Tom Price Source Type: news

Trump Health Secretary Tom Price Resigns After Private Plane Controversy
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s health secretary has resigned, after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss. Tom Price’s partial repayment and public regrets couldn’t save his job. The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president’s Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent young administration that has seen several high-ranking White House aides ousted. Price served less than 8 months. Trump had said he was “not happy” with Price for hiring private charters on the taxpayer’s dime for official tra...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized onetime White House Source Type: news

Donald Trump Ran Against Wasteful Spending. Now His Own Cabinet Is Under Fire
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump frequently argued that as a billionaire he didn’t really need the job of president and would be immune to a D.C. culture of corruption and waste. As he rolled-out his Cabinet picks, among the richest in history, he echoed that same logic. But in recent days, several members of Trump’s Cabinet have been tripped up by the same kinds of wasteful spending habits that Republicans have long decried. The revelation that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took more than a dozen flights on privately chartered jets put his job in jeopardy and the Trump Administration into da...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zeke J Miller Tags: Uncategorized Cabinet David Shulkin Donald Trump Ryan Zinke Scott Pruitt steven mnuchin Tom Price Source Type: news

How Private Flights Tripped Up President Trump
The Trump Administration finds itself increasingly on the defensive over private travel by Cabinet officials. The revelation that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took more than a dozen flights on privately chartered jets put his job in jeopardy and his boss into damage control mode. But Price is not the only member of president’s team in hot water, and the Cabinet’s high-flying ways point to a culture of extravagance at the highest levels of the Trump Administration—often racked up on the people’s credit card. Trump is upset with Price and may fire him for the offense, officials said. ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zeke J Miller Tags: Uncategorized Morning Must Reads Source Type: news

Donald Trump Promotes ‘Giant, Beautiful, Massive’ Tax Plan
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Friday that the centerpiece of his plan to help American businesses and workers “thrive, compete and grow” is a “giant, beautiful, massive, the biggest ever in our country, tax cut.”Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled the broad outlines of the tax plan earlier this week. “My administration is working every day to lift the burden on companies and workers so you can thrive, compete and grow,” Trump said in a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers. He said the tax cut plan was a core element. The nearly $6 trillion tax-c...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Darlene Superville / AP Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump onetime Source Type: news

State Policies Can Reduce Alcohol-Related Murders
FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 -- Taxes, sales restrictions and other policies aimed at alcohol control appear to reduce the likelihood that murders and other violent crimes will be alcohol-related, according to a new study. The researchers, from Boston... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 29, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Allow Seth Meyers to Take a Closer Look at President Trump ’s Tax Plan
Fresh off the heels of the latest failed Obamacare repeal effort, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans this week unveiled their latest shot at a much-needed victory: a major tax reform plan that they say would rewrite the federal tax code for the first time in decades. The plan has been subject to criticism from Democrats and also nonpartisan experts, who say the proposal amounts to a series of tax cuts for the wealthy — among them Trump himself, who would benefit from many of the proposal’s loopholes. The latest skeptic: Seth Meyers, who on Late Night on Thursday took the president to task. &ld...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump onetime Tax Reform White House Source Type: news

Tom Price Isn ’t Actually Paying the Full Cost of Those Private Plane Rides That Had Trump Open to Firing Him
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price apologized Thursday for using taxpayer dollars to fund his work trips on private jets. “I was not sensitive enough to my concern for the taxpayer,” he said, pledging to stop taking charter flights — and to reimburse the Treasury Department for the cost of his past trips. But here’s the thing: The amount he’s pledged to pay — $51,887.31, according NPR and other news outlets — appears to be a mere fraction of the total sum he cost taxpayers. Politico reported Thursday that Price’s many private jet trips this year — several ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump onetime Tom Price White House Source Type: news

Illinois Governor Agrees to Allow Medicaid Coverage for Abortions
(CHICAGO) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ended months of speculation Thursday and signed legislation allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, a reversal of the first-term Republican’s stance on the proposal last spring. The Legislature, which is run by Democrats, approved the measure in May but delayed sending it to Rauner until Monday, in part because he has wavered on where he stands. As a candidate, Rauner supported expanding coverage for abortions, but in April said he opposed the legislation and Illinois should focus on economic issues. Rauner’s final word came at a news con...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John O'Connor and Sophia Tareen / AP Tags: Uncategorized Health Care Illinois onetime Source Type: news

Where Hurricane Maria Fits in the History of Puerto Rico
The deadly impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, as this week’s issue of TIME explores, has led to extreme devastation and a potential humanitarian crisis, as well as a political battle over the federal government’s responsibility to the island residents who have not received the same level of assistance as their fellow citizens in Texas and Florida did the wake of other recent hurricanes. And, amid the destruction, many mainland Americans have also come to realize just how little they know about Puerto Rico and its past. As the nation struggles to come to grips with the extent of the recovery effort that w...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized Books natural disaster onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

Tom Price Apologizes After Using Taxpayer Money for Private Jet Flights
(WASHINGTON) — Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is apologizing for taking costly charter flights on the taxpayer’s dime. Price says he’ll reimburse the government and he’s pledging not to take any more charters. The HHS chief’s mea culpa follows President Donald Trump’s public comments that he wasn’t happy with Price’s travel. Trump left open the possibility that Price would be fired, but Price said Thursday he thinks he still has the president’s confidence. (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized health and human services hhs onetime Tom Price Trump Administration White House Source Type: news

What to Know About The Impact of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico Aid
The havoc Hurricane Maria wreaked on the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, has put an obscure statute in the national spotlight: the Jones Act. The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump was waiving the Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, just two days after he declined to do so. “This waiver will ensure that over the next ten days, all options are available to move and distribute goods to the people of Puerto Rico,” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement Thursday. “It is intended to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alana Abramson and Jennifer Calfas Tags: Uncategorized onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

How Will President Trump ’s Tax Plan Work?
More than 24 hours after the release of the GOP’s tax plan and there are more questions than answers about how it will affect everyday Americans. Corporations would get a tax break on earnings and reduced rates to repatriate overseas reserves. The impact on the highest wage-earners, like President Trump, seems clear, with the elimination of the alternative minimum tax, the estate tax and the lowering of the top tax rate providing substantial benefit. For the lowest earners, the doubling of the standard deduction should move more people to the “zero” bracket. It’s those in the middle—the middle...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zeke J Miller Tags: Uncategorized Morning Must Reads Source Type: news

President Trump Says His Tax Plan Won ’t Benefit Him. That’s Not True
President Donald Trump made a bold claim as he unveiled his tax reform plan this week: He says he won’t benefit from it. Speaking at a rally in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Trump rolled out a nine-page tax plan that remains a work in progress. But some of the details included in the plan right now would likely help the President’s bottom line. “I’m doing the right thing and it’s not good for me, believe me,” he said. Of course, Trump was the first major-party presidential candidate since 1976 not to release his tax returns, so it’s hard to say exactly how he’ll be affected. But...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Alternative Minimum Tax Donald Trump estate tax income tax onetime Taxes Source Type: news

Republicans Are Optimistic About Tax Reform. But It Could Face the Same Trouble as Health Care
Republican lawmakers gathered with excitement on Wednesday to introduce their proposal for what they described as the most sweeping federal tax reform proposal in decades. Just a day after the latest failure on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the change of topic was welcomed, and the members gathered in the Rayburn Room were optimistic about the new proposal. “I like the energy in the room,” said Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. “This is a really exciting opportunity… It gets the economy moving and will generate more income, more wages. It’s more jobs, it’s better j...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Congress Donald Trump Paul Ryan Tax Reform Source Type: news

The Stakes are High on Tax Reform
Republicans released their “framework” for tax reform Wednesday, combining corporate tax cuts with simplification of individual rates and deductions. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the GOP, with at least hundreds of billions of stock market wealth at stake, not to mention the party’s reputation. Republicans and President Trump have almost no legislative accomplishments to show for their first eight months in office, and are laying their hopes now on tax reform to finally come up with a substantive win. But the broadly outlined plan leaves a lot of details to be finalized by congressional committe...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zeke J Miller Tags: Uncategorized Morning Must Reads Source Type: news

Help for Puerto Rico Is Being Delayed by the Jones Act. What ’s That?
While Puerto Rico begins the long recovery process after Hurricane Maria, experts say that waiving a law known as the Jones Act could help. But the Trump Administration on Tuesday declined to waive the statute, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Here’s what to know about the law. What was the origin of the Jones Act? The Jones Act was put in place after World War II, when the threat of German U-boats (which sunk almost 5,000 ships during the war) was still fresh. The statute required that any ship carrying goods from one U.S. port to another be made in America, staffed with Americans, and owned by an Amer...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Begley Tags: Uncategorized onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

UNISON welcomes West Sussex jobs move
UNISON has welcomed the decision to “insource” admin jobs at the West Sussex multi-agency safeguarding hub that deals with children and young people. Administration at the hub is currently covered by a county council contract with Capita. But now the council says it is bringing the admin jobs under direct management because “vulnerable children are at risk of harm due to insufficient numbers of assessments being undertaken within 24 hours”. UNISON south east regional organiser Caroline Fife (pictured) said that the union is pleased at the decision, adding: “The reality is it could do little el...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News children's services insourcing local government outsourcing privatisation South east Source Type: news

If we don't focus on why people overeat, we will never solve obesity
Emotional, physical or sexual abuse can lie at root of weight problems in later life and, unless targeted, taxes on food types will be cruel to those who self-medicate• Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our new column about class.Read all articles hereTrinity Wallace-Ellis first recalls associating food with consolation when she was about eight. Her heroin-addicted father could explode in violence, sometimes beating her and her seven younger sisters. Afterwards, he was always regretful – and Trinity would come home from school to find a refrigerator filled with cakes and pies.“From that point, I...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Maia Szalavitz Tags: Obesity Science Society Health Source Type: news

Emmanuel Macron Makes the Case for a Stronger Europe, in a Bid to Lead It
Europe might have a new leader to replace Germany’s Angela Merkel, if French President Emmanuel Macron gets his way. With the German Chancellor holed up in Berlin, attempting to piece together a coalition after an underwhelming election victory on Sunday, Macron strode forcefully into the gap on Tuesday afternoon, unveiling a dramatic new plan to overhaul the 28-member European Union, a role that French leaders have for years largely ceded to Germany. In a key two-hour speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris, Macron laid out a detailed blueprint for how to overhaul the E.U., including knitting the continent togeth...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Vivienne Walt / Paris Tags: Uncategorized France onetime Source Type: news

More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth
Tax cuts do not magically improve economic growth. Instead, the government should focus on building more economic capacity with new investments in infrastructure, research and development (R&D), education, and anti-poverty programs. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 26 2017 (IPS)The Trump administration’s promise to increase infrastructure spending should break the straightjacket the Republicans imposed on the Obama administration after capturing the US Congress in 2010. However, in proportionate terms, it falls far short of Roosevelt’s New Deal ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Energy Featured Financial Crisis Global Global Governance Headlines Health Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

How a Mistake Could Help You Save Hundreds on Flights
This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melanie Lieberman / Travel + Leisure Tags: Uncategorized onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

How Artificial Intelligence Could Save Healthcare
They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but you could also make an argument for adding rising healthcare costs to the list. “There is no end in sight to the amount of healthcare spending because it scales with multiple on the population,” Josh Makower, MD, general partner venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (one of the top 10 medtech VC firms), told an audience at the Medtech Conference in San Jose yesterday. Speaking on a panel about the future of healthcare delivery at the event hosted by medtech industry trade group AdvaMed, Makower went on to assert that medical devices and...
Source: MDDI - September 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Jamie Hartford Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

President Trump and Republicans Are Planning Big Tax Cuts for the Rich and Corporations
(WASHINGTON) — The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek. The grand plan to rewrite the nation’s tax code would be the first major overhaul in three decades, delivering on a Trump campaign pledge and providing a sorely needed legislative achievement. It also is expected to eliminate or reduce some tax breaks and deductions. The plan would likely cut the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans, now at 39.6 percent...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marcy Gordon & Ken Thomas / AP Tags: Uncategorized Congress onetime Source Type: news

Obamacare Repeal Is on Life Support. These 5 Senators Could Decide Its Fate
Once again, Congress is facing a looming vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act that will be decided by a handful of key Republicans. As the Senate decides on the Graham-Cassidy bill this week, just three Republican senators would be enough to kill the bill’s chances, and doom GOP’s best chance to overturn the bill on a simple majority vote before a Sept. 30 deadline. With several Republicans expressing concern and even opposition to the bill, its future looks uncertain. On Monday, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana put forward a revised version in an attempt to sway some ho...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maya Rhodan Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Congress Health Care Obamacare onetime Source Type: news

What to Know About the Catalan Independence Referendum
Spanish authorities are racing to block Catalonia secessionists from carrying out an independence referendum currently scheduled for Oct. 1. So far, officials have seized almost 10 million ballot papers, imposed fines on top Catalan officials, and detained numerous politicians. Catalonia’s battle with Madrid over the vote, which both the Spanish constitution court and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy deem illegal, has created the worst political crisis Spain has seen in decades. Here’s what to know: Where is Catalonia? Located in the country’s north-east corner, Catalonia has an economy larger than that of Po...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tara John Tags: Uncategorized Spain Source Type: news

Oregon Health Authority gets a new, but familiar, director
Gov. Kate Brown announced that Patrick Allen, whom she appointed as acting director of the Oregon Health Authority about four weeks ago, will remain on the job on a permanent basis. "Each Oregonian has a right to a healthy, independent life that allows them to succeed," Brown said in a statement. "To achieve this goal, the Oregon Health Authority must be capable of maintaining a high value and sustainable health care system. Pat has already proven to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 23, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Oregon Health Authority gets a new, but familiar, director
Gov. Kate Brown announced that Patrick Allen, whom she appointed as acting director of the Oregon Health Authority about four weeks ago, will remain on the job on a permanent basis. "Each Oregonian has a right to a healthy, independent life that allows them to succeed," Brown said in a statement. "To achieve this goal, the Oregon Health Authority must be capable of maintaining a high value and sustainable health care system. Pat has already proven to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 23, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news