Have questions about growing marijuana in Ohio? The state has answers
Ever wonder how difficult it is to regulate a product that has long been vilified as a scourge on the youth? Look no further than the Ohio Department of Commerce, the state agency in charge of issuing licenses to medical marijuana cultivators. The department on Friday issued the second of two question-and-answer sessions from those interested in setting up grow shops. It answered 156 questions, which do esn't even account for all of them: other queries related to background checks and taxes will… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 26, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tom Knox Source Type: news

Florida Just Became The Latest State To Abolish The 'Tampon Tax'
Florida just joined the growing list of states that have put an end to the so-called “tampon tax.”  Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a law on Thursday making feminine hygiene products including tampons, pads and menstrual cups tax-exempt, the AP reports. The law goes into effect in January. The measure was part of a larger $180 million tax cut package.  The majority of states across the country subject menstrual products to sales taxes because they’re considered a “luxury” item. But opponents of the standard argue that feminine products are a necessity and that taxing them is effe...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CBO: Trumpcare bill cuts deficit, but millions would lose insurance
An estimated 23 million people would lose their health insurance by 2026 under Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office report released yesterday. The CBO said that the so-called “Trumpcare” bill, which narrowly passed by U.S. House earlier this month, would also reduce federal deficits by $119 billion between 2017 and 2026. The bill would cover an additional 1 million Americans than a previous version of the bill, which failed to clear the House, according to the CBO. In their scoring of the previous version, the budget ...
Source: Mass Device - May 25, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Healthcare Reform Capitol Hill Source Type: news

Health Bill's Score Still Breathtakingly Bad
The new Congressional Budget Office numbers are in for the House healthcare bill, and they’re almost as breathtakingly bad as the first version’s score. Instead of 24 million Americans losing health insurance in the next ten years, now “only” 23 million will lose health insurance. The number of people who will lose health insurance next year alone stayed the same, at 14 million. Medicaid funding will be cut by $834 billion, instead of $880 billion. This would save a paltry $12 billion a year, instead of the $15 billion a year the original bill would have saved. That’s a lot of pain for not ver...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CBO scores Trumpcare bill, estimates 23 million lose insurance by 2026
An estimated 23 million people would lose health coverage by 2026 under Republican legislation, dubbed Trumpcare, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office report released today. The Office said that the bill, which was narrowly passed by the US House earlier this month and looks to begin dismantling and repealing Obamacare, would also reduce federal deficits by $119 billion between 2017 and 2026 The bill would cover an additional 1 million more Americans than a previous version of the bill which failed to pass the House, according to the CBO. In their scoring of the previous version, the Office said t...
Source: Mass Device - May 24, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Healthcare Reform Capitol Hill Source Type: news

Exclusive: McConnell expects bipartisan support for bill reauthorizing FDA user fees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Wednesday he expects bipartisan support for approval of a bill authorizing taxpayer and industry funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Medicaid programs could take a $1.4 trillion hit
Medicaid, the federal health program that serves 70 million low-income and poor Americans, could be cut by as much as $1.4 trillion over the next decade, if the new budget proposed by President Donald Trump is enacted. It’s unlikely that Congress will approve the 2018 budget released May 22, but it sends a signal that the administration is aiming for “safety net” programs in its budget, NPR reports. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney unveiled the proposal this week as a "Taxpayer First"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 24, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Betsey Guzior Source Type: news

Medicaid programs could take a $1.4 trillion hit
Medicaid, the federal health program that serves 70 million low-income and poor Americans, could be cut by as much as $1.4 trillion over the next decade, if the new budget proposed by President Donald Trump is enacted. It’s unlikely that Congress will approve the 2018 budget released Monday, but it sends a signal that the administration is aiming for “safety net” programs in its budget, NPR reports. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney unveiled the proposal this week as a "Taxpayer First"… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Betsey Guzior Source Type: news

Private equity shop EQT leads the pack in chase for Ottobock
Private equity shop EQT is reportedly the leading bidder for a stake in Germany’s Ottobock, the world’s largest maker of artificial limbs, as talks with rival PE player CVC continue. EQT and CVC are vying for a 20% share in Ottobock’s bread-and-butter healthcare business ahead of an eventual public listing, “people familiar with the matter” told Reuters. Other bidders, including KKR, BC Partners and Advent, have dropped out. The talks with EQT are not exclusive and could still crumble, the sources told the news service. Founded in 1919 as a maker of prosthetics for Wor...
Source: Mass Device - May 23, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions Prosthetics Wall Street Beat Ottobock Venture Capital/Private Equity Source Type: news

FDA to use millions in taxpayer dollars to promote GMO propaganda
(Natural News) You might not be willing to buy GMO foods, but you’ll still be spending money on them thanks to a new congressional bill that allocates $3 million of taxpayer dollars to “consumer outreach and education regarding agricultural biotechnology.” A Pew study recently discovered that 39 percent of people in the U.S. think GMOs... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alere ticks up on delayed Q4, 2016 prelims
Share prices ticked up today for Alere (NYSE:ALR) after the diagnostics company released long-delayed preliminary financial results for the 4th quarter and full year 2016. Waltham, Mass.-based Alere said in March that it would miss the deadline for releasing last year’s results due to an investigation of inappropriate conduct at its South Korean Standard Diagnostics subsidiary. It wasn’t the 1s delay for Alere, which belatedly filed its 2015 annual report in August 2016 after finding “immaterial errors” in its revenue recognition processes and “material weaknesses” in...
Source: Mass Device - May 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Diagnostics MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Alere Source Type: news

From the Mailbox (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)
I have buckets of sympathy for John Worthen, the managing editor of the Pine Bluff Commercial, (see Kyle Massey’s Outtakes column, Newspaper Corrections In a Time of Contraction.) I’ve dealt with my share of angry readers over the decades. But most of my interaction with readers these days is a pleasure because I enjoy learning how people’s minds work. I recently shared on Twitter a link to a MarketWatch article headlined, “Obamacare helped make a 50% dent in personal bankruptcies.” My accompanying comment: “Having insurance isn’t just a good thing for the insured and their health ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 22, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

US House to send Trumpcare bill to senate in coming weeks, Speaker Ryan “ cautious ” about CBO score
The US House of Representatives will send its ‘Trumpcare’ bill on to Senate and the next step towards passage in a few weeks, US House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said today. The delay on moving the bill forward was “out of an abundance of caution,” Ryan said during a radio interview, as the Congressional Budget Office will be releasing its findings on the revised healthcare bill next week. The Office said today that it plans to release its score of the bill next Wednesday. The CBO’s score will take into account final changes to the bill that went into effect before it passed the Republican-led H...
Source: Mass Device - May 19, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Healthcare Reform Capitol Hill Source Type: news

How Does American Health Care Compare To Taiwan?
“Taiwan.” “Thailand?” “No, Taiwan.” Admittedly, I was in the same position when I applied for a teaching position in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Since then, I’ve spent two years living here, and I talk Taiwan to anyone who will listen. The people? Delightful. The food? Phenomenal. The culture and history? Fascinating. I could easily run out of positive adjectives to describe this small island nation, which in the past two years has become my home. A sometimes stinky (tofu), smartphone-addicted, frighteningly small dog-obsessed home, but a home I love nonetheless. Health insuran...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA to push pro-GMO ads paid by taxpayers, even as consumers overwhelmingly reject Frankenfoods
(Natural News) It is common knowledge that Monsanto spends an inordinate amount of money trying to convince people that its toxic pesticides and GMO seeds are not harmful despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Now, you get to help pay for a pro-GMO campaign whether you want to or not thanks to a questionable... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda: Direct Tax Revenue From Alcohol, Tobacco Products to Health Sector
[Monitor] The 2017/2018 Budget is in its final stages of preparation before Parliament. As usual, a range of tax measures have been proposed in the Budget with an aim of increasing domestic revenue. Statistics show that every new fiscal year has witnessed a rise in taxes on alcoholic and tobacco products. Taxes help to achieve increases in revenue to finance government priority expenditures, and are also a disincentive to consumption of harmful products. These two objectives can be achieved simultaneously. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

4 Facts About The State Of Black Health Kára McCullough Might Consider
Many celebrated Sunday as Kára McCullough won the Miss USA crown. The black nuclear chemist who wore her natural hair was poised to be a source of pride. But for many, that came to a halt after she offered her political views during the question-and-answer portion of the pageant. “Do you think affordable health care for all U.S. citizen is a right or a privilege?” co-host Julianne Hough asked. “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” said McCullough. “As a government employee, I am granted health care, and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you hav...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HMSA reports $25M Q1 gain absent ACA fees
Citing a decrease in administrative expenses and a temporary “reprieve” from the fees and taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act, the Hawaii Medical Service Association reported a gain of $25 million in the first quarter, compared to a loss of $30.4 million during the same quarter in 2016. Hawaii’s largest health insurer collected $848 million i n premiums during the first quarter, compared to $782.6 million in the first quarter of 2016. Of that, $730.8 million was used to cover members’… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 16, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Janis L. Magin Source Type: news

'Neighborhood Docs' seek PILOT for Lamar clinic
Three applicants — two of them doctors — applied for a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to support a multispecialty health care center in an underserved area. Dr. Joseph C. Greer, Dr. William Terrell Jr., and research analyst Rodney S. Myers want to establish "Neighborhood Docs" to expand the work of the Good H ealth Institute in the Cherokee Heights area. Together, the trio applied for a 15-year Community Builder PILOT to support their efforts via a renovation and new construction on Lamar Avenue. Click… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 15, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Elle Perry Source Type: news

Back to the Future (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)
Donald Trump, desperate for a win that didn’t come with an asterisk because the Senate changed the confirmation rules, held a Rose Garden celebration when the House of Representatives barely approved a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that is 180 degrees from the promises he made to working-class Americans whose votes in key states made him president. The Potemkin celebration didn’t surprise me: President Trump’s brand is all about the optics. Perhaps his true believers wouldn’t realize that he didn’t have a bill to sign — or what the bill he was celebrating would actually do to t...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 15, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Massachusetts Lawmakers Weigh Tax On Soda, Sugary Drinks
BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are joining activists in other states pushing for taxes on sodas that they say will ease the rise in obesity-related diseases and bring in money for programs aimed at improving the health of children in Massachusetts. Supporters of the tax say that too many children and families in Massachusetts are suffering from chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and tooth decay. They say that the single largest source of added sugar in the American diet comes from sugary drinks and cutting down the intake of sugar could ease some of those health concerns. &ld...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - May 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Soda Tax Source Type: news

Why Tesla's solar roof is just another giant taxpayer gift to Elon Musk
(Natural News) There are two things in which Elon Musk is an undisputed champion: creating hype and buzz for massively cash-flow burning products and companies, and abusing every possible loophole in the US tax code to get explicit and implicit subsidies from the government. He demonstrated the latter on Wednesday, when Tesla began taking orders... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda: Drinkers, Smokers to Pay More As Govt Increase Taxes
[Monitor] Kampala -Consumers will have to pay more for a bottle of beer and a stick of cigarette because Members of Parliament (MPs) upped the tax on the items on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

DJO Global ’ s Q1 losses widen
Losses for DJO Global widened during the 1st quarter, despite sales growth of more than 3%, but adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation & amortization climbed 17% for the privately held medical device company. San Diego-based DJO’s losses grew 4.3% to -$40.0 million on sales growth of 3.4% to $288.4 million for the 3 months ended April 1, compared with the same period last year. Adjusted to exclude 1-time items (including a $15.8 million restructuring expense), EBITDA were $57.2 million, up 17% compared with Q1 2016, DJO said. “We are off to a solid start in 2017 with growth across our g...
Source: Mass Device - May 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Orthopedics Prosthetics Surgical Wall Street Beat DJO Global Rehabilitation Equipment Source Type: news

Editor ’s Notebook: Process of reforming ACA is profoundly unhealthy
Businesspeople should be ecstatic about the American Health Care Act. The House legislation would repeal and replace Obamacare and in the process reduce taxes, kill mandates and regulations, and unleash the power of the marketplace to bring costs in line. At least that’s the line coming from congressional Republicans and our businessman-turned-president. I don’t doubt that many businesspeople are gladdened by the prospect of getting rid of parts of Obamacare that they found expensive and onerous.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 11, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

Editor ’s Notebook: Process of reforming ACA is profoundly unhealthy
Businesspeople should be ecstatic about the American Health Care Act. The House legislation would repeal and replace Obamacare and in the process reduce taxes, kill mandates and regulations, and unleash the power of the marketplace to bring costs in line. At least that’s the line coming from congressional Republicans and our businessman-turned-president. I don’t doubt that many businesspeople are gladdened by the prospect of getting rid of parts of Obamacare that they found expensive and onerous.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 11, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

The Alternate Reality of Pharma CEOs
Their Views Regarding Drug Prices, Innovation, Taxes& Other Stuff Drug industry CEOs are busy talking publicly about drug prices, taxes, innovations, and other issues that need defending. Their arguments are highlighted in the this article. (Source: Pharma Marketing News)
Source: Pharma Marketing News - May 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Billions Saved Because FDA Didn't Rush Approval of Alzheimer's Drug Billions Saved Because FDA Didn't Rush Approval of Alzheimer's Drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision not to rush approval for Eli Lilly's experimental Alzheimer's treatment solanezumab - a drug that turned out to be ineffective - may have saved American taxpayers as much as $100 billion over the past four years, an analysis concludes.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Buffett Says U.S.'Out Of Whack' On Healthcare More Than On Taxes
Just one day after the House of Representatives voted 217-213 to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a health care bill of their own, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett came out swinging against the plan. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes Staff Tags: NYSE:BRK-A Source Type: news

Billions saved because FDA didn't rush approval of Alzheimer's drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision not to rush approval for Eli Lilly's experimental Alzheimer's treatment solanezumab - a drug that turned out to be ineffective - may have saved American taxpayers as much as $100 billion over the past four years, an analysis concludes. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Portugal: Health System Review.
Authors: de Almeida Simoes J, Figueiredo Augusto G, Fronteira I, Hernandez-Quevedo C Abstract This analysis of the Portuguese health system reviews recent developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms and health system performance. Overall health indicators such as life expectancy at birth and at age 65 years have shown a notable improvement over the last decades. However, these improvements have not been followed at the same pace by other important dimensions of health: child poverty and its consequences, mental health and quality of life after 65. Health ineq...
Source: Health systems in transition - May 10, 2017 Category: Health Management Tags: Health Syst Transit Source Type: news

Financial Calculator: Investment Return Calculator - AARP
Use this calculator to help you see how inflation, taxes and your time horizon can impact your bottom line. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - May 10, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

AdvaMed president Whitaker talks Trumpcare and tax reform
Minutes before AdvaMed president Scott Whitaker took the stage at MassMEDIC’s annual conference last week, he got word from a Washington colleague that Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Billy Long (R-Mo.) said they would vote for the Republican’s healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act. Both lawmakers had opposed the legislation, citing concerns that it wouldn’t protect people with pre-existing conditions. After an amendment was added to create an $8 billion pool for states to use to support people with pre-existing conditions, Upton and Long got on board. The last-minute conversion...
Source: Mass Device - May 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Healthcare Reform Wall Street Beat AdvaMed Capitol Hill MassMEDIC Source Type: news

Why Is The NRA Getting Involved In The Fight Over Sugary Drink Taxes?
Anyone who says that guns aren’t a threat to public health is either consciously lying or doesn’t understand what the words ‘public health’ actually mean. And what those two words mean is anything which might be a community-wide health threat and could be monitored or regulated by public authorities. Which is why the self-appointed as well as paid representatives of Gun-nut Nation have been proclaiming that guns shouldn’t be considered as anything having to do with public health, because the whole point of their strategy is to eliminate all government regulation of guns. Except now the pro-gun...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Many People Will Die For Each Rich American’s Trumpcare Tax Cut?
Ten. That’s how many people would die every year to give a tax break to each of the 400 richest people in America under the new Republican “health” bill. All in all, hundreds of thousands could die over the next ten years to make the wealthiest among us even wealthier. That number is based on the bill that passed yesterday, published estimates of the bill’s impact on public health and the economy, and some simple arithmetic. Blood Money In 1970, a writer named Richard Matheson wrote a short story about a married couple who receive a mysterious box with a button on it. They’re told that they&rs...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump’s Interior Secretary Says We Can Make Land ‘Better’ Than Before It Was Drilled
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke penned an op-ed for the conservative Washington Times this week that argued, among other things, that natural areas can actually benefit from the extraction of oil, gas and other resources.  “It’s better for the environment that the U.S. produces energy,” Zinke wrote. “We can responsibly develop our energy resources and return the land to equal or better quality than it was before extraction.” “I’ve spent a lot of time as a Navy SEAL in the Middle East, and I can tell you with 100 percent certainty it is better to develop o...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

House Health Care Repeal Is Already Dead In The Senate
WASHINGTON ― Within minutes of the House passing a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) took to the Senate floor to congratulate the other body, and pronounce the legislation all but dead. “The Senate will carefully review the House bill, and now we’ll go to work on a Senate bill,” said Alexander, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that will play a key role. “There is an urgency, but we want to get it right,” Alexander said, emphasizing the “get it right” part repeatedly. Republicans in the House managed to barely pass...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In a narrow vote, House passes ‘ Trumpcare ’ bill
In a legislative win for President Donald Trump, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill today that would repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with the Republican’s plan, the American Health Care Act. After a 217-213 vote that was split down party lines, the bill moves to the Senate for consideration. It was a nail-biting finish for Republicans, who got just enough support to get the legislation through the House. The bill’s passage represents the first cleared hurdle to accomplish a Trump campaign pledge and 7-year Republican effort to repeal and replace former-President Bara...
Source: Mass Device - May 4, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Healthcare Reform Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill Source Type: news

The Republicans Will Vote To Kill Mary-Beth Brooks Today
So I want to know from you, sir, if you will support the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, that protect people like me from being thrown into a lottery system such as a high-risk pool, and not being guaranteed receiving any insurance at all, and protect my children and my husband from going bankrupt to keep me alive. For Mary-Beth Brooks, it was a matter of life and death, as she sat nervously, waiting for her Congressman, New Jersey Republican Rep. Leonard Lance’s, Town Hall to begin. Clutching a stack of red raffle tickets, ‘This is how much everybody cares about me, they gave me their tickets,’ s...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Things About Loss That This Widow Wishes You Knew
While it doesn’t make headlines like some awareness days, May 3 has been proclaimed National Widows Day. A faith-based Kansas City nonprofit called Wednesday Widows is behind the day, which began in 2014. The rest of the year, each Wednesday, this group sends handymen and hand-holders to the homes of grieving widows and widowers who need help.  It’s great that so many people have adopted widows like me as a cause, but if a well-intentioned do-gooder called me up with an offer to repair my screens or fix my leaky toilet, I’d likely hang up on them.  Why? Because that’s not wh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda: Beer Tax to Finance New HIV/Aids Fund
[Monitor] Kampala -Cabinet has proposed to allocate two per cent of collections from taxes on alcoholic and soft beverages to finance the Aids Trust Fund (ATF). This is intended to address the resource gaps in the fight against HIV as well as to reduce reliance on donor support. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - May 2, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Viral Birth Photo Shows Just How Dedicated Teachers Are To Their Students
A viral birth photo is highlighting one Texas teacher’s amazing dedication to her students. On April 23, second grade teacher Jennifer Pope gave birth to her daughter, Clara. Andrea McDonald of Rooted In Love Photography was on hand to document the experience and captured a candid photo of Pope working from her hospital bed. McDonald shared the photo on her Facebook page. “No, she is not doing her taxes,” she wrote in the caption. “Those papers would be her lesson plans her husband is about to go drop off with her sub in the parking lot.” The photographer noted that next week is...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate Science Disappears from EPA Website
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled changes to its website on 28 April, including the removal of several webpages on climate change. The pages contained information on climate science, the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on different segments of the population, and the Clean Power Plan. “As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land, and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency,” wrote EPA spokesman J.P. Freire. “We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we’re protectin...
Source: Public Policy Reports - May 1, 2017 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Cardinal Health ’ s fiscal Q3 earnings top forecast, but sales miss the mark
Fiscal 3rd-quarter earnings for Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) came in ahead of the consensus estimate on Wall Street, but the top line missed expectations by nearly $500 million. The Dublin, Ohio-based company posted profits of $381 million, or $1.20 per share, on sales of $31.82 billion for the 3 months ended March 31, for a bottom-line slide of-1.3% on sales growth of 3.8% compared with Q3 2016. Adjusted to exclude 1-time items, earnings per share were $1.53, 7¢ ahead of the consensus on The Street. But analysts there were looking for sales of $32.30 billion. CAH shares were down -1.0% to $71.85 apiece today ...
Source: Mass Device - May 1, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: MassDevice Earnings Roundup Wall Street Beat Cardinal Health Source Type: news

Allegiance Health Seeks Tax-Backed Infusion from Eureka Springs
The troubled health care management company that originally planned to build a new hospital in Eureka Springs is now asking city taxpayers to borrow millions to renovate a facility that is nearly 100 years old. Allegiance Health Management Inc. of Shreveport operates 17-bed Eureka Springs Hospital for the city, often at a net loss, and CEO Rock Bordelon told the City Council in March that the city’s Hospital Commission would have to borrow the estimated $6 million to $8 million for the upgrades. “In the case here, I wouldn’t be borrowing the money,” Bordelon said during a March 27 council meeting, a...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 1, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Which Megacorps Pay Mega Taxes
(Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Adam Sarhan, Contributor Tags: NYSE:PFE NYSE:MRK Source Type: news

Spice ruins lives and costs taxpayers a fortune. It doesn ’t have to be this way | David Nutt
Antidotes to these dangerous, destructive synthetic drugs are desperately needed. But the government is standing in the way of their developmentLast year I wrote to the health and home secretaries with suggestions on how antidotes forspice could be developed. Their replies revealed a complete lack of appreciation of the magnitude of the synthetic cannabinoid problem and lack of interest in the idea of an antidote.Spice-induced “zombie” outbreaks inNew York andin Manchester have hit the headlines in the past year. Use of these new damaging and powerful forms of synthetic cannabinoids is rife in our prisons and b...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 28, 2017 Category: Science Authors: David Nutt Tags: Drugs Society Science Drugs policy Politics UK news Crime Prisons and probation Law UK criminal justice NHS Health Police Legal highs Source Type: news

New House Health Repeal Bill Is Already Losing The Senate
WASHINGTON ― While House Republicans have reanimated their push to repeal the Affordable Care Act by crafting a plan to appease conservatives, Senate moderates on Wednesday were already expressing serious doubts about the new proposal. The new idea that has won praise from members of the House Freedom Caucus involves allowing states to let insurers ignore essential health benefits guaranteed under Obamacare, as well as protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Most Republicans in the Senate have said they want to keep Obamacare’s popular pre-existing condition rules. But perhaps more importantly,...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda: Police Arrest Clinic Owners Protesting Double Taxation
[Monitor] Kampala -More than 2,000 private clinics yesterday closed in the city starting on a three-day strike over what they described as unfair double tax. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

US Department of Defense Announces Decision to Give Pharmaceutical Corporation Exclusive Rights on Taxpayer-Funded Zika Vaccine, Failing to Ensure Affordable and Sustainable Access
Press releaseUS Department of Defense Announces Decision to Give Pharmaceutical Corporation Exclusive Rights on Taxpayer-Funded Zika Vaccine, Failing to Ensure Affordable and Sustainable AccessApril 25, 2017DoD ’s plans to grant an exclusive license to pharmaceutical company Sanofi on a vaccine candidate funded by the US government to combat Zika means there’s no guarantee that the vaccine will be developed, affordable or made available for those who need it most (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Brienne Prusak Source Type: news