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$815M deal: AmerisourceBergen buying independent pharmaceutical distributor
AmerisourceBergen Corp. signed a definite agreement to buy H.D. Smith, the largest independent wholesaler in the United States, for $815 million. “The acquisition strengthens our core business and expands and enhances our strategic scale in U.S. pharmaceutical distribution,” said Steven H. Collis, chairman and CEO of AmerisourceBergen, noting H. D. Smith’s 10 distribution facilities across the country plus its diversified customer bas e. “This acquisition also expands our support for independent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Under pressure in diabetes, Novo Nordisk steps up focus on obesity drugs
M ÅLØV, Denmark (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk is stepping up its efforts to treat obesity, seeking to tap into a potentially huge market as its established diabetes drugs come under price pressure, particularly in the United States. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nigeria:U.S. to Contribute $45.5 Million to Rehabilitation Efforts in North-East
[Premium Times] The United States Government says it will contribute an additional $45.5 million to rehabilitation efforts in the North-east. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Climate changes triggered immigration to America in the 19th century
(European Geosciences Union) From Trump to Heinz, some of America's most famous family names and brands trace their origins back to Germans who emigrated to the country in the 19th century. Researchers from the University of Freiburg have now found that climate was a major factor in driving migration from Southwest Germany to North America during the 19th century. The results are published today in Climate of the Past, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Academy of Laser Dentistry Hosts Three Educational Sessions at GNYDM
Coral Springs, FL – November 15, 2017 – The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) the only independent and unbiased non-profit association dedicated to improving patient care with the proper use of laser technology, will carry on its mission with three hands-on sessions during the upcoming Greater New York Dental Meeting.According to ALD president, Dr. Charles Hoopingarner, “I’m very excited to be co-presenting three valuable courses with my friend and colleague, Dr. Edward Kusek. As always, the ALD will provide hands on clinical training on many different lasers for both the new laser user as well ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 20, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Watching out for health care waste, fraud and abuse
When a federal grand jury in Dallas indicted a father and son in a $16 million health insurance fraud scheme earlier this year, the charges represented a mere speck in an estimated $750 billion in healthcare fraud, waste and abuse in the United States. Put into perspective, roughly 30 percent of healthcare spending was squandered on “unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud, and other problems,” according to an important Institute of Medicine report. In considering the estimated… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Dr. Robert Morrow Source Type: news

How to Spot an Eating Disorder
MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Eating disorders are common in the United States. But they're hard to identify and tough to fix. " Eating disorders are serious conditions that ... negatively impact your health, emotions and ability to function in important... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 20, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure
Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Seeking food safety information about that turkey? Call the hotline!
With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, I want to share the food and nutrition resources provided by our partners in the federal government, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Within these resources, you’ll find food and nutrition resources, such as Thanksgiving infographics, recipes, food fact sheets, food labeling resources, and important food safety information. All of these resources are organized into an online guide, which was created by Kay Deeney in our Pacific Southwest Region. One of the tools I’ve found most...
Source: The Cornflower - November 20, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Elizabeth Kiscaden Tags: Consumer Health Training Source Type: news

New Analysis Estimates Cost of the Opioid Epidemic Tops $500 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U.S. in 2013 cost $78.5 billion. Most of that was attributed to health care and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity. The council said its estimate is significantly larger because the epidemic has worsen...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Darlene Superville, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Analysis Estimates Cost of the Opioid Epidemic Tops $500 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U.S. in 2013 cost $78.5 billion. Most of that was attributed to health care and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity. The council said its estimate is significantly larger because the epidemic has worsen...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Darlene Superville, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Charting the Course to End HIV Transmission in the United States
Article from the Deputy Surgeon General outlines how to stop HIV from spreading. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cell cycle proteins help immune cells trap microbes with nets made of DNA
(Cell Press) In your bloodstream, there are immune cells called neutrophils that, when faced with a pathogenic threat, will expel their DNA like a net to contain it. These DNA snares are called neutrophil extracellular traps or NETs. Researchers from Germany and the United States describe an important step in how these NETs are released and how they stop a fungus from establishing an infection in mice and human cells in the journal Developmental Cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reports of shared decision making increase in the united states, but disparities exist
(American Academy of Family Physicians) Between 2002 and 2014, reports of shared decision making increased significantly among adult Americans. Analyses of data from a nationally representative survey found that the mean shared decision making composite increased from 4.4 to 5. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Old-order Amish found to have a gene mutation that protects against aging
(Natural News) It seems like we’re one step closer to finding the elusive fountain of youth. A recent study has discovered a genetic mutation in the Amish that makes them live longer. Researchers have determined a genetic mutation in the Amish people, who live in the midwestern United States, that allegedly helps them live 10... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Will Cutting the Health Mandate Pay for Tax Cuts? Not Necessarily
Americans dislike the requirement that everyone have health insurance. But eliminating it doesn ’ t mean that they ’ d stop buying coverage — or accepting subsidies. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATE ZERNIKE and ABBY GOODNOUGH Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Affordable Care Act Source Type: news

Insurer Ads Boost Obamacare Despite Trump's Marketing Squeeze
More Americans are seeing more ads and information on how to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll shows in what could be boosting Obamacare enrollment. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CNC Source Type: news

Insurer Ads Boost Obamacare Despite Trump's Marketing Squeeze
More Americans are seeing more ads and information on how to get insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll shows in what could be boosting Obamacare enrollment. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen, Contributor Tags: NYSE:CNC Source Type: news

How to Spot the Virus That Puts Some Babies in the Hospital
SUNDAY, Nov. 19, 2017 -- Is your baby's stuffy nose and cough just a cold or something more serious? It could be respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the leading cause of infant hospitalization in the United States, experts say. RSV causes symptoms... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 19, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

How to Spot Respiratory Syncytial Virus That Puts Some Babies in the Hospital
SUNDAY, Nov. 19, 2017 -- Is your baby's stuffy nose and cough just a cold or something more serious? It could be respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the leading cause of infant hospitalization in the United States, experts say. RSV causes symptoms... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 19, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Robot-controlled vehicles could soon be restocking military front lines with ammo, food, fuel
(Natural News) The British Army has conducted an initial test of its new line of robotic vehicles during a scheduled exercise in Michigan in the United States. Driverless robotic all-terrain 4x4s were run by unseen British soldiers using Xbox controllers as the Ministry of Defence told the public on Tuesday, November 14 that it will... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

President Trump saves the elephants of Zimbabwe: Big game hunting trophy ban to remain in place
(Natural News) Believe it or not, the murder of elephants with hunting rifles is routinely called “conservation” by government regulators. (Note carefully that human depopulation is also being promoted as a way to “save the planet” these days.) After government bureaucrats at the US Fish and Wildlife department announced a recent decision to allow big... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

President Trump Says Ban on Elephant Remains Will Stay For Now
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Friday he’s delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elements shot for sport. The agency said encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. On Friday, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized onetime White House Source Type: news

Science Saturday: Where future cures come from
A new director brings wisdom and passion to training bilingual physician-scientists. For?Kendall Lee, M.D., Ph.D., being bilingual starts with language and extends to the training of physician-scientists. Born in a South Korean fishing village, he learned English only after moving to the United States at age 10. Dr. Lee is now a neurosurgeon and director [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Dentsply Sirona reintroduces the CEREC ® MC Milling Unit to the U.S. market
The entry-level milling solution is available again as part of the U.S. CEREC product portfolio, offering an attractive and affordable path to digital dentistry and single-visit restorations CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14, 2017- Dentsply Sirona announced today the reintroduction of the CEREC MC Milling Unit to the U.S. dental market.CEREC MC is ideal for practitioners who are interested in single- visit chairside inlays, onlays, and single-unit veneers and crowns. With the ability to wet grind and dry mill, dentists can use a vast array of chairside materials to produce single-unit restorations in one office visit.Used in c...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 17, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

School Lunches: What can we do?
From the desk of Kim Gubbins, CPNPWe are three months into the new school year and do school lunches have you stressed, bored and lacking? Are your kids already complaining about the same old same old and wishing they could just eat hot lunch pizza everyday? So, let ’s get inspired and figure out fresh new lunch ideas.I know schools are working harder at feeding our children a healthier lunch, but let me honest, most school cafeterias are serving pizza, burgers and fried chicken patties on a daily basis. And with 17%-20% of children in the United States being obese, I feel that packing lunch is a significantly health...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - November 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Food Allergies Healthy Habits Source Type: news

Michelle Obama Just Gave The Best Life Advice For The Trump Era
A mental health expert breaks down how effective her tips are. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - November 17, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

Code talker: A Q & A with genetic counselor Kira Dies
Your child has just been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. Your pediatrician has never heard of the condition and the internet doesn’t offer much information. Where do you turn? Kira Dies, a genetic counselor in the Department of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, helps parents with these hard questions every day. One of about only 4,000 genetic counselors in the country, Dies has been trained in handling both the scientific and emotional sides of genetic disorders. Dies was also the recent winner of the Code Talker Award, presented by Genome Magazine and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 17, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Ask the Expert genetic counselor Kira Dies Mustafa Sahin Neurogenetics Program SPG47 tuberous sclerosis complex tuberous sclerosis program Source Type: news

Amgen Launches The ENBREL Mini ™ Single-Dose Prefilled Cartridge With AutoTouch™ Reusable Autoinjector That Is Ergonomically Designed For Patients
Innovative Reusable Autoinjector Provides Additional Administration Option for Enbrel® (Etanercept) Users Awarded Arthritis Foundation Ease of Use (SM) Commendation THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) announced that the ENBREL Mini™ with AutoTouch™ is now available in the United States (U.S.). Awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease of UseSM Commendation, this new and innovative delivery system provides an additional administration option for appropriate ENBREL patients. The AutoTouch™ reusable autoinjector has an ergonomic design that includes feature...
Source: Amgen News Release - November 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Canadians Root For An Underdog Health Policy Idea From The U.S.
A center created by the Affordable Care Act to foster innovations in health care is at risk in Donald Trump's U.S. But some Canadian health analysts see it as a model for curbing health care's cost.(Image credit: Jay Mallin/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shefali Luthra Source Type: news

Trump administration proposes Medicare rules aimed at opioids, drug costs
(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to Medicare drug plans including limits on opioid prescriptions and rules aimed at reducing drug costs for seniors, such as requiring health insurers to pass on discounts to consumers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Spare the Rod, Spur Better Behavior?
Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 children in the United States and found that those who had been spanked by their parents at age 5 had more behavior problems at ages 6 and 8 than those who had never been spanked. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs
In Virginia, premiums on policies sold under the Affordable Care Act are pushing health coverage out of reach, and customers see political forces at work. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) United States Politics and Government Obama, Barack Trump, Donald J Charlottesville (Va) Source Type: news

The Latest: Trump lauds passage of GOP tax overhaul
President Donald Trump calls the House passage of the $1.5 trillion tax package "a big step" toward delivering on the Republican Party's promise of tax cuts by year's end (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump Plan to Add Medicaid Work Requirement Stirs Fears Trump Plan to Add Medicaid Work Requirement Stirs Fears
The Trump administration's recent endorsement of work requirements in Medicaid and increased state flexibility is part of broader strategy to shrink the fast-growing program for the poor and advance conservative ideas that Republicans failed to get through Congress.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

House OKs GOP tax bill in Trump win; Senate fate less clear
Wisconsin's Ron Johnson says he opposes the bill. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump urges House GOP to OK tax bill; Senate fate less clear
Wisconsin's Ron Johnson says he opposes the bill. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

What Exactly Motivates and Retains Health Workers —and How Do We Measure It?
November 16, 2017The quirks, preferences, and priorities that drive our decisions are tough to nail down.Human beings do weird things sometimes.Or maybe the things we do as individuals onlyseem weird to others because they don ’t know our particular quirks, preferences, and priorities. Think about it: Why do you live where you live? How did you choose your job? What makes you go back to work day after day? The answers are different for us all.Maybe we want to live close to our family. Maybe we love the city life, or our hometown is the only place we want to live. Or maybe we choose our jobs based on what pays the bes...
Source: IntraHealth International - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

We're in a post-truth world with eroding trust and accountability. It can't end well | N. J. Enfield
In our new normal, experts are dismissed and alternative facts flagrantly offered. This suspicion of specialists is part of a bigger problemWe often defer to others ’ expertise, and for good reason. The entire edifice of modern society only exists thanks to the division of labour, from construction to machine operation to medical treatment.The system works as long as we have trust in others ’ knowledge, skills and intentions.This trust is often tested, most notably of late in relation to those who specialise in politics. People-powered movements from anarchism to populism want to see equality of participation i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: N. J. Enfield Tags: Politics Donald Trump Pauline Hanson Australia news US news World news Climate change Science Source Type: news

Disparities in State-Specific Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption — United States, 2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 16, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 20 –64 Years Whose Blood Cholesterol Was Checked by a Health Professional in the Past 12 Months, by Race/Ethnicity — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2011 and 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 16, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

SURVEILLANCE SUMMARIES: Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012–2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 16, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

We're in a post-truth world with eroding trust and accountability. It can't end well | Nick Enfield
In our new normal, experts are dismissed and alternative facts flagrantly offered. This suspicion of specialists is part of a bigger problemWe often defer to others ’ expertise, and for good reason. The entire edifice of modern society only exists thanks to the division of labour, from construction to machine operation to medical treatment.The system works as long as we have trust in others ’ knowledge, skills and intentions.This trust is often tested, most notably of late in relation to those who specialise in politics. People-powered movements from anarchism to populism want to see equality of participation i...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nick Enfield Tags: Politics Donald Trump Pauline Hanson Australia news US news World news Climate change Science Source Type: news

The Latest: Trump arrives at Capitol to rally for tax bill
Trump presses fellow Republicans at Capitol as House nears vote on tax overhaul (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump at Capitol for pep rally as tax bill nears House vote
Wisconsin's Ron Johnson says he opposes the bill. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

This $100M Asset Deal Has Merit
Merit Medical Systems has agreed to pay $100 million for assets that BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and C.R. Bard need to sell in order to finalize their $24 billion merger. Included in the proposed asset sale are BD's Achieve programmable automatic biopsy system, Temno biopsy system, and Tru-Cut biopsy needles. These products are currently sold worldwide through a combination of a direct sales force and distribution partners. Additionally, Merit agreed to acquire Bard's Aspira pleural effusion drainage kits and the Aspira peritoneal drainage system. These systems are primarily sold in the Unit...
Source: MDDI - November 16, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Getting To Zero: Understanding HIV Viral Suppression and Transmission in the United States (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Funding for grants to improve measurement and understanding of viral suppression and HIV transmission in the United States (U.S.) using population-level epidemiology and novel tools from Big Data Science approaches and m/eHealth. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Disparities in State-Specific Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption - United States, 2015
Recent data show adults continue to consume too few fruits and vegetables; overall, 12.2% met fruit intake recommendations and 9.3% met vegetable intake recommendations during 2015. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - November 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news