Spending Against Dialysis Ballot Measure In California Nears Record

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

Dialysis companies have contributed more than $104 million to defeat an initiative on California’s Nov. 6 ballot that would limit their profits — and are on the cusp of breaking the $109 million record set by the pharmaceutical industry in 2016.

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Viewpoints: Votes For GOP Mean Goodbye To Good Health Care, Democrats Say; Administration On Its Moves To Help Consumers, Small Businesses

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

Editorial pages focus on these health care topics and others.

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State Highlights: California Leads The Way In Lowering Maternal Mortality Rates; New Hampshire Gets $1.85M To Improve Dental Health Program

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

Media outlets report on news from California, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Florida and Texas.

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Judge Upholds Roundup Weed-Killer Verdict Against Monsanto, But Proposes Slashing Punitive Damages To $39M

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

While saying the punitive damages had been set too high, the judge rejected a request from the agribusiness for a new trial. A jury had ruled in favor of a groundskeeper who said his exposure to the glyphosate-based weed-killer caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Monsanto still plans to appeal the verdict.

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Seniors With Multiple Chronic Conditions Should Be Careful When Choosing Medicare Plans, Experts Advise

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

If patients select inadequate plans, they can end up with a surprising amount of out-of-pocket costs. Experts provide tips for making the smart choices during the open enrollment session that runs into early December.

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‘Embarrassing’ Shortage Of Research On People Who Overcome Depression Stymies Progress On Effective Treatments

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

New research highlights a failure to address post-depression "flourishers": the 10 percent of patients who are diagnosed with depression and have gone on to thrive a decade later. Understanding these patients could help others, researchers say. Other public health news also focuses on Ebola, plastic invasion of the gut, organic foods, lavender scents, eating well, flu vaccines and more.

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Hospitals Have Given Antipsychotics To Delirious Patients For Decades, But New Study Finds Few Benefits

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

The drugs can have serious side effects, and there has been little research to determine whether they were actually effective. A new study calls into question their widespread use in hospitals. As many as one in four hospital patients become delirious, with the risk increasing for older patients and those who have had surgery.

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Opioid Fatalities Are Finally Falling, But Experts Caution That Trend Could Just Be A Blip

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

“After 40 years of this predictable growth pattern, we can hope that the curve is finally bending downward for good,” Dr. Donald Burke, the dean of University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, told Stat. “But history tells us to interpret these wobbles cautiously.” News on the national drug crisis comes out of California, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well.

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‘Top To Bottom’ Review Of Refugee Resettlement Program To Be Conducted By HHS

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

The refugee resettlement office has been criticized recently because of its "zero tolerance policy" at the border and the director's efforts to prevent teen migrants from getting abortions. Meanwhile, court filings reveal that authorities have held some immigrant teens for months, violating a 20-year-old court order on how long minors can be detained.

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After Years Of Political Bickering Over Medicaid Expansion, Choice Will Go Directly To Voters In Four Red States

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

The measures are being watched closely as a method to expanding Medicaid in states with resistant legislatures. Ballot initiatives “are so powerful because they strip away from the partisanship and the tribalism that dominates so much of our politics,” said Jonathan Schliefer, executive director of The Fairness Project. “When it comes to health care, the biggest gap isn’t between Republicans and Democrats. It’s between politicians and everyone else." Meanwhile, The Washington Post fact checks campaign ads that claim Republicans will get rid of Medicare.

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