Viewpoints: Science-Backed Campaigns Against Vaping Could Go Long Way To Ending Teens’ Use; Everyone Should Get Behind Trump’s Push For Price Transparency In Health Care

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Opinion writers weigh in on these and other health issues.

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Different Takes: Mental Illness Is Not The Reason For Gun Violence, Hatred And White Supremacy; Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For Gun Reform

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Editorial pages focus on issues surrounding gun violence.

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State Highlights: Advocates Say Mississippi Prisons Are ‘Uninhabitable,’ Call For DOJ Probe; Majority In Oregon Favor Of State-Run Insurance Option

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Media outlets report on news from Mississippi, Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York and California.

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Texas Touch Football Group Requires All Players Wear Soft-Shell Helmets After Serious Head Injuries Occur

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Researchers have found that flag football players receive many smaller hits to the head than those playing contact football, and they're falling down on nearly every play. "This idea that there is no contact at all is fairly naïve,'' said Robert C. Lynall, co-author of a study done at Georgia. Public health stories focus on artificial intelligence, vaping, PTSD treatments, a dehydration patch, e-cig TV ads, state fairs and cannabis research, as well.

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FDA Officials: Stakes Were Too High In Novartis Data Manipulation Case To Do Anything But Publicly Drop The Hammer

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

The FDA came down hard on Novartis, subjecting the company to a public flogging over the data manipulation that, at the end of the day, didn't effect patients' safety. But the issue is too important to give anyone a pass, officials say. “It may sound like we’re kind of bureaucratic paper-pushers, but it’s more than that,” said FDA's Dr. Peter Marks. “It’s making sure that the whole ecosystem understands that when people are working on these things that are highly technically complex, that they have to work truthfully and accurately."

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Alaska Governor Vetoes Bill To Restore Sharp Medicaid Cuts

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Following the move by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and earlier action by the Alaska's legislature, the state's Medicaid program is expected to be cut by about 22%. Those state spending cuts mean Alaska will receive at least $127 million less in federal Medicaid matching funds. Medicaid news comes out of Oklahoma and Ohio, as well.

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Former FDA Chief Urges Agency To Loosen Restrictions On Drugs To End Early Pregnancy

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Jane Henney says Mifepristone is still heavily regulated despite having been proven safe and effective. "I think the FDA has shown a willingness to ... take action," Henney said. "I believe it's important for them to do another review in light of the safety information we know about this drug." In other news, clinics react to the Planned Parenthood's decision to forgo Title X funds and ousted Planned Parenthood head Leana Wen announces her new job.

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Cigna Explores Sale Of Its Group Benefits Insurance Business In Sign Insurer Intends To Focus On Health Care

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Reuters reports that the division Cigna is looking to shed involves disability and life insurance. The move echoes ones made by other insurers looking to focus on health care. In other health industry news: a slew of departures from Apple's health team, price transparency, hospital chains and purchases, and more.

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Government Was On Cusp Of Alerting Public About Opioid Crisis 13 Years Ago. Why It Didn’t Remains A Mystery.

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Top government officials flagged "disturbing" data around opioids and addiction back in 2006 and requested urgent action be taken. Then-U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona agreed to issue a call to action. But then the momentum fizzled after a new surgeon general came on and 13 years later, the crisis continues to grip the country.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Expands Recommendations For Women To Be Tested For BRCA Mutations

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

The influential panel of experts says that women with previous breast, ovarian, fallopian-tube or abdominal cancer diagnoses who have completed treatment should be assessed for mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, as should women with ancestry more predisposed to those mutations.

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