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Drug resistant TB treatment backed by Gates Foundation poised for late-stage testing

Drug resistant TB treatment backed by Gates Foundation poised for late-stage testing

April 23, 2014 4:26 pm by | 0 Comments

(Reuters) The first experimental drug that fights both conventional and drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis is advancing to late-stage clinical testing, researchers said on Wednesday, raising hope for a new way…


Medicare pays doctors even after they’re sanctioned

Medicare pays doctors even after they’re sanctioned

April 17, 2014 9:20 am by | 0 Comments

A Propublica report finds that the agency continued paying doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals even after they were charged with bilking the program. Meanwhile, a report recommends that Medicare…



Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus

Malaysia reports first Asian death from MERS virus

April 16, 2014 7:47 am by | 0 Comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian man who went on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia has become the first death in Asia from Middle East respiratory syndrome, while the…


Wal-Mart exec who led health care expansion steps down

Wal-Mart exec who led health care expansion steps down

April 15, 2014 9:33 am by | 0 Comments

News emerged Monday in an internal staff memo that John Agwunobi would leave his post running the retailer’s health and wellness division. The Wall Street Journal: Executive Who Led Wal-Mart…


High cost of potent Hepatitis drug presents challenges across the U.S.

High cost of potent Hepatitis drug presents challenges across the U.S.

April 14, 2014 9:39 am by | 0 Comments

Sovaldi, the hepatitis C treatment drug, is considered a breakthrough for patients with the disease. However, since, it won federal approval in December, lawmakers, insurers and patient advocates have begun…


Study: 25 percent of Colorado foster kids on psychotropic drugs

Study: 25 percent of Colorado foster kids on psychotropic drugs

April 14, 2014 9:39 am by | 0 Comments

The rate is 12 times greater than for other children on government insurance, a new study in Colorado finds. The Associated Press:  25% Of Colorado Foster Kids On Psychotropic A…


Italian court rules in favor of couples challenging ban on egg or sperm donation

Italian court rules in favor of couples challenging ban on egg or sperm donation

April 9, 2014 10:59 am by | 0 Comments

ROME (AP) — Italy’s constitutional court has struck down a ban on egg or sperm donation for infertile couples. Wednesday’s ruling was a victory for couples challenging the ban on…



Rand study: Newly insured getting coverage from employers and exchanges

Rand study: Newly insured getting coverage from employers and exchanges

April 9, 2014 9:15 am by | 0 Comments

Early enrollees in the health law’s marketplaces were more likely to use expensive specialty drugs and less likely to use contraceptives, according to an analysis of two months of drug…


AbbVie plans production facility in Saudi Arabia

AbbVie plans production facility in Saudi Arabia

April 8, 2014 7:22 pm by | 0 Comments

JEDDAH — AbbVie has announced its launch in Saudi Arabia as an independent biopharmaceutical company after separation from Abbott Laboratories.
The event was attended by Abboud Bejjani, vice president of AbbVie in the Middle East and Rami Fayed, Gener…


37 people on California cruise possibly ill with Norovirus

37 people on California cruise possibly ill with Norovirus

April 8, 2014 5:33 pm by | 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say more than three dozen people are possibly ill with the highly contagious Norovirus while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California. Princess…


Politics say otherwise, but the time isn’t right for Obamacare changes

Politics say otherwise, but the time isn’t right for Obamacare changes

April 7, 2014 2:15 pm by | 1 Comments

Maine Sen. Angus King is teaming up with a group of moderate Democrats — including some locked in tough re-election battles this fall — to propose a handful of amendments…


Airport passengers screened for Ebola in Guinea

Airport passengers screened for Ebola in Guinea

April 6, 2014 10:57 am by | 0 Comments

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Health officials in Guinea say all passengers departing from the capital city’s airport must fill out a health form and have their temperature taken as part…


3 meningitis deaths reported in Los Angeles County

3 meningitis deaths reported in Los Angeles County

April 4, 2014 3:07 am by | 0 Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said….


Are Democrats becoming wary of Obamacare?

Are Democrats becoming wary of Obamacare?

April 2, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

There’s talk that this could already be affecting Republican strategy, though Democrats are “still wary” of the law. Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in an effort to move into the 2016…


Feds allocated $80M to Tenn. hospitals serving low-income patients

Feds allocated $80M to Tenn. hospitals serving low-income patients

April 2, 2014 6:40 am by | 0 Comments

A federal agency has approved a payment of $80 million for Tennessee hospitals serving low-income and uninsured patients. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ payment is divided among hospitals…