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Setting National Health Priorities: Trump and Climate Change
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The Trump Administration has announced the removal of climate change from the list of national security threats.
Dec 19, 2017 - 9:22:29 AM
Not Letting the Hurricane Crisis Go to Waste
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Miami mayor TomĂĄs Regalado and MSNBCâs Ali Velshi are looking beyond the suffering that Hurricane Irma is causing in Florida. Itâs âan opportunityâ to talk about climate change.
Sep 12, 2017 - 12:21:24 PM
AMA Statement on Senate Debate on Health System Reform
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - âDuring consideration of proposals related to the Affordable Care Act, the American Medical Association urges Senators to consider the impact their votes will have on the health of all Americans.
Jul 26, 2017 - 12:51:36 PM
The Controversy Over Essure, the Only Permanent Female Contraceptive Device
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - In 2002, the FDA approved Essure, the first â and only â permanent contraceptive device for women, touted as highly effective and nonsurgical. Fifteen years later, there have been more than 16,000 adverse events....
Jul 26, 2017 - 12:29:26 PM
Letâs Change to 'Repeal and Restore' ObamaCare
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Congress should take a vote on simply repealing ObamaCare. Republicans should be forced to go on the record to show how they keepâor renege onâtheir campaign promises.
Jul 26, 2017 - 8:35:23 AM
Finding Strength and Courage
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The subtle is stronger than the gross. The visible forces of nature (tides, hurricanes, and volcanoes) are dwarfed by the subtle, invisible powers of nature (gravity, nuclear forces, and magnetism).
Jul 20, 2017 - 10:51:38 AM
AARP to Senate on Latest Version of Health Bill: Still Harmful
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, DCâToday AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARPâs firm opposition to the latest version of the harmful Senate health bill:
Jul 13, 2017 - 3:14:37 PM
Should We Limit Spending on Lifesaving Drugs?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - âIt was the best of times, it was the worst of timesâ is a familiar quote from the opening of Charles Dickensâ A Tale of Two Cities,â
Jul 13, 2017 - 11:29:44 AM
40th Annual Report on the Health of the Nation Features Long-Term Trends in Health and Health Care Delivery in the United States
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - CDC today released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress.
Jun 28, 2017 - 11:44:12 AM
AARP Response to Congressional Budget Office Score of Senate Health Bill
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, DCâAARP Executive Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond sent the following letter today to all 100 Senators in response to the Congressional Budget Office score of theÂ Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, urging them to vote âNOâ on the bill.
Jun 27, 2017 - 1:26:38 PM
AMA Announces Opposition to Senate Health System Reform Legislation
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - CHICAGO â The American Medical Association (AMA) today, in a letter to Senate leaders, outlined its opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Jun 26, 2017 - 12:53:10 PM
Medical Marijuana Must Be Part Of Solution To Opioid Crisis
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Washington, DC - NORML ( National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) released the following statement regarding the Presidentâs Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis first meeting this on June 16.
Jun 16, 2017 - 2:49:28 PM
Pennsylvanians Consider Parks an Essential Part of the Health Care System
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. â Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly consider parks, trails and open space to be an essential component of the health care system
Jun 1, 2017 - 3:55:01 PM
American Diabetes Association Extremely Disappointed and Saddened by Comments About People with Diabetes from White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - ARLINGTON, Va., May 12, 2017 -- On behalf of the nearly 30 million Americans living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association is extremely disappointed by the misinformed statement of Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget....
May 12, 2017 - 1:11:50 PM
Technological, Administrative Demands Cutting Into Physiciansâ Face Time With Patients
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - CHICAGO - Technological and administrative obstacles are significantly cutting into available time for physicians to engage with patients.
Sep 6, 2016 - 11:52:57 AM
Evolutionary Pressures on the Electronic Health Record
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Frances Peabody's timeless lecture to Harvard Medical School students, published inÂ JAMA almost 90 years ago,1 spoke of the complex and deeply human experience of illness
Aug 15, 2016 - 2:40:05 PM
Safety in America: After Orlando
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Two facts about the Orlando massacre stand out: The killer (may his name be forgotten) was an "authorized" gun owner, and the shootings occurred in a "safe" place.
Jun 21, 2016 - 10:24:37 AM
Cleft Lip and Palate Project Among the First Selected Under Federal Pediatric Research Act
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - PITTSBURGH,Â Nov. 18, 2015 - An innovative federal initiative to accelerate research into pediatric diseases and conditions .....
Nov 18, 2015 - 9:48:04 AM
A Group Home for Kids, Dangerously Undone
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - On the morning of June 6, 2013, more than a dozen officers in bulletproof vests made their way into FamiliesFirst, one of California's largest reidential facilities for emotionally damaged kids.
Apr 2, 2015 - 9:34:42 AM
2015âs Best and Worst States for Doctors
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Doctors are among the most highly paid, educated and celebrated professions in the United States. Just consider the fact that "physician" is theÂ most popular profession within the top 1% of earners.
Mar 30, 2015 - 8:50:38 AM
The Fort Hood Tragedy - NAMI Statement
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - ARLINGTON, Va.,Â April 4, 2014Â Â -- Mary Giliberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued the following statement:
Apr 4, 2014 - 6:14:58 PM
Doctor 'chagrin' Among Reasons Why Antibiotics May be Overused at Hospitals
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - ANN ARBOR, Mich. -Â One reason doctors may prescribe antibiotics more often than necessary is because they want to avoid withholding a prescription from a hospitalized patient ultimately found to have a bacterial infection, University of Michigan doctors say in a new commentary.
Mar 4, 2014 - 2:27:05 PM
5 Questions: David Magnus on Understanding Brain Death
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - When is a person considered dead? Two recent cases have thrust the issue of "brain death" back into the national conversation.
Feb 7, 2014 - 12:58:08 PM
Critical Step Takes Congress Closer to a SGR Repeal
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Statement attributed to: Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., President, American Medical Association
Feb 6, 2014 - 2:24:28 PM
Mental Health America Urges Dr. Phil to Issue Retraction for Mental Illness Comments
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - ALEXANDRIA, Va.,Â Aug. 5, 2013Â Â -- Statement of Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America:
Aug 5, 2013 - 3:14:49 PM
Statement from Steve Pasierb on the Death of 'Glee' Star Cory Monteith
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - NEW YORK, July 17, 2013 Â -- We are saddened by the tragic, early death of "Glee" star Cory Monteith due to an overdose of heroin and alcohol. We hope that parents take this teachable moment and talk with their kids early and often about substance abuse, whether that be about prescription drug misuse, drinking or other illicit drugs.
Jul 18, 2013 - 8:32:00 AM
Can Our Society Afford to Provide Treatments for People with Rare Diseases?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2012 -- Can our society afford to provide costly medical care for patients with rare diseases, or would that money better be spent on treatments for more common conditions affecting larger numbers of people?
Oct 3, 2012 - 4:32:20 PM
Statement From The March of Dimes On 50-year High of Pertussis Cases In U.S.
(HealthNewsDigest.com0 - WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 25, 2012 -- The March of Dimes issued the following statement today: "Pertussis (whooping cough) cases could reach its highest level in the United States in more than 50 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The March of Dimes, which works for stronger, healthier babies, is very concerned about this epidemic because whooping cough, a vaccine-preventable disease, is extremely dangerous to newborns who are not yet immunized.
Jul 25, 2012 - 11:35:20 AM
Is the Mandate Fair? The Bioethics of the Affordable Care Act
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Garrison, NY) However the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the insurance mandate and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act, the law raises foundational issues for society about fairness as well as justice. These go deeper than technicalities engaged by the law. Being explicit about these values is critical if we are to arrive at a lasting solution to health coverage, according to Hastings Center research scholar Michael Gusmano.
Jun 22, 2012 - 2:52:13 PM
Proposed Testosterone Testing of Select Female Olympic Athletes Challenged by Stanford Bioethicist and Colleagues
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - STANFORD, Calif. â Proposed Olympic policies for testing the testosterone levels of select female athletes could discriminate against women who may not meet traditional notions of femininity and distort the scientific evidence on the relationship between testosterone, sex and athletic performance, says a Stanford University School of Medicine bioethicist and her colleagues.
Jun 13, 2012 - 3:03:58 PM
The Truth About 'Medicare As We Know It'
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Since 1970, government spending on healthcare has increased 5,400%. This cannot be sustained. It is also absolutely certain that Medicare as we know it will end. Politicians are just maneuvering to find ways to fix the blame on the other Party.
Jun 4, 2012 - 11:31:41 AM
In a Down Economy, Reach All Your Publics with Public Service Announcements (PSAs) as an Effective Tool
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Public service announcements have been around since the 1960's when a lawyer in Washington thought it would be a good idea as a counterpart to all of the cigarette advertising. It caught on, and the rest is history. The reality is, stations actually need PSAs to fill unsold air time. And Yes, they air in all time slots.
Apr 29, 2012 - 10:29:25 AM
Reactions to POTUS Supreme Court Comments 'reflect historical ignorance'
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care act has prompted some interesting and provocative issues about - and between - the president and the judicial branch, says Gregory P. Magarian, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and former clerk for retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.
Apr 6, 2012 - 10:28:16 AM
Itâs Not about Contraceptives
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - In the furor over requiring employer-sponsored health insurance to cover contraceptives, access to birth control is not the issue, and religious freedom is only part of the picture.
Mar 12, 2012 - 11:39:22 AM
Why I Hate The Biggest Loser
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Lets just start with the name, âThe Biggest Loserâ. I suppose the creators thought the name was cute because it has multiple meanings.
Mar 8, 2012 - 2:42:09 PM
AMA Statement on 10-Month Delay of Medicare Physician Payment Cut
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - âThe House and Senate conference committee agreement averts a 27 percent cut on March 1, but it represents a serious missed opportunity to permanently replace the flawed Medicare physician payment formula and protect access to care for military families and seniors.
Feb 15, 2012 - 3:15:04 PM
Valentine's Day - One Man's Epiphany
(HealthNewsDigest.com)...Ok Guys, there is just one of three gifts to buy today and none of them will break the bank, and any one of them will make you a Hero in the eye's of the one you love! And, some advice that can keep you out of trouble! (Michael J. McCurdy, Founder/Publisher - HealthNewsDigest.com)
Feb 12, 2012 - 11:20:17 AM
Why Are Home Births on the Rise?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The nearly 30 percent rise in home births may reflect the growing awareness among women of the gap between evidence-based care and the typical care women receive. This trend suggests that women are increasingly interested in taking their maternity choices into their own hands.
Jan 26, 2012 - 12:28:50 PM
Lung Cancer Alliance Offers Condolences to Paterno Family
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2012 -- Today, Lung Cancer Alliance (LAC) offers condolences to the family of legendary Penn State University coach Joseph Paterno who died of lung cancer this morning.
Jan 22, 2012 - 8:24:46 PM
Morality in Media Opposes .xxx Internet Domain
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Washington, DC (March 17, 2011) âMorality in Media announced today its strong opposition to the creation of .xxx domain, which ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) will determine by vote on Friday, March 18.
Mar 17, 2011 - 8:35:15 PM