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Families provided $470 billion in unpaid care to loved ones in 2013
29 Jul 2015 at 1:36pm
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Family caregivers in the U.S. provided an estimated $470 billion in unpaid medical support and other services to their loved ones in 2013, up from $450 billion five years earlier, according to a recent report from AARP. An estimated 40 million family caregivers worked an average of 18 unpaid hours each week helping spouses, parents, partners and other loved ones, AARP estimated. Almost half of the caregivers performed complicated tasks such as giving injections, operating medical equipment, and wound care.
GOP presses Planned Parenthood aid ban, faces long odds
29 Jul 2015 at 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Senate Republicans pressed their fight Wednesday to bar federal aid to Planned Parenthood, but likely opposition from at least one GOP senator highlighted the long odds they face to prevail.
Boeing may move work abroad with Ex-Im future uncertain: chairman
29 Jul 2015 at 1:25pm
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co Chairman Jim McNerney on Wednesday said the aircraft maker was actively considering moving "key pieces" of its operations to other countries given the uncertainty of the future of the Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30. "We are now forced to think about this differently," McNerney told hundreds of executives during an interview hosted by the Economic Club of Washington, noting that Boeing is looking at countries that offer export credits. Boeing officials had no further details about which business operations could be affected or when the company had launched its review.
Colorado movie gunman's mother weeps, blames mental illness
29 Jul 2015 at 1:20pm
The mother of Colorado's movie rampage gunman wept on Wednesday as she said a university psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts before the massacre, and that she would have "crawled on all fours" to stop him had she known. Arlene Holmes described a kind, polite child who never hurt a soul before he opened fire on July 20, 2012 inside a crowded midnight screening of a Batman film. Asked why, she replied: "Because I understand he has a serious mental illness that he didn't ask for.
Express Scripts says costly new cholesterol drugs could 'wreak havoc'
29 Jul 2015 at 1:16pm
Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, on Wednesday said the cost of potent, newly approved cholesterol drugs could "wreak financial havoc" among its clients. U.S. regulators last Friday approved the first of the new medicines, Praluent, from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA. Given every other week by injection, Regeneron said it will have a wholesale price of $1,120 for a 28-day supply. Standard older cholesterol fighters such as statins, including generic forms of Pfizer Inc's Lipitor and Merck & Co's Zocor, can cost less than $50 a month.
Achieving A "More Perfect Union" Requires Acknowledging Our Past Injustices
29 Jul 2015 at 1:13pm
July 29th marks the 7th anniversary of the passage of H.Res.194, the first-ever official Congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow. In Charleston, President Obama underscored the need for our nation to acknowledge past injustices and take action to rectify their consequences so we can live up to our founding ideals. Chief among those lofty...
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - A NAMI-NYC Metro Wrap Up
29 Jul 2015 at 12:58pm
No matter who you are, living with a mental health condition can be challenging, but for some, culture, race, and ethnic background can exacerbate mental health challenges, and create disparities in access to quality mental health care. The National Institute of Mental Health's National Healthcare Disparities Report 2012 found that "health care...
Anthem profit beats as medical costs stay at low end of estimates
29 Jul 2015 at 12:20pm
It also said that a key financial measure of medical costs fell during the quarter. Health insurers closely manage costs to contend with a constant rise in medical spending. On July 3, No. 3 health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy rival Humana Inc and Anthem on Friday said it would acquire Cigna for $47 billion in cash and stock to create the No. 1 U.S. health insurer with 53 million members.
First child double hand transplant announced in US
29 Jul 2015 at 12:01pm
An eight-year-old American has become the world's youngest recipient of a transplant of both hands, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Tuesday. Surgeons operated for 10 hours to carry out the incredibly complicated surgery on Baltimore native Zion Harvey. It took a team of 40 doctors, nurses and other staff from plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and radiology, to pull off the pioneering surgery.
Boys??? Second- and Third-Degree Sunburns Show Dangers of No Sun Protection
29 Jul 2015 at 11:58am
Shauna Broadway was horrified to find her sons had no sunblock on field trip.
Flesh-eating bacteria kills Virginia fisherman
29 Jul 2015 at 11:51am
(Reuters) - A Virginia fisherman stabbed by a catfish barb has died of a flesh-eating bacteria, a state health official said on Wednesday. Charlie Horner, 75, of Mechanicsville, was fishing on July 18 in the Rappahannock River about 130 miles south of Washington when a cut on his leg became infected with vibrio vulnificus, a deadly river bacteria, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said. Michelle Stoll, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, confirmed the death was caused by vibrio vulnificus.
Ebola cases fall to year low but WHO warns of trouble ahead
29 Jul 2015 at 11:48am
The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed the fewest weekly infections for over a year in the west African Ebola epidemic, but warned they were braced for a significant new outbreak in Sierra Leone. There were just four confirmed cases in Guinea in the week to Sunday and three in Sierra Leone, the WHO said in the latest of its weekly updates on the epidemic. The patient died on July 23 and was confirmed (Ebola) positive after post-mortem testing.
Telemedicine can widen access to depression therapy for seniors
29 Jul 2015 at 11:37am
By Madeline Kennedy (Reuters Health) - Talk therapy delivered by two-way video call helped older veterans with depression as much as in-person therapy sessions, a U.S. study found. Many seniors face obstacles to getting help for depression, including mobility issues and fear of social stigma, researchers say, so telemedicine might expand their access to treatment. ?Psychotherapy works for depression whether you deliver it by face-to-face or the telemedicine approach,? and telemedicine is a good option for ?older adults who have barriers to mobility, stigma, or geographic isolation,? said lead author Dr. Leonard Egede ?At our facility, we have almost 40 percent of people who live in rural areas, so this is a good opportunity to be able to provide care for them without them having to drive long distances,? noted Egede, the Allen H. Johnson Endowed Chair and professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, by email.
GlaxoSmithKline sees staged roll-out of malaria vaccine
29 Jul 2015 at 11:35am
The world's first malaria vaccine, which won a green light last week from European drugs regulators, will be rolled out gradually in Africa, its maker said on Wednesday. "We believe that there should be a thoughtful, staged roll-out of this vaccine, particularly because it is important that we acquire more knowledge about where it really works the best," GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Chief Executive Andrew Witty told reporters. Experts also need to build up a bigger database on safety, he added, since it is the first time a vaccine will have been launched in Africa without any history of use in developed countries.
Exclusive: GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania
29 Jul 2015 at 10:56am
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($483 million) for corruption in China last year and is examining possible staff misconduct elsewhere, faces new allegations of bribery in Romania. GSK confirmed it was looking into the latest claims of improper payments set out in a whistleblower's email sent to its top management on Monday. The latest allegations say GSK paid Romanian doctors hundreds, and in one cases thousands, of euros between 2009 and 2012 for prescribing its medicines, including prostate treatments Avodart and Duodart and Parkinson's disease drug Requip.