Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Health Updates 30 March 2012

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Autism rate climbs again: “In a large autism monitoring network, an estimated one out of every 88 8-year-olds had an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2008, the most recent year with data available, CDC researchers reported.  That’s a relative increase of … Continue reading

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ACA Day Three: Tricky Business

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Well, it’s over for now.  And, as promised, we had drama, sparks, lines drawn in the sand, hyperbole, even some whining.  Where are we now with the Obama administration‘s health care overhaul legislation? Waiting. A ruling is expected in June. … Continue reading

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Health Updates 29 March 2012

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Really? Ulcers increase the risk of diabetes? “Poor diet, a lack of exercise, excess weight and genetics are the usual risk factors for Type  2 diabetes.  But a new line of research suggests that in some cases, there may be a … Continue reading

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PPACA Round Two: The Individual Mandate Under Fire

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Memorandum: Tuesday was a really tough day for Solicitor General Verrilli Jr. Tuesday’s questions  about the individual insurance requirement underpinning the Obama administration‘s health care reform legislation were bold and focused.  As Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed it, the arguments heard at … Continue reading

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Health Updates 28 March 2012

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Bad wire in heart device led to 22 deaths, study says: “A defect in wires that connect hearts to defibrillators caused at least 22 deaths, possibly as a result of a short circuit that is difficult to detect during routine monitoring, … Continue reading

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Health Care Challenge: Day One Review

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Memorandum: What happens next? Yesterday, the US Supreme Court began hearing arguments on the big question: may the federal government compel individuals not engaged in commerce to  purchase a product (in this case, it’s health insurance) from private companies?  Uninsured Americans … Continue reading

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Health Updates 27 March 2012

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FDA told to move on antibiotic use in livestock: “A federal judge in New York City has ordered the FDA to start proceedings to revoke approvals for the use of antibiotics in livestock, a practice blamed for the spread of antibiotic-resistant … Continue reading