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47 Hospitals Slashed Their Use Of 2 Key Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes

Drug price hikes lead to disuse by hospitalsEven before media reports and a congressional hearing vilified Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for raising prices on a pair of lifesaving heart drugs, Dr. Umesh Khot knew something was very wrong.

Khot is a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, which prides itself on its outstanding heart care. The health system's internal monitoring system had alerted doctors about the skyrocketing cost of the drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol. But these two older drugs, frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations, have no direct alternatives.

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Texas Is About To Ban Insurance Plans From Covering Abortion

Texas about to ban insurance for aborrtionsTexas is inching closer to banning insurance coverage for abortion ― with no exceptions for rape, incest or severe fetal anomalies.

On its third reading Wednesday, the Texas House passed HB 214 prohibiting coverage for all “elective” (i.e. non-emergency) abortions. It applies to women who have plans through their employer or through the Affordable Care Act.

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Former quarterback Boomer Esiason says he probably has CTE

Boometr has CTEFormer NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason seems resigned to the fact that he could have a brain injury from his years of playing football.

"If I died tomorrow and my brain was taken and researched and it was found that I had CTE, which, most likely I have," he said Monday on his radio show "Boomer and Carton."

"All football players probably have it, the way I read it and the way I see it."

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Federal task force reportedly recommends more marijuana study, no crackdown

Feds need more pot studyThe task force Attorney General Jeff Sessions established to crack down on marijuana use has come up with no new policy recommendations for the attorney general, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Marijuana advocates feared that a report released by the Trump administration's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety would link violent crime to marijuana. But the AP, citing portions of the report it had obtained, said that the document recommends that officials continue weighing whether to change or rescind the Obama administration's largely hands-off approach to enforcement.

Advocates hailed the news on Friday.

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Researchers develop new tool to fight antibiotic resistance

New tool for fighting anti biotic resistanceAntibiotic resistance is a problem that has plagued researchers for years, but now researchers have developed a tool to combat antibiotic resistance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance is responsible for at least 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States.

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Trump administration ends funding for teen pregnancy programs

Trump ends funding for teen pregnancyA nationwide, successful teen pregnancy prevention program is being eliminated under President Donald Trump's proposed FY 2018 budget, with all organizations funded by it notified this month their funding will end next year.

As part of the proposed budget, the Trump Administration plans to halt funding of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, or TPP, Program two years early by eliminating $213.6 million to over 81 TPP organizations, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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American Medical Association Slams Senate GOP Health Care Bill

AMAThe American Medical Association, the nation’s largest doctors’ group, opposes the Senate health care bill, the organization announced in a letter to Senate leaders Monday.

“Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm.’ The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels,” American Medical Association CEO James Madara wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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