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CBO Health Score – 14 million more uninsured next year under GOP plan

Washington Post – Analysis underscores concerns about dramatic loss in health coverage – “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said 24 million fewer Americans would have insurance by 2026, and also predicts $337 billion in deficit reduction over the same period. The projected loss in coverage potentially contradicts President Trump’s vow that health-care reform would provide… Continue Reading

AHIP Infographic – Where Does Your Premium Dollar Go?

This infographic, Where Does Your Premium Dollar Go? by the America’s Health Insurance Plans association, actually refutes cost savings claims of the newly introduced legislative replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – referred to as Obamacare. Continue Reading

Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation in US 2013–2015

Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Boring M, Brady TJ. Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2013–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 7 March 2017. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6609e1. “Arthritis limits daily activities of 24 million adults in the United States, making it hard for them to hold a cup, lift… Continue Reading

GAO – Antibiotics: FDA Has Encouraged Development, but Needs to Clarify the Role of Draft Guidance

Antibiotics: FDA Has Encouraged Development, but Needs to Clarify the Role of Draft Guidance and Develop Qualified Infectious Disease Product Guidance, GAO-17-189: Published: Jan 31, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2017. “Each year, over 2 million Americans get sick from bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 die as a result.… Continue Reading

GOP releases bills to repeal and replace ObamaCare

The Hill: “House Republicans on Monday  unveiled their long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare.  The two measures dismantle the core aspects of ObamaCare, including its subsidies to help people buy coverage, its expansion of Medicaid, its taxes and its mandates for people to have insurance. (READ THE BILLS HERE AND HERE.) In its place, Republicans would put in… Continue Reading

How to save a life – first-aid advice you’ll actually remember

theguardian – A British Heart Foundation report suggests that our reluctance to intervene is killing people who are in cardiac arrest. Here are some simple, memorable steps you can take to help “Resuscitation to Recovery, published this week by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), reveals that a lack of confidence and training – and even… Continue Reading

HHS Report – Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2015

Key findings Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality – Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999–2015 ●The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2015 (16.3 per 100,000) was more than 2.5 times the rate in 1999 (6.1). ●Drug overdose death rates increased for all age groups, with… Continue Reading

ACLU Seeks Documents from Administration on Plans for Permitting Discrimination Against Women, LGBT Community

“The American Civil Liberties Union has demanded documents from four federal agencies concerning a potential executive order that would sanction religiously motivated discrimination against LGBT people, members of minority faiths, women, and people seeking reproductive health care…The Freedom of Information Act requests were filed with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, Justice, and… Continue Reading

Harvard Study of Adult Development

“The Study of Adult Development is a longitudinal study that has been following two groups of men over the last 75 years to identify the psychosocial predictors of healthy aging. We have two groups of participants: The Grant Study that is composed of 268 Harvard graduates from the classes of  1939-1944 and the Glueck Study group that… Continue Reading

40 Largest U.S. Cities Get a Health Rating

“Healthy city living is about more than eliminating food deserts and boosting access to healthcare. It also means the ability to safely ride your bike down the street, breathe clean air and not have to choose between paying the rent or buying dinner. A two-year analysis from Maryland-based de Beaumont Foundation’s CityHealth project sized up… Continue Reading

How would repealing the Affordable Care Act affect health care and jobs in your state?

Economic Policy Institute: “Across the country, 29.8 million people would lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act were repealed—more than doubling the number of people without health insurance. And 1.2 million jobs would be lost—not just in health care but across the board…” Continue Reading

Report – The invisible hazard afflicting thousands of schools

“…Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools lie within 500 feet of highways, truck routes and other roads with significant traffic, according to a joint investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. That’s about one in every 11 public schools, serving roughly 4.4 million students and spread across every… Continue Reading