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After Fla. mass shooting, Trump says he's 'committed' to addressing 'difficult issue of mental health'

February 16, 2018


President Trump in remarks following a mass shooting at a Florida High School says his administration is "committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health"—but some mental health advocates are raising concerns about tying the shooting to mental health.

Azar defends proposed HHS budget, Medicare cuts in House committee hearing

February 16, 2018


During House and Senate committee hearings, HHS Secretary Alex Azar outlines his priorities for the department, including improving health care access and affordability, transitioning toward value-based payment models, reducing prescription drug costs, and expanding coverage for telehealth services.

FDA approves first blood test to help diagnose concussions

February 16, 2018


Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, says, "A blood test to aid in concussion evaluation is an important tool for the American public and for our servicemembers abroad who need access to quick and accurate tests."

Aetna pushes back against reports that medical directors do not review patient records

February 16, 2018


Aetna in a statement says its "medical directors review all necessary available medical information for cases that they are asked to evaluate," and a former medical director for the insurer says "certain misinterpretations" had arisen from his prior testimony on the insurers prior-authorizations practices.

The 10 healthiest cities in the US, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2018


San Francisco tops WalletHub's list of the healthiest cities in the United States, followed by Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Ryan calls for GOP to seek 'incremental' health care reforms

February 15, 2018


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says he "think[s] the best chance" Republicans have at changing the U.S. health care system is to seek "incremental" reforms, since larger-scale reforms likely would not have enough support to pass in the Senate.

Opioid misuse cost US economy more than $1T since 2001, report finds

February 15, 2018


Researchers say the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic's greatest financial costs stemmed from lost earnings and productivity as a result of opioid drug-related overdose deaths.

Walgreens reportedly in talks to acquire all of AmerisourceBergen

February 15, 2018


Walgreens Boots Alliance is in tentative talks to take full ownership of AmerisourceBergen, which is one of the largest drug distributors in the United States.

Tens of millions of US residents might have been exposed to unsafe drinking water, study finds

February 14, 2018


Researchers say between 3% and 10% of U.S. community water systems had health-based violations in a given year from 1982 to 2015, meaning between nine million and 45 million U.S. residents might have been exposed to unsafe drinking water each year over the 34-year period.

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