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N.J. Gets Anti-Opioid Law

by Michael Catalini, Associated Press / February 20, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. — Just a day after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on drug addiction, Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Wednesday aimed at curbing the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, taking action just minutes after the Democrat-led Assembly approved the measure. The legislation curbs initial opioid prescriptions to a five-day supply, making […]

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Governor Opposes Privatizing W.Va. Med School

by Associated Press / February 20, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he’s against a legislative proposal to privatize the state medical school in Lewisburg. The Democratic governor says privatization of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine would drive up in-state tuition. He says it makes “no sense” for the state to divest the highly ranked school, […]

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Henrietta Lacks’ Family Seeks Compensation

by The Associated Press / February 20, 2017

BALTIMORE— The son of Henrietta Lacks is seeking compensation for the unauthorized use of his mother’s cells in scientific research since her 1951 death, as detailed in a best-selling book. The Baltimore Sun reports that Lawrence Lacks, his son and daughter-in-law say they plan to file a lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University in coming weeks. […]

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$125 M Gift Supports Native American Pharmacy Students

by ABC FOX MT News Staff / February 15, 2017

In small towns across Montana, pharmacists do much more than just dispense medications. They serve as a vital health care resource for their patients, providing important health screenings and education for conditions like diabetes and asthma. To grow the number of community pharmacists in Montana and across the United States, The ALSAM Foundation created the […]

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Nursing Students Get Hands-On Experience

by Chris Dunker, Associated Press / February 15, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb.— The flesh-like rubber arms and hands splayed out on a table look very real — too real, in some cases — but it’s the artificial blood oozing from a wound that really pulls it all together. That’s a good thing, at least for the future nurses learning the skills they’ll use regularly at […]

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Health Nominee Says Medicaid Needs Overhaul

by Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press / February 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to run the government’s major health insurance programs said Thursday that Medicaid needs a full overhaul but she doesn’t support turning Medicare into a “voucher” plan. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma testified before the Senate Finance Committee on her nomination to lead the Centers for Medicare and […]


Message to Tom Price: Drop the Repeal Idea

by Andy Slavitt

Congratulations on your confirmation and the honor of serving the American people as head of the Health and Human Services Department. The decision over what to do about the Affordable Care Act is coming at you fast. Millions of Americans are waiting to understand if their health coverage and protections will continue, while insurance companies […]

Why Changes Could Worsen Drug Epidemic

by Lloyd Sederer

In a recent article, I made the case against “Trumpcare” for our general health care system. As a psychiatrist, I now focus on the impact that President Donald Trump’s health policies could have on individuals, families and communities affected by use and abuse of drugs, especially opioids (including prescription pills like OxyContin and Vicodin as […]