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Company Helps Native Americans Grow Cannabis

by Layla Halabian / September 21, 2016

North of Las Vegas’s bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they’ve suffered from and struggled with poverty, depression, and alcoholism. With dwindling numbers—only 56 adult members currently remain as a result of blood quantum laws—the Paiutes are facing the reality of losing their […]

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Exhibit Takes Long View of Native American Health Care

by Marshall Terrill / September 21, 2016

An interactive exhibit installed Thursday at Arizona State’s Hayden Library examines the history, culture and tradition of indigenous medicine to help viewers explore Native American health from a wide-ranging perspective that includes spiritual, social and community well-being. “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” on display through late October, looks at the connection […]

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Drugmakers’ Discount Cards Offer Pluses and Minuses

by Matthew Perrone, Associated Press / September 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — Facing public furor for the price of its emergency allergy shot EpiPen, Mylan Pharmaceuticals quickly pointed to a familiar industry solution: copay discount cards. Copay coupons or cards have become a ubiquitous part of the pharmaceutical business, offered through websites, mobile apps and doctor’s offices. Patient advocates say they can bring down out-of-pocket […]

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Home Repairs and Checkups Help Seniors Age in Place

by Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press / September 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — Where you live plays a big role in staying independent as you age. Now researchers say an innovative program that combined home fix-ups and visits from occupational therapists and nurses improved low-income seniors’ ability to care for themselves in their own homes. Still to be answered is whether that better daily functioning also […]

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Telehealth Clinic Lets Doctors Make “House Calls” to School

by Devan Filchak, Associated Press / September 19, 2016

ELWOOD, Ind. — A sick child used to mean a parent taking off work and a child missing school, but kids can now see the doctor without leaving Elwood Intermediate School. When a child is sick at school, he or she will go to the school nurse’s office. If the nurse deems it necessary, the […]

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Partners Launch Anti-Opioid Effort in New Mexico

by Associated Press / September 21, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Federal officials are partnering with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center on a new project to boost access to a life-saving drug used to combat opioid overdoses. Officials announced the Naxolone Project during a news conference September 19 in Albuquerque. The announcement comes as federal prosecutors across the country sponsor […]


Stop Denying Poor Women Medical Care

by Amy Meek

Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment (named for the late Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde), which bans Medicaid coverage for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the pregnant woman. In other words, Congress decided to limit health care for women struggling to make ends meet. […]

NIH: Sharing Data on Clinical Trials

by Drs. Kathy L. Hudson and Francis S. Collins

Today we took a huge step forward in our efforts to make sure that data from biomedical research is shared widely and rapidly. The NIH, in collaboration with our fine colleagues at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and with the valuable input from scientists, patients and other members of the public, has announced […]