New York Times:
Health Care Systems Try to Cut Costs by Aiding the Poor and Troubled (Sabrina Tavernise)
Jerome Pate, a homeless alcoholic, went to the emergency room when he was cold. He went when he needed a safe place to sleep. He went when he was hungry, or drunk, or suicidal.
One Year Later, Ebola Outbreak Offers Lessons for Next Epidemic (Sheri Fink and Pam Belluck)
One year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths.
Congress to Weigh a Plan to Protect Medicare Fees and Children’s Insurance (Robert Pear)
Lobbyists will descend on Congress this week as lawmakers near a bipartisan agreement to finance health care for the oldest and youngest Americans, by revamping the payment of doctors under Medicare and by extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Stigma Around Physician-Assisted Dying Lingers (Clyde Haberman)
“Death is nothing at all,” the English theologian Henry Scott Holland wrote a century ago in a reflection that is often quoted at funerals. Death is but life extended, Holland said: “I have only slipped away to the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was.”
With Expansion of Medicaid, Some States Are Identifying More New Diabetes Cases (Sabrina Tavernise)
The number of new diabetes cases identified among poor Americans has surged in states that have embraced the Affordable Care Act, but not in those that have not, a new study has found, suggesting that the health care law may be helping thousands of people get earlier treatment for one of this country’s costliest medical conditions.
Wall Street Journal:
Boehner, Pelosi Reach Across the Aisle on ‘Doc Fix’ Legislation (Siobhan Hughes)
A House vote expected this week will be the first test of whether leaders of the two parties can win support for small structural changes in how the costs of Medicare are covered—a significant political shift for Congress, which has for years been at an impasse over entitlement programs.
Tenet Healthcare Nearing Deal to Buy United Surgical Partners (Gillian Tan and Dana Cimilluca)
Tenet Healthcare Corp. is nearing a deal to buy United Surgical Partners International Inc., as a number of hospital networks seek mergers amid sweeping changes in the U.S. health-care system.
A New Dawn for Breast Pumps and Other Products (Christopher Mims)
Recently, as I gazed into the prototype of a smart breast pump, I had a vision of the future. I saw an age in which new products—actual, physical electronics products—will go from idea to store shelves in a matter of months.
Big Pharma’s Unfamiliar Biosimilar Threat (Charley Grant)
In the perpetual battle over U.S. prescription drug prices, pharmacy-benefit managers may have found a potent new weapon: biosimilars. Pharma investors look ill-prepared.
Doctors who diagnosed Shaken Baby Syndrome now defend the accused (Debbie Cenziper)
The forensic pathologist who had spent the better part of 30 years investigating violent deaths walked into a Minnesota courtroom in 2012, braced to testify at another grueling murder trial.
Los Angeles Times:
Drinking milk: the pros and cons (Emily Sohn)
There are a few things we can say for sure about milk: It is a concentrated source of calcium. It also contains protein and other nutrients. And it elicits strong opinions, even among scientists who study it, about how much we need.
Migraine studies yield fresh approaches to ward off pain (Lisa Mulcahy)
If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’re not alone. More than 10% of the population is hurting right along with you, including 18% of women. Migraines are most common from the ages of 25 to 55. The good news: New research can help change your approach to managing your migraines. Here are five strategies to try.
Arsenic and California Wine: Do You Need to Worry? (Tara Haelle)
I am what I have termed a blue collar wine snob. I’m picky about my wine and am even a member of a wine club, but I rarely pay more than $10 a bottle, mainly because I drink about two bottles a week.
New Study Shows That Your Brain’s Powers Change As You Age — Some Peaking In Your 70s (David DiSalvo)
If you’ve been paying attention to psychology and neuroscience research the last few years, you know that we’ve recently experienced major shifts in thinking about the nature of the brain.
Why Uber Won’t Be Coming To Healthcare (Dan Munro)
Headlines abound for the idea that Uber will appear shortly to massively disrupt the healthcare industry in the same way it’s disrupted the taxi industry. Some boldly proclaim it’s not only here, but it’s here to stay.
Why Not To Be Complacent About Ebola (Elaine Schattner)
This month, the number of Ebola cases in west Africa is creeping up again. Liberia just reported its first new patient after a 28 day hiatus. It’s unclear how the affected woman, a 44 year old food seller in the Caldwell community, northeast of Monrovia, contracted the disease.
Employers Warm To Obamacare, Stick With Coverage (Bruce Japsen)
Five years after employers were considering terminating health coverage due to costs and other issues related to the Affordable Care Act, companies have largely changed their tune as fears have not been realized, according to a new analysis.
WHO Says Monsanto Roundup Ingredient Is ‘Probably Carcinogenic.’ Are They Right? (Alice G. Walton)
An ingredient in Monsanto Roundup weed-killer – glyphosate – is “probably carcinogenic,” according to a new decision by the World Health Organization yesterday.
Non-prescription allergy relief: what you need to know (Kim Painter)
Spring has barely sprung, but in most of the country, spring allergy season — triggered by the first stirrings of tree pollen — is well under way.
The #TwizzlerChallenge: This year’s Ice Bucket (Ed Payne)
Admit it, you’ve been secretly itching for a new cause since last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS left your teeth chattering and raised $115 million.