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The James Group Newsletter Volume 4, Number 9: Trump on Women's Health Care, New Gene Tests Pose Threat, Bird Flu Surges, New Study on Sodium, 2nd ALS Drug Approved, Fresh Food Pharmacy, GOP Bill Key Components, International Cyberattack

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May 23, 2017 

Volume 4, Number 9

In This Issue

Trump on Women’s Health Care

New Gene Tests Pose Threat

Bird Flu Surges

New Study on Sodium

2nd ALS Drug Approved

Fresh Food Pharmacy

GOP Bill Key Components

International Cyberattack

TJG On Facebook

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Politico: Trump Calls For More Women's Health Care, Paid Family Leave Options In a statement celebrating Women's Health Week, President Donald Trump on Sunday called on improving health care access for "quality prenatal, maternal, and newborn care," in addition to ensuring paid family leave for both mothers and fathers." Ensuring affordable, accessible, and quality health care is critical to improving women’s health and ensuring that it fits their priorities at any stage of life," Trump said in his statement, issued on Mother's Day. (Morin, 5/14)

Source: Politico

The New York Times: New Gene Tests Pose A Threat To Insurers Pat Reilly had good reason to worry about Alzheimer’s disease: Her mother had it, and she saw firsthand the havoc it could wreak on a family, much of it financial. So Ms. Reilly, 77, a retired social worker in Ann Arbor, Mich., applied for a long-term care insurance policy. Wary of enrolling people at risk for dementia, the insurance company tested her memory three times before issuing the policy. (Kolata, 5/12)

Source: The New York Times

The Washington Post: With Bird Flu Surging, U.S. Needs To Do More To Prevent Possible Pandemic, GAO Says If the United States were suddenly facing a potential avian influenza pandemic, just one U.S. manufacturer could be counted on to make human pandemic flu vaccine here. And although the chickens that lay the eggs used in the process are themselves susceptible to the virus, until an emergency arises only voluntary and often inadequate measures by poultry producers are in place to protect flocks, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. (Sun, 5/11)

Source: The Washington Post

The New York Times: Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong The salt equation taught to doctors for more than 200 years is not hard to understand. The body relies on this essential mineral for a variety of functions, including blood pressure and the transmission of nerve impulses. Sodium levels in the blood must be carefully maintained. If you eat a lot of salt — sodium chloride — you will become thirsty and drink water, diluting your blood enough to maintain the proper concentration of sodium. Ultimately you will excrete much of the excess salt and water in urine. The theory is intuitive and simple. And it may be completely wrong. (Kolata, 5/8)

Source: The New York Times

The New York Times: A Second Drug Is Approved To Treat A.L.S. A new drug for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, was approved on Friday by the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, called Radicava or edaravone, slowed the progression of the degenerative disease in a six-month study in Japan. It must be given by intravenous infusion and will cost $145,524 a year, according to its manufacturer, MT Pharma America, a subsidiary of the Japanese company Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation. (Grady, 5/5)

Source: The New York Times

NPR: Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines The advice to eat a healthy diet is not new. Back around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, had this missive: Let food be thy medicine. But as a society, we've got a long way to go. About one out of every two deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is linked to a poor diet. That's about 1,000 deaths a day. (Aubrey, 5/8)

Source: NPR

Kaiser Health News: Preexisting Conditions And Continuous Coverage: Key Elements Of GOP Bill Before he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in 2015, Anthony Kinsey often went without health insurance. He is a contract lawyer working for staffing agencies on short-term projects in the Washington, D.C., area, and sometimes the 90-day waiting period for coverage through a staffing agency proved longer than the duration of his project, if coverage was offered at all. When Kinsey, now 57, learned he had cancer, he was able to sign up for a plan with a $629 monthly premium because the agency he was working for offered group coverage that became effective almost immediately. (Andrews, 5/16)

Source: Kaiser Health News

Los Angeles Times: WannaCry Cyberattack: When A Hack Shuts Down A Hospital, Who's To Blame? It's one thing to fall victim to a burglar. It's another to realize the thief got in because you left the front door wide open. The distinction could lead to difficult legal battles for organizations affected by the WannaCry cyberattack, which crippled an estimated 300,000 of the 2 billion Windows computers worldwide in recent days, slowing factories, canceling surgeries, eating homework assignments and shuttering gas stations. (Dave and Peltz, 5/15)

Source: Los Angeles Times

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