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Senate passes VA MISSION Act, raising concerns of privatization Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 28 May 2018 14:34
A Fierce Healthcare article, by Tina Reed and dated May 24, 2018, informs us that the VA MISSION Act will head to the president's desk where it is expected to be signed after passing the Senate on Wednesday <5.23.18>. The $55 million reform bill would, among other things, change where veterans can receive care, create hiring incentives to bring on more VA healthcare providers and establish a commission to examine the VA's aging infrastructure, according to Ms. Reed.
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Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2018 15:26
HIV Can Lie Dormant in the Brain. Here's What that Means. Print E-mail
Written by Doug Miller, University of Florida | Live Science   
Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00
The HIV virus, which causes AIDS, has long been known to target and disable cells of the immune system, which are responsible for fighting off invading  microorganisms and for suppressing malignant cancers. More recently, researchers also learned HIV not only targets immune cells in the bloodstream but also in the brain and spinal cord and that HIV can lie dormant in a person's body for many years.
My mentor, Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei, has been working on this problem and learned that one consequence of HIV in the brain is that age-related diseases develop much earlier. This includes neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as an increased susceptibility to drug addiction.
Our lab wanted to learn why.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2018 18:19
Report Says Changes Will Increase Health Premiums Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 May 2018 17:27
Premiums for health insurance plans sold on the federal marketplace are expected to increase by nearly 16.9 percent in Florida next year due to changes in the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis released Friday <5.18.18>. Released by the Center for American Progress, the analysis estimates that a decision by Congress and President Donald Trump to repeal the mandate that people buy health insurance, coupled with proposed changes to the types of policies that can be sold, will increase premiums for Floridians by $1,011.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 17:09
FDA approves novel preventive treatment for migraine Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2018 00:00
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today <5.17.18> approved Aimovig (erenumab-aooe) for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults. The treatment is given by once-monthly self-injections. Aimovig is the first FDA-approved preventive migraine treatment in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks.

"Aimovig provides patients with a novel option for reducing the number of days with migraine," said Eric Bastings, MD, Deputy Director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
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Trump's 'American Patients First' Plan Announced Print E-mail
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Monday, 14 May 2018 14:16

White House officials unveiled on Friday, 5.11.18 the broad contours of a plan to counteract rising prescription drug prices. The 44-page document, titled American Patients First, includes a three-page outline of the Trump administration's two-phase blueprint.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2018 17:00
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