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2 hrs ago | Pasadena Star-News

California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.


Related Topix: California, California Government, Family, Kids, Medicaid, Medicare

Sun Sep 14, 2014


San Fernando Valley porn producer says using condoms in shoots is a matter of survival

CHATSWORTH >> Sexual fantasy unfolds in a steady rhythm inside Immoral Productions, a San Fernando Valley adult film studio where everything typical of a porn set is laid out and ready for action. There are couches and a table filled with toys that vibrate, throb and glow.


Related Topix: Cameras, Chatsworth, CA, Los Angeles County, CA, HIV/AIDS

Knutsford Guardian

Warning over care of heart patients

Researchers examined more than 100,000 heart attack victims and looked at whether or not they received nine key aspects of care. Of the 31,000 eligible for all nine steps, just over half missed out on at least one key aspect of care.


Related Topix: Heart Attack

Journal Gazette

State's vaccine exemptions rising

The exemptions have grown slightly in Indiana, but the increase could be much larger because more parents are declining to allow their child's vaccination status to be reported.

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Chickenpox, Health, Mumps, Family, Kids

Modern Healthcare

Ohio reaches key goal in long-term-care spending

State officials say Ohio has met a key benchmark in providing long-term-care services for older and disabled residents. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state exceeded a goal of spending at least 50% of its Medicaid long-term-care budget on home- and community-based services.


Related Topix: Long Term Care


Mass. school at center of treatment controversy

The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center outside Boston is the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for patients with severe developmental and behavior disorders who harm themselves or others. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the skin shock devices used by the center.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid


Low cost health screenings offered to local residents

For a small fee, patients were screened for cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease as well as kidney and liver function. There was also a thyroid check for an additional fee.


Related Topix: Chiropractic, Medicine, Health

Sat Sep 13, 2014


Doctor receives threats after laying off employee with cancer

Critics are calling Dr. George Visnich the world's meanest doctor after he reportedly sent a letter to his longtime employee, Carol Jumper, informing her that he was laying her off due to her cancer diagnosis. But the oral surgeon's attorney is defending his client's actions, saying it was the humanitarian thing to do.


Related Topix: Medicine, Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer

The Indian Express

Pfizer, Ranbaxy win dismissal of lawsuit over generic cholesterol drug Lipitor

Pfizer Inc and India's Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd on Friday won dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to delay sales of generic versions of the cholesterol drug Lipitor, the best-selling drug in history. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton, New Jersey ruled that the plaintiffs, retailers and distribution companies that bought Lipitor directly from Pfizer, failed to plead their case with enough detail.


Related Topix: Pfizer, Biotech, Medicine, Healthcare Industry, Cholesterol, Trenton, NJ

Daily World

12 new West Nile virus infections in Louisiana

Check out this story on NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's health department says 12 new West Nile virus infections in the state bring the year's total to 92. Three of the cases diagnosed this week are dangerous infections of the nervous system, bringing that total to 41. The state already had surpassed last year's total of 34. All three of those neuroinvasive infections are in East Baton Rouge Parish, where two patients diagnosed with flu-like West Nile fever and one without symptoms are located.


Related Topix: West Nile Virus, Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

WALB-TV Albany

Widow raises veteran suicide awareness after husband kills self in front of her

Nearly one in five suicides nationwide is a veteran, according to a recent study conducted by The Center for Public Integrity. "He held a gun up to his head and then he shot himself," she recalled.

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Related Topix: US Military, Fort Benning, US Army, Suicide, Chattahoochee County, GA, Fort Benning, GA, Depression

Call to tackle lifestyle issues

Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said. Measures such as imposing a minimum unit price on alcohol and a ban on selling cigarettes to anyone born after 2000 are being backed by the British Medical Association .


Related Topix: Smoking, Medicine


'Magic mushrooms' help smokers quit

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health. Remember, correlation is not causation -- so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.


Related Topix: Smoking, Medicine, Pharmacology

Fri Sep 12, 2014


Iowa committee backs legalizing medical marijuana

A legislative committee narrowly recommended allowing medical marijuana to be grown and sold in Iowa to help people with epilepsy. The 10-member committee was formed to look at problems with a new law that was supposed to allow some epilepsy patients to get marijuana extract.


Related Topix: Marijuana, Iowa Government, Iowa, Seizures

The New Zealand Herald

IPO Roundup: ReWalk shares more than double

Shares of ReWalk Robotics, which makes wearable robotic exoskeletons that helps paralyzed patients walk, more than doubled in their stock market debut. The medical device maker was one of two health companies that had their initial public offering Friday.


Related Topix: Cancer, Medicine


Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws from race

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is withdrawing from a re-election bid in the upcoming mayoral race, according to CNN news partner CBC. The controversial mayor was hospitalized this week after the discovery of an abdominal tumor.


Related Topix: Drug Addiction (Substance Abuse)

Chambersburg Public Opinion

Illinois TV anchorman says he has months to live

A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois has told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor is too large for surgery or radiation.


Related Topix: Brain Cancer, Northern Illinois University, Opinion

The York Daily Record

Estimate: 3 in 10 NFL retirees face cognitive woes

Nearly three in 10 former NFL players will develop at least moderate neurocognitive problems and qualify for payments under the proposed $765 million concussion settlement, according to data prepared for ex-players' lawyers and made public Friday. Their actuary expects 14 percent of all former players to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and another 14 percent to develop moderate dementia over the next 65 years, according to the data.


Related Topix: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease

KCCI-TV Des Moines

JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon finishes cancer treatment

Jamie Dimon has finished his cancer treatment and told a newspaper he feels fine as he begins the next phase of his recovery. The chief executive of JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank by assets, announced in July that he had been diagnosed with curable throat cancer, saying his prognosis was "excellent."


Related Topix: Medicine, Cancer, Esophageal Cancer

Brandon Sun

Where is the Ebola outbreak going? Nowhere good, experts increasingly warn

The unprecedented spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa may be pushing the world towards a viral disaster, a commentary published in Friday's New York Times suggests. The article reveals that experts are worried ongoing transmission of the virus through people runs the risk of giving rise to mutations that will allow Ebola to spread through the air, like some of the world's most contagious viruses.


Related Topix: University of Minnesota, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, H1N1 Influenza / Swine Flu