Half of the Americans recently diagnosed with HIV had been living with the virus for at least three years without realizing it, missing out on opportunities for early treatment and in some cases spreading it to others, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What’s more, of the 39,720 Americans newly diagnosed with HIV in 2015, one-quarter had been infected for seven years or more without knowing they were ill.
Among all 1.2 million Americans living with HIV in 2015, the CDC estimates that about 15% were unaware of their HIV-positive status. Those people are thought to be responsible for 40% of new transmissions of HIV, according to the study published Tuesday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
In April 2014, state and federal drug agents raided Jeffrey Campbell’s medical clinic in Jeffersonville, Ind. Police cars blocked the parking lot as bewildered patients scattered and the agents carted off boxes of records from the doctor’s office.
Some of the seized records would show that Campbell endangered patients by prescribing opiates without any medical need, according to federal prosecutors. Campbell, who collected millions of dollars from Medicare for urine tests run at his office lab, also failed to act when test results revealed patients were abusing prescription and illegal drugs, according to a government medical expert’s report.
Cancer researchers at UCSF and computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are partnering with researchers from the National Cancer Institute’s Frederick National Laboratory and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in an attempt to do just that. Members of the consortium hope to use supercomputing power to significantly slash the time needed to screen potential cancer drugs and bring them to human trials.
Aside from a fax machine and landline telephone, there isn’t much technology in the office of physician Anna Konopka, 84.
Instead, her patients’ records are tucked into two file cabinets, which sit in a tiny office next door to her 160-year-old clapboard house in New London, N.H. Records are meticulously handwritten, she said. Konopka does have a typewriter, but it’s broken, and its parts have been discontinued.
With medicine in the United States becoming increasingly regulated — and as more doctors are expected to keep records electronically — Konopka’s style of doctoring had attracted about 25 patients a week. Some had complicated conditions like chronic pain. Some didn’t have insurance. Konopka says she would see anyone who can pay $50 in cash.
Women are more likely to have asthma than men, and though sex hormones have been suspected as one reason why, just how they might be affecting asthma risk has been something of a mystery.
Testosterone may help protect men against asthma, according to a paper published Tuesday in Cell Reports. The scientists looked at a protein involved in lung inflammation and found that testosterone decreased its production, at least in mouse cells in the lab. Estrogen and progesterone didn’t have a significant impact. The research was funded by grants from the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The second hearing of the committee formed to look at universal health care is set for Dec. 11.
North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), who is co-chairman of the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage, announced the hearing in a news release on Tuesday.
“This committee has been charged with identifying a pathway to healthcare for almost 40 million Californians,” Wood said in a statement. “Health care for all is our goal and we are committed to digging deep into the details of what can lead to a comprehensive, sustainable and affordable healthcare system for our state.
With the rapidly evolving political landscape in health care, medical schools are becoming more interested in applicants’ understanding of health policy and health care reform.
If you are getting ready to interview at a medical school, whether in a traditional interview or a multiple mini interview, brush up on your knowledge of health care reform and develop a strategy for answering questions that pertain to this topic.
The health insurance industry has long been a target for private equity firms looking for places to stash their cash. Some major health insurers have turned the tables and are pumping money into innovative healthcare startups. Cambia Health Solutions, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies and Humana are just a few with VC arms that are injecting millions into early stage companies promising to disrupt the industry.Now UnitedHealth’s Optum business unit is branching into venture capital with a $250 million fund focused on investing in startups that improve the healthcare delivery and payment systems, along with consumers’ access to care.
Two years ago, Margaret O’Neill brought her 5-year-old daughter to Children’s Hospital Colorado because the band of tissue that connected her tongue to the floor of her mouth was too tight. The condition, called being literally “tongue-tied,” made it hard for the girl to make “th” sounds.
It’s a common problem with a simple fix: an outpatient procedure to snip the tissue.
During a preoperative visit, the surgeon offered to throw in a surprising perk. Should we pierce her ears while she is under?
After she fell out of her power wheelchair three years ago, Ella Hill waited nearly two years to get the right physical therapy she needed to recover.
The retired 66-year-old from Spring Valley, New York, was hit by a texting driver in 2011 and now uses the chair to get around. She also has multiple sclerosis, and because her only daughter lives in Illinois, she relies on the help of a home aide to complete most daily tasks.
Every November, like clockwork, she gets the same letter, said Dr. Lindsay Irvin, a pediatrician in San Antonio.
It’s from the drug company Pfizer Inc., and it informs her that the price tag for the pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 is going up. Again.
And it makes her angry.
“They’re the only ones who make it,” she said. “It’s like buying gas in a hurricane — or Coke in an airport. They charge what they want to.”
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a consultatory panel to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends Prevnar 13 for all children younger than 2 — given at 2, 4, 6 and 15 months — as well as for adults 65 and older.
Do you need computer skills to be a competent doctor?
That’s one of the central questions surrounding a difficult case unfolding in New Hampshire this month: Anna Konopka, an octogenarian doctor who eschews computers and has been practicing medicine for the better part of six decades, surrendered her license under a September agreement with the state’s board of medicine — partly because of multiple complaints related to her record keeping, Merrimack Superior Court Judge John Kissinger said.
Alex M. Azar II faces his first Senate hearing Wednesday on his nomination by President Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Azar, 50, would succeed the president’s first HHS secretary, Tom Price, who resigned under pressure in late September amid investigation of his use of noncommercial planes for official business at taxpayers’ expense.
Azar’s session before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is called a courtesy hearing because the panel does not vote on the nomination. That power rests with the Senate Finance Committee, which has not yet scheduled its hearing.
The Senate Republican tax bill includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the requirement that all Americans purchase qualifying health insurance or pay a penalty. The move could deal a serious blow to the health law.
The repeal of the mandate could result in an estimated 13 million more people without insurance within 10 years, but may potentially lead to federal savings of $338 billion, money that would be used to help pay for broad tax cuts for individuals and businesses. Here’s who pays the mandate’s penalty and how much it costs.