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4/28/2017

Only about 50% of an expected 1.2 million children in the US with blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter or higher were reported to the CDC, according to researchers. The findings in Pediatrics, based on 1999 to 2010 CDC data involving youths ages 1 to 5 in 38 states and Washington, D.C., also showed that elevated blood lead cases were nearly three times as likely to be missed than diagnosed in Western and Southern states.

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4/28/2017

AHIP, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and a number of other business and health care organizations issued a joint statement calling for at least a two-year commitment to funding Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction payments, and they want to see the money included in a congressional spending bill. Insurers have warned they will leave exchanges or raise premiums substantially if the payments do not continue.

4/28/2017

Republican House leaders said the House will not vote this week on amended health care legislation, because although they won the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus, they don't yet have enough support from moderates.

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Reuters
4/28/2017

Unused prescription drugs left at nursing homes after patients move out, die or no longer need medication are being destroyed across the nation, with nearly 17.5 tons of viable drugs worth almost $10 million thrown out annually in Colorado alone. While some states do not allow redistribution of unused prescription drugs, Iowa does, and the state-supported SafeNetRx nonprofit is on track to recover and redistribute $5 million worth of drugs this year.

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ProPublica
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health care system
4/28/2017

The Connecticut Hospital Association's Care Decisions Connecticut initiative aims to assist patients with end-of-life planning. The collaboration includes representatives from hospice and palliative care, insurance, and others and will work to increase public awareness about advanced care planning and implement best practices in care settings.

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palliative care
4/28/2017

People who exercise regularly may mitigate the effects of a gene variant linked to a higher risk of obesity by about 30%, according to a study in the journal PLOS Genetics. Researchers said that overall, active people with the FTO variant appeared to be more resistant to its effects than those who had a sedentary lifestyle.

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HealthDay News
4/28/2017

Six schools in Colorado's Thompson School District have salad bars, but the goal is to have a salad bar in every school to give students choices that encourage healthier eating habits, said Sarah Tomsic, nutrition services coordinator for the district. Parent groups are raising money for salad bars, and the district has applied for a grant from the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools program.

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Colorado
4/28/2017

Many drugmakers have said they will no longer raise prices by the amounts that sparked public outrage and congressional scrutiny, but first-quarter reports show price hikes well above the inflation rate as well as strong profits.

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Axios
4/28/2017

The Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples, or CREATES, Act was reintroduced by Senate and House committees last week. The legislation seeks to expand access to branded-drug samples by generic drugmakers.

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Regulatory Focus
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Senate, House
4/28/2017

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted 14-9 to send the nomination of Scott Gottlieb for FDA commissioner to the full Senate for approval. Gottlieb is a former venture capitalist and was FDA deputy commissioner during George W. Bush's administration.