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3/23/2017

Financial wellness programs should focus on helping workers get out of debt, including student loans, Meghan Murphy of Fidelity Investments told the NAPA 401k Summit. Murphy said having money saved up for emergencies also is an important financial wellness issue as Fidelity research has found many employees do not think about long-term finances.

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3/23/2017

A meta-analysis of 20 observational studies involving at least 1,000 participants found use of statins was associated with a 44% higher risk of type 2 diabetes, compared with nonuse. The findings, published in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, showed the greatest risk among patients who used rosuvastatin, followed by users of atorvastatin.

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atorvastatin, rosuvastatin
3/23/2017

Efforts to require wholesale price transparency would remove a tool that pharmacy benefit managers use to reduce drug prices and could encourage price collaboration by manufacturers, according to the Federal Trade Commission and an independent actuarial firm, writes Devon Herrick of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

3/23/2017

About 30 House Republicans as of late Wednesday were opposed or undecided on today's planned vote on a measure to replace the Affordable Care Act.

3/23/2017

A pharmacist who co-owned the former New England Compounding Center has been convicted of racketeering and mail fraud but was acquitted of second-degree murder in a federal trial over a 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed 64 people.

3/23/2017

A 209-patient randomized study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the pain drug pregabalin did not do better than a placebo in treating sciatica.

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sciatica, pregabalin
3/23/2017

Following a nationwide referendum on June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom is about to begin its formal withdrawal from the EU (known as Brexit) by triggering Article 50 of The Treaty on European Union. The final terms of the UK's new relationship with the EU following its withdrawal are yet to be decided. With uncertainty continuing, businesses operating in or trading with companies based in the UK and EU are keen to learn how they may be affected. Read more.

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European Union, Brexit
3/23/2017

Massachusetts state Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler is seeking passage of a bill to create a midlevel class of dental professional known as dental therapists, dental hygienists with additional training allowing them to perform routine procedures, such as filling cavities. Supporters say authorizing this role could expand access to care for people on Medicaid, those in less-populated areas of the state and the elderly while reducing preventable oral health emergency department visits, while a competing measure backed by dentists is narrower in scope and would require direct supervision by a dentist.

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Medicaid
3/23/2017

Public health officials in Wisconsin's Dane County have published a report on emergency department and urgent care visits for dental pain in 2015, putting the number at 4,000 for the county. Access to care is lower for people of color, the poor, and the elderly and disabled, who frequently do not have dental insurance or the ability to obtain affordable preventive care, according to Dr. David Gundersen, president of the Oral Health Coalition of Dane County, but a local partnership has made some strides in reducing utilization of emergency care for oral health issues.

3/23/2017

Ninety-nine percent of Oregonians live within 30 minutes of a dental care provider, according to a study commissioned by the Oregon Dental Association, which concluded that geography is not a significant barrier to care for those in rural and tribal areas. Instead, the report argues the main barrier to care is cost, followed by fear and inconvenience, respectively.

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Oregon Dental Association