President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News that he is confident the Republican tax plan will be passed by the end of the year. Trump has also lent support for an additional tax bracket for the wealthy in response to criticism that the tax plan would primarily benefit the rich.
A highly pathogenic strain of H7N9 avian influenza circulating in China could be easily transmissible between animals, rendering it potentially capable of causing a global human pandemic, researchers reported in Cell Host & Microbe. The virus replicated easily in mice, ferrets and nonhuman primates; caused more severe disease in mammals than a less pathogenic strain; and spread from cage to cage among ferrets.
A review article published in Osteopathic Family Physician said that lifestyle management is "the cornerstone of treatment of patients with diabetes" and stressed the importance of giving evidence-based lifestyle management recommendations to patients. The American Diabetes Association recommends patients increase physical activity levels, reduce sedentary behavior, receive individualized medical nutrition therapy, eat a healthy diet and participate in smoking cessation counseling and diabetes self-management education, the review noted.
Swedish researchers found that women lost more weight after two years of eating a Paleolithic diet, which consists of eggs, fish and seafood, fruits, lean meats, nuts and vegetables, but their iodine levels dropped, compared with those on a Nordic diet. The findings in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition were based on a cohort of 70 overweight or obese older women.
Several health care organizations reported cybersecurity incidents to the HHS Office for Civil Rights that affected a total of more than 27,800 individuals in July and August, including a phishing scam that compromised the information of 16,562 patients at Chase Brexton Health Care in Maryland and a possible unauthorized network access at Advanced Spine & Pain Center in Texas that may have affected 8,352 individuals. A ransomware attack against Namaste Health Care in Missouri affected 1,617 individuals, while 1,300 patients had their information compromised by unauthorized email account access at RiverMend Health in Georgia.
HIMSS Analytics awarded the Stage 7 designation of its EMR Adoption Model to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California in recognition of the center's efforts to help improve patient outcomes using health IT. The introduction of a new EHR system and analytics tools allowed the provider to reduce wait times across departments and accelerate follow-up care.
Lafayette General Health in Louisiana was one of the recipients of the 2017 HIMSS Enterprise Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence, honored for using health IT to improve patient care and prevent sepsis. HIMSS also recognized Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Florida for improving patient care and health outcomes using advanced safety features and clinical IT systems and Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., for reducing unnecessary head CT scans by employing its EHR system's decision support tools.
The American Telemedicine Association has endorsed an American Academy of Neurology workgroup's curriculum that aims to train health care providers, resident physicians and medical students to use teleneurology in private practice and academic medicine environments. Teleneurology allows health care professionals to "virtually treat patients using technologies such as two-way video conferencing, wireless sensors, and text- and image-based communication," according to researchers in a study published in the journal Neurology.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he's open to bringing a bipartisan health care deal struck by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., to the Senate floor for a vote if President Donald Trump says he will sign it into law. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the plan, designed to stabilize Affordable Care Act markets with measures including funding for cost-sharing reduction payments, is supported by at least 60 senators.
The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found that the number of US adults without health insurance has climbed 3.5 million this year, raising the uninsured rate from 10.9% at the end of 2016 to 12.3% in the July-to-September period of 2017, the highest recorded since the rate hit 12.9% at the end of 2014. The uninsured rate rose most among individuals who buy their own plans, which the report's authors attributed to uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act, fewer plans to choose from and rising premiums.
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