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6/29/2017

A Los Angeles Community College District survey found 20% of students are homeless, 65% cannot afford balanced meals and 60% do not have money to buy more food if they run out. The district is looking to build below-market housing on some campuses and it may require its food vendor to accept meal cards from homeless students.

6/29/2017

Molybdenum-99 supplies remain stable and Mo-99 producers are securing the radioisotope's future availability by significantly boosting investments to increase capacity, conducting routine reactor maintenance and cooperating with other producers around the globe, experts said at the SNMMI Annual Meeting. "With these safeguards and investments in Mo-99 production, we look forward to offering the nuclear medicine community peace of mind and stability for the future," said SNMMI immediate Past President Sally Schwarz.

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6/29/2017

The mattress manufacturing company Casper pays employees cash rewards for working out whenever and however they want, in an effort to promote healthy habits and reduce health costs. Workers use the IncentFit app to track their exercise and sleep, and can earn up to $130 a month for exercise and up to $60 for sleep.

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6/29/2017

Heart failure hospitalizations in the US decreased 30.8% from 2002 to 2013, but the rate for blacks was about 2.5 times higher than for whites, and that gap persisted over the time period, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The disparity in hospitalization rates between Hispanic and white patients declined from 44.9% to 6.2% over the same time period.

6/29/2017

Pregnant women who got fewer than seven hours of sleep per night had more than twice the risk of gestational diabetes than those who slept longer, a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology said. Women whose sleep midpoint came after 5 a.m. also were more than twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes, and sleep duration and midpoint were independent risk factors.

6/28/2017

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb emphasized the continuing need for strong regulatory oversight of compounded drugs and other safety provisions of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act in a statement released June 26. He noted that, from the time the DOSA was enacted to the beginning of this month, the FDA has issued more than 150 warning letters to compounding facilities for significant violations.

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6/28/2017

The FDA granted approval to Cadila Healthcare's entecavir tablets as a treatment for patients with hepatitis B virus. The drug will be manufactured at the company's formulations manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad, India.

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6/28/2017

Close to 100 Americans are killed by opioids each day, a figure that could rise to 250 -- or more than 650,000 over the next decade -- if potent synthetic compounds such as fentanyl and carfentanil continue to proliferate while waiting time for treatment lengthens in the hardest-hit areas, according to this analysis. Experts predict that mortality will not stabilize until after 2020, because it will take several years to see if government interventions are effective.

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6/28/2017

Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides care for America's poor, has become a focus of debate as Congress weighs health care legislation because it affects the lives of millions of Americans. This story reviews the impact, noting that Medicaid spending accounts for nearly 10% of the federal budget, allocates nearly $200 billion annually to care for people with disabilities, provides access to opioid addiction treatment, pays for approximately half of all births in the US and shoulders the expenses of around 62% of seniors living in nursing homes.

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6/28/2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act will be postponed until after the July 4 recess amid opposition from several GOP senators and following the release of a Congressional Budget Office report showing that 22 million more Americans would become uninsured by 2026 if the bill becomes law. The plan is to develop compromise legislation by the end of this week and give senators the break to study the legislation before a vote, an aide said.

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