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Although the nation spent $3.5 trillion on health last year, federal economists found that the increase in health expenses did not exceed the growth in the overall economy.
But antitrust experts say it’s only possible for the Department of Justice to block the merger. DOJ approved the $70 billion deal in October. Meanwhile, CVS and Aetna are moving ahead with integration plans. Other industry news looks at CVS’ new prescription drug-price plans, the rising costs of Pitocin and Ketamine, and a recall on infant ibuprofen.
Public health officials warn about a repeat of last year when the virus killed 80,000 people, and they stress that side effects from the shot are mild. Other public health news focuses on the outcry over the first CRISPR babies; prescription heroin; new transplant rules; more raw beef recalls; and the rise of mosquito-born illnesses.
A new study breaks down the number of doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health care experts working in the U.S. who are foreign-born or who are not U.S. citizens. And in other health care personnel news, Eisenhower Health and the University of California’s School of Medicine expands its slots for training future doctors.
No decision has been made yet about federal funding for a University of California at San Francisco’s research laboratory, the Department of Health and Human Services says about a story yesterday from The Washington Post. The lab in question has been instrumental in testing virtually all HIV therapies subsequently approved by the Food and Drug Administration since the 1990s.
Although California’s statistics are better than other rates, the number of uninsured children in the state has stagnated at 3.1 percent. Some are worried, though, that it’s a sign California’s marketplaces are starting to feel the impact of national efforts to chip away at the health law.
Companies such as Doctor On Demand let patients consult with physicians — with both sides in the privacy of their own homes. “With the advent of technology and how we’ve developed personal devices, this will be the future of medicine,” said Dr. Tony Yuan, Doctor On Demand’s medical director.
Formerly named San Francisco General Hospital, the facility changed its name in 2015 to the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center after Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, made a $75 million donation. But now San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin wants it removed.
Some experts though said the higher vapor in the new products could potentially make the pods even more addictive, increasing the risk particularly to young people, whose developing brains are more susceptible to the addictive qualities of nicotine.
More than 7,000 nurses, including those who worked in emergency rooms, operating rooms and intensive care units, had planned to begin a four-day strike Tuesday morning over staffing ratios.