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2/21/2018

Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis will stop offering hot dogs on patient menus, a decision it said was made before the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine launched an ad campaign this week about choking and health hazards linked to the food. The hospital will review whether to keep hot dogs on its public cafeteria menu and the physician group will continue its ad campaign to raise public awareness.

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2/21/2018

Express Scripts and Walgreens Boots Alliance will add specialty drugs to their group purchasing efforts, with support from ValoremRx Specialty Solutions, to lower costs for patients including those using Walgreens' specialty pharmacy and Express Scripts' Accredo specialty pharmacy. "By expanding our efforts with Walgreens Boots Alliance, we will improve our supply chain and ultimately make the use of these medicines, including biosimilars, more affordable and accessible for our patients and clients," said Tim Wentworth, Express Scripts CEO.

2/21/2018

Dr. Alexander Ploss, a molecular biology professor at Princeton University, was awarded a $50,000 Innovation Grant by the New Jersey Health Foundation to finance his research for hepatitis B and hepatitis E treatments.

2/21/2018

Parents must be alert to signs of harmful stress in today's overscheduled children and teens, writes Christine Weinzapfel-Hayden, a school social worker with Youth First. Ensuring children are engaged in activities they care about and making time for family are key steps, she writes.

2/21/2018

A survey of 200 current and former foster youth found that 59% felt they were not included in the investigations that led to their placement. The findings and recommendations for reform were discussed in a webinar by the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council on curbing unnecessary removals from birth homes.

2/21/2018

A measure that would place social workers in Nebraska's 17 educational service units was among the bills listed as priorities by members of the state legislature. The social workers would train teachers and school personnel and help families manage mental health issues.

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NET (Nebraska)
2/21/2018

A letter from more than 160 groups to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar expressed concern about imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients. The groups asked for guidance issued last month to be withdrawn and urged against approval of state waivers bearing such a requirement.

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2/21/2018

US House Republicans are planning a series of hearings on the opioid epidemic as lawmakers prepare bills dealing with issues such as law enforcement, prevention and insurance coverage. "It's my top priority as chairman of the committee to get rid of this deadly epidemic," said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

2/21/2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics and five other health care organizations sent a joint statement urging President Donald Trump and Congress to consider gun violence a national public health epidemic, restrict high-powered and rapid-firing weapons, and fund the CDC's gun violence research, in the wake of a mass shooting event in Florida, in which 17 children and adults were killed. Health care professionals also denounced the Trump administration's focus on mental illness rather than easy gun access as the cause of gun violence.

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The Associated Press
2/21/2018

Only 10% of youths with cancer who participated in Phase I clinical trials of cancer therapies had improved outcomes on average, while 1 in 50 died from drug-related adverse events, similar to the results of early-stage cancer therapy trials involving adults, researchers reported in PLOS Medicine. The findings were based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of 170 studies involving 4,604 children.