Maine's juvenile justice system needs a full reassessment, an outside review panel concluded after examining the state's only youth correctional facility.
The Center for Children's Law and Policy said too many young people with mental health conditions are housed in at the facility, which it said is chronically understaffed and ill-equipped to serve them.
Facing long patient waiting lists, West Virginia mental health providers are hesitant to sign on to a program where police send minor offenders with addictions to treatment rather than jail. The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion initiative has had success in Charleston, but efforts to expand it have run into a statewide shortage of mental health professionals.
The US Department of Education is seeking public feedback on its proposal to delay the implementation of a rule that requires districts to consider racial or ethnic disparities in special education. The department is seeking the two-year delay to give it time to consider the elimination of the rule, which was set to take effect in the 2018-19 school year.
Maine should immediately expand drug treatment and give priority to children, the uninsured and the incarcerated, a task force on the opioid epidemic says. State lawmakers may vote on opioid-related bills next month.
The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act does not compel biosimilar-drug makers to provide a copy of marketing applications and related manufacturing information to reference product makers after the FDA accepts the application for review, according to a federal appeals court.
The House and Senate are unlikely to take swift action to reduce drug prices, comments by Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Michael Burgess, R-Texas, suggest.
As lawmakers debate ways to bring down drug prices, the drug industry lobby brushed aside the notion that pay-for-delay, patent evergreening and other industry practices to protect profits contribute to the problem. "I don't think it's in the top 100 problems plaguing the health care system," said Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America CEO Stephen Ubl, later adding: "The system is fundamentally sound and is leading to greater competition."
A study in Arthritis Care and Research found an association between severe obesity and elevated C-reactive protein level and erythrocyte sedimentation rate among women with and without rheumatoid arthritis. However, among men with RA, low BMI was tied to higher C-reactive protein levels and ESR, according to the findings based on two rheumatoid arthritis cohorts involving a total of 2,103 patients.
CDC researchers followed 19 Brazilian infants with Zika-related microcephaly until ages 19 months to 24 months and found all had one or more of six adverse outcomes, which were sleeping problems, feeding challenges, vision and hearing abnormalities, severe motor impairment and nonfebrile seizures. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed three to five adverse events in 12 of the children, while two had experienced all of the adverse outcomes.