Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the panel is still working on major issues before finalizing its drug pricing legislation, which aims to lower prices in Medicaid and Medicare Part B and Part D. The panel's ranking member, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he and Grassley are meeting daily to discuss the proposals, which are expected to be released after the July 4 recess.
Officials at the Oregon Department of Human Services have alerted about 645,000 clients about an email phishing attack on Jan. 8 that compromised their personal health information. The state is providing recovery and identity theft monitoring services, as well as an insurance reimbursement policy worth $1 million, to affected individuals.
More than 500 US counties lack adequate access to veterinary care, according to the USDA, with most in rural areas and 44 states affected. Market trends such as a decline in solo practices, increasing levels of student loan debt and the rise of large farms are contributing to the shift, experts say, leaving veterinarians like Dr. Russ Daly "concerned about who will carry the torch of independent veterinary medicine into the future."
Researchers who studied 5,726 cats uncovered differences in activity level, aggressiveness, shyness, sociability with humans and stereotypical behavior, and they found that about half the differences are inherited, according to the study in Scientific Reports. The greatest difference between breeds was observed with respect to activity level, with mixed-breed cats being moderately active, compared with the average purebred cat.
Olaf the dog's paws were so severely burned on a walk that his muscle was exposed by the wounds, Medical Lake Veterinary Hospital staff say, and they are warning animal owners to be alert to the danger of overheated pavement as well as the possibility of heat exhaustion. The dog is recovering with treatment.
Among Americans 60 or older, 56% are worried health care costs will exceed retirement savings, according to a survey by Ipsos and the National Council on Aging. Among women, the figure is 60%.
A study in Diabetes Care showed that having diabetes, a diabetes duration of at least five years and poor glycemic control were associated with cognitive impairment among older adults. The findings were based on data for 5,099 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study.
Female patients with type 2 diabetes were at a 2.4 times increased likelihood of reporting neuropathic pain, compared with male patients, according to a study in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. Jordanian researchers analyzed data from 239 adult diabetes patients, mean age of 56, and found that female sex was the only significant neuropathic pain predictor in type 2 diabetes.
Researchers used a cohort of 1,226 women with and without gestational diabetes and found that those with gestational diabetes had higher levels of the liver enzymes alanine aminotransferase, gamma-glutamyl transferase and aspartate aminotransferase, compared with those without the condition. The findings in the Journal of Diabetes revealed that those with gestational diabetes were at an increased risk of developing fatty liver, with an even higher risk seen among those who had type 2 diabetes after pregnancy, independent of GD, compared with women who did not have diabetes.
Health care's shift from institutional care to home care is accelerating and will even include higher-acuity patients, Advocate Aurora Health Chief Strategy Officer Scott Powder told the Health Care Innovation and Investment Conference. "If you've got a five- to seven-year outlook in terms of investment, that's a good place to be putting your money right now," Powder said.
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