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21st Century Cures Act aims to improve mental & physical health care

21st Century Cures Act aims to improve mental & physical health care

The U.S. federal government’s 21st Century Cures Act, which gained congressional approval on Wednesday, aims to speed up drug development and significantly improve mental and physical health services while also battling the opioid epidemic.

The bill includes provisions designed to increase the number of psychiatrists and psychologists, who are currently in short supply across the United States. In addition, it would push states to ensure early intervention for a mental health treatment program called psychosis.

President-Elect Trump Talks about pushing Pharmaceutical Companies to Reduce Prices

President-Elect Trump Talks about pushing Pharmaceutical Companies to Reduce Prices

President-elect Donald Trump recently said that his government will work towards bringing down drug prices in the United States. Previous government has failed to check the rise in drug prices and government reports have confirmed that price of some drugs has increased by more than 200 percent in the last 4-5 years. In a statement issued to Time Magazine, Donald Trump said that the government will use Medicare’s bargaining capacity to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

Hospitals failing to fully enforce no-smoking policy: survey

Hospitals failing to fully enforce no-smoking policy: survey

A big majority of hospitals are failing to fully enforce a no-smoking policy and crack down on the unhealthy habit on their premises, a newly published report revealed.

A fresh survey of 140 hospitals for the British Thoracic Society indicated that that merely 1 in every 16 hospitals have been able to fully enforce a no-smoking policy on their premises.

Enforcement of a no-smoking policy includes providing individuals with information on the trust’s smoke-free policy, as well as putting up “no smoking” signs and policing hospital grounds.

Alerts remind people to refill medications before storms

Alerts remind people to refill medications before storms

Telephone calls or text messages from pharmacies before a major storm prompts people to stock up on their medications, a new study revealed.

Researchers, who included representatives from CVS Health and HHS, found that those who received a call or text message before a major blizzard hit the northeastern U.S. in January this year were 9 per cent more likely than others stock up on medications before travel became perilous.

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Researchers find link between Parkinson’s disease and gut bacteria

Researchers find link between Parkinson’s disease and gut bacteria

The best target for treatment of Parkinson’s disease may be the gut and not the brain because there is a functional link between the brain disorder and the bacteria in the gut, a new study suggested.

Veteran Affairs Dentist Resigns after Reports of Widespread Infection

Veteran Affairs Dentist Resigns after Reports of Widespread Infection

Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Wisconsin has informed that the dentist involved with nearly 600 serious infection cases, has resigned. The dentist was still working at Veteran Affairs after the reports of infections surfaced. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson expressed outrage after it was reported that the dentist was still working with VA Medical Center.

Researchers explore how human brain ‘store’ and ‘hide’ memory

4A---Researchers explore how human brain ‘store’ and ‘hide’ memory

A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has attempted to explore and reveal how the human brain 'store' and 'hide' memory.

The human brain's working memory allows it to determine what to store and what to set aside. But, scientists have long been struggling to determine how it works. Now, the researchers' new paper titled "Reactivation of latent working memories with transcranial magnetic stimulation," claims to have solved that mystery.

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Utah has lowest rate of diabetes in United States

Utah has lowest rate of diabetes in United States

A new report has revealed that Utah has lowest rate of diabetes in United States, thanks to the state’s high rate of physical activity and relatively low rate of obesity.

According to the newly released Gallup Healthways report, the rate of diabetes in the state of Utah was 7.4 per cent in 2015, significantly lower than the national estimated rate of 11.4 per cent.

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New HIV vaccine study to enroll thousands of people in South Africa

New HIV vaccine study to enroll thousands of people in South Africa

A new, experimental HIV vaccine is being tested in South Africa as part of an extensive study that aims to enroll thousands of people, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced.

The study called HVTN 702 involves a new version of the only HIV vaccine candidate ever shown to grant some defense against the deadly virus. It aims to enroll more than five thousand men and women in South Africa, where more than one thousand people become infected with the deadly virus every day.

A quick look at Australia’s deadly thunderstorm asthma

A quick look at Australia’s deadly thunderstorm asthma

A bizarre combination of adverse weather conditions that led to a freak illness called “thunderstorm asthma” earlier this month has left at least six people dead in Australia, authorities confirmed.

The freak illness was a result of a massive storm containing pollen that caused allergy asthma attacks across Melbourne and its surrounding areas on November 21. Thousands of people were rushed to hospitals with breathing issues in the southern state of Victoria as emergency ambulance and health services struggled to cope.

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