Tuesday, June 5, 2018

'End of an Era' for Chemo in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Liam Davenport reports for Medscape on June 03, 2018 that most patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can now avoid having chemotherapy as a first-line treatment, after a large, randomized trial showed that immunotherapy with the programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) blocker pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) is effective even in patients with minimal PD-L1 expression.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Report Says Changes Will Increase Health Premiums

Premiums for health insurance plans sold on the federal marketplace are expected to increase by nearly 16.9 percent in Florida next year due to changes in the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis released Friday <5.18.18>. Released by the Center for American Progress, the analysis estimates that a decision by Congress and President Donald Trump to repeal the mandate that people buy health insurance, coupled with proposed changes to the types of policies that can be sold, will increase premiums for Floridians by $1,011.
 
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Preventing CTE is a no brainer

Chris Nyte, DO, a former nose guard, reminds us of the horrors of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in a May 4, 2018 KevinMD post. Clinical findings associated with CTE include memory loss, depression, anxiety, violent behavior, mood disorders and heightened suicidality, the author informs us. It tends to progress with time and can lead to dementia according to a recent study. And the fact that CTE is a direct result of blows to the head such as those suffered by athletes competing in contact sports, especially football, is no longer in doubt.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Call for Cost Transparency

Mukul Mehra, MD, in an April 20, 2018 KevinMD post, insists doctors need and want cost transparency. "Physicians are the building blocks of value-based care, yet the cumulative human and financial costs of our decisions are mostly hidden from us," he states.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Brilinta or Clopidogrel, Maximum Benefit or Social Responsibility?

An April 7 A Country Doctor Writes blog post illustrates the dilemma faced by American healthcare providers in this examination of the costs and benefits associated with two different prescription medicines used to prevent cardiovascular events.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trump Signs 2018 Budget, With Some Big Wins for Healthcare

Alicia Ault reports, for Medscape on March 23, 2018, that President Donald J. Trump signed the huge $1.3 trillion budget bill that will fund the federal government through the rest of its fiscal 2018 year, including some big increases for health programs and money to fight the opioid crisis.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Scott Signs School Safety Bill; NRA Launches Challenge

News Service of Florida via Health News Florida
3/12/18

Flanked by the parents of Broward County teenagers slain in the nation's second-worst school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a sweeping package addressing mental health, school safety and guns. Immediately, the National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the new law, which raises the age from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns. The age and waiting-period requirements already apply to buying handguns, but the NRA contends that the new restrictions on rifles are unconstitutional.