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 By Sean Murphy    Regional    December 11, 2019 

Johnson & Johnson appeals Oklahoma judge's opioid ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson have appealed an Oklahoma judge's order for the company to pay $465 million to address the state's opioid crisis. The company argues in an appeal filed Monday that the judge misapplied the...

 

Report: Fire at Texas facility caused by equipment failure

HOUSTON (AP) — A fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility that burned for days in March was accidental and caused by equipment failure at a storage tank, according to a report released Friday by local and federal investigators. The...

 

Mother, son survive tough kidney transplant surgery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Noah Broadway has three kidneys. The Memphis teenager has the two kidneys he was born with, which don't work well. He also has a third one, healthy, that was transplanted into his body in an operation that could have killed...

 
 By Alan Fram    Regional    December 8, 2019

White House backs emerging deal on consumer health costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House endorsed an emerging bipartisan agreement Monday on legislation aimed at curbing rising health care costs, including taking steps to limit "surprise" medical bills that can plague patients treated in emergency...

 

Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in Collaboration with DXC Technology, Achieves Milestone in Implementing Medicaid Management Information System

TYSONS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 5, 2019-- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in collaboration with DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC), has implemented and attained certification from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

 

Oklahoma health department requests a reduced budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health has asked state officials for less money in its proposed budget. Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Gary Cox asked legislators on Monday to decrease his agency's funding by 1.5%. The...

 

Alternative to burial or cremation may be in Kansas' future

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Death typically brings two options — burial or cremation — but a third option could be on the horizon in Kansas. The Kansas City Star reports that something called promession would allow the body to be cryogenically frozen...

 

Treating HIV in the tiniest babies could have huge positive implications for their future

Roger L. Shapiro, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Gbolahan Ajibola, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (THE CONVERSATION) Princess had a rough start in life. She was born HIV-infected. Her mother was often sick, and there was...

 

Eliminating food deserts won't help poorer Americans eat healthier

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Hunt Allcott, New York University; Jean-Pierre Dubé, University of Chicago, and Molly Schnell, Northwestern University (THE...

 

NFL's goal of 100 million volunteer minutes already reached

The NFL apparently underestimated Americans' eagerness to volunteer. As part of its centennial season celebration, the league sought 100 million minutes of volunteerism from its fans through Huddle for 100. With folks across the nation giving 100 min...

 

Disabled look for relief after defunding of program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When Bob Rule fell off a third-floor balcony a month after he turned 21, he knew as soon as he hit the ground something bad had happened. In fact, two of his lower vertebrae had broken, leaving him a quadriplegic with...

 

Inspectors wanted: New Mexico sets sights on public health

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From taco stands to toxic waste, environmental regulators in New Mexico are tasked with inspecting tens of thousands of businesses, restaurants and industrial sites every year, but some officials are concerned that demand...

 

Drug designed and manufactured for 9-year-old Boulder girl

DENVER (AP) — Mila Makovec has high pigtails in her dark hair and a cloth doll tucked under her arm as she wakes up in a hospital bed, where she's just been injected with a one-of-a-kind drug intended to save her life. The drug works for only one...

 

Judge appoints state agency to take control of human remains

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee County judge has appointed a state agency to take control of human remains stored by a Kansas man who is temporarily banned from conducting autopsies. Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement Tuesday that...

 

More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials said Tuesday they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses. Researchers analyzed black market vaping cartridges seized in Minnesota during the outbr...

 

Consultant hired to help Oklahoma implement Medicaid plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has hired a consultant to help devise a state Medicaid program as an alternative to Medicaid expansion. The Oklahoman reports the OHCA on Thursday finalized a contract with Michigan-based...

 

Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial intelligence moves into care

Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients. It already detects an eye disease tied to diabetes...

 

Study ties Medicaid non-expansion to 476 premature deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new study has found that nearly 500 older, low-income Oklahomans died prematurely because the state did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The Oklahoman reports that a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities...

 

Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million...

 

AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws,...

 

FAPC serves up food safety tips for the Thanksgiving table

The holiday season is officially here, and Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching. While many Oklahomans will be preparing holiday meals for their families and friends, the risk of food poisoning is lurking. “Every year in the United States,... Full story

 

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won't cut their risk of having... Full story

 

Panel to discuss ag production needed to meet global demands

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Panelists at a discussion in Lincoln will cover strategies for increasing agricultural production to meet global demand. The discussion is part of the Heuermann Lecture series sponsored by the University of...

 

New Sickle Cell Drug With Oklahoma Roots Receives FDA Approval

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Novartis has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its new drug to treat sickle cell disease. The therapy, known as Adakveo, is based on discoveries made by Oklahoma Medical...

 

US panel backs wider use of fish oil to prevent heart attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government health experts on Thursday recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems. Currently the drug, Vascepa, is...

 

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