Helpful Health Care Links: February 13, 2015

Girl SmokingOur helpful health care links focus on two hot topics in health care this week– Research findings on Ebola to prevent the spread of the disease and new findings related to the dangers of smoking. Both are worth your time. And, as always, if you ever come across a healthcare story that you think merits more attention, please send it our way!

Ebola Victims Still Infectious a Week After Death, Scientists Find

The findings by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases confirm the importance of handling the corpses carefully because victims are potentially infectious for up to a week post-mortem.

Smoking’s Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

A study in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine points to more than a dozen more diseases that apparently add to the tobacco death toll.

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Helpful Health Care Links: January 16, 2015

Stethoscope on laptop keyboardOur helpful health care links focus primarily on Obamacare and privacy news — Johnson and Johnson working with Yale to make clinical trial data available to outside researchers and the head of the California Obamacare exchange warning residents about potential penalties. We also include an article from The Wall Street Journal about a new dieting device for your stomach. All are worth your time. And, as always, if you ever come across a healthcare story that you think merits more attention, please send it our way!

Johnson & Johnson Will Make Clinical Data Available to Outside Researchers

Healthcare giant, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to make detailed clinical trial data on its medical devices and diagnostic tests available to outside researchers through a collaboration with Yale University.

Obamacare ‘Fine’ Not Dandy, Says California Exchange Boss

The head of California’s Obamacare exchange warns California residents about increased fines under Obamacare this year for not having health insurance.

Still Waiting For Strong Privacy Laws

President Obama this week proposed privacy laws that could give Americans greater control over their personal information.

U.S. Healthcare Executives Say Obamacare Is Not Going Anywhere

U.S. healthcare executives say Obamacare is likely here to stay, despite repeated calls from Republican lawmakers for repeal of the 2010 law aimed at providing health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

FDA Clears ‘Pacemaker For The Stomach’

Federal regulators approved a novel dieting device that acts like a pacemaker for the stomach by manipulating the nerve pathway that makes people feel hungry or full.


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