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FDA Targets Nicotine in Cigarettes Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 31 July 2017 17:06

Matt Egan
, reporting for CNN on 7.28.17

The FDA said it will consider a plan to cut the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to "non-addictive" levels. The agency said it may also regulate "kid-appealing flavors" in e-cigarettes and cigars and wants to encourage "new products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes."

Cigarettes are the "only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

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Last Updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 17:12
Brain disease CTE seen in most football players in large report Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 17:13

Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school.

It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. But the report doesn't confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players' repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before death. 

"There are many questions that remain unanswered," said lead author Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuroscientist. "How common is this" in the general population and all football players? "How many years of football is too many?" and "What is the genetic risk? Some players do not have evidence of this disease despite long playing years," she noted.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 18:27
GOP Strategy in Flux Ahead of Senate Health Bill Vote Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 24 July 2017 17:00

According to a Sunday, July 23, 2017 Reuters post:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing forward on a procedural vote on his health care bill, but very few Senators seem aware of what they will even be voting on this Tuesday: the version passed by the House or the Senate's own repeal bill.
McConnell's legacy is on the line here. Meanwhile, after six months in power, the Republicans still appear unable to manage their majority position. There are 52 Republican Senators; but with the indefinite absence of the cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), McConnell's margin of error shrinks to one.

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017 16:58
Depression Among Heart Attack Survivors Can Be Deadly, But Often Ignored Print E-mail
Written by Liz Szabo | Kaiser Health News   
Friday, 21 July 2017 17:47

One in 5 people hospitalized for a heart attack or chest pain develop major depression - about four times the rate in the general population, according to the American Heart Association. One in 3 stroke survivors become depressed, along with up to half of those who undergo heart bypass surgery. 
Heart disease patients who become depressed are twice as likely to die within the following decade as other patients, according to an unpublished study presented in March at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. 

Depression increased the risk of death more than any other risk factor in the study - even smoking, said lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.  

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:49
Record-setting Digital Health Funding in 2017 So Far  Print E-mail
Written by Evan Sweeney | Fierce Healthcare¬†   
Friday, 14 July 2017 15:36

The first half of 2017 saw a record number of deals and an unprecedented level of funding within the digital health sector. Analysts predicted the industry would build on that momentum despite the ongoing healthcare debate consuming the nation's capital.
Thanks to a "record-shattering" second quarter, investors sunk $3.5 billion into U.S. digital health companies during the first half of 2017, outpacing every previous year, according to a midyear report by Rock Health. The 188 deals inked during the first two quarters were on pace to surpass last year's total of 304.

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