Today's Headlines

Friday, November 21, 2014

Today's Headlines is prepared daily to help keep you informed about news affecting women's health care and ob-gyn. This brief is derived from the four major national newspapers: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Please note that the WSJ requires a paid subscription to access articles. 

The New York Times
"Ebola Spread Has Slowed in Liberia, CDC Says"
The international response to West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, coupled with more effective action by local communities, has stopped the exponential spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries, Liberia, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday...Read more.

"FDA Approves Hysingla, a Powerful Painkiller"
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a powerful long-acting opioid painkiller, alarming some addiction experts who fear that its widespread use may contribute to the rising tide of prescription drug overdoses...Read more.

"Health Enrollment Counting Error Shows Where System Is Still Broken"

Instead of the 7.3 million people that the government reported were enrolled in health insurance plans in September, congressional investigators discovered that the number was 6.97 million. A more recent estimate of 7.1 million should have been 6.7 million, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, acknowledged Thursday...Read more.

"That Medical Test Costs $50, or Is It $500?"
Patients may be shouldering more of the burden of health expenditures, but they still don’t know what they are paying for. Doctors, too, lack basic information about what health care tests and procedures cost...Read more.

The Washington Post
"Egg Freezing's Popularity Is Booming, but It's a Choice That Offers No Guarantees"
Like IVF, freezing begins with the harvesting of a woman’s eggs but stops short of fertilization; only when women are ready to conceive are their eggs thawed, fertilized, and implanted (to the tune of $6,800). The birthrate among women electively freezing their eggs is still fuzzy...Read more.

"A Bad Marriage Can Literally Break Your Heart, Especially if You're a Woman"
People in unhappy marriages are at a much higher risk for heart disease than people in more joyous unions, according to a first-of-its kind study released this week. That negative effect on cardiovascular health was even more pronounced for women and older adults, as found in the National Institutes of Health-funded study published this week in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior...Read more.

"E-Cigarettes Reduce Tobacco Cravings and Help People Quit Smoking, Study Finds"

A new study adds to a growing body of research showing that e-cigs do, in fact, help people cut back on their tobacco consumption...Read more.

"Administration 'Erroneously' Overcounted Obamacare Enrollees"

The Obama administration recently inflated Obamacare enrollment statistics by as many as 400,000 people by including stand-alone dental plans in their official count, according to a House committee investigation...Read more.

"FDA Approves Abuse-Deterrent Form of Controversial Painkiller"

The Food and Drug Administration, which last year faced widespread criticism when it approved a powerful painkiller that critics said would be easy to misuse, on Thursday approved a new form of the drug that will be hard to crush, break, or dissolve—common tactics for people trying to ingest large amounts quickly by snorting or injecting the drug...Read more.

USA Today
"US Diplomat Doubts Liberian Ebola Cases Will End Soon"
The US ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, on Thursday described as "wishful thinking" President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's hope that the country could be Ebola-free by Christmas...Read more.

The Wall Street Journal
"US Overstates Health-Care Enrollees"
The Obama administration said it recently overstated how many people had paid-up health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges because of the incorrect inclusion of dental coverage sign-ups, marking an embarrassing disclosure as the health-care markets open for their second year of operation...Read more.

"What Does It Cost to Develop a New Drug? Latest Study Says $2.6 Billion"
The Tufts Center calculates that so-called out-of-pocket costs, or the amount of money actually spent, total nearly $1.4 billion. And almost another $1.2 billion in opportunity costs should be factored in as well...
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