Today's Headlines

Friday, September 19, 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
"The Expanding American Waistline"
Average waist circumference—but not body mass index—increased significantly in the United States between 1999 and 2012, a new study reports...Read more.

"Health Care Act Still Covers 7.3 Million"
The Obama administration said Thursday that 7.3 million people who bought private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act had paid their premiums and were still enrolled...Read more.

"US Aims to Curb Peril of Antibiotic Resistance"
The Obama administration on Thursday announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, outlining a national strategy that includes incentives for the development of new drugs, tighter stewardship of existing ones, and improvements in tracking the use of antibiotics and the microbes that are resistant to them...Read more.

"An Effort to Raise Awareness of Sepsis, Led by Families Touched by It"
There are simple and effective therapies for sepsis if doctors and nurses suspect sepsis before its rampage picks up speed. But although it affects more than one million people in the United States annually, half of whom die from it, sepsis until recently got little attention from public health leaders, including the Centers for Disease Control...Read more.


The Washington Post
Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Ramp up Efforts to Deal With Antibiotic Resistance"
After years of warnings from the science and medical communities about the depletion of the world’s arsenal of effective antibiotics, President Obama directed federal agencies Thursday to significantly ramp up their efforts to deal with the threat...Read more.

"The New $84,000 Hepatitis C Treatment Is Losing Momentum, for Now"

After recording the best launch of any drug in history, it looks like the pace is starting to slow down for Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi—the new $84,000 hepatitis C cure that's sparking a new focus on specialty drug costs...Read more.


USA Today
"Fewer Than Half in US Get Flu Shots, CDC Says"

Influenza vaccines can prevent dangerous flu infections in pregnant women and protect newborns for the first six months of life, until they are old enough to be vaccinated themselves, said Laura Riley, director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston...Read more.

"White House Has Plan to Fight Resistance to Antibiotics"
The White House announced a plan Thursday to improve antibiotics as President Obama's chief science adviser called the problem of antibiotic resistance a potential threat to the nation and the world...Read more.

"Republicans' Fake Birth Control Promises"
Op-Ed: Many medical and reproductive health care experts, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, have come around to the idea that some (or possibly all) forms of the birth control pill should be made available for over-the-counter (OTC) purchase...Read more.


The Wall Street Journal
"Obama Orders Plan Against Antibiotic Resistance"
The White House unveiled new measures on Thursday to try to preserve the effectiveness of infection-fighting drugs as strains of bacteria become increasingly resistant to the existing arsenal of antibiotics...Read more.

"Obama Administration Says 7.3 Million Who Picked Health Plans on Exchanges Have Paid Premiums"
The Obama administration said Thursday that 7.3 million people who picked health plans through the new insurance exchanges had paid premiums and retained their coverage as of mid-August, suggesting that at least 700,000 people who signed up for coverage earlier this year later let it go...Read more.

*Disclaimer: ACOG does not endorse these articles, nor the views expressed in them.       

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