The Health News USA March 14 2018

  • A California fertility clinic confirmed Sunday that a liquid nitrogen tank containing thousands of eggs and embryos failed, potentially affecting hundreds of patients. The failure at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, which was first reported by The Washington Post, came days after an unrelated malfunction at another fertility clinic in Ohio. n a statement Sunday night, the center said the malfunction was brief and attributed it to a loss of liquid nitrogen.
  • The hostage crisis at the veteran’s treatment facility in Northern California — where an armed suspect killed 3 women and himself last Friday — hosted a rehabilitation center for U.S. service members transitioning to civilian life. The Pathway Home opened 10 years ago to treat U.S. soldiers returning from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the veterans suffer from severe PTSD. Treatments at the Pathway Home have included swimming with dolphins and having veterans work with children. Since 2008, approximately 450 people have been treated there for PTSD and brain-related injuries.
  • A smartphone app that lets Medicare patients access their claims information. Giving consumers a share of drug company rebates for their prescriptions. Wider access to websites that reliably compare cost and quality of medical tests. The Trump administration is taking a pragmatic new tack on health care, with officials promising consumer friendly changes and savings in areas from computerized medical records to prescription drugs. New Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has been rolling out the agenda, saying it has the full backing of President Donald Trump.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 14th of March 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/failure-california-fertility-clinic-could-affect-hundreds-patients-n855621

A California fertility clinic confirmed Sunday that a liquid nitrogen tank containing thousands of eggs and embryos failed, potentially affecting hundreds of patients. The failure at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, which was first reported by The Washington Post, came days after an unrelated malfunction at another fertility clinic in Ohio.

A clinic spokesman, Tom Becker, confirmed the story by The Post, which reported that the clinic began notifying four hundred patients on Saturday who had several thousand eggs and embryos stored in a tank that malfunctioned on March four. In a statement Sunday night, the center said the malfunction was brief and attributed it to a loss of liquid nitrogen.
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In Cleveland, officials at the University Hospitals Fertility Center said the failure there caused the temperature to rise inside the area where tissue was stored, possibly damaging two thousand one hundred eggs and embryos belonging to more than six hundred families. A class-action lawsuit filed Sunday called the failure — the cause of which has not yet been identified — “gross negligence and an utter breach of trust.”
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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine said the failure in Cleveland was the first malfunction of its kind — even as the popularity of egg freezing has risen among young women seeking to preserve their fertility.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/10/ptsd-treatment-center-where-slayings-occurred-has-helped-hundreds-us-military-veterans.html

The hostage crisis at the veteran’s treatment facility in Northern California — where an armed suspect killed three women and himself last Friday — hosted a rehabilitation center for U.S. service members transitioning to civilian life. The Pathway Home opened ten years ago to treat U.S. soldiers returning from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the veterans suffer from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

The facility is a nine thousand-acre campus located in Yountville – about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. The gunman — whom authorities identified as Albert Wong, thirty six, of Sacramento — was recently kicked out of the program, the father-in-law of one of his victims said last Friday. According to California state Senator Bill Dodd, Democrat of Napa, Wong was asked to leave for unknown reasons. The slain women were staffers who worked with Wong.

Treatments at the Pathway Home have included swimming with dolphins and having veterans work with children. Since two thousand eight, approximately four hundred fifty people have been treated there for PTSD and brain-related injuries.
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The Veterans Home of California-Yountville, which occupies space on the campus, accommodates eight hundred fifty retired service members, some going back to World War Two.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/trump-promising-consumers-digital-age-health-care-approach-53677057

A smartphone app that lets Medicare patients access their claims information. Giving consumers a share of drug company rebates for their prescriptions. Wider access to websites that compare cost and quality of medical tests. The Trump administration is taking a pragmatic new tack on health care, with officials promising consumer friendly changes and savings in areas from computerized medical records to prescription drugs. New Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has been rolling out the agenda, saying it has the full backing of President Donald Trump.
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The first year of the Trump administration was marked by Republicans’ unsuccessful struggle to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With Azar installed as Trump’s second health secretary, the administration is shifting to issues of broader concern for people with Medicare and employer-provided coverage. Many of the ideas have bipartisan support and can be advanced without legislation from Congress.
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As a candidate, Trump called for Medicare to negotiate drug prices and for allowing U.S. patients to import lower-cost prescriptions from overseas. His administration seems to have dropped those ideas. But Azar, who spent ten years as a pharmaceutical executive, has lots of other proposals. They include speeding generics to market, short-circuiting maneuvers that drug companies use to ward off competitors, and changing government policies that may encourage drugmakers to raise prices because federal programs will bear the cost.

Azar praised insurer UnitedHealthcare for its recent announcement that it will pass on drugmaker rebates to some of its customers. That mirrors a Trump budget proposal for Medicare, the government’s premier health insurance program, covering about sixty million seniors and disabled people.

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