Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

How An 'International Price Index' Might Help Reduce Drug Prices

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Drugmakers hate the idea. But Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump both say pegging the prices of U.S. medicine to what people elsewhere pay could save U.S. patients a bundle. Here's how an "IPI" might work.

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A Daily Baby Aspirin Could Help Many Pregnancies And Save Lives

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pregnant women at high or even moderate risk of developing the life-threatening condition preeclampsia should consider taking a very small dose of aspirin daily to prevent it, doctors say.

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Fewer Children Had Health Insurance In 2018 Than Year Before, Census Data Shows

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

After years of decline, rates of uninsured children on on the rise. Immigrants and Hispanics saw large growth, possibly because of Trump administration policies.

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Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Monday, September 09, 2019

Researchers asked adults to reflect back on their happy childhood memories. They found those who recalled more were less likely to have depression in adulthood and had more supportive relationships.

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For Health Workers Struggling With Addiction, Why Are Treatment Options Limited?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Doctors and nurses are often barred from turning to FDA-approved medications that research shows to be the most effective way to quit. Critics of that policy say stigma is undermining best practice

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Treatment Limitations For Physicians With Opioid Addictions

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and that includes doctors and nurses. But unlike the general population, they are often barred from medications like methadone, the gold standard of treatment.

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A Look At The Costs From The Opioid Epidemic

Friday, August 30, 2019

A massive suit against the opioid industry could cost them more than $10 billion. But, is that enough money to cover the costs of overdose deaths, treatment programs and more?

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Federal Agency Accuses Vermont Hospital Of Forcing A Nurse To Assist In An Abortion

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Trump administration's Office for Civil Rights put a hospital in Vermont on notice that it violated federal rules by forcing a nurse to help with an abortion. The hospital denies the charge.

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Oklahoma Wanted $17 Billion To Fight Its Opioid Crisis: What's The Real Cost?

Monday, August 26, 2019

The $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will cover one year of addiction treatment and prevention the judge says. But health economists predict it will take decades to abate the problem.

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What Do Greenlanders Think Of Trump's Interest In Buying Greenland?

Friday, August 23, 2019

The majority are Inuit. They laugh about his interest but also take it seriously. One says such talk is "extremely imperialistic and should not be something that we hear world leaders say in 2019."

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U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Provisional overdose data for 2018 show a note of hope in an overall bleak picture. But in some states, the numbers actually got worse. What explains the disparities?

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Car Shopping, Handbags And Wealthy Uncles: The Quest To Explain High Drug Prices

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trump administration officials say drugs' list prices are like cars' sticker prices — easily negotiated. But in the life and death world of medicine, say price watchers, that analogy falls apart.

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As Its Drug Pricing Plans Fall Through, Trump Administration Turns To Congress To Act

Thursday, July 11, 2019

It was a tough week for the agency in charge of implementing Trump's ambitious plans to reduce drug costs. The administration rolled back one plan and had another shot down in court.

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Trump Administration Announces Plans To Shake Up The Kidney Care Industry

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

President Trump has signed an executive order pushing for sweeping changes in the way kidney disease is treated.

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The Affordable Care Act Is On Trial Again — This Time In Louisiana

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Oral arguments wrapped up Tuesday in New Orleans in a closely-watched lawsuit that could eventually decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

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Texas To Ask Federal Appeals Court To Pull The Plug On Obamacare

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The Affordable Care Act goes on trial Tuesday in New Orleans. The appeals case — Texas versus United States — is yet another lawsuit that seeks to have President Obama's signature law overturned.

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Courts Order Delay Of Trump Administration's Health Care 'Conscience Rights' Rule

Monday, July 01, 2019

The rule was intended to protect health care workers who refuse to assist in procedures like abortion because of religious or moral beliefs. Plaintiffs argue the rule could put patient safety at risk.

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Louisiana's Novel 'Subscription' Model For Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs Gains Approval

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Certain high-cost drugs are straining state budgets. A new deal approved Wednesday allows Louisiana to spend a fixed amount for unlimited access to a costly cure. Other states may try to follow suit.

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When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be 'Ruinous' For Patients

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

When patients can't afford to pay their medical bills, many hospitals offer a payment plan — or free or discounted care. But some try to collect by suing patients and garnishing their wages.

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Trump Administration Pushes To Make Health Care Pricing More Transparent

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Trump is issuing an executive order intended to force hospitals to disclose prices. A lot of work remains to turn this order into a regulation, and the industry is resisting the move.

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