Weekly Dose of Health News August 11 – 15 2014

Weekly Dose of Health News August 11 – 15 2014


Read about new studies that examine ways to combat Alzheimer’s disease and gastrointestinal cancers; find a new report on care management for those with chronic conditions and learn which county health departments received DOH grants to advance the state’s Prevention Agenda and more in this edition of your Weekly Dose!


A new study suggests that gene therapy may help combat Alzheimer’s disease.


The New York Times reports more good news on long-term aspirin use.  At least three years of use can reduce gastrointestinal cancers.


In states that declined federal Medicaid funds, Medicaid enrollment is growing due to the so-called ‘welcome mat effect’, where people who had always been eligible have decided to sign up for the program.


This week, New York’s Medicaid Matters sponsored a DSRIP webinar featuring New York State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson and Greg Allen, Director of Policy from the Office of Health Insurance Programs.


My Old Meds, a social media project that instructs the public how to safely dispose of unused medications, was featured on Time Warner Cable News this week.


The Obama Administration announced that 300,000 people could lose health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act if they cannot prove that they are living in the U.S. legally.


The New York State Health Foundation funded a new report on care management for health home consumers who have multiple chronic conditions and utilize high-cost services.


The New York State Department of Health awarded 17 county health departments grants to help advance the state’s Prevention Agenda.


The United Hospital Fund published two guides on care coordination for family caregivers and health care providers.


Governor Cuomo announced late last week free naloxone training at 12 sites across the state.  Naloxone is the highly effective antidote to opioid overdose.


The City of Albany is the first municipality in the state to ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies and in stores that contain pharmacies.  The measure will go to the County Executive for review.