Weekly Dose of Health News June 2-6, 2014

Weekly Dose of Health News June 2 – 6, 2014


While Washington DC grabbed a couple of headlines this week with the confirming of a new Secretary for Health and Human Services, NYS had its own share of health news including the announcement of a partnership with GW Pharmaceuticals to conduct a clinical trial for medical marijuana for children with epilepsy and efforts by NY’s Senator Schumer to address the state’s primary care physician shortage.

Read these stories and more (including one on how to prevent hamstring injuries!)  in your Weekly Dose of Health News!


Sylvia Mathews Burwell has been confirmed this week by the U.S. Senate as the next Secretary for Health and Human Services.


The Buffalo News writes that New York State is building a data base for patient medical records.  The project was started in 2007 and consisted of ten regional systems, which will be brought together in the final product.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service has released new data that looks at Medicare spending per capita by state and by county.


New York State is partnering with a British company, GW Pharmaceuticals, to conduct a clinical trial for medical marijuana use for children with epilepsy.


The Troy Record reports on Senator Schumer’s effort to address New York’s primary care physician shortage through increasing the number of Medicare supported training slots.


Forbes is reporting that six million additional people have enrolled in Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in states that have expanded enrollment under Obamacare.


Despite the recent questioning of various cancer screening recommendations, the values of colon cancer screenings is unquestionable.


This is how to prevent hamstring injuries.


New research has shown that a single does of an antibiotic can cure skin infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas, or MRSA.


This article discusses new and advanced treatments for inflammatory bowel disease.


The Urban Institute looks at who the newly insured are under the Affordable Care Act and finds that the majority are persons who qualify under Medicaid expansion and those with incomes that allow them to receive a subsidy in the health insurance marketplaces.


The United Hospital Fund looks at the role of family caregivers in preventing rehospitalizations.