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Trump at a podium speaking in front of the border wall with Medicare and Social Security beside; Trump budget proposal 2021

New Trump Budget Seeks to Cut Medicare, Social Security to Fund Border Wall

Donald Trump announced his budget for fiscal year 2021 (FY21) on February 10, 2020. The new Trump budget calls for massive cuts to social programs like Medicare, Social Security, disability, food stamps, and other programs in order to divert funding to his border wall, according to a senior member of the administration.  Trump budget cuts According to a senior administrator, the budget ...

transparency, drug prices, drug pricing, TV ads, prescription drugs

Judge Strikes Down Drug Price Transparency in TV Ads

In May of 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule about drug price transparency in ads. The rule stated that drug companies must list the price of drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid if the list price is equal to or greater than $35 for a one-month supply.  The rule came as part of an HHS ...

bottles of Tylenol PM, Zyrtec, Xanax, and Immodium in front of red background; anticholinergic drugs that can cause dementia

Zyrtec, Benadryl Among Common Drugs that Can Cause Dementia

Many drugs can cause brain fog and memory loss, but one type of drug can cause more severe conditions like dementia, stroke, and hallucinations. Anticholinergic drugs dampen neurotransmitters, sometimes causing permanent damage.  How anticholinergic drugs work Anticholinergic drugs block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which controls many bodily functions like involuntary muscle movement.      Anticholinergics are most often used for urinary ...

Donald Trump standing at a podium next to Bernie Sanders holding paper and microphone; state of the union address

State of the Union: Trump on Medicare for All, Drug Pricing, Pre-existing Conditions

Donald Trump delivered his annual State of the Union address on February 4, during which he addressed a topic at the forefront of most Americans’ minds: healthcare. In a January poll, Gallup reported that 81 percent of Americans rank healthcare as “extremely important” or “very important.” Medicare for All Trump used the State of the Union address to take aim at Senator ...

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Coronavirus Confirmed in the U.S.: How Big is the Risk?

As of January 27, the World Health Organization (WHO) affirms that the global risk level of the coronavirus is risk is “very high in China, high at the regional level, and high at the global level.” The U.S. State Department is also advising citizens not to travel to China.  Five cases have shown up in the U.S., in California (2), Arizona, Chicago, and Seattle. ...

Americans traveling on highway to Mexico next to dental equipment; Americans travel to Mexico for affordable dental care

Americans Flee to Mexico’s “Molar City” for Affordable Dental Care

Every day, 6,000 Americans enter Los Algodones, Mexico from Yuma, Arizona seeking affordable healthcare. With billboards covering nearly every inch of public space advertising affordable vision care and prescription drugs, what most Americans visit the border city for is dental care.  America’s “dental refugees” Los Algodones, situated west of the Colorado River, has more dentists per capita than any other city in the world. ...

Mitt Romney standing in front of Social Security card

Will Mitt Romney’s TRUST Act Gut Social Security and Medicare Part A?

Mitt Romney ran for president in 2008 and 2012 on platforms of cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in order to balance the budget. He did not win, but last October, Romney, now a Utah senator, presented a piece of legislation that would do the same thing. This time, it would happen behind closed doors. The TRUST Act Mitt Romney reached across the aisle ...

woman sitting in wheelchair with virtual reality headset on in front of purple background; healthcare trends in 2020

Virtual Reality to Opioid Lawsuits: 5 Healthcare Trends for 2020

Healthcare is ever-changing, especially as healthcare practitioners embrace new technology like virtual reality. Here are five healthcare trends to keep up with in 2020. Sped-up legislation. We are officially in an election year, so we can expect healthcare legislation to speed up as healthcare and drug prices are at the forefront of most Americans’ minds as they head to the polls. Healthcare experts at ...

meals on wheels

Meals on Wheels Feeds Community Through Pilot Project

Meals on Wheels is a home delivery meal service for seniors run by the government. The program is to ensure that older adults get the nutrition they need. A recent pilot project, Meals on Wheels People, has started serving a community at a local diner in Vancouver, WA that may also help seniors stay social.  Meals on Wheels funding The program is funded through ...

Golden Gate Bridge in blue photo with generic drugs spilled across it

California Could Become First State to Manufacture Generic Drugs

California Governor Gavin Newsom has been busy. In 2019, his first year as governor, he signed 870 bills into law—the most recent of which would allow the state of California to manufacture generic prescription drugs.  The potential impact of the proposal The proposal would “take the power out of the hands of greedy pharmaceutical companies,” Newsom said in a statement when he released the ...

Woman on walking trail holding back next to bottle of naltrexone

Drug Naltrexone, Which Treats Addiction, May Also Treat Chronic Pain

Some patients with chronic, almost untreatable pain have been put on a new drug regimen using small doses of a medication typically reserved to treat addiction: naltrexone.  This unconventional treatment comes in the midst of the opioid epidemic, which grew after two decades of drug reps encouraging doctors to prescribe opioids to treat chronic pain. With the crackdown on opioid prescriptions, chronic pain sufferers ...

Nurse with elderly woman looking at paperwork; CAPABLE program helps seniors age at home

Innovative Program Helps Seniors Age at Home with Health and Home Services

Healthy living does not start inside of a doctor’s exam room; it starts at home. That’s why the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Nursing has created a program which provides minor health and home renovation services to seniors so they can age safely and healthily in the comfort of their home.  What is CAPABLE?  The Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living in Elders (CAPABLE) ...

person pouring pills into hand with a downward trend arrow; drug shortages in US

FDA: Drug Shortages Caused by Drugmakers’ Low Profits

According to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug shortages in the U.S. are due to low costs of older, generic drugs. In other words, drugmakers have pulled back on production of life-saving medications--one of which is used to treat cancer in children--because it won’t make the company enough money.  The FDA report The FDA created the Drug Shortages Task ...