Health care

FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
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By Linda A. Johnson/ AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. The drug, called Kisqali and developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, is a pill that works to slow the spread of cancer by blocking
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Most Americans don’t know how much sugar is healthy

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
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Journal Staff SAN FRANCISCO — Healthline.com has completed a survey of over 3,000 Americans on their attitudes, habits and knowledge on the effects of sugar on the body. Using the American Heart Association’s recommended daily allowances for sugar consumption as a reference point, Healthline’s survey found that most people are eating too much sugar but
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Proposal to repeal abortion laws heads to Idaho House

Mar 6th, 2017 | By

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to reverse two anti-abortion laws in Idaho is headed to the House floor for debate after being approved on Monday at the committee level by lawmakers hesitant to loosen the state’s tough anti-abortion stance. Earlier this year, a federal judge agreed to give the Idaho
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Bill telling women abortion can be halted introduced

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Senate panel introduced legislation on Wednesday requiring the state to distribute information telling women that a drug-induced abortion may be halted halfway through, despite physicians warning there’s not enough science backing up that claim. Sen. Lori Den Hartog, a Republican from Meridian, says the goal
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Primary care bill targets Idaho’s Medicaid gap population

Feb 14th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state program designed to provide basic health care to Idaho adults who currently don’t have health insurance. The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/2lCjNZJ ) reports that House Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood, a Republican from Burley, said Monday that his
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Idaho to stop enforcing telemedicine abortion bans

Jan 23rd, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Women will no longer be banned from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine in Idaho under a new agreement. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands announced Monday that the lawsuit settlement lifts unnecessary burdens on women seeking safe abortions. “Women in Idaho deserve the
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Idaho exchange’s subsidies at risk under health care repeal

Jan 18th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday. “Depending on what the repeal would look like, that would be the cost to Idaho,” said Kelly, during a
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Insurance equality? States push for cost-free vasectomies

Jan 18th, 2017 | By
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By Mary Esch/Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Call it contraception equality. Vasectomies, which are not covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law, are increasingly being included in state measures that would require insurers to provide cost-free coverage of birth control. Backers of laws and proposals in such states as Illinois, Vermont, Maryland and
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Cost and Quality: Alliance aims to heal healthcare’s two great ills

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
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By Sarah Glenn For the Journal POCATELLO – Concerns over cost and efforts to bump up quality have prompted more than 700 area healthcare providers to join a new alliance. Born in 2013, the Portneuf Quality Alliance (PQA) is a group of doctors offices, hospitals, and private companies who, together, aim to improve health outcomes and
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Can’t buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach

Dec 5th, 2016 | By
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By LINDA A. JOHNSON,  AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine not being able to afford one of life’s great pleasures — sex. That’s true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some. Without insurance coverage, Viagra
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