Well being Care — HHS permits these dwelling with hep B, HIV to hitch public service

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In the present day in well being, the Division of Well being and Human Providers (HHS) marked World AIDS Day by altering its eligibility coverage to incorporate individuals with hepatitis B and HIV. 

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US Public Well being Service expands applicant eligibility

The Division of Well being and Human Providers (HHS) on Thursday introduced it will likely be increasing eligibility for the U.S. Public Well being Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps to incorporate individuals who have persistent hepatitis B and HIV.

  • People with these situations have beforehand been disqualified. The company cited medical developments which have made persistent hepatitis B and HIV manageable situations akin to hypertension. 
  • This alteration in utility requirements goes into impact starting on Dec. 1. 

“The U.S. Public Well being Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of the Division of Well being and Human Providers (HHS), publicly introduced at present that it’s altering its medical requirements to just accept future candidates dwelling with persistent hepatitis B and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV),” HHS stated in a assertion. 

The change was introduced on World AIDS Day. 

“As we acknowledge World AIDS Day and the progress made, I’m honored to be part of a change a lot greater than our service,” stated HHS Assistant Secretary for Well being Rachel Levine. “By altering our medical accession requirements to replicate the newest proof, we present the world that we’re placing science first.” 

The USPHS Commissioned Corps is a department of greater than 6,000 uniformed service members who focus on public well being and nationwide security. Commissioned USPHS officers embody physicians, nurses, dentists, dietitians and therapists. 

Beneath USPHS coverage, potential service members should be prepared for deployment and meet medical requirements. Candidates are deemed ineligible if they’ve a medical situation which “prevents him/her from being deployed to an austere and/or annoying atmosphere, or if the situation prevents the officer from partaking within the bodily actions related to deployments to austere and/or annoying environments.” 

Learn extra right here. 

Senate Democrat exams constructive for COVID-19

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) examined constructive for COVID-19 on Thursday as lawmakers head into the house stretch of the present Congress. 

“Argh. … I examined constructive. I’m asymptomatic and really feel completely fantastic. Draw back: I’ll comply with CDC guidelines and isolate. Upside: possibly now I can lastly end shingling the yard shed,” Murphy wrote on Twitter.   

Diplomatically detected: The senator stated he had taken the COVID-19 check per protocol for a State Division lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron throughout his state go to.

The constructive check takes the senator off Capitol Hill for no less than a part of this yr’s lame-duck session, after the midterms however earlier than the subsequent Congress convenes in 2023.  

Democrats are working in overdrive to push laws ahead earlier than Republicans take over the Home in January, since President Biden will face extra of an uphill battle with out his get together holding the bulk in each chambers.

Senators voted Thursday to advance laws to keep away from a rail strike after Biden pressed Congress to intervene.

They’re additionally negotiating a bipartisan deal to fund the federal authorities for the subsequent fiscal yr earlier than working into the Dec. 16 shutdown deadline. 

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A coalition of main doctor teams urged a federal choose in Texas to protect ObamaCare’s protection of preventive providers, arguing that gutting the necessities could be disastrous for affected person care. 

In a pal of the court docket transient led by the American Medical Affiliation, the teams requested Decide Reed O’Connor to train discretion and chorus from issuing a nationwide injunction that might invalidate each vital suggestion from the U.S. Preventive Providers Process Drive (USPSTF).

  • “If the Court docket had been to vacate and/or enjoin the Process Drive’s suggestions and any efforts to implement them on a nationwide foundation, preventive care could be in grave jeopardy for tens of hundreds of thousands of Individuals,” the teams wrote.
  • They urged O’Connor to solely restrain the availability’s enforcement in opposition to a single employer difficult the mandate. 

Flashback: O’Connor in September dominated that ObamaCare’s course of for figuring out what sorts of preventive care should be totally lined by non-public medical insurance is unconstitutional.  

O’Connor — who beforehand struck down all the ObamaCare regulation earlier than it was upheld by the Supreme Court docket — stated the USPSTF violated the Structure as a result of its members are usually not appointed by the president or confirmed by the Senate, but its suggestions are binding. 

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As many as 15,000 nurses in Minnesota are set to strike on Dec. 11 if no settlement is reached with hospital executives on a good labor contract, the Minnesota Nurses Affiliation stated Thursday.  

“On the similar time hospital CEOs inform nurses and sufferers there isn’t any cash to retain employees and prioritize care, executives are taking million-dollar raises and pursuing company expansions that put neighborhood entry to reasonably priced care in danger,” first vice chairman of the nurses’ union Chris Rubesch stated in a assertion.

The Minnesota Nurses Affiliation on Thursday introduced that it had voted “overwhelmingly” to authorize the strike set the deadline for what could be it second huge walk-out this yr, affecting 16 hospitals in Minneapolis-St. Paul and all through the state.  

The nurses’ union says employees have been negotiating with hospital executives for eight months and have been working with out contracts for the reason that summer season.  

Hospital executives are getting boosts to their very own salaries, however have supplied nurses low wage will increase, the union says, and points with brief staffing and poor nurse retention are exacerbating working situations.  

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Deaths from medicine, alcohol climb amongst seniors

Drug overdoses and alcohol-induced deaths are on the rise amongst Individuals aged 65 and older, in keeping with new knowledge from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) Nationwide Middle for Well being Statistics.   

Drug overdose demise charges throughout the age group greater than tripled between 2000 and 2020, and alcohol-induced demise charges went up 18 % between 2019 and 2020 alone, in keeping with the knowledge. 

Amongst older Individuals, non-Hispanic Black individuals expertise the best drug overdose demise charges — with fentanyl and different artificial opioid use on the rise.

  • American Indian or Alaska Native individuals expertise the best alcohol-induced demise charges amongst these aged 65 and older, going up 46.5 % between 2019 and 2020.
  • The CDC notes that alcohol-induced demise charges are increased total amongst males of that age bracket than girls, with males seeing figures 4 instances increased when the age group is narrowed to 75 and older.  

Analysis signifies alcohol-induced deaths additionally surged throughout the pandemic and are climbing as a number one reason behind preventable demise. 

The Biden administration earlier this yr introduced $1.5 billion to assist states, territories and tribal lands take care of opioid overdoses and fight the nation’s rising opioid epidemic. 

Learn extra right here. 


  • FDA approves first fecal microbiome drug, setting stage for others (Stat) 
  • Tens of millions of households face fertility challenges. A bipartisan Home caucus goals to develop entry to remedies. (The nineteenth Information) 
  • Georgia Senate runoff exams the endurance of abortion in American elections (NBC) 


  • NYC Mayor Adams faces backlash for transfer to involuntarily hospitalize homeless individuals (NPR) 
  • Michigan to start testing wastewater for polio (Detroit Free Press) 
  • Dependancy remedy proponents urge rural clinicians to pitch in by prescribing remedy (Kaiser Well being Information)


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