U.S. House of Representatives Democrats introduced legislation on Friday that would require the health secretary to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs covered by the Medicare insurance program for the elderly and disabled. A vote by the full House is expected on Jan_12.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee has been re-chartered through 2008, and as part of this re-charter, the agency has updated the Committee?s role in the Medicare national coverage process.
Beyond the immediate devastation of a large-scale nuclear war, a growing number of scientists are concerned about the aftermath of “nuclear winter,” which could result in famine for billions of people across the globe. On Monday, December 11, climate experts will discuss the long-term effects of atomic warfare at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical U nion (AGU) in San Francisco.
Restaurants nervous about New York City’s proposed trans fat ban could get a few breaks such as extended deadlines and other revisions when health officials vote on the measure next month, the city’s top health official said Wednesday.
Australian senators signalled in an intial vote on Tuesday that a ban on the use of cloned human embryos for stem cell research is likely to be overturned, the purpose of the bill is to legalise therapeutic cloning.
Even very low levels of a chemical found in plastic containers and tin cans boosts risks for prostate abnormalities in mice, and may do so in humans as well, researchers report.