UPDATED: BRF files antitrust lawsuit against Willis-Knighton Health System

Biomedical Research Foundation, the current manager of University Health in Shreveport, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Willis-Knighton Health System, alleging the private health-care company has been unfairly taking away doctors and their privately insured patients. The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Shreveport, asks a judge to prevent Willis-Knighton from those alleged practices. Read the lawsuit here. ... Read More »

Scientific experts: Sugar intake ‘should be halved’

A committee of scientists has advised the government to halve the current recommended daily intake of sugar. Nutrition experts say no more than 5% of daily calories should come from added sugar – about seven teaspoons. Most people consume at least twice this limit. The government has said it will accept the recommendations and will use them to develop its ... Read More »

SA needs to invest in mental health services – professor

Johannesburg – South Africa needs to invest in mental health services and research, says psychiatry professor. Johannesburg – Award-winning psychiatry professor Dan Stein believes that South Africa needs to invest more deeply into assisting those with mental disorders. “There is often a feeling that there isn’t enough money for mental health services and research,” said Professor Dan Stein, one of ... Read More »

Cardiff Council’s health and social care department are on course to miss half of their savings target – only three months into the financial year

Fears about missed targets have already appeared It has been warned that Cardiff council’s social services department could miss nearly half of its planned savings for this year, despite being only three months into the financial year. The department, the largest of its kind in Wales, is projecting that £4.44m of its £9.2m proposed savings due this year will be ... Read More »

Health Minister moots Mission Mode for Population Stabilisation

On the occasion of World Population Day, Shri J P Nadda, Minister for Health & Family Welfare mooted the idea of taking up the task of population stabilisation in the country by adopting a Mission Mode approach, where focussed and targeted work in taken up in those states where the figures have been high. The Health Minister stated that special ... Read More »

At Issue: Is crematorium really a health hazard or just a nuisance?

State Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, has filed a bill that could head off future battles over the location of crematoriums. Beach’s bill would ban them within 2,000 feet of a residential neighborhood, an increase from the current 1,000 foot limitation, and would also strike the term “stand-alone” crematorium from the Georgia code. Metro Atlanta has seen several nasty fights over ... Read More »

Former DMN editor picked to lead UNT Dallas

The University of North Texas at Dallas is poised to get its third new president, an unconventional choice who steps in as the current president moves on to lead UNT’s growing health care programs. Bob Mong, who retired in May as editor emeritus ofThe Dallas Morning News, is looking at a new title and challenge: university president. UNT System regents named him ... Read More »

Novartis looks at ways to win over health insurers

  BASEL, Switzerland– Novartis AG might offer a bundle of health-care services alongside its promising new heart-failure drug to win over increasingly cost-conscious insurers, its chief executive said. The drug, called Entresto, has been shown to reduce the rate of hospitalization and cardiovascular death in heart failure compared with the current standard treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ... Read More »

Alberta NDP may allow health lab monopoly in Edmonton

The Alberta New Democrats may not stop Alberta Health Services from signing a $3 billion contract privatizing all Edmonton area lab services under one company. Dynalife is the current provider of diagnostic lab services in Edmonton, but their contract expires in March 2016. In 2013, AHS announced plans to seek a new provider for those services and ultimately chose Australian-based ... Read More »

Excerpts of recent Minnesota editorials

Smart strategies are reducing homelessness among Minnesota families Happenstance and a stronger economy aren’t enough. Homelessness is a crippling condition for anyone who experiences it. But for children, being without an every-night place of one’s own is particularly damaging — physically, psychologically and intellectually. That’s why the headline from the latest annual count of Minnesota’s homeless population — a 17 ... Read More »