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 »

Managing a Retirement X Factor: Health Care

Health care is a constant area of stress for people as they approach retirement. In fact, according to the Voya Retire Ready Index, 91 percent of workers are concerned about their ability to cover health care expenses in retirement. This comes as no surprise when you consider how health costs have risen over the past few years, especially compared to ... Read More »

Plans unveiled for Hamilton County’s new mental health court

Last week, four Hamilton County residents — all facing criminal charges — went into court looking for a new answer to an old problem: mental illness. They came from different backgrounds. Some had found themselves entangled in the court system for the first time. Others had long been on probation. But all wanted help with their mental illnesses. And all ... Read More »

Two Current Fronts of the American Health Care Wars: Hepatitis C and Cancer

Harvard Art Museum “Waiting for cirrhosis to happen to treat HCV is like waiting for cancer to metastasize or for diabetes to cause complications before treating it. In reality, all cause mortality and per patient per year health care costs are tripled for patients with hepatitis C, whether they have cirrhosis or not.” — Dr. Douglas Dieterich, leading hepatitis C ... Read More »

Complaints about rats are only getting worse in Hamilton

Rat complaints in the city are trending upward and there’s no end in sight. In 2014, there was a significant increase in rat complaints compared to previous years, according to a new public healthreport. The amount has more than doubled from the same time last year, with 20 complaints this April compared to seven in April 2014. The way to ... Read More »

Colorado health exchange users could see steep rate increases for 2016

        Average health insurance rates across Colorado’s individual market could rise more steeply in 2016 – though a couple companies might buck that trend, according to preliminary rate filings announced Monday. The public can comment on the plans through July 6. Six health insurers proposed double-digit rate increases for next year – some in the range of ... Read More »