Health care reform, child care, HIV investment

Modern Healthcare  – Outlook for 2017: Healthcare re-reform
After the presidential victory of Republican Donald Trump, there’s great uncertainty whether and at what level Republicans will fund a wide range of health programs. Trump’s picks for cabinet-level posts are no fans of government social spending and are likely to try to repeal and replace Obamacare. Repealing the expansion would cost states billions of dollars, creating budget strains for both Republican and Democratic governors.

NPR – Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families
A third out of 1,000 parents reported difficulty finding child care, according to a recent survey.  On average, parents in the United States spend $9,589 a year for full-time care of children from birth to age 4 — that’s more than the average cost of in-state college tuition ($9,410).

Fox News  – Gates Foundation to invest up to $140M in HIV prevention device
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could help prevent people in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere from becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

WHO – Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease
An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published today in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year.

U.S. News  – ‘Teen’ Finds Minors Can Buy Bodybuilding Supplement at Health Food Stores
Many U.S. health food stores recommend the dietary supplement creatine to minors as an athletic performance enhancer, even though major medical societies discourage its use by kids under 18, a new study reports. Long-term use can damage the kidneys and liver, but it’s of particular concern for still-developing youngsters, said Dr. Robert Glatter.

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