Over seven million people now receiving HIV treatment in Africa – UN Report

  UN NEWS SERVICE, 21 MAY 2013 The number of people in Africa receiving antiretroviral treatment increased from less than 1 million to 7.1 million over seven years, according to a United Nations report which documents the progress in the AIDS response in the world’s second largest continent. … read more »

Prominent health insurers opt out of Covered California

UnitedHealth, Aetna and Cigna opt out of California insurance exchange Kaiser Permanente, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California are all expected to participate in the state-run market for individual health coverage. By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times May 22, 2013, 5:59 p.m. Some prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are […]

Carnell Moore: ‘Monster within me’

Before Carnell Marcus Moore opened fire Friday at Houston’s busiest airport, he wrote out a chilling suicide note. “The monster within me was getting stronger and while I could not save myself I could spare others,” the 29-year-old shooter was quoted as writing, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Beaumont man’s suicide note was […]

Battling the big three: malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS

Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS, three infectious diseases that account for 10 percent of all deaths worldwide.   Doctors call them “the big three” – malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS – three infectious diseases that account for 10 percent of all deaths worldwide. The UN-backed Global Fund estimates it needs $87bn to bring these killer diseases […]

Obamacare Redux

Obamacare fires are flaring up all over — in Hill hearings, in scary headlines about big rate hikes and in closed-door meetings of nervous Democrats. The White House response: We’ll get to that. President Barack Obama’s messaging gurus and their allies say they will step on the gas before enrollment begins this fall, but the effort, […]

DC public housing: the 39 year waiting list

  Housing, or just hope of it? D.C. officials concede there are few options to its housing wait list, even amid discussions of suspending it. “I’ve been on it for 26 years.”The list? It’s for public housing — you know, the place you imagine everyone is trying to get out of? In the nation’s capital, […]

Thousands of Medicare patients are being turned away at cancer clinics.

Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts. Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially. (Click the above link for the full story)