Healthcare News January 12, 2013

  • Waxman urges attention to mental health in gun debate

    A leading House Democrat urged Vice President Biden Friday not to ignore mental health issues as his panel grapples with U.S. gun violence.

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote to Biden recommending better gun-safety standards, more research applying a public-health perspective to gun violence and greater mental health coverage for people in the United States.

    “Experts agree: the prevalence of guns and gun violence in our society is not just a criminal justice problem; it is also a public health and safety problem,” Waxman wrote in a letter Friday. 

  • CDC: Flu outbreaks reach epidemic level

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nine of the 10 U.S. regions are experiencing “elevated” flu activity.

  • Survey: Most small businesses say economy still off track

    A majority of small businesses think the economy is on the wrong track, with most of the uncertainty coming from concern over the implementation of the healthcare law, according to a survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

    Despite the recent congressional agreement on some tax and spending policies, businesses say uncertainty is being churned up over concerns about the economy, debt and deficit issues, as well as implementation of the healthcare law, according to the Chamber’s fourth-quarter poll of small businesses released Friday. 

    In response to those concerns, more than half (53 percent) of small businesses have not hired in the past year, and 64 percent say they plan to keep the same number of employees this year.

  • Rep. Gingrey: Todd Akin ‘partly right’ about rape and pregnancy

    Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), an OB-GYN, said a rush of adrenaline can prevent the female body from ovulating.

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