Healthcare News October 16, 2012

  • Poll: Female voters give Obama edge on contraception, abortion

    President Obama’s contraception mandate is helping him enormously with female voters, a new USA Today/Gallup poll says.

  • Poll: Obama’s lead swells on Medicare

    President Obama has significantly expanded his lead over Mitt Romney on the issue of Medicare, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll.

    The new survey, released Monday, shows that Obama now holds a double-digit lead over Romney on Medicare, but a much narrower edge on healthcare generally.

    Obama led Romney 53 percent to 38 percent — a 15-point advantage — when registered voters were asked which candidate would do a better job handling Medicare. Less than a month ago, the same poll gave Obama only a 4-point lead on Medicare.

  • New York lawmakers want 9/11 victim funds exempt from fiscal cliff

    Members of New York’s congressional delegation traveled to Ground Zero Monday to demand funds to compensate victims not be cut.

  • Study: No link between HPV vaccine, sexual activity

    Receiving the controversial HPV vaccine does not make young girls more likely to have sex, a new study says.

    Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., and it can lead to several types of cancer. But there is political resistance to the HPV vaccine, in part because of fears that girls will become more promiscuous if they’ve been vaccinated.

    During the Republican primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry met strong criticism from challengers Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) for mandating that girls in his state receive the HPV vaccine.

    But fears of increased promiscuity are unfounded, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. The study used insurance claims data to compare 11- and 12-year-old girls who received the vaccine to girls who did not.

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