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Sanders Promises He’s Feeling Healthy Following Heart Attack That Threw A Spotlight On The Issue Of Candidates’ Age

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Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and former Vice President Joe Biden were all left defending their health after a question about Sanders’ heart attack this month. The issue of age could be a thorny subject in the campaign where three of the leading Democrats, and the presidential incumbent himself, are septuagenarians.

Medicare’s ACO Program, Which Offers Doctors, Hospitals Rewards For Better Care, Saved $740M Last Year

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The program, initiated under the Affordable Care Act, is designed to reward top-performing health providers with bonuses while pushing those that do poorly to repay Medicare. In her announcement, Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said nearly 11 million Medicare beneficiaries are served by an accountable care organization. Other Medicare news includes the penalties hospitals face for having too many readmissions.

Normally Cautious AARP Goes On The Offensive With Aggressive ‘Strike Force’ In War Over High Drug Prices

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Back in March, the organization kicked off a multi-million dollar campaign against the pharmaceutical industry. Since then they’ve stormed lawmakers’ offices, ramped up their ad campaigns, and even rented planes to fly over beaches. “I can’t really think of another time when there’s been this strong a message in opposition to an entire industry,” said John Rother, the group’s former head of policy.

Cluster Of Autism Cases All Linked To Same Sperm Donor Could Provide Genetic Insight Into Diagnosis

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Donor H898 was blond and blue-eyed, 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, and appeared to be smart and accomplished. Now it turns out that many of the kids conceived with his sperm have autism. Experts are intrigued by the genetic clues the cluster of cases could offer. In other public health news: gene-editing, hospital care, maternal mistreatment, lead levels in water, heart attacks in women, and more.

How Nursing Homes Have Become ‘Dark Underbelly’ That Is Fueling Era Of Drug Resistant Bacteria

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While much of the blame for the rise of drug-resistant infections has focused on the overuse of antibiotics, public health experts say that nursing facilities, and long-term hospitals, are a dangerously weak link in the health care system. The facilities are often understaffed and ill-equipped to enforce rigorous infection control, yet continuously cycle infected patients into hospitals and back again. In other public health news: immunotherapy, homelessness and mental health, sexual harassment in hospitals, scammers and the elderly, and more.

Long-Sought Safety Changes In Car Seats For Side Impact Crashes Hit Multiple Road Bumps. Federal Agency, Industry Can’t Agree On New Rules.

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While car crashes are a leading killer of children, seats have only been tested for head-on crashes. Since the early 2000s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has pushed for new seats that also protect children from side-impact crashes as well. ProPublica reports on what’s taking so long and how the industry is dragging its heals. Public health news looks at dementia, measles, vaccines, diets and telemedicine, as well.