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Health Headlines for Friday, February 9

From Clinics to Child Insurance, Budget Deal Affects Health Care

New York Times

The budget deal in Congress is billed as a measure to grant stability to a government funding process that has lurched from crisis to crisis — but it is also stuffed with provisions that will broadly affect the nation’s health care system, like repealing an advisory board to curb Medicare spending and funding community health centers.

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Cuomo to Health Dept.: Counties need emergency funds to fight flu


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the state health commissioner Thursday to authorize emergency funding to New York’s 62 counties in response to the overwhelming number of flu diagnoses, which are continuing to rise exponentially.

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Popular bill to fight drug prices left out of budget deal

The Hill

Drug pricing advocates are decrying the budget deal announced Wednesday for leaving out a bipartisan drug pricing measure that they had pushed for.

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Telemedicine Gives Northwell Health a Better Path to Organ Donations

mHealth Intelligence

New York’s largest health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve the organ donation process – a digital health boost that is easing the workload for nurses and giving them more time for bedside care and support.

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The Problem of Elder Care

New York Times

Re “Who’ll Help Mom?” (The New Old Age column, ScienceTimes, Feb. 6): We are facing a multifaceted economic, social and health care crisis as the elder population grows.

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History repeats itself with opioid epidemic

Poughkeepsie Journal

Experts have a term for what happens when memories of a drug’s tragic repercussions fade away, leaving a society to eventually repeat the same mistakes as their ancestors.

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New York’s bad flu season sets yet another record

Democrat & Chronicle

New York’s record-setting flu season keeps getting worse.

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