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Will Next Disease Detection System Be Faster, Cheaper?

Those who monitor disease detection policy note that it’s cheaper and faster to move away from a system that relies heavily on the time-consuming growth in the lab of cultures of disease-causing bugs.

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CDC Plans to Map DNA of Disease-Causing Viruses

Many public health experts see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the premier disease detection agency not just for the United States but for the entire planet.

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Cooperation a Distant Goal for One Spending Bill

As appropriators try to build on the accord they reached in the $1.1 trillion omnibus while working on fiscal 2015 spending plans, some observers already are questioning whether the largest nondefense spending bill, Labor-HHS-Education, can be completed as a stand-alone measure in a steeply divided Congress.

Labor-HHS Bill Managed From the Exit Ramp

The prospects for a Labor-HHS-Education spending bill will depend a great deal on the determination and involvement of two subcommittee chairmen, Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. Jack Kingston, who both are heading for the exit door at the end of the year.

Obama's Actions Could Put HIV Patients at Risk | Commentary

The Affordable Care Act was heralded by many, including my organization, The AIDS Institute, as a major step in improving the U.S. health care system. While we remain firmly committed to it, two aspects of its implementation have fallen short of our high expectations. Recent actions by the Obama administration can potentially erode patients’ ability to obtain medications and limit access to health care for many of the nation’s sickest and most in-need, including people with HIV and AIDS.

Current Mental-Health Resources Fail Our Heroes | Commentary

Each day, nearly 22 former servicemen and servicewomen commit suicide.

Tackling the 2.5 Million Jobs Lost in the Affordable Care Act | Commentary

The best kind of problem is one you can solve before it’s too big to handle, and it’s not often Congress is afforded the ability to do just that. In this case, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the Affordable Care Act will result in 2.5 million fewer full-time jobs by 2024. Fortunately, the CBO’s report also alludes to a possible change that would mitigate this problem — employer mandate relief by returning to the traditional definition of 40 hours a week for full-time work in the Affordable Care Act.

Don't Undercut Successful Medicare Advantage Program | Commentary

At a time of transition in health care coverage across our country, it is important that seniors and people with disabilities retain the health care coverage on which so many of them depend: Medicare Advantage.

Don't Wipe Out Flood Insurance Reform | Commentary

Next week the House plans to take up its bill to delay much-needed National Flood Insurance Program reforms adopted less than two years ago, with lawmakers from the Gulf region and the Eastern seaboard leading the charge.

Youth Sports: A Game-Changer in the Fight to End Obesity | Commentary

As we all know, February is Black History month, a time for us to celebrate the contributions of many trailblazing African-Americans, including the athletes who revolutionized their respective sports and impacted the nation. Accordingly, we recognize the contributions of Jackie Robinson, Ernie Davis, Althea Gibson, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and countless others who overcame barriers to enhance their sports.

Defeating Alzheimer's Disease | Commentary

Every 68 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease – a devastating and irreversible brain disease that slowly destroys an individual’s cognitive functioning, including memory and thought.

IRS Enforcement of 'Individual Mandate' May Be Light

One of the most debated parts of the health care law is the requirement that most Americans buy insurance starting this year. If they don’t, they face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of their income, whichever is more.

Many Categories Exempt From Individual Mandate

The Obama administration and Congress exempted many Americans from the health insurance law’s individual mandate. Those people who are either not required to have coverage or are automatically considered to have met the requirement include:

Telemedicine: a Modern-Day Cure for an Age-Old Problem | Commentary

Rural America and underserved communities struggle with inadequate access to health care. This is primarily due to provider shortages and a lack of resources in communities needing primary care and prevention education. Metropolitan areas face similar challenges in providing timely and adequate access to specialty and sub-specialty services — such as care for cancer patients and victims of acute strokes — due to urban isolation and cultural barriers.

Self-Inflicted Wounds Harming Military Readiness, Morale and Veterans | Commentary

Congress and the Department of Defense’s recent attempts to save money have injured vital areas: military readiness, morale and the veteran community. Intentions of recent legislation to curb spending have been admirable. The Congressional Budget Office recently confirmed that no sequester is needed due to Congress’ adherence to its budget laws, at least until 2016. However, continued cost reductions hinder the Navy’s ability to be a strong force for our defense and further neglect our military and veterans.

Have a Heart: "Screen Us Where We Are!" | Commentary

Every American woman needs and deserves the opportunity for an early warning when she’s at risk for heart disease.

Getting on the Right Side of History | Commentary

America is ready for gay and lesbian couples’ freedom to marry. Recently, the Department of Justice issued a memo making clear that the federal government will respect gay married couples for federal programs and purposes, even in states that discriminate against such marriages. Despite the fact that a majority of Americans nationwide favor the freedom to marry, a shrinking cohort of lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to stand against it. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, introduced legislation late last year that would give a green light to codifying and legalizing special discrimination against legally married gay couples.

February Is National Children's Dental Health Month; Let's Work Together To Eradicate the Dental Health Epidemic in Children | Commentary

The health and well-being of children is one of the few issues a majority of Americans readily support without much argument. It’s an issue that rises above the usual disagreements of those from opposing political parties, or from widely divergent backgrounds. We have, as a nation historically, fought for the health and safety of the youngest, voiceless, and powerless among us.

President Grant and Funding Research for Oral Cancer | Commentary

This Presidents Day, please take a moment to reflect on Ulysses S. Grant, the only U.S. president to die of cancer. Pain from oral cancer left him mute and unable to eat solid food. A man whose voice had commanded the attention of kings and queens was left to communicate with his physician through penciled notes. These handwritten missives leave an intimate and harrowing account of Grant’s debilitation and pain. Biographer Horace Green found the majority of these notes “too pitiful for print.”

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Vulnerable Democrats Run Against GOP Medicaid Decisions in 2014

Republicans have made the president’s health care law their primary ammunition in congressional campaigns since 2010 — but embattled Senate Democrats believe they have found an opening to turn voter ire toward the GOP this cycle: Medicaid expansion.

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