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Jan. 4, 2018
Volume IX |  Issue 1      
Appeals Court Overturns Trauma Center Injunction For St. Pete's Northside Hospital
The News Service of Florida via Health News Florida

An appeals court Tuesday < 1.2.18> rejected a Leon County circuit judge's decision to issue a temporary injunction against a potential trauma center at a St. Petersburg hospital. The 15-page ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in a battle about a proposal by Northside Hospital to open a trauma center. Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg and Tampa's St. Joseph's Hospital, which have long operated trauma centers, have opposed the Northside proposal.


Is there a PBM mafia?
Kevin R. Campbell, MD KevinMD
The New York Times reported that drug companies, insurers and pharmacies may "team up" to create effective monopolies. Company executives argue that this would be better for patients and would improve care and outcomes - however, nothing could be further than the truth. These conglomerates would further limit access and drive up costs.
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Drop in U.S. life expectancy is an 'indictment of the American health care system
David Blumenthal, STAT
The economy may be growing and the stock market booming, but Americans are dying younger - living shorter lives than previous generations and dying earlier than their counterparts around the world. It is easy to CDC logo place the blame squarely on our nation's opioid epidemic, but if we do that we miss seeing the abysmal new life expectancy data from the C enters for Disease Control and Prevention for what they are - an indictment of the American health care system. According to the CDC, the average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. fell by 0.1 years, to 78.6, in 2016, following a similar drop in 2015. This is the first time in 50 years that life expectancy has fallen for two years running. In 25 other developed countries, life expectancy in 2015 averaged 81.8 years.
eClinicalWorks hit with second class-action suit, charged with 'deceptive' practices  
Tom Sullivan, Healthcare IT News
EHR vendor eClinicalWorks has been charged in a new legal suit that aims to both recover damages and obtain restitution for what the plaintiffs allege is fraud and breach of contract relating to the vendor's EHR offering, according to a document Healthcare IT News obtained on Wednesday < 1.3.18>.
The mediating role of sleep in the fish consumption - cognitive functioning relationship: a cohort study
Jianghong Liu, Ying Cui, Linda Li, Lezhou Wu, Alexandra Hanlon, Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Adrian Raine & Joseph R. Hibbeln published their research in the DEC. issue of Scientific Reports ( Nature.com). Key findings:
* Eating fish once or more a week improved sleep in children younger than 12
* Frequent fish-eaters scored higher on IQ tests than those who seldom or never ate fish