Volume V, Issue 2

Jan. 8, 2018
Take a pill and stop aging. Really?
Stephen C. Schimpff, MD, in a KevinMD post dated January 6, 2018, writes:
"A pill to end aging. Is there or could there be such a pill? pills2.jpg Some researchers think so."

"Many believe that rather than attack the causes and treatment of chronic illnesses one by one, it would be better to understand the biology of aging and from that learn how to slow the process and hence prevent or delay the onset of various chronic illnesses," writes Dr. Schimpff. This is a fascinating article and well-worth reading.
Drop in U.S. life expectancy is an 'indictment of the American health care system
A clearly outraged David Blumenthal, writing for STAT on Friday, January 4, states that 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."
According to Mr. Blumenthal:
"It is easy to  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 Centers 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."
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Senate passes VETS Act, setting up telemedicine licensing reform at the VA
  Evan Sweeney, writing for Fierce Healthcare 1/4/18, reports:
"Legislation that would expand access to telemedicine at the Department of Veterans Affairs edged one step closer to becoming law after the Senate unanimously passed its version of the VETS Act on Wednesday...The House passed its own version of the bill in November with slightly different technical language...Lawmakers will have to reconcile..."

"The bill would reform telemedicine licensure at the VA, allowing physicians to care for patients anywhere in the country regardless of where they are located," according to Mr. Sweeney. "That shift is a critical element of the Anywhere to Anywhere telehealth initiative that VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, announced alongside President Donald Trump in August."



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