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The President and Hospital Visitation

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

I got a genuine all-American lump in my throat when I read President Obama's Memo to Kathleen Sebelius on Hospital Patients yesterday.

Serious Innovation at the Department of Health and Human Services

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

HHS Innovates is an effort to actively engage the rank and file at the Department of Health and Human Services and make the organization more efficiently. As the U.S. extends health care to more people, that's a big deal.

The online Community Health Data Initiative

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

People in Washington see that they can make useful data available to the public, and citizens can build really useful stuff around that data, in the s...

The Surgeon General Is Confirmed!

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Dr. Regina Benjamin has finally been confirmed for the post of Surgeon General. And the reasons for the delay have been varied, contradictory, and byzantine.

How the White House Used Gruber's Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The White House is placing a giant bet on Gruber's "assumptions" to justify key portions of the Senate bill. Now we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but a contractor to the White House.

Kathleen Sebelius: Autism Now Hits 1 In 100 Children, We Have No Idea Why

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Washington loves to dump its bad news on a Friday afternoon, and today it confirmed that one percent of American children (and by extension, perhaps 1-in-58 boys) has an autism spectrum disorder.

Most States Have Yet to Claim Emergency TANF Funds

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

The TANF Emergency Fund is potentially an important resource for states, which get four federal dollars from the fund for each dollar they put up.

Extremely Tired and Completely Worn Out? What It Could Mean Plus Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious medical condition that can easily be overlooked because it mimics so many other disorders.

Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court - Now What?

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder, the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

Stopping Swine Flu is Up to You | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Aug. 26, 2009 -- Who's on the front line of this fall's flu fight? You are, say HHS and CDC officials. Until Thanksgiving, at the earliest, it's go...

Reps. Maloney and Smith Ask HHS to Fund Vaccinated-Unvaccinated Study with Federal Stimulus Money

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Will the Obama people come down in favor of federal preemption for pharmaceutical products over the legal rights of families?

Catholics for Choice Protest Appointment of Anti-choice Advocate to Senior Position at HHS

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

The appointment yesterday of Alexia Kelley as Director of Faith-based and Community Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services marks "a defeat for reason and logic."

Health Noir: $10 Million Ransom Demand for Data - and Stranger Crimes Are Coming

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Organized crime -- or even disorganized crime -- has no place in the world of healthcare.

Discover Magazine Ignores Much of Vaccine-Autism Story

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

The following letter was sent to the editors at Discover Magazine last week, regarding a recent article on vaccines and autism. The magazine claimed t...

Top 15 Health Jobs Remain Open As Untested Pandemic Response Plan Implemented

Washington Post | Michael D. Shear and Spencer S. Hsu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As they confront the growing swine flu crisis, President Obama's administration is attempting to implement a never-before-tested pandemic response pla...

GOP Still Filibustering Sebelius Despite Flu Outbreak

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So Kathleen Sebelius will get her confirmation vote as Health and Human Services secretary tomorrow in the Senate -- but even with the flu outbreak, h...

Ryan Grim

Conservative Movement Throws Full Weight Against Sebelius | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Several key conservative movement leaders, in an attempt to jack up pressure against Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday, sent a memo to the Senate urging mem...

Let's Support Change We Can Believe In

Cecile Richards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cecile Richards

With a new tone in Washington, we can finally begin addressing the health care crisis in this country, and take the politics out of women's health.

Sebelius Pledges To Fight Health Care Fraud

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Saying she'd be a tough enforcer, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Health and Human Services Department on Tuesday called for a crackdown o...

Is Health Reform a Job Killer?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jim Jaffe

Reformers interested in making American medicine more efficient should never ignore the story of Philadelphia department store magnate John Wanamaker...

US Health Officials Back Study Idea on Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Children - Will Media Take Note?

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

It is not accurate for members of the media to report that the link between vaccines and autism has been "disproven."

Catholic Extremists Swiftboat Sebelius

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

The Catholic Church may refer to pro-choice politicians as extremists but the majority of Catholic congregants agree with pro-choice politicians like Sebelius on reproductive issues.

Obama Budget Would Increase Autism Research Funding

Science | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Autism research will get a funding boost if U.S. President Barack Obama has his way. In his budget overview released yesterday, Obama requested $211 m...

NIH Agency Head: Vaccine-Autism Research is "Legitimate"

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

A major health official within the United States Government today endorsed more research into possible links between vaccination and autism, saying that such studies are "legitimate."

Phil Bredesen: Health And Human Services Secretary?

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Few governors know the pitfalls of soaring health costs better than Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, which helps explain why President Barack Obama is re...