HHS Expands COVID-19 Telehealth Capabilities in PREP Act Amendment

The Health and Human Services Secretary will allow healthcare providers to use telehealth across state lines to deliver “Covered Countermeasures” against the coronavirus.

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Single Payment Option Available for Transitional Reinsurance Program Fee: HHS

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Employers will have their choice to pay a controversial health care reform law fee in one payment or two installments, according to new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

One in 10 U.S. Residents Affected by Large Health Data Breaches

More than 1,000 medical record breaches involving 500 or more people have been reported to HHS since federal reporting requirements took effect nearly five years ago, according to HHS, Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs” reports (Conn, “Vital Signs,” Modern Healthcare, 6/13).

HHS has been tracking data breaches since September 2009, when the HIPAA breach notification rule Continue reading

Green Tea Compounds Effective Against Tumors and Genetic Diseases

Tea is the most popular beverage in the world and many people drink it for its pleasant taste, comfort, and general health benefits.  But green tea can do much more. It can save lives. Continue reading

Don’t Have Faulty Ideas about Salt

By now just about everybody’s heard that we should cut back on salt to avoid high blood pressure, heart disease and other physiological complications. But that advice is wrongheaded and simplistic. Getting too little salt can be as harmful as getting too much. The fact is you need just the right amount of salt and the right kind of salt to protect your health. Continue reading

Green Tea Can Fight Genetic Defects and Tumors

Individuals with the rare disorder known as hyperinsulinism and hyperammonemia syndrome (HHS) ,lack the glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) enzyme, leading them to have a hypoglycemic reaction to protein, which sometimes causes death.

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have found that green tea-derived compounds may not only help treat the disorder, but that blocking GDH using the natural substances could help to effectively kill tumors.

HHS patients lack the ability to regulate GDH, so the researchers conducted a study to see whether the plant compounds could help compensate for this. Their trial was successful, demonstrating that oral treatment with the green tea product  Continue reading

Plastic, Styrofoam Cups, Carryout Containers Are Filled with Cancer-Causing Agents

Millions of people eat and drink from plastic and Styrofoam cups and containers every single day, and the US government now admits that many of these consumer products contain known cancer-causing agents. The formaldehyde preservatives found in many disposable coffee cups and foam take-out containers, as well as styrene, another chemical additive used in such products, have both been added to the federal government’s list of known, and suspected carcinogens.

The addition of these two chemicals, as well as six others, to the carcinogen list this year was reportedly a reluctant decision made by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which has been pressured by the chemical industry for years to delay coming forward with this information. Nevertheless, both formaldehyde and a chemical known as aristolochic acid Continue reading