Blog | Monday, December 7, 2009

QD: News every day--a new public plan?


ACP Internist's daily digest of news and events continues with more on health care reform and H1N1 influenza.

Health care reform
The health care reform debate continues on Capitol Hill. Democrats are said to be coming closer to approving an alternate public-plan option that would be administered by the government but controlled by nonprofit groups. A task force of five moderate and five liberal Democrat senators appointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) has been working on the issue. In addition, the Senate plans to vote soon on an amendment introduced today by Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) that would restrict federal funding for abortion. (New York Times, USA Today).

H1N1 influenza
The Obama Administration launched a new campaign today to encourage vaccination against H1N1 influenza, with TV and radio ads aimed at high-risk groups. Seventy-three million doses of the vaccine are available and 10 million more are expected to become available this week, the CDC said. In some areas, the shortage of vaccine has improved so much that state and local governments have approved its administration to all patients regardless of risk. (Washington Post)

In case you missed it...
British researchers have reported finding new DNA links to early-onset obesity. In particular, they said, a deletion on chromosome 16 could lead to overeating because it removes the brain’s ability to respond to leptin. The study looked at 300 British children and was published online Sunday by Nature. (AP via ABC News)