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U.S. working on Zika virus vaccine as CDC expands travel alerts

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 26, 2016

The U.S. government is launching research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been connected to birth defects in Latin America. Meanwhile, the CDC has expanded an alert to pregnant women considering travel to the Caribbean and Latin America.

Stryker CFO to retire as earnings rebound

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 26, 2016

Stryker Corp., the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based medical equipment and device manufacturer, announced the retirement of its CFO as its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings jumped.

Task force urges depression screening for all U.S. adults

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 26, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has expanded its recommendation for depression screening to all U.S. adults over the age of 18, including pregnant and postpartum women. Experts say raising a red flag about depression is just the first step in securing treatment for patients.

Johnson & Johnson beats 4Q profit views despite lower sales

By Associated Press  |  January 26, 2016

Johnson & Johnson posted a 28% jump in fourth-quarter profit with the sale of its heart devices unit offsetting a weak performance from what was once its top moneymaker, as well as the strong dollar and a host of other charges at the world's biggest healthcare product company.

Former Cleveland Clinic exec to join Allegheny Health Network

By Michael Sandler  |  January 26, 2016

Cynthia Hundorfean has served as chief administrative officer at the Cleveland Clinic since 2005. She will take over as CEO of Highmark's provider network in February as her predecessor, John Paul, becomes special adviser to Highmark Health CEO David Holmberg.

Hospitals under pressure to cut readmissions for minorities, poor

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2016

The CMS is pushing hospitals to establish more aggressive care plans and to team up with non-medical personnel such as social workers in a new guidance aimed at reducing readmissions for minority and low-income Medicare enrollees.

Savings sought from pushing retired postal workers into Medicare

By Michael Sandler  |  January 26, 2016

Bipartisan legislation to help the financially troubled U.S. Postal Service would shift its retirees into Medicare instead of relying solely on the more expensive Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which is managed by private insurers.

Medicaid official: Iowa is ready for privatization in March

By Associated Press  |  January 26, 2016

The head of Iowa's Medicaid program on Monday said she's "very confident" the $4.2 billion system will be ready for private management beginning March 1, though some lawmakers expressed lingering concerns about the looming deadline.

Doctor researching Flint lead was approved for study in two days

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  January 26, 2016

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint, Mich., pediatrician who helped expose the lead poisoning of children there, said Flint-owned Hurley Medical Center deserves some of the credit for recognizing the magnitude of the problem.

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