In the News This Week…

More US doctors facing charges over drug abuse, 9-14-11, Reuters

Writer Terry Baynes reports that prosecutors are stepping up efforts to confront the growing abuse of prescription drugs.

How changes in workers’ comp will affect N.C. manufacturers, 9-9-11, Charlotte Business Journal

Contributing writer Julie Bird examines changes in North Carolina’s workers’ compensation law.

Census report: More Americans relying on Medicare, Medicaid, 9-13-11, The Christian Science Monitor

Writer Daniel B. Wood reports on a growing reliance on state and federal health insurance programs.

U.S. claims bigger share of health coverage market, 9-13-11, The Washington Times

Writer Paige Winfield Cunningham reports that fewer people received health insurance coverage through their employer in 2010 than in 2009.

Debate exchange offers window into larger question about role of health care, 9-12-11, CBS News/Political Hot Sheet

Robert Hendin, producer of Face the Nation and a CBS News senior political producer, writes about the CNN Republican debate and how candidates answered a question about who should pay for medical care of the uninsured.

Watson Goes to Work on Health Care, 9-12-11, (Business Journals)

In his blog column “Heavy Doses,” writer Kent Bernhard, Jr. provides an overview of Wellpoint’s plan to utilize the Watson supercomputer to analyze health care data.

UN investigator says medical waste risks ignored, 9-14-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP writer John Heilprin looks at an UN investigator’s report that finds up to a quarter of the world’s trash is from hospitals, clinics, labs, blood banks and mortuaries, and that more needs to be done to regulate it.

Experts: 366 million people now have diabetes, 9-13-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP writer Maria Cheng looks at the worsening global epidemic of diabetes.

Study uncovers mistaken beliefs about new drugs, 9-13-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP writer Carla K. Johnson reports on a new study that finds many consumers mistakenly believe new prescription drugs are safer.


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