Bulgaria to conduct food product checks amid quality concerns

Bulgaria said on Saturday it would conduct checks on different food products of multinational companies sold in the Balkan state and compare them with food sold in richer western European countries, amid concerns over quality.

Consumer groups have complained that popular brands use poorer-quality ingredients in products sold in central and eastern Europe than in countries like Germany and Austria.

However, they have had little recourse to complain because the European Union only requires that the packaging contain a clear list of all ingredients.

FFR-CT Accuracy; TnT Assay 'Sense and Sensitivity'; Chocolate Lessens Afib?

Computed tomography–derived fractional flow reserve (FFR-CT) accuracy varies across the spectrum of disease severity as compared with invasive FFR, with the most accurate results found in the upper or lower ranges of cardiac ischemia, a systematic review of five studies with 536 patients reported in JAMA Cardiology.

“In this study, for vessels with FFR-CT values above 0.90, 97.9% met the invasive FFR guideline criterion for deferral (FFR>0.80). At the other end of the spectrum, for vessels with FFR-CT values below 0.60, 86.4% met the invasive FFR guideline criterion for stenting (FFR≤0.80),” the researchers wrote. “In between, FFR-CT gave less certainty as to whether the invasive FFR will meet the stenting criterion.

Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 55 Percent: CDC

News Picture: Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 55 Percent: CDCBy Steven Reinberg
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THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a public health problem that affects not only people with Alzheimer’s disease, but also the people who provide care to them, which is often family members,” said report author Christopher Taylor. He’s an epidemiologist at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Molina Healthcare, A Top Obamacare Insurer, Investigates Breach Of Patients’ Data

Molina Healthcare, a major insurer in Medicaid and state exchanges across the country, has shut down its online patient portal as it investigates a potential data breach that may have exposed sensitive medical information.

The company said Friday that it closed the online portal for medical claims and other customer information while it examined a “security vulnerability.” It’s not clear how many patient records might have been exposed and for how long. The company has more than 4.8 million customers in 12 states and Puerto Rico.

A Busy Week For Health: Budget Cuts, CBO Scores And Mitch McConnell’s Cryptic Signal

It was a hectic week for people who follow news about health politics. Kaiser Health News’ veteran reporters Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Rovner sat down to discuss some of the major developments.


MARY AGNES CAREY: Hello, and thanks for joining us. I’m Mary Agnes Carey, partnerships editor and a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, is here with me to talk about a very busy week in health care: Medicaid cuts in President [Donald] Trump’s budget plan and a new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House passed ACA overhaul. We’ll also look at what Senate Republicans have in mind for their ACA replacement bill. Julie, let’s get started.

German kindergartens must report parents for refusing vaccine advice under new law

Activists hold banners to support global vaccination near the venues of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) conference in Berlin January 27, 2015.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: CIVIL UNREST HEALTH) - RTR4N3X2
Activists hold banners to support global vaccination near the venues of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) conference in Berlin January 27, 2015.

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Choosing Death (The Washington Post)

Physician-assisted suicide has come a long way since 1999 when Michigan pathologist Jack Kevorkian — “Dr. Death” — was convicted of murder for assisting 130 people end their lives.

Voluntary euthanasia is now legal in some US states and a handful of European countries, but it is an issue that remains highly contentious.

The Washington Post conducted a survey to determine the main factors driving the decision to seek voluntary euthanasia and found that patient decision-making is not driven by the desire to be released from pain, but rather by a desire for “existential” autonomy: “Their quality of life is not what they want. They are mostly educated and affluent — people who are used to being successful and in control of their lives, and it’s how they want their death to be.”

Citing CBO Report, Critics Decry GOP Bill’s Potential Fallout In California

Though the budget analysis released Wednesday on the GOP health care bill didn’t address California specifically, both the state’s Medicaid program and its individual market could be seriously harmed if the legislation passes, according to legislators, consumer advocates and other critics.

“I feel like I am in a bad dream,” said Sen. Ed Hernandez, the West Covina Democrat who chairs the state Senate Health Committee.

The Congressional Budget Office confirmed what Hernandez expected — that large numbers of people would lose coverage and poorer, older Californians would pay significantly more for coverage under the American Health Care Act.