Stroke caregivers happiest when they tend to their own needs too


(Reuters Health) – People taking care of a family member who’s had a stroke are happier when they maintain control of their own lives and continue to enjoy their interests and hobbies, according to new Canadian research.

“In the caregiving field, a lot of the studies have focused on more negative outcomes, like burden or depression and things like that, but when you actually speak with family caregivers they say, ‘You know, it’s not all that bad,'” Jill Cameron told Reuters Health.

Exclusive: Costs to public of $84,000 hep C drug ‘outrageous' – Kaiser


(Reuters) – Kaiser Permanente, the biggest U.S. health maintenance organization, said it is using Gilead Sciences’ new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, even though its $84,000 treatment price is “outrageous.”

The medication is widely viewed as a breakthrough that can cure a majority of hepatitis C patients, often within 12 weeks. Analysts project 2017 sales of $9.1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Pharma.

But Gilead has come under fire, from insurers and Congress, for Sovaldi’s $1,000-a-pill price at a time when U.S. healthcare spending is under scrutiny and President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act aims to make health coverage accessible to everyone.

WHO says Guinea Ebola outbreak small as MSF slams international response


(Reuters) – The World Health Organization on Tuesday played down the extent of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus suspected to have killed over 80 in Guinea, a day after medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned of an unprecedented epidemic.

Countries in West Africa – including neighboring Sierra Leone and Libera where suspected cases have also been detected – are scrambling to bring the outbreak under control, with many of them imposing health and travel restrictions.

U.S. insurers fear backlash over new Obamacare rate increases


A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

A boy waits in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson


(Reuters) – As the first Obamacare enrollment period comes to a close, U.S. insurers are already anticipating the need to raise prices for 2015 and fear that it will put them at the center of the political blame game over President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Most web-based colon-screening information is lacking: study


(Reuters Health) – When researchers evaluated a dozen websites meant to inform patients about colon cancer screening, most were written at too high a reading level and lacked important risk and benefit information.

This isn’t a new problem. Researchers have known for at least 20 years that many materials written for patients, not just those about colonoscopy, are not up to snuff, according to Terry C. Davis.

Davis, a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, was not involved in the new report but has been studying health literacy and the quality of patient information for more than a decade.

Obamacare enrollment exceeds seven million target despite setback

Julissa Esparza, 2, sleeps in the arms of her grandfather Leobardo Salazar, 58, as they wait in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Julissa Esparza, 2, sleeps in the arms of her grandfather Leobardo Salazar, 58, as they wait in line at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson


(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s national healthcare program signed up more than 7 million people by the last day of March, the White House said on Tuesday, notching a rare victory after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout of the law.

Obama is scheduled to make a statement about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, at 4:15 p.m. EDT in the White House.