Reuters – Decision on Ebola mass vaccination in August at earliest: WHO
An independent advisory body will decide in August at the earliest on whether to recommend widespread introduction of an Ebola vaccine, depending on results of clinical trials and the epidemic’s course, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
All three worst-hit countries in West Africa – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – aim to conduct phase III final-stage clinical trials of experimental vaccines.
Liberia is already testing both the GlaxoSmithKline and Merck-NewLink vaccines, while Sierra Leone and Guinea are due to announce plans soon.

The Miami Herald – UnitedHealth tightens rules covering hysterectomies
UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday it is tightening its coverage rules on hysterectomies.
The company says it will require health care professionals and facilities and providers to notify it in advance if they plan to perform some types of hysterectomies. UnitedHealth said in a notice to providers it won’t approve the procedure if it concludes that the operation isn’t medically necessary.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. says the changes are based on recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which said vaginal hysterectomies are recommended over abdominal procedures and “keyhole” laparoscopic procedures. It quoted from recommendations ACOG issued in 2009 that said vaginal procedures are associated with better outcomes and fewer complications.

Columbus Dispatch – 61,000 Ohioans to lose Medicaid coverage
About 61,000 Ohioans will lose their tax-funded health coverage at the end of this week.
Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy said yesterday that the Medicaid recipients will be removed from the rolls on Saturday for failing to verify household income as required under federal guidelines.
McCarthy said it’s not yet clear how many are no longer eligible for coverage because of increased earnings or how many simply neglected to return the required paperwork mailed by the state.

USA Today – Apps bring health care into ‘mobile moments’
When you’re standing in the grocery line the next time, take a look around: There may be someone checking her smartphone or doing calf raises.
While it might be an idle reflex in a moment of quiet, it could also be a moment of multitasking — a few repetitions of easy yet tingly stretches or checking in on a recent insurance claim. Those “mobile moments,” such as standing in a grocery queue, are what a generation of smartphone apps are looking to capture as a way to integrate health care into everyday life.