If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the health care law, retirees may pay about $20,000 for medical care; new study reports that one in every six cancers worldwide is caused by a treatable or preventable infection; video spurs advocacy of systematic reforms in the treatment of the mentally ill. All this and more, rounding up the public health news for Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Bloomberg – Health Law Repeal to Cost Seniors $20,000, Fidelity Says
Retirees may pay about $20,000 more for medical care if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 2010 health care overhaul, Fidelity Investments said.
U.S. News & World Report – Health Buzz: One in Six Cancers Caused by Infection
One in every six cancers worldwide is caused by a treatable or preventable infection. That’s according to new estimates published in the journal Lancet Oncology. Of the 7.5 million deaths from cancer in 2008, about 1.5 million were due to infections, the study authors say.
Reuters – 4 Bike Laws to Gear Up for Bike to Work Day
May is National Bike Month, and thousands of amateur cyclists are set to hit the streets on Bike to Work Day — which actually falls on different days, depending on where you live — and, for the first time this year, Bike to School Day.
CNN – Global health within our Grasp, if we don’t give up
There is a hidden revolution at work that can transform the lives of a billion of the poorest people on the planet. The dream of health for all, even the poorest of the poor, can become a reality because of recent breakthroughs in technology and health systems.
Modern Healthcare – Senate Democrats urge protection of public-health fund
Six Senate Democrats are urging the chamber’s leaders to make a stand against a Republican measure that would eliminate the healthcare reform law’s public health and prevention fund in order to freeze student loan rates.
Los Angeles Times – Kelly Thomas a turning point for mental health care?
Mental health care advocates hope the video of police beating the homeless man, who later died, will spark systemic reforms in treatment of the mentally ill, even in this era of funding deficiencies.