Veteran Affairs hires more than 1,600 mental health professionals to meet goal, expands access to care and outreach effort — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families.
Washington Post — Obama administration drops fight to keep age restrictions on Plan B sales
The Obama administration on Monday abandoned its fight to keep age restrictions on sales of a widely used morning-after contraceptive pill, a stark legal reversal that ended years of court battles but did little to extinguish political passions on both sides of the issue.In a letter Monday to U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman in New York, who has called the age restrictions “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified,” the administration said it would drop its appeal in the case and abide by Korman’s order to make Plan B One-Step contraceptive pills available to women and girls of any age without a prescription.
New York Times —Bloomberg presses for reversal of court ban on sugary drinks
One justice asked if the city might limit scoops of ice cream. Another posed repeated questions about the nutritional content of an average milkshake. A lawyer, possibly hungered by the proceedings, raised the issue of steak size at Peter Luger. Three months after a state court judge barred New York City from limiting the sale of large sugary drinks, the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was back in the courtroom on Tuesday, asking an appellate court to approve the rules.
Medical News Today — Short walks may lower risk of type 2 diabetes in older people
Taking short walks after meals may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in older people by helping to reduce the risky spikes in blood sugar that occur after filling the stomach with food, according to a small new study from the US.
Reuters — Britain to regulate e-cigarettes as medicine from 2016
Britain is to regulate electronic cigarettes as non-prescription medicine from 2016 in an attempt to improve quality, though the country’s drugs watchdog said they would still be sold in convenience stores. Healthcare authorities around the world are grappling with how to deal with the battery-driven devices, which allow users to inhale nicotine-laced vapor and are increasingly popular as a less harmful alternative to smoking.
Editors note: This story has been corrected.