Parkinson’s in the Media

White House Details Potential Effects If Automatic Budget Cuts Go Through
The New York Times

The National Institutes of Health would lose $2.5 billion.  Rental assistance for the poor would fall by $2.3 billion; nutrition programs for women, infants and children would lose $543 million.  These are among the findings in a new 394-page report by the White House that was delivered Friday to Congress, detailing line by line what will happen next year if Washingtonfails to act to head off about $100 billion in military and domestic spending cuts scheduled to begin Jan. 2.  The Obama administration had been reluctant to specify the impact of sequestration, as the automatic, across-the-board spending reduction is called.  More…  

It’s Time to Get Serious About Science
The Washington Post (Op-Ed)

Some policymakers, including certain senators and members of Congress, cannot resist ridiculing any research project with an unusual title.  Their press releases are perhaps already waiting in the drawer, with blanks for the name of the latest scientist being attacked.  The hottest topics for ridicule involve sex, exotic animals and bugs.  The champion of mocking science was the late William Proxmire, whose Golden Fleece Awards enlivened dull Senate floor proceedings from 1975 until 1988.  His monthly awards became a staple of news coverage. He generated good laughs back home by talking about a “wacko” in a lab coat experimenting with something seemingly stupid.  Proxmire did not invent the mad-scientist stereotype, but he did much to popularize it.  More… 

With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost
The New York Times

Medicaid has long conjured up images of inner-city clinics jammed with poor families. Its far less-visible role is as the only safety net for millions of middle-class people whose needs for long-term care, at home or in a nursing home, outlast their resources.  With baby boomers and their parents living longer than ever, few families can count on their own money to go the distance.  So while Medicare has drawn more attention in the election campaign, seniors and their families may have even more at stake in the future of Medicaid changes — those proposed, and others already under way.  More…  

Court: You Can Appeal Medicare Decisions About Hospice Services
The New York Times

When Emily Back lay dying and in excruciating pain, her hospice made a decision that her husband couldn’t accept.  Ignoring a doctor’s order, the organization said it wouldn’t supply Ms. Back, who was 81, with Actiq, a fast-acting, powerful narcotic that a patient sucks on, like a lollipop.  That outraged Howard Back, who then bought the medication on his own dime and filed a lawsuit after his wife died.  Now a Californiacourt decision has resulted in an important clarification, determining that Medicare beneficiaries and their survivors have a right to appeal the denial of services by a hospice provider.   More…    

NFL Gives $30 million for Concussion Research
The TODAY Show

TODAY’s Matt Lauer speaks to the Commissioner of the NFL, the Chie f of Staff of the Army, and the NIH’s Neurology Institute on the announcement that the NFL will donate $30 million for concussion and traumatic brain injury research.  More…


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