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HHS earmarks $300 million to expand community health centers, including pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON – The Deparment of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced the availability of up to $300 million under the Affordable Care Act to help the nation’s community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services.

“Health centers are key to the Affordable Care Act’s goal of expanding access to health care,” stated HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “They are critical providers of care and also have been instrumental in linking people to coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Health centers provided enrollment assistance to more than 4.7 million people since last fall.”

Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. The health center program is administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

“These funds will allow health centers to expand health services to better serve newly insured patients,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield.

Health center grantees requesting expanded services funds must demonstrate how these funds will be used to expand primary care medical 

 

 

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Royal Canin introduces DNA analysis for dogs

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Royal Canin USA, a pet food brand, announced the Royal Canin Genetic Health Analysis, which identifies a dog’s specific breed makeup, which may help veterinarians identify potential health problems caused by genetic mutations.

When using the analysis, a dog’s ancestry is determined by comparing their DNA to the genetic signatures of more than 250 different breeds, the company said. It currently screens for 700 different mutations, with more added regularly. Based on the results dog owners and vets can develop a custom health-and-wellness based on the dog’s code.

Royal Canin partnered with the Waltham Research Center, Mars Veterinary and Wisdom Panel to develop the analysis based on a decade of research and development with a team of geneticists, veterinarians and nutritionists.

 

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Raid aims to simplify pest control with new system

BY Ryan Chavis

RACINE, Wis. — Raid, a pest control brand from SC Johnson, is introducing Raid Defense System. The system provides a regimen of solutions and non-chemical tips that, when used together, control and prevent home-invading bugs.

Consumers can use the Raid system creator tool at RaidKillsBugs.com to find a customized regimen of Raid products. The site also allows consumers to: select and compare products; identify the species of insect that’s causing the problem; watch how-to videos to help solve pest problems; and take advantage of help from experts.

"No one likes talking about pest problems in the home, but most Americans will encounter it at some point, especially when temperatures rise in summer months," said Kelly M. Semrau, SVP global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability. "Without the right tools and information, pest problems will persist and people will spend time and money trying to address the issue. We created the new Raid Defense System to empower people to beat the bugs with confidence."

 

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