1. ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bad for Health $$$ Either Way. If the country falls off the dreaded “fiscal cliff” — a series of mandatory federal spending cuts and tax increases — at the end of next month, Medicare will see nearly $12 billion in spending cuts and the National Institutes of Health will lose money for about 700 grants.
2. Routine HIV Screening Based on Evidence. Routine screening for HIV has the potential to reduce sexual transmission of the virus.
3. Losing Job Ups Heart Attack Risk. Unemployment is a significant risk factor for acute myocardial infarction, results of a large cohort study suggested, although the risk fades with joblessness lasting more than a year.