Weekly Dose of Health News September 29 2014

The New York Times writes on the gender differences in symptoms of heart attacks and the gender bias in medical studies.

New York State has requested federal permission to import limited amounts of medical marijuana for use in young people with a rare form of epilepsy.  Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder with the requested action, which would be a stop-gap measure until the product could be cultivated in-state.

The U.S. has confirmed its first case of Ebola in Texas.

The Department of Health and Human Services will issue a report this week on network adequacy in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The 2014 September Medicaid Update is now available and covers topics such as Medicaid coverage for Ebola care, pharmacists as immunizers fact sheet and an expedited process for pharmacy prior authorization.

The New York State Department of Health has posted its summary of the September 18 Drug Utilization Review Board meeting.

The New York Times writes on the effect of exercise on depression.

Here is an update on the Enterovirus 68 illness, including four deaths in the U.S.

The Washington Post writes that health plans that were granted an exemption under the Affordable Care Act will discontinue service at the end of they year.  These are plans that had not met ACA standards.  Consumers will have an opportunity to switch plans when open enrollment begins on November 15 of this year.