Health care reform: Medicare overhaul isn't settled yet

May 26, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Republican don't plan to back down on Paul Ryan's controversial Medicare overhaul.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Despite an electoral setback, Republicans aren't backing down on their controversial plan to overhaul Medicare.

New York's traditionally Republican district elected Democrat Kathy Hochul to the U.S. House. Republicans responded by vowing to renew their ardor for Medicare reform.

The Republican plan, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.), would transform Medicare into a voucher system for those under 55 years old.

Democrats countered by saying the Ryan plan would shift health care costs to seniors and people with disabilities. "[Democrats] are shamelessly demagoguing and distorting it," Ryan told the Wall Street Journal.

The measure, which passed the House, failed in the Senate on a 57-40 vote yesterday. No Democrats voted for the plan; five Republicans crossed the aisle to oppose it.

Research finds altered brain structure among autistic patients.

The temporal and frontal lobes of the brains of people with autism are more similar than those without the syndrome, according to a new study from UCLA.

Those two brain lobes are usually easy to discern, thanks to hundreds of genes that behave differently from region to region. The study considered the brains of 19 autistic patients, looking for patterns that might hint at the underlying mechanism of autism. The research is the first to reveal how the disorder works at the molecular level, altering brain structure through gene expression.

The findings support the theory that changes in the brain lead to autism, rather than the other way around, according to principal investigator Dr. Daniel Geschwind.

Medical Record Bank wins patent for online electronic medical record system