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Issue 03-16-2015

There’s still plenty of work to do on health reform

Although the Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama five years ago and the major provisions of the legislation took effect at the beginning of 2014, health care reform remains a highly contentious work in progress. Two recent reports provide some indications about the ACA’s success to date in achieving its primary

Assessing the flu vaccine

Late in 2014, we got news that the most prevalent circulating influenza virus strain this season, H3N2 (A/Switzerland/9715293/2013), was antigenically different from the H3N2 strain that was used to produce this year’s flu vaccine. Depending on the source from which one first heard this news, the sentiments ranged from the cynical — “the vaccine is