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Mapping Loneliness and other Health GIS News

Thursday, January 17th 2013
By Adena Schutzberg

The UK Department of Health is drawing up a map which will pinpoint which areas of the country have the highest levels of isolation. Isolation is thought to have distinct impacts on health including the development of heart disease, high blood pressure and dimentia.

- Daily Mail

Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies around the city to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves.

The New York Police Department believes the so-called "bait bottles" could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects.

The scheme was introduced at a health issue conference in California on Jan 15.

- AP

The National Guard Association announced new geography rules for members of the Guard.

Recipients of TRICARE Prime who live more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or base closure site will have to move to a fee-for-service version of the health insurance.

As of Oct. 1, TRICARE Prime, the military's managed-care option, will end for users beyond the geographic limit that will go into effect. Those people will shift to TRICARE Standard.

The Defense Department expects to save between $45 million to $56 millionannually with this switch.

- press release

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