Fish Oil Supplements Tied to Sperm Health

Taking fish oil supplements may improve sperm quality in healthy young men, a new analysis suggests. Researchers studied 1,679 Danish men taking physical examinations for compulsory military service. Their average age was 19, and 98 of them reported taking fish oil supplements during the previous three months. Compared with those who took none, men who …

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Viewpoints: It May Be Expensive To Buy Insulin But It Is Cheap To Buy A Senator; Plight Of Children Far More Important Than Warren, Sanders Spat

Opinion writers tackle these and other health issues. Boston Globe: Forget Medicare For All — Americans Are Being Overcharged For Health CareIn sharp contrast to how German legislators behave, despite drug prices in the United States rising 139 percent between 2000 and 2016, Congress continues to forbid the Department of Health and Human Services from …

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Longer Looks: Schizophrenia, ‘Forever Chemicals,’ The Story Behind The Ebola Vaccine And More

Each week, KHN finds interesting reads from around the Web. The Washington Post: What Schizophrenia Does To Families — And Why The Mental Health System Can’t Keep UpAlissa Dumsch flips through her high school yearbook, pausing on a photo of a hulking young man with sandy hair and a chiseled jaw. “There’s Aaron,” she says, …

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Judge Approves Bankruptcy Plan For Opioid-Maker Insys

The case was being closely observed because it could predict Purdue Pharma’s fate. News on the epidemic is also on Minnesota’s new efforts to treat overdoses and save lives. The Wall Street Journal: Opioid-Maker Insys Wins Court Approval Of Bankruptcy PlanInsys Therapeutics Inc., the first drugmaker driven to bankruptcy by fallout from the opioid crisis, …

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State Highlights: Denver, D.C. Clear Homeless Camps; Utah Governor Abruptly Ends Distribution Of Condoms With Suggestive Phrases On Wrappers

Media outlets report on news from Colorado, District of Columbia, Utah, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, South Dakota, Connecticut, Florida, Texas, New York, Missouri, and Ohio. Colorado Sun: “Where Are We Going To Go Now?” Denver Closes Park Near Capitol, Clears Homeless Camp Citing Rats, Health HazardsDenver health officials see Lincoln Park across from the …

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Tensions Escalate Over Planned Pro-Gun Rally In Virginia’s Capital After FBI Arrests 3 Suspected Neo-Nazis

Gov. Ralph Northam has already declared a state of emergency and has temporarily banned firearms from Capitol Square in Richmond ahead of Monday’s gun rally, which has drawn national attention among the pro-gun rights movement. The New York Times: Virginia Capital On Edge As F.B.I. Arrests Suspected Neo-Nazis Before Gun RallyAlarming calls online for a …

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Can House Ways And Means Committee Break Through Gridlock On Hill Over Surprise Medical Bills?

The issue of protecting patients from surprise medical bills has been looked at as a rare problem that may draw a bipartisan compromise. But lawmakers have yet to settle on who gets stuck with the bill if not the patients. The House Ways and Means committee is just the latest to try put forward legislation. …

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HHS Rule Would Roll Back Requirement That Faith-Based Services Inform Patients Of Services They Don’t Provide

The proposed rule would also remove the regulation that the faith-based services have to refer patients to other providers. Ethics experts warned that rolling back the Obama-era rule could deprive patients and social service clients of information and options in seeking needed services. Modern Healthcare: HHS Proposes Ending Referral Requirement For Faith-Based ProvidersHHS on Thursday …

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Donations After Cardiac Death Are Starting To Show Promise For Thousands Of People Who Desperately Need Heart Transplants

Strict rules outline how and when organs can be transplanted but if this new trial method proves to be successful and safe, researchers say it could revolutionize transplantations. Other public health news is on inactive adults, millennials’ thoughts on vaccines, blood pressure, body temperature, binge drinking, surgical gown recalls, health research on mice, sepsis deaths, …

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley Bares Insecurities As She Details Her Experience With Alopecia, Baldness

“I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). She also felt that she was participating in cultural betrayal because of all the young girls who looked up to her as a congresswoman who wore braids. “I felt like I owed those little girls an explanation.” Scientists are not sure what causes the immune …

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Second Death From Pneumonia-Like Illness In China Confirmed As Public Health Officials Tensely Watch Outbreak

Meanwhile, Japan confirmed a case of the illness in a traveler who had been to Wuhan, the area in China where the virus originated. Public health officials are closely monitoring the spread of the illness, braced for the worst as memories linger of SARS and MERS, which are relatives of this current virus. Reuters: China …

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With Fate Of Roe V. Wade Unsure, Abortion Fight Shifts To New Territory

About HealthBent KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, who has covered health care for more than 30 years, offers insight and analysis of policies and politics in her regular HealthBent columns. Send questions to jrovner@kff.org. Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide. Those on both sides …

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Listen: How High-Deductible Plans Hurt Rural America

KHN senior correspondent Markian Hawryluk joined Colorado Public Radio’s Avery Lill on “Colorado Matters” to discuss his recent story on how high-deductible health plans are especially hurting rural America. (His segment begins at 11 minutes and 40 seconds in, after you click on the link for the full show.) Such insurance plans are more prevalent …

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Trump Takes Credit Where It Isn’t Due

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The final debate for Democratic presidential candidates before the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses did not delve as deeply into health care as some earlier debates. But it did include discussion of several health issues that have received relatively little attention, including prescription drug prices and …

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The New Generation of Self-Created Utopias

THE EAST WIND COMMUNITY is hidden deep in the Ozarks of southern Missouri, less than 10 miles from the Arkansas border, surrounded by jagged hills and tawny fields. Getting there requires traversing country roads that rise, dip and twist through chicken-wire-fenced farmsteads and grazing pastures cluttered with rusty agricultural equipment until you reach 1,145 acres …

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Viewpoints: History Is Repeating Itself In A Dangerous Way Over Disability Eligibility Restrictions; Health Care Helps Draw Philosophical Differences Between Warren, Sanders

Opinion writers tackle these and other health issues. The New York Times: Another Disability Disaster In The MakingOn Nov. 18, the Social Security Administration announced its proposal to conduct roughly 2.6 million additional eligibility reviews of adults and children currently receiving Social Security disability benefits in the next decade. If undertaken, the change would be …

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