Inside the Minds of the Ultrawealthy

By EILENE ZIMMERMAN February 19, 2017 I asked the psychologist Brad Klontz to tell me more about what it’s like to work with billionaires. HOW ARE ULTRA-HIGH-NET-WORTH INDIVIDUALS DIFFERENT FROM RUN-OF-THE-MILL AFFLUENT INDIVIDUALS? They have this feeling that rules don’t apply to them, although that mind-set is often the key to much of their success. If they’re …

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China Fights Spread of Deadly Avian Virus

By CHRIS BUCKLEY February 18, 2017 BEIJING — The Chinese authorities are battling a surge in H7N9 “bird flu” infections, and have shuttered live poultry markets across the country after dozens of people in recent weeks were killed by the disease. As of Friday, health officials confirmed eight deaths and 77 diagnosed cases just in February, according …

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Viewpoints: GOP Health Plan Runs Contrary To Robin Hood’s Rules By Redirecting Funding From Poor To Rich; The Town Hall Duck And Run

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The New York Times: Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor To RichRepublicans in Congress have been saying for months that they are working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Trump era. Now we have the outline of that …

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Research Roundup: Medicaid Block Grants; Job Loss And The ACA; Growing HIV Coverage

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. Urban Institute: What TANF Can Teach Us About Block Granting Social ServicesWhite House officials and congressional leaders have talked about seizing the opportunity to pass sweeping changes to federal antipoverty programs. One potential change is to give block grants of federal …

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State Highlights: Ga. Senate Panel Amends But OKs Surprise Medical Bill Measure; Conn. Non-Profit Hospitals Fight Bid To Make Them Pay Local Property Taxas

Outlets report on news from Georgia, Connecticut, Minnesota, Kansas, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, Ohio and Louisiana. Georgia Health News: After Tweak In Payment Formula, Senate Committee OKs Remedy For ‘Surprise’ BillingA Georgia Senate panel Thursday passed legislation to halt ‘’surprise’’ medical billing – but not without a last-minute amendment that changed the contentious …

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U.S. Urged China To Crack Down On Synthetic Opioids Killing Hundreds Here

China is believed to be a major source for bootleg opioids, including the potent carfentanil, that are brought into the U.S. and contribute to the painkiller epidemic. In related news on the crisis, Georgia lawmakers consider regulations for opioid treatment centers. The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Authorities Pressed China For Action On Deadly OpioidChina’s crackdown …

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Fla. Law Barring Docs From Discussing Guns With Patients Violates Free Speech, Court Rules

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 10-1 ruling, said, “Florida does not have carte blanche to restrict the speech of doctors and medical professionals on a certain subject.” The New York Times: Florida Doctors May Discuss Guns With Patients, Court RulesA federal appeals court cleared the way on Thursday for Florida doctors …

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Mediocre Protection Rates Have Many Asking When We’ll Get A Better Flu Vaccine

Though it was no worse than previous ones, the fact that this year’s shot only cut the chance of infection in half highlights the need for a more effective vaccination. Stat: Flu Vaccine Is Only Moderately Protective This Year, CDC SaysThis year’s flu vaccine is offering moderate protection against the main family of viruses causing …

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Exclusive CRISPR Licenses ‘Bottleneck’ Innovation, Legal Experts Argue

Licensing deals cut by UC-Berkeley and Massachusetts’ Broad Institute may be limiting the potentially lie-saving applications of this gene-editing technology, according to assertions made by intellectual property experts in Friday’s issue of the journal Science. Stat: Exclusive CRISPR Licenses Slow Development Of Therapies, Legal Experts ArgueThe exclusive licenses granted to three for-profit companies on key discoveries …

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Kansas Committee Expected To Take First Vote On Medicaid Expansion Today

The issue has been swatted down repeatedly since the health law went into effect, but after moderates ousted several conservatives in last fall’s elections, a legislative panel is scheduled to vote on a measure today. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, says it will be close. News outlets also report on Medicaid …

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Lawsuit Alleges United Healthcare Overcharged Medicare For Advantage Plan Customers

The lawsuit, which was unsealed Thursday after a five-year investigation by the Department of Justice, suggests the company may have improperly collected “hundreds of millions” of dollars by claiming patients were sicker than they actually were. Modern Healthcare: DOJ Joins Medicare Advantage Fraud Lawsuit Against UnitedHealthThe U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistleblower lawsuit claiming …

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Lawmakers Move To Ease Obama-Era E-Cigarette Regulations

A proposal by Republican Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Sanford Bishop of Georgia would get rid of a “grandfather” clause that requires companies selling cigars, pipe tobacco, and vapor products such as e-cigarettes after Feb. 15, 2007 to disclose their ingredients and prove that their products meet the applicable public health standards set by …

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‘Tsunami’ Of Alzheimer’s Cases Among Latinos Raises Concerns Over Costs, Caregiving

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Florence Marquez liked to describe herself as a cannery worker, even though she was best known in her heavily Latino East San Jose neighborhood as a community activist. She strode alongside Cesar Chavez in the farmworker movement during the 1960s and 70s. She helped build affordable housing for poor families near her …

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El “tsunami” de casos de Alzheimer entre latinos plantea inquietudes sobre el cuidado y los costos

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Florence Márquez le gustaba describirse a ella misma como una trabajadora de fábrica de conservas, a pesar que era conocida en su latinísimo vecindario del este de San José como una activista comunitaria. Ella caminó junto a César Chávez en el movimiento de trabajadores agrícolas durante los años 60 y 70. Ayudó …

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Trespassing in Christina’s World

February 17, 2017 By CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE At the steering wheel my father consults his large paper map, turning it this way and that, squinting at the small blue lines that squiggle through tiny Maine coastal towns. He’s heard that the author E.B. White’s house is somewhere around here, and he’s determined to find it. …

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Veteran Teaches Therapists How To Talk About Gun Safety When Suicide’s A Risk

Jay Zimmerman got his first BB gun when he was 7, and his first shotgun when he was 10. “Growing up in Appalachia, you look forward to getting your first firearm,” he said, “probably more so than your first car.” His grandfather taught him to hunt squirrels and quail. Zimmerman, who lives in Elizabethton, Tenn., …

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