Viewpoints: The Words That Can’t Be Said At The CDC; Health Care In The Age Of Mergers

A selection of opinions on health care from news outlets around the country. The New York Times: Trump, The C.D.C. And The Peek-A-Boo DoctrineIn case you were keeping score at home: In Donald Trump’s America, you’re allowed to refuse to make me a cake, because pastry is free speech. But if you’re a researcher studying …

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State Highlights: Va. Gov. Proposes Budget Increase For Mental Health; La., Miss. And S.C. Lead The Nation In Flu Cases

Media outlets report on news from Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, California and Missouri. The Associated Press: Virginia Governor Proposes Boost In Mental Health SpendingVirginia’s governor is proposing a multi-million-dollar effort to move dozens of people out of state mental hospitals. The Daily Press reported Wednesday that Gov. Terry …

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California Errs On Side Of Caution With New Public Safety Guidelines For Cellphones

Because heavy, long-term cellphone use has been linked to cancer among other negative health consequences, the California Department of Public Health released guidelines last week on how to cut down on the risks. KQED: California Issues Guidelines To Reduce Potential Harm From CellphonesThe California Department of Public Health Wednesday released a new set of guidelines …

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There’s A Definite Link Between Parents’ Age And Autism In Kids, But Reason Is A Little Less Clear

The most prominent hypothesis is that the sperm of older men has accumulated many spontaneous mutations that the men pass along to their children. In other public health news: stress and the holidays; replacement organs on demand; antibiotics and sexually transmitted diseases; cancer patients; forgetfulness in older adults; and more. The Washington Post: The Link …

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‘We Are Losing A Generation’: Cherokee Nation Fears Loss Of Identity As Opioid Crisis Decimates Tribe

A suit on behalf of the Cherokee Nation has been brought in tribal court against opioid-makers, but the companies are asking a federal judge to deny the tribe’s authority to even bring the case. In other news on the crisis, prosecutors are starting to treat overdoses as homicides; women in Texas who need mental health …

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The DEA Was Poised To Take Down Huge Corporation Tied To Opioid Crisis. So What Happened?

The Washington Post examines the deal top attorneys at the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department struck with McKesson Corp. The agreement took the legs out from under agents who had been in the field trying to bring down the corporation they say failed to report suspicious orders involving millions of highly addictive painkillers. …

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Medicaid Pulling Some Funding For Oklahoma Teaching Hospitals

At stake is $115 million in physician training funds. News outlets also report on Medicaid developments in South Carolina and Illinois. Oklahoma Watch/Tulsa World: State Could Lose $115 Million In Medicaid Funds For Teaching HospitalsOklahoma’s two largest safety-net hospitals could lose $115 million a year because the state spent Medicaid dollars on training doctors for …

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Administration Blocking Two More Pregnant, Immigrant Girls From Getting Abortions, ACLU Says

Earlier in the year, the American Civil Liberties Union won its fight to allow an immigrant girl to obtain the procedure. The same judge set a hearing for Monday for the newest additions to the case. The Associated Press: Lawsuit: 2 Immigrant Teens In US Custody Can’t Get AbortionsPresident Donald Trump’s administration is blocking two …

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As List Of Banned Words Sparks Firestorm, HHS Reiterates Support Of ‘Best Scientific Evidence’

The Trump administration informed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies that they could not use certain terms such as “science-based” and “fetus” during the upcoming budget process, according to a news report. Department of Health and Human Services officials push back on the characterization of the list. The Washington Post: Words …

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CHIP Funding Languishing As Congress Dickers Over How To Pay For It

The delay in funding has families and state officials in Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Connecticut growing nervous. Modern Healthcare: Healthcare Issues Loom Large As Congress Tackles Spending Bills, Tax ReformSteep divisions remain, not just along party lines but between the House and Senate. House conservatives support the defense bill and don’t want extra spending provisions …

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First Edition: December 18, 2017

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Farewell, Individual MandateThe compromise tax bill emerging from Republican efforts in Congress appears to have jettisoned a number of contentious health-related changes. Still, it seems likely lawmakers will repeal the penalties for not having health insurance. That so-called individual …

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Looking North: Can A Single-Payer Health System Work In The U.S.?

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). TORONTO — For Dr. Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving here about four years ago was almost a no-brainer. He’s part of a small cohort of American doctors who, for …

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Gratitude: In Sickness and Health

Advertisement I remember staring up at the ceiling from the dentist’s chair as a child and wondering with genuine perplexity, “How am I here again?” It seemed as if I had awakened there, wholly present to the undeniable reality of a cavity filling or tooth pulling. The days that had passed between dental visits were …

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When a Man Needs a Safe Place

Advertisement It’s bad enough that Marom Unger needs a squirt of Botox under his armpits every six months to help curb excessive perspiration. Even more humiliating, though, is sitting in his doctor’s office surrounded by women. Mr. Unger, a restaurateur in New York, knows that his waiting room companions are probably so consumed by their …

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The Truck Gene

Advertisement My younger son, I used to say, had the truck gene. I still bring this up sometimes when I talk about the importance of reading aloud to small children, because we had assembled, when my son was 2 or 3, one of the world’s largest collections of truck picture books, a failed parental strategy …

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How to ‘Winterize’ Your Dog

Advertisement We winterize our homes and cars and bundle up to brave icy winds outdoors, but too often we fail to do the same for our four-legged friends. Yet regardless of what nature delivers, dogs have to go out and they need regular exercise for their physical and psychological well-being. Whether urban or rural, dogs …

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Farewell, Individual Mandate

The compromise tax bill emerging from Republican efforts in Congress appears to have jettisoned a number of contentious health-related changes. Still, it seems likely lawmakers will repeal the penalties for not having health insurance. That so-called individual mandate was considered a linchpin of the Affordable Care Act, but now it seems possible the rest of …

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Viewpoints: The Clock Ticks Down On The ACA’s Open Enrollment; Medicare Cuts Could Blend Into Tax Bill

A selection of opinions on health care from news outlets around the country. Huffington Post: There’s Not Much Time Left To Get Obamacare For 2018Another reason experts expect an enrollment decline is the Trump administration’s management of the program, which has included neglect and outright sabotage. Over the past year, the administration has reduced spending …

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Research Roundup: Coverage And Access; #MeToo Movement In Medicine; And Hospitals

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. The Commonwealth Fund: States’ Progress On Coverage And Access, 2013–2016Between 2013 and 2016, the uninsured rate for adults ages 19 to 64 declined in all states and the District of Columbia, and fell by at least 5 percentage points in 47 …

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State Highlights: Theranos Settles With Arizona AG For $4.6M; Oregon Working Toward Rule Changes To Better Protect Mental Health Patients

Media outlets report on news from Arizona, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Minnesota, California, D.C., Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania and Washington. Arizona Republic: Attorney General Brnovich Reaches A $4.6M Settlement With TheranosMore than 76,000 Arizonans who purchased a Theranos blood test will get a refund check in the mail starting Friday under a $4.6 million settlement …

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#MeToo Movement Shines Light On Sexual Harassment In Medical Research Industry

About one in three women in the field report experiencing workplace sexual harassment. In other public health news: high glucose levels during pregnancy, caregivers, macular degeneration and mass shootings. Stat: In Wake Of #MeToo, A New Spotlight On Harassment In Biomedical ScienceWhen, in early 2016, Dr. Reshma Jagsi published her survey on sexual harassment in …

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Some Mental Health Providers Hesitant To Make Room In Already Crowded System For Drug Users

As states try to get a handle on the opioid crisis, police are shifting their focus from arresting drug offenders to helping them get treatment. But there are already too many people on waitlists who are outside the criminal justice system, and some mental health providers are worried about what will happen to those patients …

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