Broke a Glass, Got an Invoice

February 23, 2017 Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My young cousin was recently married. She and her new husband invited my boyfriend and me to dinner. They used all their new wedding china. (It was a little pretentious in a studio apartment.) During the meal, my boyfriend accidentally broke his wineglass. He may have said, …

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Singing While Pregnant

By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS February 23, 2017 Beyoncé’s seemingly effortless performance at the 59th annual Grammy Awards earlier this month was all the more remarkable given that she is pregnant with twins. The inevitable march of gestation will be likely to pose even more of a challenge in April, when she is scheduled to headline Coachella. Because pregnancy …

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The Girl Who Hunts With Hawks

The Girl Who Hunts With Hawks February 23, 2017 Jenna Woginrich lets her falcon, Aya, fly. February 23, 2017 Running With Sherman By CHRISTOPHER McDOUGALL Anna Kendrick isn’t just beautiful; if you could spend time with her in the woods, you’d realize she’s also lethal, a born hunter with a killer’s reflexes who thrives on …

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Viewpoints: Taking Stock Of The GOP Repeal-Replace-Repair Effort; Anti-Vaxxers See A Friend In President Trump

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The Washington Post: Republicans Suddenly Realize Burning Down The Health-Care System Might Not Be A Great IdeaThe Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not going well, in large part because it turns out that making sweeping changes to a system that …

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Longer Looks: The Alzheimer’s Hypothesis; For-Profit Med Schools; And A Reporter’s Brain Cancer

Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. The Atlantic: Is The Alzheimer’s “Amyloid Hypothesis” Wrong?Last week, the pharmaceutical company Merck pulled the plug on a closely watched Alzheimer’s drug trial. The drug verubecestat, an outside committee concluded, had “virtually no chance” of benefit for patients with the disease.The failure of …

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State Highlights: In N.Y., Cuomo Feels Push Back On Proposed Public Health Program Cuts; Texas Lawmakers Revisit Bid To Crack Down On Bad Nursing Homes

Outlets report on news from New York, Texas, Arizona, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa and Ohio. The Associated Press: NY Lawmakers: Cuomo Is Moving To Cut Funds To Fight CancerNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a $25 million reduction to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other public health challenges …

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Atlanta-Area Hospital System To Take Over 27 Walgreens Retail Health Clinics In City

Also in Georgia, a turf war reignites among the state’s hospitals over a cancer center’s designation. And in Maryland, Johns Hopkins partners with a health real estate firm to explore future developments. Modern Healthcare: Piedmont Taking Over 27 Walgreens Clinics In Atlanta Piedmont Healthcare, a seven-hospital system in Atlanta, has agreed to take over and operate …

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Mass. Nonprofit Financially Helps Patients To Get Treatment For Opioid Abuse

In other news on the painkiller epidemic, a Philadelphia doctor admits to making $5 million by pushing pills on patients. And a Minnesota sheriff’s office offers addicted inmates medication to lessen cravings. WBUR: Nonprofit Provides Financial Assistance For Opioid Treatment Despite efforts to stem the tide of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts, the latest numbers suggest …

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Vitamin IVs: A Cure To Hangovers And Jetlag Or Just The Latest Fad?

Like other supplements, IVs that pump vitamins and amino acids directly into the bloodstream are lacking robust scientific evidence to show that they actually work. Also in public health news: ALS, schizophrenia, ADHD, heart screenings and geriatricians. Stat: Vitamin IVs Make Bold Health Promises. But Where’s The Evidence?Vitamin IV infusions aren’t anything new. Celebrities from …

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With Abortion Potentially In Crosshairs, Oregon AG Readies For A Fight

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is concerned about the threats of federal government funds being cut off for Planned Parenthood. The Associated Press: Oregon AG Girding To Protect Abortion RightsOn the heels of Washington state’s successful pushback of President Donald Trump’s immigration order, Oregon is readying for a court battle if the federal government tries …

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Theranos’ Arizona Lab Hit With Some Of CMS’s Harshest Penalties

The startup is also facing federal civil and criminal probes, and lawsuits brought by former retail partner Walgreen Co., investors and patients, including some who had tests done at the Arizona facility. The Wall Street Journal: Second Theranos Lab Has Blood-Testing License RevokedAn Arizona lab run by blood-testing firm Theranos Inc. put patients at risk …

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On The Backs Of Devastating Failures, Biotech Pins Hopes On New Alzheimer’s Drug

It’s the disease that has befuddled drugmakers for decades, and a recent string of high-profile setbacks have rocked the industry. But one company is pushing forward in hopes of breaking into a market worth billions. Stat: Biotech’s Next Alzheimer’s Test May Answer ‘$25 Billion Question’Moving on from biopharma’s latest setback in Alzheimer’s disease — and the four …

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Democrats, Worried About Pricing, Beseech Army Not To Grant Exclusive Deal For Zika Vaccine

Lawmakers are concerned that even though taxpayers funded the vaccine’s development, they may be priced out of being able to afford it if Sanofi is given an exclusive license. Stat: Lawmakers Urge US Army Not To Issue Exclusive License To Sanofi For A Zika VaccineNearly a dozen members of Congress are urging the US Army not …

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KHN On Call: What’s Next For The ACA?

“KHN On Call” is a new regular feature, a product of our ongoing partnership with NPR. Each week, Julie Rovner, KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, will answer a few audience questions about the new administration’s effort to revamp U.S. health care — to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Which changes are real and imminent? …

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Geriatricians Can Help Aging Patients Navigate Multiple Ailments

For months, Teresa Christensen’s 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn’t sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary. Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked. “Doctor, can’t we do some further tests?” …

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Sprint To Find Zika Vaccine Could Hinge On Summer Outbreaks

As warmer temperatures herald the arrival of pesky mosquitoes, researchers are feverishly working on several promising vaccines against Zika, a virus notorious for infecting humans through this insect’s bite. The speed and debilitating effects of last year’s Zika outbreak in the Western Hemisphere prompted a sprint to develop a vaccine. Just a little more than …

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Popular Charity Heart Screenings For Teens May Cause More Problems Than They Solve

Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. These groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence that screening adolescents with electrocardiograms (ECG) prevents …

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First Look: The New Adidas Ultra Boost X, a Running Shoe Designed Just for Women

Last week I was invited to San Francisco by Adidas to test out the latest offering from the sneaker brand: the new women-specific Adidas Ultra Boost X ($180 at adidas.com, as well as footlocker.com, six02.com, roadrunnersports.com, and other retailers). Think of it as the love child of the PureBoost X—the one with that cool-looking floating arch that launched last …

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Viewpoints: Health Policy Moves Back To Town Halls; GOP Wrestles With Medicaid Debate

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Chicago Tribune: To The GOP On Obamacare: This Spud’s For YouHealth care policy as a political hot potato has become a popular metaphor. Writers at Vox, CNBC, the American Constitution Society and elsewhere have compared Obamacare to a fresh-from-the-oven tuber that’s too painful to …

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