PTSD Isn’t Limited To Combat Soldiers: Parents Of Sick Kids Often Have All The Same Symptoms Yet Go Overlooked

Historically, psychiatrists didn’t consider medical diseases traumatic events, but parents of sick children can often have PTSD symptoms such as reliving the experience, avoiding reminders of the event or condition, feeling numb or detached from others, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and being constantly on the lookout for danger. In other public health news: a depression treatment, …

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When Background Checks Fail, Job Of Taking Guns From People Who Aren’t Supposed To Have Them Falls To An Understaffed ATF

Even though background checks are required to purchase guns, the overtaxed system doesn’t always work in a timely fashion. More weapons are getting into the hands of dangerous people, The Wall Street Journal reports. Then, understaffed federal and state agencies struggle with how to take away those guns. In other news on gun control efforts, …

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What Role Should Big Social Media Companies Play In Public Health Issues?

The recent attempts from social media companies to limit antivaccination posts highlights both the struggles of trying to monitor such content and the impact the tech leaders can have on the national conversation. In other health and technology news: the limits of artificial intelligence, exposure of personal health information, and a mental health app that …

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How The Medicaid Battle Is Far From Over: Despite Some Red States Embracing Limited Expansion, Others Dig In Their Heels

Recent moves by red state Republicans to block voter-approved Medicaid expansion, as well as threats from some Republican governors to slash funding highlight the fact that both sides are still fighting the Medicaid expansion battle. Medicaid news comes out of Georgia and Texas, as well.

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Maryland Law Designed To Curb Drug Price Gouging Dealt Fatal Blow As Supreme Court Refuses Case

The legislation had previously been ruled unconstitutional by an appeals court because it tried to regulate commerce beyond Maryland’s borders. The law, which was enacted following several high-profile drug hikes, prohibited what it termed “unconscionable” price increases for essential drugs no longer covered by patents or generic drugs that are sold in the state.

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Lucrative Commissions For Insurance Brokers Seem Like Normal Business Practices–Until You Realize Who Ultimately Pays For Them

Human resource directors often rely on independent health insurance brokers to guide them through confusing benefit options offered by insurance companies. But what many don’t fully realize is how the health insurance industry steers the process through lucrative financial incentives and commissions, the cost of which are built into premiums. In other health industry and …

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Despite Safeguards, FDA And Doctors Allowed Fentanyl To Fall Into Hands Of Thousands Of Inappropriate Patients, Report Finds

After reviewing thousands of pages of documents requested through the Freedom of Information Act, researchers also found that both the FDA and drug companies became aware of what was happening but took no action to stop it. “The whole purpose of this distribution system was to prevent exactly what we found,” said Caleb Alexander, co-director …

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‘These Women’s Lives Mattered’: Nurse Builds Database Of Women Murdered By Men

PLANO, Texas — In February 2017, a school nurse in this Dallas suburb began counting women murdered by men. Seated at her desk, beside shelves of cookbooks, novels and books on violence against women, Dawn Wilcox, 54, scours the internet for news stories of women killed by men in the U.S. For dozens of hours …

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Have The Days Of Double Hospital Rooms Passed? Patients Start To Expect Private Rooms As The Norm

More and more hospitals are transitioning toward private rooms as the standard, reflecting a growing sentiment that patient comfort is an essential part of the hospital business. Hospital news comes out of California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Illinois, and Kansas, as well.

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