In Trump’s First Year, Anti-Abortion Forces Make Strides Despite Setbacks

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised abortion opponents four specific actions to “advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers.” One year into his presidency, three of those items remain undone. Nevertheless, abortion opponents have made significant progress changing …

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Viewpoints: A List Of Steps To Combat Opioid Crisis; What Can Go Wrong If Hospitals Get Into The Drug Business

Opinion writers from around the country express views on health care issues. Boston Globe: How To Fight The Opioid EpidemicOn some levels, 2017 was a year of progress for addiction treatment, prevention, and management. …Yet none of these initiatives reduced the number of overdose deaths, which exceeded 60,000 in 2016 and is sure to be …

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Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Pros And Cons Of Work Requirements; What If A Doctor Won’t Help?

Editorial pages offer a variety of views on the pending debate surrounding this Medicaid policy and a range of other health care issues. USA Today: On Medicaid Work Requirements, Who Will Judge The Character Judges?Meet some of the people who benefited from the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid: A bedridden woman with a severe hernia who …

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State Highlights: ‘Pharmacy Deserts’ Plague Chicago Neighborhoods; Kansas Nursing Homes Say They’re In Crisis

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, Kansas, Texas, Minnesota, Colorado, Florida, California, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee and Connecticut. Chicago Tribune: ‘Pharmacy Deserts’ A Growing Health Concern In Chicago, Experts, Residents Say Growing portions of Chatham and more than a dozen other poor Chicago neighborhoods, mostly on the city’s South and West sides, are becoming “pharmacy deserts,” …

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California Lawmakers Expected To Introduce Legislation To Fortify State’s Health Exchange

“Everything they are doing at the federal level, we are doing the opposite,” said state Sen. Ed Hernandez. Meanwhile in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker shifts toward the center with proposal to use money to stabilize the state’s health law marketplace. San Jose Mercury News: California May Buck Congress With Its Own Health Insurance RequirementWith Congress …

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In Rapidly Evolving Health Care Landscape, Traditional Borders Are Blurring

Hospitals’ recent decisions to start making their own drugs is just one in a long string of actions taken within the industry to break down conventional roles. The Wall Street Journal: How Hospitals’ Woes Are Making Health Lines BlurHospital chains are responding to continued health-care consolidation with some vertical integration of their own. It is …

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Not All Screen Time May Be Harmful To Kids, Some Experts Begin To Consider

The standard these days is to recommend children limit time in front of screens. But there’s a difference between passive exposure and active interaction. In other public health news: transgender children, Tide Pods, gene-editing, contraceptives, cancer patients and marijuana, personalized diets based on genetics, and more. The Wall Street Journal: What If Children Should Be …

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IV Bag Shortage In Midst Of Vicious Flu Season Exposes Flaw In Health System’s Crisis Response

A shortage of crucial supplies can lead to “potentially dangerous treatment of patients,” rising death rates and overwhelmed emergency workers and nursing facilities. Media outlets report on news of the flu out of California, Louisiana, Georgia, Minnesota and Texas, as well. The Washington Post: The Bad Flu Season Has Revealed A Dangerous Problem With Our …

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Most People Who Overdose Don’t Die. Instead They’re Ensnared In Relentless Cycle Of Worry And Chaos.

Although the nation has been transfixed by the horrifying statistics about drug overdoses, that’s not the reality most people who are addicted to opioids are experiencing. Instead they’re caught up in a grinding, consuming and debilitating cycle of addiction. The New York Times: 1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 HoursThe torrent of people who have died …

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GOP Lawmakers Waver On Governor’s Call For $10M Cut In Iowa Medicaid

Gov. Kim Reynolds says the cuts won’t reduce services, but legislators aren’t sure. In other Medicaid news, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking for a way to craft a deal on Medicaid expansion but Republican leaders say there isn’t enough support for such a move, Oregon voters decide tomorrow if they support a tax …

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Kentuckians Scared Of Medicaid Rules: ‘If People Could Work Their Way Out Of Poverty, They Would Have Already’

While Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is enthusiastic about his proposal to add work requirements to his state’s Medicaid program, residents relying on it are worried. “People need their Medicaid,” says Lakin Bran­ham, who relies on the program to pay for drug counseling every other week. Outlets report on news about the requirements from Alabama, Ohio …

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When a Partner Cheats

Advertisement Marriages fall apart for many different reasons, but one of the most common and most challenging to overcome is the discovery that one partner has “cheated” on the other. I put the word cheated in quotes because the definition of infidelity can vary widely among and within couples. Though most often it involves explicit …

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In The Event Of A Shutdown …

A government shutdown would have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation’s response to the current, difficult flu season. It could also disrupt some federally supported health services, experts said Friday. In all, the Department of Health and Human Services would send home — or furlough — about half of its employees, or nearly …

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CrossFit Members Quit After Owner Posts Controversial Videos of Female Clients’ Butts

A North Carolina CrossFit owner took videos of several female members as they were bending over during their workouts. The owner of a North Carolina CrossFit gym is being criticized for posting videos of female members’ butts with sexually suggestive captions. Blue Ridge CrossFit owner Tom Tomlo took videos of several female members as they were bending …

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The Humble Ascent of Oat Milk

Advertisement When did finding something to put in your coffee get so complicated? For the lactose-intolerant or merely dairy-averse, there are more alternatives to good ol’ American cow’s milk than ever. First there were powdered “creamers,” with their troublesome corn syrup solids. Then came soy, which may come closest to the real thing in nutrients …

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Viewpoints: Reasons For Health Taxes On Soda; Weighing The Pros and Cons Of New Blood Pressure Guidelines

Opinion writers and medical experts from around the country express views on a number of health care issues. The New York Times: The Case For The Health TaxesThe politics of soda has changed pretty radically. Just a decade ago, virtually no countries or cities had a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.Then Mexico enacted a substantial tax …

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