In Face Of Blood Shortages, Red Cross Aims To Recruit More Donors With New App

The agency, responsible for nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, says the app helps people understand where there are shortages and where they can give blood. Public health news also focuses on a 22-minute workout; housing reforms for the mentally ill; science with borders; infections from Mexican surgeries; the importance of humility among researchers; …

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In Face Of Blood Shortages, Red Cross Aims To Recruit More Donors With New App

The agency, responsible for nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, says the app helps people understand where there are shortages and where they can give blood. Public health news also focuses on a 22-minute workout; housing reforms for the mentally ill; science with borders; infections from Mexican surgeries; the importance of humility among researchers; …

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Record On Big Pharma Hangs Over Cory Booker As He Readies For A 2020 Presidential Run

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) drew criticism when he voted against a budget amendment allowing for the importation of drugs. As he preps to enter the 2020 fray, he’s been taking steps to counter that line of attack by joining forces with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on his legislation aimed at high drug prices.

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Record On Big Pharma Hangs Over Cory Booker As He Readies For A 2020 Run

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) drew criticism when he voted against a budget amendment allowing for the importation of drugs. As he preps to enter the 2020 fray, he’s been taking steps to counter that line of attack by joining forces with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on his legislation aimed at high drug prices.

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‘Fanciful, Inflated, Difficult To Decode And Inconsistent’: Experts Blast Rules Requiring Hospitals To Post Prices

The Trump administration now requires hospitals to post their chargemasters online in an effort to increase pricing transparency in the industry. But many experts criticize the rules, saying the information is unusable to consumers. In other hospital news: children’s hospitals brace for changes from the administration’s tax reform law, and hospitals push physicians to go …

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VA Setting Stage For Biggest Transformation Of The Veterans’ Medical System In A Generation

The proposed guidelines would allow veterans more choice is seeking care outside the troubled VA system. Although, proponents of the switch say that it can help with wait times, critics say it will strain the private sector and increase costs for taxpayers.

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Massive Tent City At Center Of Protests Over Migrant Youth Care Closes

“It was chilling to see thousands of children locked up in a tent prison in the desert. It’s great news that those children have finally been moved out of Tornillo,” said Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley. However, critics of the administration’s care of young migrants note that there are still thousands of children in U.S. custody …

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Listen: Do Consumers Benefit When Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online?

Julie Appleby, a Kaiser Health News senior correspondent, appeared last week on WBUR’s “Here & Now” with Jeremy Hobson and on Science Friday to discuss the new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that hospitals post their list prices online. But, according to KHN’s coverage, the information popping up on hospital websites …

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Meth’s Resurgence Spotlights Lack Of Meds To Combat The Addiction

In 2016, news reports warned the public of an opioid epidemic gripping the nation. But Madeline Vaughn, then a lead clinical intake coordinator at the Houston-based addiction treatment organization Council on Recovery, sensed something different was going on with the patients she checked in from the street. Their behavior, marked by twitchy suspicion, a poor …

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

The Friday Breeze Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care to compile our daily Morning Briefing, offers the best and most provocative stories for the weekend. Happy Friday, where we’re 20 days and so-and-so hours (depending on when you read this) into the partial federal shutdown. As of today, it’s tied as the …

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