Pediatric Hospice Can Be A Godsend For Heartbroken Parents. But The Facilities Often Struggle To Stay Afloat.

By some estimates, around half a million children have serious medical conditions that are expected to shorten their lives. For too many of them, death will most likely happen amid the fluorescence and thrumming machinery of an intensive-care unit. For the lucky families, there’s pediatric hospice care. In other public health news: the mysterious illness …

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California Investigation Blames PG&E Equipment For Igniting Deadliest Wildfire

The utility, which had already acknowledged its electrical transmission lines were probably the cause of last November’s blazes, could face criminal charges following the report from state fire investigators and be held responsible for billions of dollars associated with the destruction and loss of lives. PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January.

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Social Media Users Are Required To Disclose Relationships With Companies. Does That Apply To Doctors On Trips Sponsored By Companies?

Doctors were gushing on social media about a trip that had been sponsored by a new Botox rival. Should they fall under the FTC requirement that social media users be transparent when they’re promoting a product? Ethicists weigh in. In other news from the health industry, CVS will start requiring third-party testing on vitamins and …

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What About Adults And Measles? Here’s A Primer On That Vaccine And Many Others, Including Shingles

The current measles outbreak is causing concern for adults who wonder if they’re safe from the highly infectious disease. NPR explains who needs protection from measles and other diseases. Other news on measles is on anti-vaxxers trolling a physician, Oregon’s defeat of a vaccine bill and Connecticut’s plan to repeal religious exemptions.

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How To Find And Use New Federal Ratings For Rehab Services At Nursing Homes

Navigating Aging Navigating Aging focuses on medical issues and advice associated with aging and end-of-life care, helping America’s 45 million seniors and their families navigate the health care system. To contact Judith Graham with a question or comment, click here. Join the Navigating Aging Facebook Group. See All Columns For the first time, the federal government is …

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Trump’s Talk On Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Match His Administration’s Actions

“We will always protect patients with preexisting conditions, very importantly.” President Donald Trump on May 9, 2019 in comments delivered during a White House event on surprise medical bills Delivering remarks on surprise medical billing, which is a concern that has drawn bipartisan interest, President Donald Trump waded into another high-profile health issue: making sure …

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Listen: Abortion Laws Could Have Unexpected Consequences

Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News’ chief Washington correspondent, talks with Robin Young on “Here and Now” about the possible ramifications of strict abortion limits passed by Alabama’s legislature or other laws recently enacted in certain conservative states. The Alabama bill would outlaw all abortions except those to save a woman’s life and would establish long …

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State Highlights: Breast Cancer Death Rate For Black Women Is 40% Higher And Worse In Southern States; Minnesota Dems Say Losing Tax Would Be Devastating To Health Programs

Media outlets report on news from Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Arizona, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, California, Washington and New Hampshire.

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Purdue Continued Pitching OxyContin Despite Concerns Raised By Sales Reps, New Suit From Pennsylvania Alleges

The suit says Purdue drug representatives have made 531,000 detailing calls on doctors in the state since 2007, when the company settled with Pennsylvania and 25 other states agreeing to stop identifying illegal diversion of its OxyContin and to promote it only for federally approved uses. The company is facing a barrage of legal challenges …

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