Viewpoints: Reducing Harm Reduces Overdose Deaths; Trump Undermines Women’s Access To Health Care

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. Chicago Tribune: A Bold Remedy For Overdose DeathsAdddiction to opioids is hazardous to your health. This may sound like an obvious and inescapable reality. If your chief priority is staying cool, the thinking goes, you don’t move to Phoenix. If you really want to …

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Contemplating Health System Reform: Trump Could Save Obamacare; Anthem’s Earnings Alter The Narrative

Opinion writers offer their thoughts on what is happening with efforts to repeal and replace the health law as well as other steps that could result in meaningful health care change. The New York Times: How Trump Could Save Obamacare, And Help HimselfIn this case, improving the Affordable Care Act would not only be good …

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Longer Looks: Black Market Insulin; Opioid Deaths; And Birth Control Access

Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. NBC News: Desperate Families Driven To Black Market InsulinFourth grader Gabriella Corley is trapped. She has type-1 diabetes and is allergic to the kind of insulin her insurer makes affordable — and her family can’t pay for the kind she needs every day …

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State Highlights: Grand Jury Indicts Doctors In Genital Mutilation Case; Doctors’ Salaries In Baltimore Some Of Lowest In Country

Media outlets report on news from Michigan, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. The Washington Post: Detroit-Area Doctors Indicted In ‘Brutal’ Genital Mutilation CaseIn what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the United States, a grand jury issued a federal indictment Wednesday against two Detroit-area doctors and a medical …

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Motivated By Current Political Climate, International Group To Provide Abortion Pill Advice In U.S.

Women Help Women is a business headquartered in the Netherlands that provides women abortion medication through its websites. And, media outlets report on other women’s health news out of Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Washington Post: Website Aims To Help Women Self-Induce Abortions Using DrugsAn international advocacy group concerned about restrictive laws in …

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Stem Cells Touted As Miraculous Cure For Some Diseases Found To Have Cancer-Causing Mutations

Five out of 140 registered stem lines have cells with the mutation, two of which had been used in clinical trials in an unknown number of patients. In other public health news: tracing the origins of autism and epilepsy; reality meets hype when it comes to cancer drugs; funding the Zika battle; caregiving and dementia; …

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Escalation To Elephant Tranquilizers Marks New Normal In Rampant Opioid Epidemic

Recent deaths in a handful of states have been tied to carfentanil, which is 100 times more potent than the already-powerful fentanyl. “It shows how callous these drug dealers are,” Synan said. “It has no human use whatsoever and they’re putting it out on the street and wreaking havoc.” The Washington Post: Elephant Tranquilizer Is …

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Little-Known, Cheap Blood-Clotting Drug Could Reduce Hemorrhages For Women After Labor

The drug costs less than $2 and doesn’t need to be refrigerated, a boon for developing countries. The New York Times: Inexpensive Drug Prevents Deaths In New Mothers, Study FindsAn inexpensive generic drug that saves the lives of wounded soldiers and civilian car crash victims has now been shown to rescue women suffering hemorrhages in …

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Ark. Governor Expected To Ask Lawmakers To Trim Eligibility For Medicaid Expansion Program

Under the plan — previewed by state officials — about 60,000 people who gained Medicaid through the health law’s expansion will lose coverage but they could instead apply for insurance through Obamacare marketplace policies. Also, the Florida House passed a bill that would set up work requirements for Medicaid enrollees. Arkansas Online: 4-Year Savings Put …

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Dealing With an Ostomy

April 27, 2017 Living With Cancer By SUSAN GUBAR Six days after an unremarkable lumpectomy, I had rushed to the local hospital, not so much because of pain but out of concern. I had been eating and drinking as usual, but what was going in was not coming out. I cursed my faulty plumbing — …

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Negotiating Drug Prices: Should State Agencies Band Together?

Citing budget-busting drug costs, a California lawmaker wants state health programs to band together to negotiate better prices with drug companies. Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would strengthen intra-agency collaboration on drug cost-saving strategies. Lawmakers will consider the bill at an Assembly Health Committee hearing on Tuesday. “Californians and Americans …

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Rural Doctors’ Training May Be In Jeopardy

In nearly two years as a medical resident in Meridian, Mississippi, Dr. John Thames has treated car-wreck victims, people with chest pains and malnourished infants. Patients have arrived with lacerations, with burns, or in a disoriented fog after discontinuing their psychiatric medications. Thames, a small-town Mississippi native, said the East Central Mississippi HealthNet Rural Family Medicine …

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Widespread Hype Gives False Hope To Many Cancer Patients

After Michael Uvanni’s older brother, James, was diagnosed with a deadly form of skin cancer, it seemed as if everyone told the family what they wanted to hear: Have hope. You can beat this, and we are here to help. The brothers met with doctors at a half-dozen of the country’s best hospitals, all with …

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Beyoncé 3.0: The Maternal Ideal

April 27, 2017 Unbuttoned By VANESSA FRIEDMAN She may have dropped out of headlining Coachella this month because of her pregnancy, but Beyoncé has not dropped out of public life. Instead, she has swapped a festival stage for an Instagram stage, and so — just in time for what would have been her second concert …

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These Are the Best Walking Workouts, According to Fitness Experts

It’s easy to take walking for granted as a form of exercise. After all, it’s how we move around in the world every day, so it can be hard to believe it’ll knock off pounds. But research shows that walking is a surprisingly strong health and fitness strategy. It matters how you walk, though. A study in Journal of Applied Physiology found that walking quickly with hand and ankle weights was …

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Beer Drinkers May Develop Irregular Heart Rhythms

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR April 26, 2017 The Munich Oktoberfest might seem an unlikely locale for a medical research project, but German scientists studied festivalgoers and found that moderate social drinking may lead to arrhythmias — irregular heart rhythms — in otherwise healthy people. Using a hand-held breathalyzer, the researchers tested 3,028 men and women who had been …

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Diet Sodas Tied to Dementia and Stroke

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR April 26, 2017 A new study links diet soft drinks to an increased risk for stroke and dementia. Researchers studied more than 4,000 people over 45 who had filled out food-frequency questionnaires and had periodic health examinations between 1991 and 2001. The scientists tracked their health over the next 10 years and found 97 …

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Viewpoints: It’s Time For Men To Talk About Depression; Addicted To The War On Drugs

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The Star Tribune: Why Men Like Me Should Talk Openly About DepressionFor too long, there’s been a stigma attached to mental illness in the United States and elsewhere. It’s especially bad for men, who are supposed to solve problems in this git-’er-done society of …

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Different Takes On The Abortion Question – Economics, Politics, Risks

Opinion writers take on a variety of issues related to this divisive issue. The New York Times: Why Abortion Is A Progressive Economic IssueThe Democrats’ unity tour fractured into disunity almost immediately after it began. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont refused to say whether Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate trying to win a typically Republican …

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Thoughts On How Trump Could Shift His Health Care Focus; Safeguarding People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Editorial pages across the country include ideas about how the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers should shift their repeal and replace efforts as well as other reflections on the health care system. Bloomberg: A Better Goal For Trump On Health CareRather than renew their failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump and …

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