Secret Repository Kept Well-Stocked In Case Of Bioterror Attack, Pandemic, Or Major Public Health Crisis

In the stockpile outside D.C. and in several other places across the country there are rows of antibiotics, including the powerful medication Ciprofloxacin, vaccines for smallpox and anthrax and antivirals for a deadly influenza pandemic. In other public health news: stem cell therapy, kidney disease, broken heart syndrome, rapid-aging disease, and more.

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Recycling Donated Organs? Doctor Breaks Taboo Of Re-Using Kidneys In Midst Of Shortage

Dr. Jeffrey Veale is the first surgeon focused on making the re-use of transplanted kidneys routine. “We shouldn’t be discarding these young, healthy kidneys,” he says. In other news, the United Network for Organ Sharing, which has held a tight rein on organ donation in the United States, may be facing competition.

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Trump Defends VA Nominee But Gives Him Cover To Withdraw Amid Allegations Of Misconduct, Lax Prescription Practices

Dr. Ronny Jackson has been accused of overseeing a hostile work environment where staff had to “walk on eggshells” around him, drinking while on overseas trips and then banging on a female employee’s hotel door, and doling out prescription medications with such frequency as to earn the moniker “the candy man.”

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California Lawmakers Seek Reparations For People Sterilized By The State

Rosie Zaballos liked to host playtime tea parties and was sweet to everyone she met. But her older brother worried that the 16-year-old, whom her family described as “a little slow,” might someday become pregnant. In his 30s and married, he had three kids of his own. And their mom was sick and needed help. …

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Peak Health Plan Premiums Give Rise To Activism — And Unconventional Solutions

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When Garnett and Dave Mellen sent their 19-year-old daughter, Gita, off to college an hour away at Virginia Commonwealth University last fall, they didn’t expect to follow her. But in November, the family received notice that its monthly health insurance premium in Charlottesville would triple for 2018, from $1,200 to an unaffordable …

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