Adolescents Treated With Some ADHD Drugs Like Adderall May Be At Higher Risk Of Having Psychotic Event

The risk is “low enough that you can’t say, ‘just don’t prescribe Adderall,’” said Dr. Lauren Moran, the study’s lead author. “But from a public health perspective, there’s so many millions of people being prescribed these medications that it actually leads to thousands of people at increased risk of psychosis.” In other public health news: …

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Adolescents Treated With Some ADHD Drugs Like Adderall May Be At Higher Risk Of Having Psychotic Event

The risk is “low enough that you can’t say, ‘just don’t prescribe Adderall,’” said Dr. Lauren Moran, the study’s lead author. “But from a public health perspective, there’s so many millions of people being prescribed these medications that it actually leads to thousands of people at increased risk of psychosis.” In other public health news: …

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New Zealand Vows To Make ‘Our Country A Safer Place’, Bans All Assault Weapons In Sharp Contrast To U.S. Lawmakers

It only took six days since New Zealand’s largest massacre for the government to change gun ownership laws. But the country’s constitution does not guarantee the right to own a gun and the gun lobby isn’t as strong as in the U.S., where efforts to change laws have been mostly at the state level.

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New Zealand Vows To Make ‘Our Country A Safer Place’, Bans All Assault Weapons In Sharp Contrast To U.S. Lawmakers

It only took six days since New Zealand’s largest massacre for the government to change gun ownership laws. But the country’s constitution does not guarantee the right to own a gun and the gun lobby isn’t as strong as in the U.S., where efforts to change laws have been mostly at the state level.

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Amid Vaccination Controversy, Ky. Governor Fondly Recalls Chicken-Pox Parties, But Experts Call The Practice Antiquated

The practice of letting kids get chickenpox from sick friends or neighbors is a holdover from the days before the vaccination became widely available, and doctors say the method can lead to dangerous complications or death. Meanwhile, experts are using actual examples of social media activists attacking doctors and others advocating for vaccinations in order …

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Amid Vaccination Controversy, Ky. Governor Fondly Recalls Chicken-Pox Parties, But Experts Call The Practice Antiquated

The practice of letting kids get chickenpox from sick friends or neighbors is a holdover from the days before the vaccination became widely available, and doctors say the method can lead to dangerous complications or death. Meanwhile, experts are using actual examples of social media activists attacking doctors and others advocating for vaccinations in order …

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Lengthy Training, Licensing That Health Care Occupations Require Creating Significant Skill Gap For Those Looking For Jobs

“There just aren’t enough places and schools to get trained for how many people we need in those roles,” said economist Tara Sinclair. An aging population and increase in wealth has contributed to higher demand for health care services, and the skills gap is only going to have a greater impact on the booming industry …

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Lengthy Training, Licensing That Health Care Occupations Require Creating Significant Skill Gap For Those Looking For Jobs

“There just aren’t enough places and schools to get trained for how many people we need in those roles,” said economist Tara Sinclair. An aging population and increase in wealth has contributed to higher demand for health care services, and the skills gap is only going to have a greater impact on the booming industry …

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Expected Shortfalls For Black Lung Fund Will Be Covered By Taxpayers Instead Of Coal Companies

In January, the tax rate coal companies pay to support the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund was cut in half, leaving sick miners and their advocates fearing future benefit cuts from a fund that is already about some $4 billion in debt. The Department of Labor said in a statement Wednesday that it is obligated …

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Expected Shortfalls For Black Lung Fund Will Be Covered By Taxpayers Instead Of Coal Companies

In January, the tax rate coal companies pay to support the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund was cut in half, leaving sick miners and their advocates fearing future benefit cuts from a fund that is already about some $4 billion in debt. The Department of Labor said in a statement Wednesday that it is obligated …

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In Op-Ed, Azar And Gottlieb Call On Industry To Make ‘Meaningful’ Changes To Address Teen Vaping Epidemic

HHS Secretary Alex Azar and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote that the government will step in if even further than it already has if the e-cigarette industry doesn’t take an active role in curbing the epidemic. Meanwhile, in a podcast, Gottlieb talks about his work at the agency and if he’ll ever return to the …

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In Op-Ed, Azar And Gottlieb Call On Industry To Make ‘Meaningful’ Changes To Address Teen Vaping Epidemic

HHS Secretary Alex Azar and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote that the government will step in if even further than it already has if the e-cigarette industry doesn’t take an active role in curbing the epidemic. Meanwhile, in a podcast, Gottlieb talks about his work at the agency and if he’ll ever return to the …

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Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Third Wave

On Morning Edition Thursday, WBUR’s Martha Bebinger discusses the soaring death toll due to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that can shut down breathing in less than a minute. Public health experts are calling this the third wave of  the nation’s opioid epidemic. The first was prescription pain medications, such as OxyContin; then heroin, which …

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Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Third Wave

On Morning Edition Thursday, WBUR’s Martha Bebinger discusses the soaring death toll due to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that can shut down breathing in less than a minute. Public health experts are calling this the third wave of  the nation’s opioid epidemic. The first was prescription pain medications, such as OxyContin; then heroin, which …

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Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare’s Hammer On Hospital Bills

States. They’re just as perplexed as the rest of us over the ever-rising cost of health care premiums. Now some states are moving to control costs of state employee health plans. And it’s triggering alarm from the hospital industry. The strategy: Use Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals.  If the gamble pays …

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Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare’s Hammer On Hospital Bills

States. They’re just as perplexed as the rest of us over the ever-rising cost of health care premiums. Now some states are moving to control costs of state employee health plans. And it’s triggering alarm from the hospital industry. The strategy: Use Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals.  If the gamble pays …

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