Viewpoints: Turning The Tide On Narcotics Starts With A New Model That Doesn’t Include Jail; Border Conditions Without Vaccines Are Ripe For Breeding Vicious Flu

Opinion writers weigh in on these public health issues and others. The New York Times: Ending The War On Drugs On gritty streets where heroin, fentanyl and meth stride like Death Eaters, where for decades both drugs and the war on […]

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State Highlights: Child Welfare Reforms Underway In Illinois, Connecticut But Problems Persist; Minnesota Officials Report More Possible Lung Disease Cases

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, California, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee and Missouri. The Washington Post: Embattled Illinois Welfare Agency Praised For Training LabThe troubling scene inside the dingy Chicago apartment seems real: dangling […]

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First Edition: August 23, 2019

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Years Ago, This Doctor Linked A Mysterious Lung Disease To VapingDr. John E. Parker was working at a West Virginia hospital in 2015 when a 31-year-old female patient […]

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Addiction Clinics Market Pricey, Unproven Treatments To Desperate Patients

This story is part of a partnership that includes Side Effects Public Media, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Only certain images can be republished by partners. Email KHNweb@kff.org for more information. This story can be republished for free (details). Jason was hallucinating. […]

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Readers And Tweeters Take Dialysis Providers To Task: Nowhere But In The USA

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. The Undue Strain Of Dialysis This is criminal, and the dialysis companies are not the […]

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Dialysis Industry Spends Big To Protect Profits

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The dialysis industry spent about $2.5 million in California on lobbying and campaign contributions in the first half of this year in its ongoing battle to thwart regulation, according […]

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: All About Medicare

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Before “Medicare for All,” there was just Medicare, the very popular program that serves 60 million Americans age 65 and older or younger people with certain disabilities. But while Medicare […]

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Viewpoints: Lessons On Why Dems Aren’t Ready To Climb Hill To ‘Medicare For All’; Try Public Health Approach To Eliminating Gun Violence

Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others. The Washington Post: Why 2020 Democrats Are Backing Off Medicare-For-All, In Four ChartsA notable number of the 2020 presidential candidates (save Sen. Bernie Sanders) who endorsed Medicare-for-all are starting to […]

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State Highlights: New Progressive Use-Of-Force Policy In Camden, N.J., Aims To Reduce Police Shootings; N.Y. Medical Ethicists Cite Invasion Of Privacy In Releasing Info On Fetus Burials

Media outlets report on news from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin, Louisiana, California, Texas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Missouri and Wyoming. The Washington Post: Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson Announces Groundbreaking Use-Of-Force PolicyOn Wednesday, the [Camden, New […]

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Patient Privacy Continues To Be A Priority When Working On Increasing Access To Health Data, Federal Official Says

Dr. Donald Rucker, the chief of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said protecting privacy and patients’ rights is a “delicate balancing act.” In other news at the intersection of health and technology: robotic nurses and […]

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Maryland’s Pilot Program To Offer Dental Coverage To Some Medicaid Recipients Brings Smiles To Desperate Patients

The program is aiming to catch dangerous dental problems before they can result in costly emergency room visits for the Medicaid recipients. Experts were muted in their praise. “It’s a very primitive first step for people who don’t have dental […]

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First Edition: August 22, 2019

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. California Healthline: Shopping Abroad For Cheaper Medication? Here’s What You Need To KnowIn its effort to temper the sky-high prices Americans pay for many vital medications, the Trump administration last month […]

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Feds Pave The Way To Expand Home Dialysis — But Patients Hit Roadblocks

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Home dialysis for older adults will become more common in the years ahead, experts predict — but not without overcoming significant challenges. By 2025, the Trump administration wants 80% […]

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Shopping Abroad For Cheaper Medication? Here’s What You Need To Know

About Asking Never Hurts A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape. Send questions to bwolfson@kff.org. This story also ran on Money. This story can be republished for free (details). In its effort to temper […]

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Viewpoints: Science-Backed Campaigns Against Vaping Could Go Long Way To Ending Teens’ Use; Everyone Should Get Behind Trump’s Push For Price Transparency In Health Care

Opinion writers weigh in on these and other health issues. The Hill: The Unanticipated Consequences Of Vaping: Implications For PolicyThe pervasiveness of e-cigarette vaping has significantly increased among all age groups despite emerging evidence that the practice may be harmful. […]

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