Month: February 2020

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Climate and Energy Program Analyst / Robertson Foundation / New York, NY

Robertson Foundation/New York, NYROBERTSON FOUNDATION | CLIMATE AND ENERGY PROGRAM ANALYST

• Do you have a track record of intellectual rigor and academic achievement?
• Do you have deep knowledge of fields related to the environment?
• Do you d…

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Watch: Reviewing Public Health Record Of New Coronavirus Commander Mike Pence

KHN Midwest editor and correspondent Laura Ungar appeared on “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin” to discuss Vice President Mike Pence’s appointment to lead the nation’s response to the novel coronavirus in light of how he handled a 2015 HIV outbreak when he was governor of Indiana. She also spoke on…

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Viewpoints: Women Need To Become Better Allies In Medicine, Especially Surgeons; What Happened To Trump’s Really Good Plan To Reduce Drug Costs?

Editorial pages focus on these health care topics and others. Stat: Women In Medicine: Unite (Or At Least Stop Repressing Each Other) The #MeToo and #NeedHerScience movements have inspired women to take a stand against sexism in health care. What I see missing from the movements are women in medicine confronting…

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Different Takes: For The Good Of The Country, Can Partisan Politics About Coronavirus Stop?; Pence Is The Right Person To Oversee Response

Opinion writers weigh in on issues surrounding the coronavirus. Los Angeles Times: Stop Playing Politics And Protect Us From CoronavirusFor the good of the country, Congress and the White House need to rise above their usual partisan sniping and name-calling and show a little unified leadership as the United States…

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State Highlights: Insurers In Massachusetts Agree To Improve Access To Mental Health Care; Advocates Back Maryland Bills To Protect Consumers From Debt, Lawsuits

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Texas, District of Columbia, Colorado, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. WBUR: AG Healey Reaches $1 Million Settlement With 7 Companies To Increase Behavioral Health AccessState Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that her office reached settlement agreements with…

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Longer Looks: Overcrowded Morgues, Miners’ Health, And Pollution In Your Blood

Each week, KHN finds interesting reads from around the Web. The New York Times: Piled Bodies, Overflowing Morgues: Inside America’s Autopsy CrisisSay you are found on your bathroom floor, on the grassy knoll of someone else’s front yard, in the berth of your tractor-trailer, in your own bed, at the…

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The Hidden ‘Abortion Tax’: Extra Fees, Unexpected Costs Take Toll On Clinics’ Budgets

Among the costs abortion clinics have to carry: security to protect staff and patients; airfare to get doctors to areas lacking trained physicians willing to perform abortions; higher rates for contractors concerned about protesters and boycotts; more stringent loan terms; insurance that can be canceled unexpectedly; and for some clinic…

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Drug Developers Study People Whose Brains Are Loaded With Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease But Display No Symptoms

Researchers want to determine what protects them from the degenerative disease in order to “to mimic what these resilient people have with some kind of a drug,” said Rudy Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital. Public health news is on immunization laws, military helmet safety, rare cancers, early cancer ideas from…

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Fate Of Menthol Flavor Ban Unclear As Some Democrats Argue That It Unfairly Targets African Americans

Congress shouldn’t “tell full-grown adults, those over 21, what they can and cannot do with a legal product,” said Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who also cited concerns about policing communities of color. The Hill: Bill Banning Menthol In Cigarettes Divides Democrats, With…

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Report Uncovers Bloomberg’s Helpful PR Role When Billionaire Sackler Family Was Under Fire For Opioid Crisis

The ProPublica report details the friendship between Michael Bloomberg and Mortimer Sackler and efforts taken to kill a Bloomberg Businessweek story on the Sackler’s role in the crisis. News on the epidemic is from Pennsylvania, also. ProPublica: When The Billionaire Family Behind The Opioid Crisis Needed PR Help, They Turned…

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First Edition: February 28, 2020

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: New California Coronavirus Case Reveals Problems With U.S. Testing ProtocolsMultiple experts interviewed said the case underscores the need for more widespread community testing of the new coronavirus, which has sickened tens of thousands of people in more than…

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Colorado Forges Ahead On A New Model For Health Care While Nation Waits

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). DENVER — With the nation’s capital mired in gridlock and the Affordable Care Act facing a dire legal challenge, the prospects of lowering health care costs for Americans this year seem unlikely. Just don’t tell…

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High Court Revisits Abortion Law Akin To One Struck Down In 2016

About HealthBent KHN’s chief Washington correspondent, Julie Rovner, who has covered health care for more than 30 years, offers insight and analysis of policies and politics in her regular HealthBent columns. Send questions to [email protected] Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). On Tuesday, the Supreme Court…

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Readers And Tweeters Dive Into Debate Over ‘Medicare For All’

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. Savings For All? Your criticism about former Vice President Joe Biden’s “Medicare for All” cost estimates is spot-on but leaves out important savings (“KHN &…

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Growing Concerns Of Coronavirus Should Spur Plans – Not Panic – In The Workplace

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Chances are, if you work for a large company, you received an email like one sent to Volkswagen employees Monday: Coronavirus concerns mean some limits on business travel, everyone should remember to “wash your hands frequently” and stay home…

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New California Coronavirus Case Reveals Problems with U.S. Testing Protocols

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Just weeks into the federal government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, a new California case has exposed weaknesses in the testing procedures that could be masking more widespread reach of the disease. A woman in Solano County, California,…

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KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Prepping For A Possible Pandemic

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. President Donald Trump has named Vice President Mike Pence to lead the nation’s effort to combat COVID-19, the contagious disease from a coronavirus that originated in China and is spreading worldwide. At the same time, Congress is preparing to appropriate…

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Viewpoints: Overlooking Screening For Cognitive Impairment Would Be A Mistake For Some Patients; McConnell Bills On Abortion Aren’t About Infanticide

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. JAMA: Issues And Questions Surrounding Screening For Cognitive Impairment In Older Patients The importance of addressing age-associated cognitive impairment cannot be overstated. The rising prevalence of cognitive impairment such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, including Alzheimer disease, is…

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Perspectives: Political Careers At Stake In Age Of Coronavirus; U.S. Testing Is Far Behind On Coronavirus So We Don’t Know Where It Is

Editorial pages focus on issues surrounding the spread of coronavirus. The Wall Street Journal: Trump Versus The CoronavirusLet us simplify: If anything close to “community spread” occurs in the U.S., two political careers will be at risk—Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sanders’s, in the middle of a presidential campaign. If the…

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Research Roundup: Flu Vaccine; Vitamin D And Pregnancy; Medical Student Mistreatment; And More

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. CIDRAP: Study Ranks Relative Effectiveness Of Influenza Vaccines In SeniorsA study today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that egg-based adjuvanted and high-dose (HD) flu vaccines had slightly higher relative vaccine effectiveness (RVE) than egg-based…

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Critics Assail J&J’s Sponsorship Of High-Profile Physician Conference Exploring Conflict Of Interests

Johnson & Johnson is underwriting the conference scheduled for June. “The pharmaceutical sponsorship is a problem for a conference on this topic. We need to extract medical research, education, and practice from the all-pervasive and distorting influence of industry,” said Fiona Godlee, the editor-in-chief of BMJ, who rejected an invitation…

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State Highlights: Georgia Health Price Transparency Bill Breezes Through Senate; Texas Governor Explores Options For Expanding Medicaid

Media outlets report on news from Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, New York, California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Georgia Health News: State Senate OKs Transparency Bill On Quality, Costs Of Care The Georgia Senate approved legislation Tuesday to increase transparency of health care prices for consumers. Senate Bill 303…

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One Of Nation’s Largest PBMs Express Scripts May Be Hit With Subpoena Over Failing To Provide Insulin Price Info

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) threaten Cigna Corp.’s Express Scripts with a subpoena after they say the pharmacy benefit manager failed to comply with an investigation of rising insulin costs. Meanwhile, lawmakers seek answers on how unofficial advisers may have influenced President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse…

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Teaching Police About Autism: Advocacy Groups Hold Seminars In N.J. About Why Some Children Might Run From Law Enforcement

They’ve trained hundreds of thousands of officers about how to approach people with special needs. Public health news is on pedestrian deaths, widowhood and dementia, migraines, adult obesity, an E. coli outbreak, mental health, and children and nature, as well. The New York Times: When The Police Stop A Teenager…

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‘Unspeakable Tragedy’: Milwaukee Shooting At Molson Coors Plant Leaves 6 Dead Including Shooter Who Worked There

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said it was Wisconsin’s 11th mass shooting since 2004, and he urged residents to “never grow comfortable in the face of these repeated tragedies.” The New York Times: Milwaukee Shooting: Gunman Kills 5 Co-Workers At Molson CoorsIn a city renowned for its brewing tradition, the sprawling…

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Biden Says Trump Wants To Fingerprint Food Stamp Recipients. Turns Out It Was Bloomberg Who Touted Such A Plan.

The Washington Post fact checks recent claims former Vice President Joe Biden made about the Trump administration’s food stamp policy changes. In other news from the campaign trail: Michael Bloomberg’s previous public health policies, the immigrant population’s affect on the elections, and “Medicare for All” ads. The Washington Post Fact…

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First Edition: February 27, 2020

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. California Healthline: Your School Assignment For The Day: Spelling And SpecsDaisy Leon struggles to sit still and read the letters on the eye chart. Her responses tumble out in a quiet, confused garble. “You know your letters?” asks optometrist Jolly Mamauag-Camat….

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Your School Assignment For The Day: Spelling And Specs

DELANO, Calif. — Daisy Leon struggles to sit still and read the letters on the eye chart. Her responses tumble out in a quiet, confused garble. “You know your letters?” asks optometrist Jolly Mamauag-Camat. “Umm, ya,” says Daisy, almost inaudibly. The 6-year-old kindergartner had her eyes examined for the first…

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They Fell In Love Helping Drug Users. But Fear Kept Him From Helping Himself.

This story is part of a partnership between NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). She was in medical school. He was just out of prison. Sarah Ziegenhorn and Andy Beeler’s romance grew out of a shared passion to do more about the country’s…

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Watch: One Father’s Fight Against ‘Predatory’ Drug Price

This story also ran on CBS News. This story can be republished for free (details). Dr. Sudeep Taksali tells “CBS This Morning” about his efforts to get a cheaper version of a drug commonly known as a hormone blocker for his daughter, who has central precocious puberty. The report is…