Month: March 2020

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Sheltered At Home, Families Broach End-Of-Life Planning

This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). Long before she contracted COVID-19 at a Kirkland, Washington, nursing home,…

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At Dawn Of Opioid Crisis, Johnson & Johnson Genetically Created ‘Supper Poppy’ That Was Rich In Opiates

The Washington Post takes a look at Johnson & Johnson’s operations in Tasmania, which produced genetically modified “supper poppy” plants. In other public health news:…

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Different Takes: Can Someone Be Honest About Where All The Masks Are?; Nurses Are Underappreciated Heroes Of Pandemic

Editorial pages focus on these topics stemming from the pandemic and others. Fox News: We Understand There’s A Shortage Of Medical Masks. Stop Lying To…

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Outbreaks In Los Angeles County Nursing Homes Nearly Quadruple

The county released names of 11 homes with outbreaks and is working with them on infection control, quarantine and isolation protocols. Also, NBC reports more…

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‘Ticking Time Bombs’: Inmates Express Concerns About Inability To Escape Pandemic In NYC Jails

An inmate tells The New York Times about lying ”back to back” with other men like on a “slave ship” and being guarded by men…

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Meet The Controversial Doctor Who Touts The Use Of Malaria Drugs To Fight Coronavirus

Didier Raoult, the head of a university hospital institute in Marseille, France has been a leading voice in the fight to use a malaria drug…

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Although Some Cities Have Banned Evictions, Advocates See Need For More Extreme Measures

The idea of a rent strike, where rent is waived instead of delayed, is gaining momentum on social media platforms as millions face the first…

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‘Tremendous Resource’: More Than 7,000 Scientists Respond To Researcher’s Tweet To Join Database

Government agencies are tapping into the nationwide database created last week by a 34-year-old Harvard University scientist looking for others wanting to volunteer to help…

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Funding Cuts Come As Gut-Punch To New York Hospitals Stretched To The Limits With Surge Of Patients

“During a time I need to commit all the energy I have to really save lives and expand access and not skimp on resources, now…

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‘Please Come Help Us’: States, Hospitals Call On Retired Doctors, Med Students And Workers From Cold Spots For Relief

It’s not just equipment and gear where there are shortages: doctors and other health providers are being stretched thin, as well. To help alleviate some…

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First Edition: March 31, 2020

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Her Genetic Test Revealed A Microscopic Problem — And A Jumbo Price TagMichelle…

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Online Coronavirus Tests Are Just The Latest Iffy Products Marketed To Anxious Consumers

Companies with experience in the “at-home” testing market began announcing in mid-March that they would be offering direct-to-consumer test kits for COVID-19. With panic running…

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Her Genetic Test Revealed A Microscopic Problem — And A Jumbo Price Tag

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Michelle Kuppersmith, 32, feels great, works full time and exercises three…

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Should You Bring Mom Home From Assisted Living During The Pandemic?

This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). Dr. Alison Webb took her 81-year-old father out of assisted living,…

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More Than 5,000 Surgery Centers Can Now Serve As Makeshift Hospitals During COVID-19 Crisis

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The Trump administration cleared the way Monday to immediately use outpatient surgery centers, inpatient…

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COVID-19 Bonanza: Stimulus Hands Health Industry Billions Not Directly Related To Pandemic

This story also ran on Fortune. This story can be republished for free (details). The coronavirus stimulus package Congress rushed out last week to help…

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Already Taxed Health Care Workers Not ‘Immune’ From Layoffs And Less Pay

This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Just three…

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Viewpoints: No Admittance Policy For Caregivers Is Harming Vulnerable Patients; Time To Demand Equal Access — Not Just The Rich — For COVID-19 Testing

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others. Stat: Hospitalized Adults Need Their Caregivers — They Aren’t Visitors Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: These…

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Different Takes: Private Research Leads The Way On Getting U.S. Back On Course; Federal Response On Medical Supply Shortages Is Woefully Inadequate

Editorial pages express opinions about ways to deal with COVID-19. The Wall Street Journal: The Real Cure For CoronavirusGovernments are frantically trying to contain and…

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China’s Failed Alarm System: Some Wuhan Health Officials Kept News Of Spread In Dark For Too Long

The New York Times reports that some local health officials disobeyed rules and chose not to inform Beijing of the mysterious pneumonia, causing the country…

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How A Straight-Shooting New Yorker Won Over The Public’s Attention

The Los Angeles Times takes a look at how Dr. Anthony Fauci got where he is serving under but Democratic and Republican presidents. Some have…

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CDC Fumbled Early Communication With Public Health Officials, Underestimated Coronavirus Threat, Emails Reveal

ProPublica and KHN have obtained emails that show missteps from the CDC and other agencies in the early, crucial days of the outbreak. What comes…

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Medical Workers From Washington Paint Grim Picture Of What’s To Come In Terms Of Protective Gear For Doctors, Nurses

Health care providers from the state that was among the first hit by the outbreak have stories about having to reuse masks and remove expiration…

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Advocates Plea For Inmates’ Release To Slow Contagion As First Death Occurs In Federal Prison

The Louisiana inmate was serving a 30-year sentence for drug trafficking. Other prison news is on the risk to the more than 2 million prisoners…

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Coronavirus Patients Caught In Conflict Between Hospital And Nursing Homes

A wrenching conflict is emerging as the COVID-19 virus storms through U.S. communities: Some patients are falling into a no man’s land between hospitals and…

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First Edition: March 30, 2020

Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: ‘Red Dawn Breaking Bad’: Officials Warned About Safety Gear Shortfall Early On, Emails…

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What Takes So Long? A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Steps Involved In COVID-19 Testing

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has ramped up in recent weeks, with…

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Addiction Is ‘A Disease Of Isolation’ — So Pandemic Puts Recovery At Risk

Before the coronavirus became a pandemic, Emma went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every week in the Boston area and to another support group at…

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Federal Judge Rules Medicare Patients Can Challenge ‘Observation Care’ Status

Hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries who have been denied coverage for nursing home stays because their time in the hospital was changed from “inpatient”…

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‘Red Dawn Breaking Bad’: Officials Warned About Safety Gear Shortfall Early On, Emails Show

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). A high-ranking federal official in late February warned that the United States needed to…