Month: August 2020

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For Kids With Special Needs, Online Schooling Divides Haves and Have-Nots

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). ALHAMBRA, Calif. — It’s Tuesday morning, and teacher Tamya Daly has her online class playing an alphabet game. The students are writing quickly and intently, with occasional whoops of excitement, on the little whiteboards she dropped off at their…

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Med Students ‘Feel Very Behind’ Because of COVID-Induced Disruptions in Training

COVID-19 is disrupting just about every student’s 2020 education, but medical students have it particularly hard right now. “It’s a nightmare scenario for the class of 2021,” said Jake Berg, a fourth-year student at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville. In March, students were abruptly pulled out of…

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COVID + Influenza: éste es un buen año para vacunarse, aconsejan expertos

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos. Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita…

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Republican Convention, Day 4: Fireworks … and Shining a Light on Trump’s Claims

This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination for president in a 70-minute speech from the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday night. Speaking to a friendly crowd that didn’t appear to…

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COVID + Influenza: This Is a Good Year to Get a Flu Shot, Experts Advise

This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). Flu season will look different this year, as the country grapples with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 172,000 people. Many Americans are reluctant to visit a doctor’s office and public health officials worry…

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How to Weigh Evacuation Options With Both Wildfires and COVID at Your Door

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). As the smoke thickened near her home in Santa Cruz, California, last week, Amanda Smith kept asking herself the same questions: Should we leave? And where would we go? The wildfire evacuation zone, at the time, ended a few…

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Opposition to Obamacare Becomes Political Liability for GOP Incumbents

In the 2014 elections, Republicans rode a wave of anti-Affordable Care Act sentiment to pick up nine Senate seats, the largest gain for either party since 1980. Newly elected Republicans such as Cory Gardner in Colorado and Steve Daines in Montana had hammered their Democratic opponents over the health care…

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5 Things to Know About Convalescent Blood Plasma

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump told the American people this week that convalescent plasma is a potential new treatment for COVID-19. His announcement followed the Food and Drug Administration’s decision Sunday to grant fast-track authorization for its emergency use as a…

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Pence Praises Trump’s ‘Seamless’ COVID Response, Leaves Out His State Feuds

“President Trump marshaled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America in both political parties.” Vice President Mike Pence, during his speech at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26 This story was produced in partnership…

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Republican Convention, Day 3: Revisionist History

This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). In accepting the Republican Party nomination Wednesday night, Vice President Mike Pence accurately recounted the history of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, and how a failed British bombardment in 1814 helped inspire Francis Scott Key to write…

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Replay: What’s at Stake When High Court Hears ACA Case

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The “What the Health?” panelists are taking a break for two weeks. But since the Supreme Court recently scheduled arguments in the case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, it seemed like a good opportunity to replay an…

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Another COVID Mystery: Patients Survive Ventilator, But Linger in a Coma

This story is part of a partnership that includes WBUR, NPR and KHN. This story can be republished for free (details). Leslie Cutitta said yes, twice, when clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston called asking whether she wanted them to take — and then continue — extreme measures to keep…

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They Cared for Some of New York’s Most Vulnerable Communities. Then 12 Died.

Dr. Reza Chowdhury didn’t charge copays when his patients were low on cash. He gave them his home phone number and answered their medical questions at all hours. Once, when Chowdhury’s daughter, Nikita Rahman, struck up a conversation with a New York taxi driver, it turned out that he was…

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Drug Overdose Deaths Showed a One-Year Decline in 2018. But There’s More to the Story.

“Drug overdose deaths decreased in 2018 for the first time in 30 years.” — Ryan Holets, an Albuquerque police officer, in a prerecorded speech at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 25 Detective Ryan Holets, whose personal story includes the adoption of an infant born to a drug-addicted mother, addressed the…

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Republican Convention, Day 2: Pomp, the Pandemic and Planned Parenthood

The Republican National Convention offered Americans a picture Tuesday night of a compassionate White House in action. But not a lot was said about the biggest health crisis in a century that has killed more than 170,000 people in this country. First lady Melania Trump wrapped up the evening with…

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Trump Again Claims He’s Bringing Down Drug Prices, But Details of How Are Skimpy

This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). President Donald Trump has long considered lowering the high cost of prescription drugs to be one of his signature issues, and it is likely to be a talking point he relies on throughout the…

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Prognosis for Rural Hospitals Worsens With Pandemic

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). Jerome Antone said he is one of the lucky ones. After becoming ill with COVID-19, Antone was hospitalized only 65 miles away from his small Alabama town. He is the mayor of Georgiana — population 1,700….

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Feeling Anxious and Depressed? You’re Right at Home in California.

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). It’s official, California: COVID-19 has left us sick with worry and increasingly despondent. And our youngest adults — ages 18 to 29 — are feeling it worst. Weekly surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau from late April through…

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Two Navajo Sisters Who Were Inseparable Died of COVID Just Weeks Apart

Cheryl and Corrina Thinn were almost joined at the hip. The sisters, both members of the Navajo Nation, shared an office at Arizona’s Tuba City Regional Health Care. Cheryl conducted reviews to make sure patients were receiving adequate care. Corrina was a social worker. Their desks were just inches apart….

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LA Hospital Seeks Vaccine Trial Participants Among Its Own High-Risk Patients

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). The patients at Dr. Eric Daar’s hospital are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, and he’s determined to make sure they’re part of the effort to fight the disease. He also hopes they can protect themselves in…

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Many People of Color, Immigrants Among 1,080 US Health Workers Lost to COVID

More than 1,000 front-line health care workers reportedly have died of COVID-19, according to Lost on the Frontline, an ongoing investigation by The Guardian and KHN to track and memorialize every U.S. health care worker who dies from the coronavirus. Earlier this month, the organizations published a major interactive database….

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Republican Convention, Day 1: A Campaign-Style Trump Speech and More

This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). Before the prime-time GOP showcase began, President Donald Trump took to the podium Monday afternoon and delivered an approximately one-hour campaign-style speech to delegates after he was officially renominated by the Republican Party as…

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Wildfires Provide Another Reason to Mask Up

About Asking Never Hurts A series of columns addressing the challenges consumers face in California’s health care landscape. Send questions to [email protected] Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). If you have declined to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 crisis, you might want to reconsider,…

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Rather Than Give Away Its COVID Vaccine, Oxford Makes a Deal With Drugmaker

This story also ran on Fortune. This story can be republished for free (details). In a business driven by profit, vaccines have a problem. They’re not very profitable — at least not without government subsidies. Pharma companies favor expensive medicines that must be taken repeatedly and generate revenue for years…

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Veteran’s Appendectomy Launches Excruciating Months-Long Battle Over Bill

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). In late August 2019, Shannon Harness awoke to serious pain in the lower right side of his abdomen — a telltale sign of appendicitis. He booked it to the emergency room of the only hospital in…

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Analysis: You’ve Checked for Fever. Now, What’s Your Risk Tolerance?

As some parts of America gingerly begin to open up after months of near-total lockdown, people have questions. Will it be safe to take a train? A plane? Visit the hair salon? An indoor restaurant? There are many knowable parameters in the equation: your health; the prevalence of cases where…

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Is Cuomo Directive to Blame for Nursing Home COVID Deaths, as US Official Claims?

“Does the #DemConvention know @NYGovCuomo forced nursing homes across NY to take in COVID positive patients and planted the seeds of infection that killed thousands of grandmothers and grandfathers?” — Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, in an Aug. 17 tweet This story…

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Cómo Florida drenó su sistema de salud pública y le abrió la puerta a COVID

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos. Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita…

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: How to Fight Bogus Medical Bills Like a Bulldog

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. About This Podcast Health care — and how much it costs — is scary. But you’re not alone with this stuff, and knowledge is power. “An Arm and a Leg” is a podcast about these issues, and its second season is co-produced…

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Florida’s Cautionary Tale: How Gutting and Muzzling Public Health Fueled COVID Fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On a sweltering July morning, Rose Wilson struggled to breathe as she sat in her bed, the light from her computer illuminating her face and the oxygen tubes in her nose. Wilson, a retiree who worked as a public health department nurse supervisor in Duval County for…