Viewpoints: Medicaid Work Requirements Are Brazen; Lessons From Opioid Crisis On Caring

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

Opinion writers focus on these and other health topics.

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Different Takes: Use A Public Health Strategy To Control Shootings; America Is Undergoing ‘Mental Health Crisis’

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

Editorial pages focus on the mass shooting at a high school in Florida this week.

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Research Roundup: Kidney Disease; Bariatric Surgery Outcomes; Medicare Wellness Visits

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

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State Highlights: Doctor Files Whistleblower Suit Against D.C.’s Public Hospital; N.C., Minn. Officials Report Rise In Vaping Among Teens

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

Media outlets report on news from D.C., North Carolina, Minnesota, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Flashy Improvements Are Turning Gene-Editing Technology Into Swiss Army Knife Of Treatments

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

Scientists were already excited about CRISPR's potential as a total game-changer in curing illnesses, and now it's been taken up another level. In other public health news: stem cells, gut bacteria, neighborhoods' effects on health, and smog.

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Mystery Deepens Over Head Injuries Of U.S. Diplomats In Cuba

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

The diplomats showed signs of a concussion, though they received no blows to the head. Experts are stumped on what happened.

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A Single Pharmacy In A Tiny West Virginia Town Was Shipped 12.3 Million Doses Of Opioids Over 8-Year Period

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has launched an investigation into how that slipped by regulators' attention. News on the opioid crisis comes out of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Arizona, as well.

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Flu Vaccine Only 25% Effective Against Most Common Strain, But Officials Still Urge People To Get Shot

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

Against all virus strains, this year's vaccine has been 36 percent effective midway through a harsh flu season. "We are a bit concerned that the performance of the vaccine right now might reduce interest in getting vaccinated in the future,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting CDC director.

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Investigation In Aetna’s Approval Process Expands Into More States

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

The inquiry kicked off after statements by a former medical director came to light that he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. Aetna says the comments were taken out of context. Meanwhile, Anthem is changing its emergency room program after it received pushback from providers and lawmakers.

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Ohio Law Banning Down Syndrome Abortions ‘Unconstitutional,’ ACLU Says In Suit

Posted on Feb 16, 2018

The suit seeks to delay enforcement of the law, which is scheduled to go into effect March 23.

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