Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.

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Viewpoints: Are Lower Health Care Prices Going To Be Break The GOP Needs?; Progress After Parkland Isn’t Nearly Enough To Slow Gun Violence

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

Opinion writers weigh in on these and other health topics.

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Longer Looks: School Shooters; Teen Vaping; And Measles

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.

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State Highlights: Conn. Advocacy Group Aims To Give Undocumented Access To Health Insurance; Insurer Underpaid California Hospitals For ER Services, Jury Rules

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

Media outlets report on news from Connecticut, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Hampshire, Texas, Wyoming, Minnesota, Georgia, Louisiana and Oregon.

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Ambivalence Over Motherhood Could Reshape Practices Around Family Planning

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

New data from a CDC survey finds that in up to 19 percent of pregnancies, women are unsure if they want to be pregnant, a state of mind doctors need to be in tune with when counseling them, researchers say. Public health news looks at AIDS death rates in the South; depression's harmful role in aging brains; looking for treatments in moss piglets and a reason to get off the couch this weekend, as well.

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Falling Smoking Rates For African-Americans As Well As Increased Screening Chip Away At Disparities In Cancer Rates

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

But African Americans still have the highest death rate and the lowest survival rate of any racial or ethnic group for most cancers. “The message is progress has been made, but we still have a long way to go,” said Len Lichtenfeld, interim chief medical officer for the cancer society.

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Childhood Disease Like Measles Help ‘Keep You Healthy And Fight Cancer,’ Says Wife Of White House Official

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

The antivaccination claims--that childhood illnesses help boost immunity--touted by Darla Shine, the wife of White House communications director Bill Shine, have been debunked by health experts. Meanwhile, Facebook says it is looking for options to remove the antivaccine information that flourishes on its site.

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Number Of Flu Deaths Relatively High For A Season That Is Considered To Be Low Severity

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

But the flu vaccine is still doing a pretty good job. Interim estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate the vaccine offers about 47 percent protection against all influenza infections.

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Following Gene-Editing Scandal That Sparked Worldwide Outrage, WHO To Develop Global Ethics Standards For The Tech

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world when he announced that he'd used gene-editing technology on human embroyos--crossing a line that many had looked at as uncrossable in terms of ethics. In response, the World Health Organization will be forming a committee to offer guidance on the technology.

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With The ‘Internet Of Things’ Comes Wealth Of Opportunity For Innovation In Health Sector

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

From apps to help track insulin, to digital pills, to implants that help paralyzed people walk, the technological boom is opening up a world of possibilities that would have at one point been called science fiction.

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