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Friday 17th August 2018

Perspectives: Damage Done By Opioid Overdoses Can Leave Families In A Bind; Congress Needs To Expand Treatments

Opinion pages focus on the impact of the opioid epidemic.

Viewpoints: Trump Is Trying To Make Insurance Affordable; Health Lessons On The Verdict Against Monsanto

Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.

School Drinking Fountains In 3 Maryland Counties Found To Contain High Levels Of Lead In First Year Of Required Testing

While public health officials say fountains or taps found to contain water with lead levels above 20 ppb are shut down and are being evaluated, parents are pushing for more stringent standards. The CDC says no level of lead is safe for children. Media outlets also report on water issues in D.C. and Florida.

State Highlights: Flurry Of Abortion Law Moves Set Off By Supreme Court Debate; Medical Boards Fail To Act On FDA Doctor Warnings

Media outlets report on news from Massachusetts, New Mexico, California, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Maryland, Ohio and Connecticut.

As Measles Outbreak Spreads To 21 States With 107 People Taken Ill, Health Officials Urge Parents To Vaccinate Children

Following an investigation of an outbreak last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found people who were infected lacked immunizations and had the incorrect perception that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine was linked to autism. Media outlets also report on food safety, baby foods, blood pressure medicine recalls, kidney donors and more.

‘Queen Of Soul’s’ Death Highlights Viciousness of Pancreatic Cancers

Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, following lung and colorectal cancers. Meanwhile, new research from the University of California-Davis shows that Californians are faring better against most types of cancer because of early detection and more effective treatments. CNN explores one scenario that plays out when insurers won't pay for care.

Liberal Vets Group Sues To Stop Influence Of Three ‘Shadow’ Advisers

Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general finds problems in the agency's caregiver program.

NYU Announces ‘Game Changer’ For Medical Students: Free Tuition

The initiative is designed to alleviate the six-figure debt that many medical students carry after graduation. The school says that will help encourage a more diverse student enrollment and allow more graduates to think about careers in primary care.

Trump Administration Value-Based Rule Expected To Force ACOs To Adapt Or Bolt

The National Association of ACOs signals that the Health and Human Services plan will cause affordable care organizations to leave Medicare's Shared Savings Program. News outlets also report on industry news surrounding a heart valve procedure that is saving lives, a Q2 drop in bankruptcies and a “tidal wave of change” predicted from Colorado companies.

Schizophrenia Drug Discovery Has Scared Off Many Researchers, But This Group Is Taking On Challenge

A lack of understanding about the disease's physiology makes creating new medicines difficult. “So we hope to revolutionize the way schizophrenics are being treated. … We hope to give these people their lives back," Remy Luthringer, CEO of Boston-based Minerva Neurosciences, tells Stat. In other biotech and pharmaceutical news: companies thrive in Minnesota. And production resumes at a trouble...

First Edition: August 17, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

Hospitals Battle For Control Over Fast-Growing Heart-Valve Procedure

Medicare limits payments for valve replacement via a catheter to hospitals with large numbers of heart procedures. But smaller facilities are crying foul.

Purdue Pharma’s Sales Pitch Downplayed Risks Of Opioid Addiction

Through a widely circulated brochure and a videotape of testimonials, the maker of OxyContin stressed patients’ right to opioid treatment for pain.

Thursday 16th August 2018

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ See You In Court!

In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner talk about a spate of lawsuits involving the Affordable Care Act, as well as the latest in state and federal efforts regarding the Medicaid program for the poor.

Viewpoints: State Reviews Shed Important Light On Trends Behind Maternal Mortality; Short-Term Plans Expand Health Care Choices

Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.

Longer Looks: Meth In Alaska; The Health Care Election; And American Epidemics

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

State Highlights: New Lawsuits Against USC’s Former Gynecologist Detail Lewd Comments, Behavior; D.C. Children Suffered Lead Poisoning In Homes Approved By Inspectors

Media outlets report on news from California, D.C., Washington, Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Florida.

‘Every Single Person That Has Died, I Do It For Them’: Parkland Students Traverse Country To Try To Curb Gun Violence

The students are reaching out to local activists and communities, preaching a message of fixing the underlying problems of gun violence and registering voters across the country. In other news: the problems with sitting, the mysterious illnesses in Cuba, robot peer pressure, and weight loss.

Long-Term Health Benefits Of Quitting Smoking Eclipse Negative Effects From Any Weight Gain

The nicotine in cigarettes can suppress appetite and boost metabolism, and many smokers who quit who don't step up their exercise find they eat more and gain weight. In other news on smoking, a study reports no amount of secondhand smoke is safe.

Traces Of Herbicide Found In Popular Children’s Cereals, Other Breakfast Foods

Federal regulators maintain that glyphosate does not cause cancer, but in 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared it a probable carcinogen.

Having Dedicated Hospital Space For Caregivers Actually Makes Economic Sense, And Facilities Are Starting To Listen

Under the health law, there are penalties on hospitals for avoidable readmissions. Providing support for family caregivers could help keep patients from having to come back to the facility. Meanwhile, some hospitals are revamping to become more energy efficient, and they're saving millions.

Best Buy Moves Further Into Health Field As It Acquires Company That Helps Connect Older Consumers, Caregivers

GreatCall also helps seniors obtain concierge-type and emergency services. Best Buy has already dipped a toe into the health care field with its health-and-wellness products.

Possible Mass Exodus Brewing At Gilead As Another Top Official Announces Departure

The moves add to growing investor unease over the health of large biotech companies, which are being pushed to find successors for aging blockbuster drugs. In other pharmaceutical news: Pfizer invests in a better flu vaccine; a startup struggles to build interest by male doctors for a drug that benefits women; and a deeper look at CAR-T therapy.

Special Oversight Of Gene Therapies To Be Rolled Back As Treatment Becomes More Commonplace

Experts are wary because while the therapies have provided some miraculous success, there have also been spectacular failures. Health officials, however, say that the FDA can provide enough oversight and extra supervision from the NIH is no longer needed.

First Edition: August 16, 2018

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations.

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