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Thursday 13th December 2018

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Insurance Enrollment Is Lagging — And There Are Lots Of Reasons Why

Sign-ups for insurance under the Affordable Care Act are still well behind last year’s mark with just a week until the end of open enrollment in most states. The Supreme Court declines a case that could have allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood. And the Trump administration gets hundreds of thousands of comments about its proposed changes to immigration rules that could penalize people wh...

Longer Looks: Free Pens And The Opioid Crisis; School Lunch Regulations; And Prison For A Stillbirth

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

Viewpoints: Time For Sen. McConnell To Lead Fight Against Maternal Mortalities; How Fake Science Helped Create The Opioid Epidemic

Editorial pages focus on these public health problems and others.

Different Takes: Supreme Court Can’t Dance Around Planned Parenthood Forever; Choosing Planned Parenthood Is A Patient’s Right

Opinion writers weigh in on the Supreme Court's recent decision to not hear a case against Planned Parenthood.

State Highlights: Texas Struggles To Get Broadband To Rural Areas, A Key To Expanding Telemedicine Access; California Is Flush With Cash And Residents Want To Spend It On Health Care

Media outlets report on news from Texas, California, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Is Surgery For Prostate Cancer Necessary? It Depends On How Advanced It Is, Study Finds

Prostate cancer is the No. 2 cause of cancer death in men. Removing the prostate can add 3 years to the life of a man who has a tumor that is lethal, the research says, but active surveillance might be a better option for less aggressive cancer and spares men the consequences of surgery. Other news on cancer focuses on obesity, co-existing conditions and the safety of robot-assisted surgeries.

For Therapeutic Clowns, Silliness Is Serious Business

A quest to find out if therapeutic clowns were really helping disabled children who could not respond to their antics leads to an exploration of those kids' silent worlds. In other public health news: gene-editing, eczema and suicide, Zika, dirty air, tampons, salmonella, diabetes, and more.

A Clue In The Mysterious Case Of The U.S. Diplomats In Cuba: They All Suffered From Inner Ear Damage

Scientists and doctors have been flummoxed by the illness that has struck down a few dozen diplomats that were stationed in Cuba, but the evidence of damage to the inner ear may hold answers to help them move forward at figuring out the cause.

Holiday Season Brings Presents, Colorful Lights And A Sharp Spike In Heart Attacks

Researchers have found that on Christmas Eve the risk of a heart attack is 37 percent higher than normal. Although they didn't draw conclusions on why the increase occurs, experts say the stress of the holidays combined with excessive drinking and eating could be the likely culprit.

Blue Cross And Blue Shield Insurers Dealt Significant Legal Blow In Case Over Anti-Competitive Practices

The ruling makes it easier for providers and plan members to prove that the plans impede competition by offering insurance coverage in exclusive markets.

Gottlieb’s Idea To Help Lower Insulin Prices By Encouraging Competition Doesn’t Impress Industry Experts

"The starting point is very different for insulin," said Andrew Mulcahy, a policy researcher. "Will more competitors help bring down prices further? Yes, but it's starting off from a place where there is already some of that price competition." Meanwhile, lawmakers in Minnesota, where some diabetics say they are rationing insulin, consider price controls due to the high costs.

First Edition: December 13, 2018

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

For The Asking, A Check Is In The Mail To Help Pay For Costly Drugs

It’s a little-known secret that patients can get thousands of dollars directly from a drugmaker.

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Viewpoints: Lessons On How Needle Exchanges Enhance Public Health; Are Adversities Taking A Toll On Mental Health Of Young Black Americans?

Editorial pages focus on these health care topics and others.

Different Takes: New Tricks Designed To Destroy Health Law; Unenforced Standards Boost Medicaid Enrollments

Opinion pages focus on these health insurance issues and others.

State Highlights: Safety Panel Tries To Pinpoint, Rectify Flaws That Allowed For Parkland Mass Shooting; Top Hospital Executives Resign From Fla. Hospital Following Report On Mortality Rates

Media outlets report on news from Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Georgia, Ohio, Virginia, California, Tennessee and New York.

Wash. Governor Releases Plan That Would Radically Reshape State’s Much-Criticized Mental Health System

The plan for the 2019-21 budget comes after years of court orders and federal inspection findings that highlight the suffering and unlawful treatment of Washington’s mental-health patients at the hands of the state. Mental health news comes out of Illinois, Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Alabama.

McDonald’s Moves To Cut Back On Antibiotics In Beef By 2020

Health experts hailed the announcement as an attempt to help reduce antibiotic resistance in humans, a public health issue that has lead McDonald's and other fast food providers to eliminate the use of antibiotic-fed chickens. In other food safety news, Jimmy Dean sausage is recalled in 21 states.

New $125 Million Immunology Research Unit Sprang From Personal Quest Of Paul Allen

The Allen Institute announced the new unit Wednesday, three months after Paul Allen died of septic shock stemming from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Other public health news focuses on Islam and organ donations; reactions to the CRIPR babies; vitamin treatments for sepsis; the continuing short supply of Shingrix; and the high costs of animal attacks.

Target To Pay $3M To Address Allegations That It Had Been Automatically Refilling Medicaid Recipients’ Prescriptions

Authorities say Target pharmacies knowingly and routinely enrolled MassHealth beneficiaries in the auto-refill program, then billed MassHealth. Meanwhile, in other Medicaid news, more conservative states are starting to explore expansion as it becomes popular among voters.

Investigators Uncover Trove Of Photos Of Unclothed Women In Former USC Gynecologist’s Storage Unit

The police have been investigating Dr. George Tyndall as part of what is believed to be the largest sex crimes investigation involving an individual in LAPD history. Hundreds of current and former USC students have made allegations against Tyndall's behavior while performing medical examinations. In October, USC agreed to settle a federal class-action suit on behalf of Tyndall’s patients for $21...

Gottlieb Decries High Insulin Prices But Stops Short Of Endorsing Policies That Would Dramatically Change How Drugmakers Do Business

“We’ve heard frequent reports of patients rationing insulin, and in some cases dying because they can’t afford the injections they need to survive,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “These tragic stories aren’t isolated occurrences. And they’re not acceptable for a drug that’s nearly a century old.”

For Those Who Have Had Dramatic Overdose Videos And Photos Aired To Public, Life Will Never Be The Same

One trend that's emerged in the opioid epidemic is both the public and police departments releasing footage or photos of people who are experiencing some of the bleakest moments in their lives. The views on such videos can total in the millions, and some argue it's beneficial, but for those in the videos it can change their lives forever--not necessarily for the better. Meanwhile, experts wonder i...

First Edition: December 12, 2018

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

‘We’re Fighting For Our Lives’: Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life-or-death issue. Now a grass-roots movement is pushing for change.

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