Alexa Hornbeck

Alexa Hornbeck is a healthcare reporter for The Well News. She has over six years of experience covering health and medicine topics. Her reporting focuses on stories which illustrate the intersection of health, politics, social trends, and science. She tracks health policy changes, women’s health, telemedicine, and big Pharma news. 

Prior to joining the The Well, Hornbeck worked for hyperlocals in San Francisco and New York City. She attended University of California, Berkeley where she received two graduate degrees in public health and journalism. Her undergraduate degree was completed at the New School University in literary studies in New York City. 

Recent Work

Enhanced Risk of PTSD for Frontline Health Workers
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Enhanced Risk of PTSD for Frontline Health Workers
April 13, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

A new study, led by University of Utah Health scientists, suggests that more than half of doctors, nurses, and emergency responders involved in COVID-19 care could be at risk for one or more mental health problems, including acute traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, problematic alcohol use, and... Read More

More Research Needed on Impact of COVID-19 on HIV
Health
More Research Needed on Impact of COVID-19 on HIV
April 9, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

BETHESDA, Md. - The National Institutes of Health released a call for research on how COVID-19 may be indirectly and directly impacting those with HIV. According to the written statement the, “COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people with or at risk for HIV by interfering with HIV... Read More

Individuals with Disabilities at High Risk of Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault
Individuals with Disabilities at High Risk of Sexual Assault
April 9, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Bureau of Justice Statistics issued a report stating those with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities.  “Persons with developmental disabilities are at highest risk of sexual assault in this country,” said Nora Baladerian, the founder and... Read More

Wild Songbirds Spreading Salmonella Infection
Health
Wild Songbirds Spreading Salmonella Infection
April 8, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

The CDC has issued a report finding that small, yellow-tinged songbirds from the finch family were linked to 19 infections of salmonella across the U.S.   Rachel Curtis-Robles, a public health educator and outreach officer for the California Department of Wildlife, advised residents of San Mateo... Read More

High Schools Transform Into Vaccination Sites
Health
High Schools Transform Into Vaccination Sites
April 6, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - Last Thursday, President Biden announced new vaccine goals of “200 million shots in one hundred days,” and has nearly surpassed that goal with about 154 million shots administered as of this week. "I know it's ambitious – twice our original goal – but no... Read More

How COVID-19 is Changing Biologic Workspaces
Health
How COVID-19 is Changing Biologic Workspaces
April 1, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

SAN DIEGO – The past four days, hundreds of keynote speakers in academia, biotech, and pharma virtually gathered for the Festival of Biologics.   Unlike other years, many of the top-producers in the biopharma and life sciences industries discussed how work practices have changed as a result... Read More

Vaccine-Induced Antibodies Effective in Protecting Newborns
Health
Vaccine-Induced Antibodies Effective in Protecting Newborns
March 31, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

Renee Poligone, a 30-year-old tax examiner from Harrisburg, Pa., will soon be faced with the decision of whether or not to get a vaccine six months into her pregnancy.   “I am open to getting a vaccine if I wasn’t pregnant, but with being pregnant I am... Read More

Posting Vaccine Cards Online Could Attract Scammers
Privacy
Posting Vaccine Cards Online Could Attract Scammers
March 29, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

As vaccine eligibility expands to those 16 and over in many states, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning those getting shots against posting photos of their vaccine cards online.  “I’ve seen people wanting to be proud and show off that they got their first vaccine,... Read More

Tribal Communities Have ‘Worst of Both Worlds’ in Pandemic
Health
Tribal Communities Have ‘Worst of Both Worlds’ in Pandemic
March 26, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck

A recent Harvard study found that when it came to the combined economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, tribal communities “are having the worst of both worlds at the same time.” On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee grappled with how... Read More

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