Alexa Hornbeck

Alexa Hornbeck

Alexa Hornbeck was a health care reporter for The Well News from March 2021 to August 2022. She has experience covering health and medicine topics. Her reporting focused on stories at the intersection of health, politics, social trends and science. She tracked health policy changes, women’s health and telemedicine news. 

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

Recent Work

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows AI Can Help Prevent Sepsis Deaths by 20% 

A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that an AI algorithm was able to detect early illness and prevent... Read More

A new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that an AI algorithm was able to detect early illness and prevent sepsis deaths by 20%.  To conduct the research, provider interactions with a sepsis early detection tool were developed at five hospitals over a two-year period.  Among... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Stem Cell Transplant Shows Success at HIV Remission in Fourth Patient 

One of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States, known as City of Hope, announced on July 27... Read More

One of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States, known as City of Hope, announced on July 27 that a fourth patient, who has the longest diagnosis of HIV yet, has gone into remission after receiving a blood stem cell transplant from a donor... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Reps. Sewell, Buchanan Move to Preserve Access to Home Health Care 

U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., are attempting to preserve access to home health services for seniors... Read More

U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., are attempting to preserve access to home health services for seniors and Americans with disabilities by preventing proposed cuts to home health payment rates from taking effect. The representatives introduced H.R. 8581, the Preserving Access to Home Health... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
NIH Looks to Educate Researchers on AI and Machine Learning

The National Institutes of Health has entered into a collaboration with Google and the University of Arkansas as of Aug.... Read More

The National Institutes of Health has entered into a collaboration with Google and the University of Arkansas as of Aug. 1, to help educate biomedical researchers on the ways that artificial intelligence and machine learning can help enhance and streamline health data analysis for medical and... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Reproductive Freedom for All Act Aims to Undo Dobbs 

Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, are striving to undo the Supreme... Read More

Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, are striving to undo the Supreme Court’s decision regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and create a federal law that preserves the right to reproductive freedom.  The senators introduced the legislation on Aug. 1, known... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Governors Declare State of Emergency in Response to Monkeypox Outbreaks 

Governors in California, Illinois and New York have declared a state of emergency due to monkeypox outbreaks. As of Wednesday,... Read More

Governors in California, Illinois and New York have declared a state of emergency due to monkeypox outbreaks. As of Wednesday, 826 cases have been identified in California, 533 in Illinois, and 1,617 cases in New York.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Aug. 1,... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Toddler Develops Long-Term Illness Due to Rare Virus From Tick Bite

A 3-year-old from Pennsylvania named Jonny Simoson recently contracted what is known as a rare Powassan virus from a tick... Read More

A 3-year-old from Pennsylvania named Jonny Simoson recently contracted what is known as a rare Powassan virus from a tick bite. The rare virus causes infection to the brain and tissue that surrounds it.  The number of reported cases of people sick from Powassan virus has... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Sens. Booker and Smith Seek to Protect Access to Medication Abortions

U.S. Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., are working to affirm the Food and Drug Administration’s authority over... Read More

U.S. Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., are working to affirm the Food and Drug Administration’s authority over state law for all FDA-approved reproductive health products, such as drugs used for medication abortions. The senators introduced the Protecting National Access to Reproductive Care Act on Aug.... Read More

August 3, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Senate Greenlights Health Care Bill for Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, in a broadly bipartisan 86-11 vote on Tuesday night, approved a measure to provide health... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, in a broadly bipartisan 86-11 vote on Tuesday night, approved a measure to provide health care and benefits for millions of veterans injured by exposure to toxins, from Agent Orange in Vietnam to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a... Read More

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