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 2, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Peters Drives Efforts to Clean Up Michigan’s Forever Chemicals

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who serves as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security... Read More

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who serves as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is taking new actions to hold Michigan polluters accountable for contaminating the environment with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which are a... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
For Coal Miners With Black Lung Disease, New Acts Offer Hope

WASHINGTON — The phone was quiet as Danny Fouts, a 48-year-old retired coal miner with a thick Kentucky accent, tried... Read More

WASHINGTON — The phone was quiet as Danny Fouts, a 48-year-old retired coal miner with a thick Kentucky accent, tried to take another breath. The ventilator gushed out more oxygen into his body, helping his lungs to function. His lungs were damaged from inhaling dust after... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Sens. Booker, Paul Aim to Increase Access to Drugs for the Terminally Ill

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rand Paul, R-K.Y., are helping terminally ill patients who have exhausted all approved treatment options... Read More

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Rand Paul, R-K.Y., are helping terminally ill patients who have exhausted all approved treatment options get access to care not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  The July 26 legislation is called the Right to Try Clarification Act. In May... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Doctors Warned About Telehealth Fraud

The Office of Inspector General and Department of Health and Human Services on July 20 warned practitioners to exercise caution... Read More

The Office of Inspector General and Department of Health and Human Services on July 20 warned practitioners to exercise caution when entering arrangements with purported telemedicine companies. According to the fraud alert, dozens of investigations of fraud schemes have revealed that telemedicine companies are intentionally paying physicians... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Examines Health Outcomes of Children Conceived Through Fertility Treatments 

A study released on Tuesday from researchers at the University of Bristol examines the question of whether concerns about the effects of... Read More

A study released on Tuesday from researchers at the University of Bristol examines the question of whether concerns about the effects of fertility treatment on children’s development are warranted. Since the first child was born by way of in vitro fertilization, a number of questions have been raised... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
New Rankings Show Best and Worst States for Wellness 

A new report released by a wellness company called Life Extension examines the best and worst states for wellness in the U.S.... Read More

A new report released by a wellness company called Life Extension examines the best and worst states for wellness in the U.S. According to the findings, California ranks number one for the best state, followed by Arizona and Florida, while Alabama ranks the worst, followed by Oklahoma and... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Delaware Expands Services for Maternal and Infant Health

Delaware Gov. John Carney is working to improve maternal and infant health after signing multiple pieces of legislation on July... Read More

Delaware Gov. John Carney is working to improve maternal and infant health after signing multiple pieces of legislation on July 25 to better support new moms and babies.  The legislative package includes 6 bills — H.B. 340, H.B. 344(S), H.B. 342, H.B. 345, H.B. 343 and H.B. 234— all aimed at removing barriers... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Famine and Exposure to Infectious Diseases Explain Human Ability to Consume Milk

An article published on July 27 in Nature offers new insights into milk consumption and the evolution of lactose tolerance. The study... Read More

An article published on July 27 in Nature offers new insights into milk consumption and the evolution of lactose tolerance. The study finds that famine and exposure to infectious diseases explain our ability to consume milk and other dairy products.  To conduct the study, scientists from the University... Read More

July 27, 2022
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows Regular Napping Is a Risk Factor for Stroke  

A study published in the journal Hypertension on July 25 finds that daytime napping on a regular basis is associated with higher... Read More

A study published in the journal Hypertension on July 25 finds that daytime napping on a regular basis is associated with higher risks for high blood pressure and stroke.  To conduct the study, researchers from China used a napping frequency survey and information from UK Biobank, a large... Read More

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