Health

2022-07-20 21:09:06
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Report Outlines Health Status of Refugees and Migrants 

The World Health Organization issued guidance on July 20 about good practices to protect the health of refugees and migrants.... Read More

The World Health Organization issued guidance on July 20 about good practices to protect the health of refugees and migrants. The nearly 350-page report includes more than 82,000 documents along with household surveys and analyses from global experts. The report finds that... Read More

2022-07-20 16:00:07
by Alexa Hornbeck
US No Longer Miles Ahead in Research and Development Rankings

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is no longer at the top in all areas of research and development, according to speakers... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is no longer at the top in all areas of research and development, according to speakers from a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation event on Tuesday to examine how America can maintain its competitiveness. “It is... Read More

2022-07-19 20:50:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Moves to Address Data Privacy Concerns Post-Dobbs

WASHINGTON — The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act is floating through the House and Senate, taking aim at... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act is floating through the House and Senate, taking aim at whether the government should be able to access personal data, such as sensitive health information. “There’s been a lot of... Read More

2022-07-14 17:27:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
Preparations Begin for White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

WASHINGTON — The Bipartisan Policy Center and Tufts University co-hosted an event on July 14 to discuss the challenges of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Bipartisan Policy Center and Tufts University co-hosted an event on July 14 to discuss the challenges of food and nutrition in the U.S., in advance of the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in... Read More

2022-07-14 16:57:57
by Natalie McCormick
HHS Issues Guidance on Protecting Reproductive Rights

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance to over 60,000 different retail pharmacies,... Read More

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance to over 60,000 different retail pharmacies, reminding them that under federal civil rights laws, and as recipients of federal financial assistance, they are prohibited from discriminating... Read More

2022-07-13 22:05:51
by Alexa Hornbeck
Doggett Moves to Assure Medicare’s Promise Through Greater Tax Fairness 

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, is pushing to preserve health care coverage for seniors and individuals with disabilities by establishing greater... Read More

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, is pushing to preserve health care coverage for seniors and individuals with disabilities by establishing greater tax fairness, preventing disruption of benefits and providing sufficient time to implement cost-saving measures. Doggett introduced the Assuring Medicare’s Promise Act on July... Read More

2022-07-13 22:03:38
by Alexa Hornbeck
California Moves to Produce Its Own Supply of Insulin

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced last week that the state will begin manufacturing its own low-cost insulin.  “Nothing epitomizes market failures... Read More

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California announced last week that the state will begin manufacturing its own low-cost insulin.  “Nothing epitomizes market failures more than the cost of insulin,” Newsom said in a video announcement. According to Newsom, many Americans experience out-of-pocket costs... Read More

2022-07-13 21:58:32
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Signs Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Health Data 

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on July 8 to better protect patient privacy and sensitive health-related data for... Read More

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on July 8 to better protect patient privacy and sensitive health-related data for those accessing reproductive health care.  The order comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 decision to... Read More

2022-07-13 21:55:34
by Alexa Hornbeck
The Push for Parity Within Indian Health Service

A bill known as the Urban Indian Health Confer Act aims to give Native Americans and Alaska Natives living in... Read More

A bill known as the Urban Indian Health Confer Act aims to give Native Americans and Alaska Natives living in urban areas more of an active voice in the federal health care policies that affect them.  The House bill, H.R.... Read More

2022-07-13 21:53:20
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows How Language-Concordant Care Impacts Health Outcomes 

Patients with medical providers who speak the same language have better outcomes, according to a study published on July 11... Read More

Patients with medical providers who speak the same language have better outcomes, according to a study published on July 11 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  The findings of the study indicate that patients who speak languages other than English... Read More

2022-07-13 21:50:37
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Examines Issues Regarding Access to Genomics Technologies  

The World Health Organization is exploring the future of genomics technologies, tools and therapies for analyzing or manipulating genomic information... Read More

The World Health Organization is exploring the future of genomics technologies, tools and therapies for analyzing or manipulating genomic information to better diagnose, prevent and treat diseases.  The organization’s July 12 report examines the ethical, legal and social issues tied... Read More

2022-07-13 21:48:43
by Alexa Hornbeck
Biden Administration Releases Strategy Against Omicron Subvariants 

The White House released a new strategy on Tuesday to combat the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of omicron, which now... Read More

The White House released a new strategy on Tuesday to combat the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of omicron, which now make up 80% of the COVID-19 cases in the U.S.   BA.5, which accounts for most of those cases, has shown... Read More

2022-07-13 20:03:25
by Alexa Hornbeck
How One Non-Profit is Using Sports Gear Sales to Fund Wellness Programs for Veterans

WASHINGTON — A non-profit known as Operation Hat Trick has supported the recovery of wounded service members and veterans since... Read More

WASHINGTON — A non-profit known as Operation Hat Trick has supported the recovery of wounded service members and veterans since 2008 by taking a portion of the sales of baseball caps and other sports gear and funding resources and programs... Read More

2022-07-13 16:19:44
by Alexa Hornbeck
CDC Finds Threat of Antimicrobial Resistant Infections Worsened During Pandemic

ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday which examines how COVID-19 impacted... Read More

ATLANTA — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday which examines how COVID-19 impacted the progress of combating antimicrobial resistance, which occurs when changes in bacteria cause drug treatments to become less effective.  ... Read More

2022-07-13 14:47:32
by Kate Michael
Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Florida Oysters

BISCAYNE BAY, Fla.  — Before you shuck open those succulent oysters this summer, you may be interested in findings from... Read More

BISCAYNE BAY, Fla.  — Before you shuck open those succulent oysters this summer, you may be interested in findings from Florida International University which show that many contain toxic “forever chemicals.” When FIU Institute of Environment scientists sampled 156 oysters... Read More

2022-07-12 21:29:27
by Alexa Hornbeck
Veterans Continue to Suffer High Rates of Food Insecurity Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic 

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food insecurity among veterans and the recovery to get adequate nutrition into former service... Read More

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated food insecurity among veterans and the recovery to get adequate nutrition into former service members' hands has been sluggish. “There are gaps and there are inconsistencies in the data, and the participation of the... Read More

Rebuilding in the Wake of the Pandemic Must Include Rebuilding the Health of Our Country

COVID-19 exacted a heavy, wide-ranging toll on our nation, but the time to rebuild and recover has mercifully arrived. Yet,... Read More

COVID-19 exacted a heavy, wide-ranging toll on our nation, but the time to rebuild and recover has mercifully arrived. Yet, many aspects of our society were already badly in need of repair before the pandemic. COVID highlighted and exacerbated those problems.... Read More

Over-the-Counter Birth Control? Drugmaker Seeks FDA Approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, a pharmaceutical company has asked for permission to sell a birth control pill... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, a pharmaceutical company has asked for permission to sell a birth control pill over the counter in the U.S. HRA Pharma’s application on Monday sets up a high-stakes decision for health regulators amid... Read More

2022-07-08 22:44:30
by Natalie McCormick
Biden Signs Executive Order Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services

WASHINGTON — On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed to protect access to reproductive health care services.... Read More

WASHINGTON — On Friday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed to protect access to reproductive health care services. Following the signing, the White House laid out four main points the Biden administration hopes to accomplish with the new... Read More

2022-07-08 20:37:08
by Dan McCue
Nearly 5M Additional Cans of Infant Formula Soon to Reach Store Shelves

WASHINGTON — More than 4.8 million cans of infant formula will be shipped to U.S. retailers from an Australian manufacturer... Read More

WASHINGTON — More than 4.8 million cans of infant formula will be shipped to U.S. retailers from an Australian manufacturer beginning in August, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The formula is being sourced from Care A2+, an Australian-owned... Read More

2022-07-08 18:01:04
by Dan McCue
Labcorp Begins Monkeypox Testing, Doubling Nation’s Testing Capacity

BURLINGTON, N.C. – Labcorp this week became the first national laboratory to begin testing for monkeypox using the Centers for... Read More

BURLINGTON, N.C. – Labcorp this week became the first national laboratory to begin testing for monkeypox using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s orthopoxvirus test, a significant step in rolling back the spread of the virus. “We will initially... Read More

2022-07-08 15:54:36
by Natalie McCormick
Overturning Roe Has Birth Control and Emergency Contraceptives in High Demand

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe... Read More

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, demand for various forms of contraceptives, including the so-called morning-after pill, and long-lasting forms of birth control, has... Read More

2022-07-05 18:14:51
by Dan McCue
Registered Nurses’ Union Calls on Senate to Pass Abortion Rights Bill

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest union representing registered nurses is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health... Read More

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest union representing registered nurses is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act as soon as possible after it returns from its Independence Day recess on July 11. The request, made... Read More

2022-07-05 17:12:02
by Dan McCue
COVID-19 Third Leading Cause of Death in US in 2020, 2021

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States between March 2020 and October 2021,... Read More

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States between March 2020 and October 2021, according to an analysis of national death certificate data by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. ... Read More

2022-06-29 22:37:07
by Alexa Hornbeck
White House Blueprint Tackles Maternal Health Crisis 

The White House has new plans to address maternal mortality through the Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, an effort... Read More

The White House has new plans to address maternal mortality through the Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis, an effort to increase access and coverage for certain maternal health services, including behavioral health. The blueprint outlines five priorities to improve... Read More

2022-06-29 22:35:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
FDA Advisors Lean Into Modifying COVID-19 Vaccines to Be Omicron-Specific

Key advisors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration met on Tuesday to examine COVID-19 vaccines and whether there is need for... Read More

Key advisors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration met on Tuesday to examine COVID-19 vaccines and whether there is need for modification as protection wanes. During the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting, a majority of the panel, 19-2,... Read More

2022-06-29 22:32:39
by Alexa Hornbeck
Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022 Sails Through House

The Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022 was passed by the House on June 22 to tackle mental... Read More

The Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022 was passed by the House on June 22 to tackle mental illness and substance use disorder in the country, especially for rural and low-income communities.  The act passed the House with... Read More

2022-06-29 22:30:50
by Alexa Hornbeck
Equity and Accountability Act Addresses Health Disparities

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., have provided a roadmap for eliminating racial and ethnic health inequities. The senators’... Read More

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., have provided a roadmap for eliminating racial and ethnic health inequities. The senators’ new legislation is called the Health Equity and Accountability Act, and they released it on June 24. The bill lays out... Read More

2022-06-29 22:24:25
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO Members Express Continued Concerns Over COVID and Monkeypox 

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called Wednesday for accelerated efforts to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine. He said that while... Read More

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called Wednesday for accelerated efforts to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine. He said that while honing vaccines to the evolving virus variants makes sense, he is concerned that the pace of mutation means the world... Read More

2022-06-29 22:22:37
by Alexa Hornbeck
NIH-Funded Study Reveals Evolutionary Tricks Tied to Health Longevity

National Institutes of Health-funded research released on June 23 offers new insights into why aging rates vary when it comes to evolutionary... Read More

National Institutes of Health-funded research released on June 23 offers new insights into why aging rates vary when it comes to evolutionary tricks, such as having armor and venom. The research was led by Ronald Kohanski, who serves as a director of... Read More

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