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Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law
State News
Federal Judge Hears Arguments to Halt Georgia’s New Anti-Abortion Law

ATLANTA — A federal judge said Monday that he hoped to determine soon whether the court should block Georgia’s new anti-abortion law from going into effect, but he hinted at the potential long road ahead for the case. It’s unclear... Read More

Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
Health
Shalala, Gaetz Seek to Reschedule Cannabis and Develop National Research Agenda
2019-09-20 21:57:02
by Sean Trambley

Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced the Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act, bipartisan legislation that would facilitate research into the potential medical benefits and public health impacts of marijuana.  The bill would develop a national... Read More

Americans’ Struggles With Medical Bills Are a Foreign Concept in Other Countries
Health
Americans’ Struggles With Medical Bills Are a Foreign Concept in Other Countries

GORINCHEM, Netherlands — In France, a visit to the doctor typically costs the equivalent of $1.12. A night in a German hospital costs a patient roughly $11. And in the Netherlands — one of the few wealthy nations other than... Read More

Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election
Health
Health Care: Still Potent, But More Complicated in 2020 Election

ATLANTA — On a recent sweltering August morning, Congresswoman Lucy McBath headlined a rally extolling the Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients. But the freshman Democrat, who represents a fast-changing swath of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, took care not to mention... Read More

Feds Restore Protections for Undocumented Immigrants With Serious Illnesses
Immigration
Feds Restore Protections for Undocumented Immigrants With Serious Illnesses

MIAMI — The Trump administration reversed itself Thursday and said it will again allow immigrants who are facing serious illnesses to remain in the U.S. to get medical care without fear of deportation. A month ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible
Veterans
Brindisi Bill Would Require VA Women Veteran Call Center to Be Text Accessible
2019-09-17 21:02:23
by Sean Trambley

Freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a member of the bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force, has introduced legislation to mandate accessibility for women at the VA’s healthcare call center. Brindisi’s legislation, H.R. 2972, would statutorily require the Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Call... Read More

Groupons for Medical Treatment? Welcome to Today’s US Health Care
Health
Groupons for Medical Treatment? Welcome to Today’s US Health Care

Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted... Read More

Coming Out About Mental Health on Social Media
Mental Health
Coming Out About Mental Health on Social Media

Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam... Read More

List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow
Military
List of Military Installations Dealing With PFAS Chemical Contamination Expected to Grow
2019-09-17 20:03:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military installations contaminated with potentially cancer-causing chemical compounds found in firefighting foam is expected to rise as a Defense Department task force continues to assess the problem, the Pentagon said last week. During a... Read More

NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors
State News
NY’s Cuomo Announces Ban On Most E-Cigarette Flavors

NEW YORK — Amid growing reports of vaping-related illnesses and even deaths, Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced an emergency ban on all e-cigarette flavors other than tobacco and menthol. “Vaping is dangerous, period,” Cuomo said. “It is addicting young people... Read More

The Collapse of a Hospital Empire — and Towns Left in the Wreckage
Health
The Collapse of a Hospital Empire — and Towns Left in the Wreckage

SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. — The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his... Read More

Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem
Mental Health
Beyond Jeffrey Epstein, Suicide Among Inmates Is a Rising Problem

ATLANTA — One afternoon in August, six days after Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell, Christi Phillips received a troubling message. Her husband, Mike, who is serving time at a state prison in Valdosta, Ga., overheard... Read More

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