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Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?
Climate
Effects of Surgery on a Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?

PORTLAND, Ore. — It was early morning in an operating theater at Providence Hospital in Portland, Ore. A middle-aged woman lay on the operating table, wrapped in blankets. Surgeons were about to cut out a cancerous growth in her stomach.... Read More

How Today’s Political Polarization Has Fueled the Measles Outbreak
Health
How Today’s Political Polarization Has Fueled the Measles Outbreak

“Seizing our newborn infants, Blighting their lives with pain; Filling their veins with poison, Tainting each tender brain” So go the lyrics of the Anti-Compulsory Vaccination Hymn, circulated not by the modern-day anti-vaccine band the Refusers but by the Anti-Vaccination... Read More

Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks
Health
Medicaid Work Requirements Hit Roadblocks

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of 2018, the Trump administration seemed to be marching briskly toward its goal of requiring able-bodied adults in Medicaid to prove they had jobs to participate in the public health plan for the poor. But... Read More

New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses
Health
New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

WASHINGTON — It’s increasingly likely that someone you know has the opioid overdose rescue drug naloxone in their pocket or medicine cabinet. In fact, a new mobile app, NaloxoFind, will tell you whether anyone nearby is carrying the lifesaving drug.... Read More

New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices
Health
New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices
2019-05-03 20:05:34
by Sean Trambley

New legislation in the California state house is seeking to end surprise hospital bills that catch unwitting patients with expensive out-of-network insurance costs for emergency care. Earlier this year, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reported on San Francisco woman Nina Dang and... Read More

The Answer to Opioid Crisis? Researcher Will Soon Test His Non-Addictive Pain Drug
Health
The Answer to Opioid Crisis? Researcher Will Soon Test His Non-Addictive Pain Drug

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — University of California, Davis professor Bruce Hammock has spent a 50-year career studying insects. He probably wouldn’t be the Ph.D. considered most likely to shake up the multibillion-dollar prescription painkiller market. Nonetheless, he has developed a medication... Read More

Fact Check: Klobuchar Wants to Stop ‘Pay-for-Delay’ Deals That Keep Drug Prices High
Health
Fact Check: Klobuchar Wants to Stop ‘Pay-for-Delay’ Deals That Keep Drug Prices High

Washington’s recent fixation with lowering drug costs has introduced Americans to once-insider terms like “pharmacy benefit managers” and “list prices.” During an April 22 CNN town hall event for Democratic candidates, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., described a drugmaker practice that... Read More

Rising Nuclear Waste Cleanup Costs Spark Outrage from Congressmen
Environment
Rising Nuclear Waste Cleanup Costs Spark Outrage from Congressmen
2019-05-03 14:58:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed outrage Wednesday during hearings on Capitol Hill at the rising cost and government inaction in cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste. Some lawmakers were reacting to a Government Accountability Office report released this week... Read More

CBO’s Report on Single-Payer Health Care Holds More Questions Than Answers
Health
CBO’s Report on Single-Payer Health Care Holds More Questions Than Answers

WASHINGTON — Progressive Democrats have rallied around “Medicare-for-all,” a single-payer health plan popularized by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Now, some of Washington’s official bean counters are trying to add a new framework around what it might look like. The picture... Read More

A New Model for Mental Health Treatment Faces an Uncertain Future
Health
A New Model for Mental Health Treatment Faces an Uncertain Future

MINNEAPOLIS — A groundbreaking program that has improved the health of thousands of Minnesotans struggling with mental illnesses and addiction could soon be rolled out across the state, in what would be one of the broadest expansions of the state’s... Read More

Patients Caught in Middle of Fight Between Health Care Behemoths
Health
Patients Caught in Middle of Fight Between Health Care Behemoths

Cancer survivors Evalyn Bodick, 74, and Barbara Marsic, 63, are caught in the crossfire of one of the fiercest health care fights in the country. They fear they are about to lose access to the doctors they say have kept... Read More

New Bill Would Fund CDC Gun Violence Research
Health
New Bill Would Fund CDC Gun Violence Research

WASHINGTON — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would have money to research the causes of gun violence for the first time in more than two decades if a new proposal becomes law. The Democrat-controlled House Appropriations Committee... Read More

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