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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

2022-06-29 22:20:36
by Alexa Hornbeck
Algal Toxins Are Blooming in Kansas Lakes

In Kansas a harmful blue-green algae is blooming in local lakes. The Kansas Departments of Health and Environment and Wildlife... Read More

In Kansas a harmful blue-green algae is blooming in local lakes. The Kansas Departments of Health and Environment and Wildlife and Parks have issued June advisories warning residents about the risk of exposure. According to a revised KDHE response plan, the... Read More

2022-06-29 22:17:37
by Alexa Hornbeck
Chicago Launches Data Dashboard to Support Crisis Program

The Chicago Department of Public Health and a number of other crisis assistance and response agencies launched a data dashboard on June... Read More

The Chicago Department of Public Health and a number of other crisis assistance and response agencies launched a data dashboard on June 23 as part of the city’s effort to expand their Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement program. The CARE program was... Read More

2022-06-29 19:08:33
by Alexa Hornbeck
Medicare Advantage Program Slammed for High Costs and Lack of Efficiency

WASHINGTON —A series of reports have revealed continued issues with Medicare Advantage Plans, a private-plan alternative to traditional Medicare, and... Read More

WASHINGTON —A series of reports have revealed continued issues with Medicare Advantage Plans, a private-plan alternative to traditional Medicare, and now members from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce are focused on how to establish better protections for America’s... Read More

2022-06-29 18:58:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
US Chamber of Commerce Health Summit Prioritizes Role of Value-Based Care

WASHINGTON — Attendees at the 9th Annual Health Summit held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on the role... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attendees at the 9th Annual Health Summit held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce focused on the role of putting the consumer at the center when it comes to the business of health care. “At this point it's... Read More

2022-06-29 16:15:45
by Alexa Hornbeck
Congress Drops Waiver to Allow Free School Meals for All Students

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act into law on June 25 to support school meal... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the Keep Kids Fed Act into law on June 25 to support school meal programs ahead of the expiration of pandemic-era waivers, but to expedite the bill’s passage before the expiration on June 30,... Read More

2022-06-29 13:25:10
by Dan McCue
White House Unveils Monkeypox Vaccination Campaign

WASHINGTON — Starting Wednesday, clinics across the country will begin to receive doses of a new monkeypox vaccine called Jynneos... Read More

WASHINGTON — Starting Wednesday, clinics across the country will begin to receive doses of a new monkeypox vaccine called Jynneos from the federal stockpile, the move being the start of a nationwide vaccination campaign to slow the spread of the... Read More

'Heightened Alert': Abortion Providers Brace for Ruling

In her first week on the job at a Philadelphia abortion clinic, Amanda Kifferly was taught how to search for... Read More

In her first week on the job at a Philadelphia abortion clinic, Amanda Kifferly was taught how to search for bombs. About a year later, protesters blocked the entrances and exits of The Women’s Centers, at one point pulling Kifferly... Read More

2022-06-22 23:25:04
by Alexa Hornbeck
US Begins Rollout of Childhood COVID Vaccines After FDA and CDC Approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the greenlight last week to... Read More

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the greenlight last week to Moderna and Pfizer regarding the emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5.  The latest EUAs make vaccines... Read More

2022-06-22 23:22:42
by Alexa Hornbeck
Sens. Shaheen and Collins Move to Cap Insulin Costs 

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, moved Wednesday to cap the monthly price of insulin at $35 for... Read More

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, moved Wednesday to cap the monthly price of insulin at $35 for those privately insured and those on Medicare, as outlined in this discussion draft. Shaheen and Collins serve as co-chairs of the... Read More

2022-06-22 23:20:25
by Alexa Hornbeck
DOI to Establish Health and Wellness Program for Wildland Firefighters

A health and well-being program for wildland firefighters is being created by the U.S. Department of the Interior, said Secretary... Read More

A health and well-being program for wildland firefighters is being created by the U.S. Department of the Interior, said Secretary Deb Haaland Friday.  Haaland also announced the allocation of $103 million in fiscal year 2022 for wildfire risk reduction efforts throughout the... Read More

2022-06-22 23:18:33
by Alexa Hornbeck
UV Tracking App Launches on First Day of Summer to Prevent Skin and Eye Sun Damage 

The SunSmart Global UV app was released on June 21 to provide localized information on ultraviolet radiation levels for preventing... Read More

The SunSmart Global UV app was released on June 21 to provide localized information on ultraviolet radiation levels for preventing overexposure to the sun, a major cause of skin cancer and UV-related eye damage.  The app was jointly developed by... Read More

2022-06-22 23:15:37
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Shows Omicron Variant Less Likely to Give Someone Long COVID

A report released on June 18 and published in The Lancet shows the omicron variant is less likely to give someone long... Read More

A report released on June 18 and published in The Lancet shows the omicron variant is less likely to give someone long COVID than previous strains of the virus.  The research is the first peer-reviewed study to report on long COVID risk... Read More

2022-06-22 23:13:17
by Alexa Hornbeck
WHO to Decide if Monkeypox Constitutes Public Health Emergency 

Experts from the World Health Organization will convene for an emergency committee on June 23 to assess whether monkeypox constitutes... Read More

Experts from the World Health Organization will convene for an emergency committee on June 23 to assess whether monkeypox constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Cases of Monkeypox are hitting the hardest in Europe where the outbreak has... Read More

2022-06-22 23:11:14
by Alexa Hornbeck
Attorney General Presses for Better Mental Health Access for New Yorkers 

New York Attorney General Letitia James held a public hearing on Wednesday regarding the accessibility of mental health care for New Yorkers... Read More

New York Attorney General Letitia James held a public hearing on Wednesday regarding the accessibility of mental health care for New Yorkers with serious mental illness. Over 250,000 New Yorkers are known to have serious mental health illness. A quarter of New... Read More

2022-06-22 18:17:21
by Alexa Hornbeck
Behavioral Health Providers Scramble to Prepare for Launch of 988 Crisis Line

WASHINGTON — Americans seeking assistance in a mental health crisis will soon be able to dial 988 for help starting... Read More

WASHINGTON — Americans seeking assistance in a mental health crisis will soon be able to dial 988 for help starting July 16, but concerns are mounting as to whether behavioral health providers are equipped with the tools necessary to implement... Read More

2022-06-22 15:53:25
by Alexa Hornbeck
CMS Cracks Down on Hospitals and Issuers to Comply with Price Transparency Rules

WASHINGTON — In an effort to make health care prices more transparent for consumers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Read More

WASHINGTON — In an effort to make health care prices more transparent for consumers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a bundle of new price transparency initiatives and is gearing up to enforce those protections. “We’ve seen... Read More

2022-06-19 15:35:45
by Dan McCue
CDC Signs off on COVID Vaccines for Children Under 5

ATLANTA — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday backed an advisory committee’s recommendation that... Read More

ATLANTA — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday backed an advisory committee’s recommendation that will allow parents with children under 5 years of age to have their kids vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s... Read More

2022-06-17 15:56:33
by Dan McCue
FDA Approves COVID Vaccines for Children Aged 5 and Younger

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its approval for COVID-19 vaccines for children age 5 and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave its approval for COVID-19 vaccines for children age 5 and younger.  The shots could start as early as next week if, as expected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

2022-06-16 20:46:12
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Grills Health Agency Directors on Their Long-Term Pandemic Plans

WASHINGTON — Health experts told a Senate panel Thursday the drop in COVID-19 infections in the past few months should... Read More

WASHINGTON — Health experts told a Senate panel Thursday the drop in COVID-19 infections in the past few months should not lull them into complacency as the potentially deadly virus continues to mutate. Without additional preparation, the nation’s health care... Read More

2022-06-16 12:57:50
by Alexa Hornbeck
Report Examines Effect of Puberty Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones on Youth Suicide Rates

WASHINGTON — A report released by the Heritage Foundation on June 13 examines whether easing teenagers’ access to cross-sex medical... Read More

WASHINGTON — A report released by the Heritage Foundation on June 13 examines whether easing teenagers’ access to cross-sex medical interventions, such as puberty blockers and hormones, protects against adolescent suicide. “Unfortunately, many parents are being told they have a... Read More

2022-06-15 22:36:17
by Alexa Hornbeck
EPA Takes New Actions on PFAS Substances 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on June 15 the release of four new drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl... Read More

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on June 15 the release of four new drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. PFAS are a class of toxic chemicals found in food packaging and other common commercial products... Read More

2022-06-15 22:34:19
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Shows Home Health Nurses With Smaller Caseloads Have Better Patient Satisfaction Ratings

A recent report from Leading Age, a nonprofit advocacy organization, finds that home health nurse case managers with smaller caseloads typically have... Read More

A recent report from Leading Age, a nonprofit advocacy organization, finds that home health nurse case managers with smaller caseloads typically have better quality of care and patient satisfaction ratings.  The report, titled the “National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future... Read More

2022-06-15 22:32:02
by Alexa Hornbeck
Pfizer and Moderna Get Greenlight From FDA Advisors for COVID Vaccines for Children Under 5

On Wednesday, a panel of advisors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Moderna’s two-shot vaccine series for kids... Read More

On Wednesday, a panel of advisors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Moderna’s two-shot vaccine series for kids under 5 years and Pfizer’s three-shot vaccine series for kids under 4.  Moderna’s two shots are found to prevent severe... Read More

2022-06-15 22:30:16
by Alexa Hornbeck
Life Expectancy Gap Found Between US Political Parties 

A study published on June 7 from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital shows that there is a growing life expectancy gap... Read More

A study published on June 7 from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital shows that there is a growing life expectancy gap between Democratic and Republican counties.  The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, found a “mortality gap,” meaning there is... Read More

2022-06-15 22:28:13
by Alexa Hornbeck
COVID-19 Pandemic Disrupted Clinical Trials for Cancer Treatment and Care 

A report from the two largest cancer centers in the United States released on June 14 finds that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted... Read More

A report from the two largest cancer centers in the United States released on June 14 finds that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted clinical trials for cancer treatment and care.  Published in the Annals of Oncology, the multi-center study evaluated clinical trial activities... Read More

2022-06-15 22:26:28
by Alexa Hornbeck
Study Launches to Examine Long-Term Health Effects of Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits 

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System announced on June 7 that they will launch... Read More

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System announced on June 7 that they will launch a study to examine if exposure to toxic burn pits can be linked to numerous health problems.  The study will... Read More

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