Hawaii Senator Seeks to Crack Down on Sex Traffickers
Mental Health
Hawaii Senator Seeks to Crack Down on Sex Traffickers
2023-02-01 16:07:49
by Eden Metzger

HONOLULU — Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, is continuing to press law enforcement and other officials to stem the rising tide of gender-based violence and sex-trafficking involving Native Hawaiian women and girls. Recently she traveled back to the big island from... Read More

A Probiotic May Control Serious Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infection
Health
A Probiotic May Control Serious Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Infection
2023-01-24 15:11:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A probiotic may be effective in cleansing the body of staph-related super infections, according to a new study from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Though they say more research is needed, a press release on... Read More

Bacterial Spores Inspire Novel Cancer Drug Delivery System
Research
Bacterial Spores Inspire Novel Cancer Drug Delivery System
2023-01-24 15:10:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Scientists with the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research have come up with a new way to get life-saving drugs directly into cancer cells, an advance they say will enable more effective treatments for cancer with fewer... Read More

Wind Energy Health Benefits Surge When Switch Is Flipped on Fossil Fuels
Renewable Energy
Wind Energy Health Benefits Surge When Switch Is Flipped on Fossil Fuels
2022-12-05 21:15:11
by Dan McCue

BOSTON — The health benefits associated with wind power could more than quadruple if utility operators prioritized turning down output from the most polluting fossil fuel-based power plants when energy from wind is available, according to a new study from... Read More

Abortion-Rights Supporters Prevailed in All Midterm Ballot Measures
2022 Elections
Abortion-Rights Supporters Prevailed in All Midterm Ballot Measures
2022-11-09 21:33:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t just the control of the U.S. House and Senate that was hanging in the balance as voters went to the polls Tuesday. In states across the nation ballots were cast on a range of health care... Read More

New Rating System Aims to Help Real People Make Sense of Health Guidelines
Health
New Rating System Aims to Help Real People Make Sense of Health Guidelines
2022-10-21 18:14:35
by Dan McCue

SEATTLE — A team of University of Washington researchers have developed a new method for assessing the health risks of what we consume, an approach they say will make it a lot easier for people to determine for themselves which... Read More

US Sees Increase in Respiratory Infections That Can Cause Paralysis in Children
Health
US Sees Increase in Respiratory Infections That Can Cause Paralysis in Children
2022-10-05 19:13:18
by TWN Staff

ATLANTA — Doctors should be on the lookout for a possible increase in enterovirus D68, a respiratory infection that may be linked to more cases of the rare, paralyzing condition acute flaccid myelitis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

Oregon Receives First-in-Nation Medicaid Funding for Food, Housing and Nutrition
In The States
Oregon Receives First-in-Nation Medicaid Funding for Food, Housing and Nutrition
2022-09-28 19:25:52
by Dan McCue

HERMISTON, Ore. — Oregon on Wednesday became the first state in the nation to receive an influx of significant new federal funding to pilot changes to the state’s Medicaid program. Gov. Kate Brown and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... Read More

Daily Multivitamin May Improve Cognition, Protect Against Decline
Health
Daily Multivitamin May Improve Cognition, Protect Against Decline
2022-09-14 20:29:14
by Dan McCue

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new study suggests that taking a daily vitamin supplement may not only improve cognition in older adults, but may also dramatically slow cognitive decline. The research was conducted by the Wake Forest University School of Medicine,... Read More

HHS Preparing to Hand Off Control of Pricing, Coverage of COVID Shots
Health
HHS Preparing to Hand Off Control of Pricing, Coverage of COVID Shots
2022-08-19 19:01:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will reportedly convene a meeting on Aug. 30 with state health officials and executives from the drug and pharmacy industries to lay the groundwork for transferring greater control of pricing and coverage for COVID-19 shots... Read More

REPORT: Health Equity Depends on What Happens at the Ballot Box
Research
REPORT: Health Equity Depends on What Happens at the Ballot Box
2022-08-15 19:00:44
by TWN Staff

The Tennessee Justice Center has authored a policy brief that explains the cyclic relationship between voting and health, as well as the impact of politics on health care.   According to the brief, voting creates a sense of belonging to... Read More

What You Find in the Water Just Might Scare You
Science
What You Find in the Water Just Might Scare You
2022-08-09 17:39:01
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. — There is nothing like summertime to bring us all closer to the water. But a recent study out of Charleston, South Carolina, suggests sharks and other creatures that bite or sting might be the least scary things to... Read More

White House Says Next COVID Vaccine Could Come in Many Forms
White House
White House Says Next COVID Vaccine Could Come in Many Forms
2022-07-27 20:10:36
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The White House is working with partners in the public and private sector on developing the next generation of COVID-19 vaccines, but there’s no telling whether it will take the form of a patch, shot, nasal spray or... Read More

Rebuilding in the Wake of the Pandemic Must Include Rebuilding the Health of Our Country
Opinions
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, many aspects of our society were already badly in need of repair before the pandemic. COVID highlighted and exacerbated those problems.... Read More

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

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

CMS Prepares Disability and Aging Networks for End of Public Health Emergency
Health
CMS Prepares Disability and Aging Networks for End of Public Health Emergency
2022-05-11 15:50:15
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is preparing states to return to normal eligibility and enrollment operations after the public health emergency expires, with special attention on how the end of the PHE will impact those... Read More

VA Raises the Bar on Improving Veteran Health Services
Veterans
VA Raises the Bar on Improving Veteran Health Services
2022-03-17 13:53:13
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — The $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15 includes funds to modernize the VA infrastructure and allow registered nurses and physician assistants in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to... Read More

EPA Acts on Environmental Justice in Three Gulf Coast States
Environment
EPA Acts on Environmental Justice in Three Gulf Coast States

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of enforcement actions to address air pollution, unsafe drinking water and other problems afflicting minority communities in three Gulf Coast states, following a “Journey to Justice” tour by Administrator Michael... Read More

Coaches Sue Washington Nationals After Defying Vaccination Mandate
Litigation
Coaches Sue Washington Nationals After Defying Vaccination Mandate
2022-01-03 18:56:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Two coaches from the Washington Nationals baseball team are adding to the lawsuits spun off from mandates by the federal government and private employers requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The federal mandate announced by President Joe... Read More

Biden to Have Routine Colonoscopy, Transfer Power to Harris
In The News
Biden to Have Routine Colonoscopy, Transfer Power to Harris

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Joe Biden will briefly transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday when he undergoes a “routine colonoscopy" at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the White House said. Biden drove early Friday to... Read More

Biden Announces Effort to ID Toxic Air Issues in Veterans
In The News
Biden Announces Effort to ID Toxic Air Issues in Veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose son Beau was an Iraq war veteran, is using his first Veterans Day in office to announce an effort to better understand, treat and identify medical conditions suffered by troops deployed to toxic... Read More

Murray Moves to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent
Health
Murray Moves to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent
2021-11-08 19:05:11
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON — During a floor speech last week, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., urged the Senate to pass legislation which would eliminate the “fall back” of daylight savings time which happens each November.  “Beyond convenience, this really is a matter of... Read More

How Health Is Impacted by Extreme Heat
Environment
How Health Is Impacted by Extreme Heat
2021-09-08 19:49:45
by Alexa Hornbeck

There have always been periods of extreme heat in the U.S., but now researchers estimate that climate change could make these periods more frequent, widespread, and severe over the next 30 years.  A recent report from the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne... Read More

Half of US Workers Favor Employee Shot Mandate: AP-NORC poll
Opinion Polls
Half of US Workers Favor Employee Shot Mandate: AP-NORC poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Half of American workers are in favor of vaccine requirements at their workplaces, according to a new poll, at a time when such mandates gain traction following the federal government's full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. ... Read More

Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
Law
Fighting for Reproductive Justice as #freebritney Ignites Debate
2021-07-06 13:42:05
by Alexa Hornbeck

The hashtag “#freebritney” has recently been flooding social media channels after the pop sensation claimed her 2008 court-mandated conservatorship withheld her from removing her intrauterine device, hindering her ability to reproduce, an issue which has been at the heart of... Read More

New WHO Guidance Aims to Achieve Significant Reduction in Suicide Rate
Mental Health
New WHO Guidance Aims to Achieve Significant Reduction in Suicide Rate
2021-06-23 14:15:17
by Alexa Hornbeck

The World Health Organization released new suicide prevention guidance last week aimed at reducing the world’s suicide rate by a third by 2030. “While a comprehensive national suicide prevention strategy should be the ultimate goal for all governments,” said Dr.... Read More

Renewed Efforts to Address Homelessness Boon to Health Care
Health
Renewed Efforts to Address Homelessness Boon to Health Care
2021-06-15 18:49:07
by Alexa Hornbeck

The House Committee on Financial Services met this past week to discuss how increasing Section 8 housing vouchers could reduce housing instability, overcrowding, and better prepare the nation for the next health or economic crisis.  “Providing a voucher to all... Read More

Global Leaders Seek to Eliminate Pediatric HIV by 2030
Health
Global Leaders Seek to Eliminate Pediatric HIV by 2030
2021-06-15 18:27:58
by Alexa Hornbeck

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted routine health services making it difficult to deliver high-quality care to pregnant women and children living with HIV. But it has also pushed global leaders to try and reinvigorate global commitments to eliminate pediatric HIV... Read More

Pandemic Meets Epidemic: Obesity and COVID-19
Health
Pandemic Meets Epidemic: Obesity and COVID-19
2021-05-21 19:25:56
by Alexa Hornbeck

Marna Gatlin, a 58-year-old from Portland, Ore., is the administrator of a Facebook support group for morbidly obese individuals. Gatlin has struggled with obesity for several years but found this past year to be more challenging.  “I decided during the... Read More

How Income Volatility Impacts Health Decisions
Health
How Income Volatility Impacts Health Decisions
2021-05-07 20:02:33
by Alexa Hornbeck

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics released data that the U.S. birth rate is the lowest it’s been since 1979, and one theory on why this is happening is younger individuals who... Read More

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