REPORT: Health Equity Depends on What Happens at the Ballot Box
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
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
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

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

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
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
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

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
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

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

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
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
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

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
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

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
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
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
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
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

US Backs Waiving Intellectual Property Rules on Vaccines
2021-05-05 21:18:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will support efforts to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to speed the end of the pandemic. United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the government’s position... Read More

Sensor Tool Lights the Way for Non-Hallucinogenic Drug Development
2021-05-05 14:02:37
by Alexa Hornbeck

Last week researchers at the University of California, Davis, published a study about a genetically encoded sensor called “PsychLight,” capable of detecting hallucinogenic compounds in the brains of mice and how those compounds bind to receptors.  “The most shocking thing... Read More

White House Aims to Have 70% of Americans Vaccinated by July 4
2021-05-04 18:58:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration wants COVID-19 shots to go where the demand is, and will begin moving doses from states with lower demand to those where the interest in getting the vaccines is stronger -- all with an eye... Read More

How a Federal Law to End Surprise Medical Billing Will Change Existing State Policies
2021-04-30 13:06:46
by Alexa Hornbeck

Janet Solie, 62-year-old retired physician assistant from Calabasas, Calif., went to a lab at an in-network hospital in Los Robles with complaints of acute abdominal pain, only to later be slammed with a large ER bill.  “The physicians who supervised... Read More

Harris to tell UN Body it's Time to Prep for Next Pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to the next global... Read More

Wild Songbirds Spreading Salmonella Infection
2021-04-08 14:23:41
by Alexa Hornbeck

The CDC has issued a report finding that small, yellow-tinged songbirds from the finch family were linked to 19 infections of salmonella across the U.S.   Rachel Curtis-Robles, a public health educator and outreach officer for the California Department of... Read More

Devastation of the Arts Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic
2021-03-26 12:44:56
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- No one at a congressional hearing Thursday doubted the arts and humanities suffered severely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The question was how much longer the government should continue to bail them out with financial rescue grants. “We know... Read More

Biden Says US to Hit 100 Million Vaccinations Goal on Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. closing in on President Joe Biden's goal of injecting 100 million coronavirus vaccinations weeks ahead of his target date, the White House said the nation is now in position to help supply neighbors Canada... Read More

In The News
Biden Called on to Boycott 2022 Beijing Games
2021-03-18 12:52:19
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dhondup Wangchen is having déjà vu, and it isn’t pleasant for him. The Tibetan filmmaker, imprisoned by the Chinese government in 2008 on charges related to his documentary, Leaving Fear Behind, is once again protesting Beijing hosting the... Read More

State Department Continues to Advise Against International Travel
2021-03-15 13:28:27
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has caused colossal damage to the U.S. travel industry, grounding airlines, emptying hotels, and stopping almost all business and leisure travel for months. The State Department isn’t suggesting this will change any time soon. In a discussion... Read More

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