Journalists Zero In on Bird Flu and Weight Loss Drugs
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KFF Health News’ editor-at-large for public health, Céline Gounder, discussed the second case of bird flu found in humans in the United States with “CBS Morning News” on May 24. Click here to watch Gounder on CBS KFF Health News contributor Andy Miller discussed weight loss drugs on WUGA’s “The Georgia Health Report” on May 17. Click here to hear Miller on WUGA Read KFF Health News senior correspondent Renuka Rayasam’s “High Price of Popular Diabetes Drugs Deprives Low-Income People of Effective Treatment” KFF Health News is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about healt ..read more
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Reclaman revisar viejas restricciones que previenen que hombres gay y bisexuales donen tejidos
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by Rae Ellen Bichell
4d ago
En 2020 y 2023, el gobierno federal cambió su postura sobre quiénes podían donar órganos y sangre de manera segura, reduciendo las restricciones para hombres que tienen sexo con hombres. Pero las limitaciones que impone la Administración de Drogas y Alimentos (FDA) sobre la donación de tejidos, un término general que abarca desde los ojos hasta la piel y los ligamentos, siguen vigentes. Defensores, legisladores y grupos enfocados en eliminar estas barreras, en particular la de la donación de córneas, dijeron sentirse frustrados porque la FDA no ha escuchado sus pedidos. Lo que piden es que las ..read more
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The South Can Be a Dangerous Place To Be Black and Pregnant
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by Lauren Sausser
4d ago
In much of the developed world, dying while pregnant or delivering a child is practically unknown. In Australia, for example, there were just 3 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births in 2021. But that’s not the case in the American South. And especially not for Black women. In South Carolina, Black women were more than four times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related cause in 2020 than White women. And discrimination was a factor in more than a third of the state’s 18 pregnancy-related deaths of women of all races, according to a recently published legislative report by the state’s De ..read more
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The Case of the Armadillo: Is It Spreading Leprosy in Florida?
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by Sam Ogozalek, Tampa Bay Times
4d ago
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In an open-air barn at the edge of the University of Florida, veterinarian Juan Campos Krauer examines a dead armadillo’s footpads and ears for signs of infection. Its claws are curled tight and covered in blood. Campos Krauer thinks it was struck in the head while crossing a nearby road. He then runs a scalpel down its underside. He removes all the important organs: heart, liver, kidneys. Once the specimens are bottled up, they’re destined for an ultra-cold freezer in his lab at the college. Campos Krauer plans to test the armadillo for leprosy, an ancient illness also kno ..read more
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FDA Urged To Relax Decades-Old Tissue Donation Restrictions for Gay and Bisexual Men
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by Rae Ellen Bichell
4d ago
The federal government in 2020 and 2023 changed who it said could safely donate organs and blood, reducing the restrictions on men who have had sex with another man. But the FDA’s restrictions on donated tissue, a catchall term encompassing everything from a person’s eyes to their skin and ligaments, remain in place. Advocates, lawmakers, and groups focused on removing barriers to cornea donations, in particular, said they are frustrated the FDA hasn’t heeded their calls. They want to align the guidelines for tissue donated by gay and bisexual men with those that apply to the rest of the human ..read more
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KFF Health News' 'What the Health?': Anti-Abortion Hard-Liners Speak Up
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The Host Julie Rovner KFF Health News @jrovner Read Julie's stories. Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent and host of KFF Health News’ weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book “Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z,” now in its third edition. With abortion shaping up as a key issue for the November elections, the movement that united to overturn Roe v. Wade is divided over going further, faster — including by punishing those who have abortions and banning contraception ..read more
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Los Angeles County Launches Ambitious Plan To Tackle Medical Debt. Hospitals Groan.
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by Molly Castle Work
5d ago
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has launched one of the most ambitious efforts in the nation to tackle medical debt, targeting hospitals for their role in feeding a $2.9 billion problem. For over a year, the nation’s most populous county has worked on a comprehensive plan to track patient debt and hospital collection practices; boost bill forgiveness for low-income patients; and buy up and forgive billions in medical debt — an effort helmed by its Department of Public Health. Though LA County isn’t the first government entity to confront this crisis, what sets it apart is how it casts medical ..read more
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Clues From Bird Flu’s Ground Zero on Dairy Farms in the Texas Panhandle
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by Amy Maxmen
5d ago
In early February, dairy farmers in the Texas Panhandle began to notice sick cattle. The buzz soon reached Darren Turley, executive director of the Texas Association of Dairymen: “They said there is something moving from herd to herd.” Nearly 60 days passed before veterinarians identified the culprit: a highly pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus, H5N1. Had it been detected sooner, the outbreak might have been swiftly contained. Now it has spread to at least eight other states, and it will be hard to eliminate. At the moment, the bird flu hasn’t adapted to spread from person to person throu ..read more
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California Pays People With Addiction To Stay Clean — With Feds’ Blessing
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by Angela Hart
6d ago
Led by California, a few states are testing an experimental program that pays people to stop using hard drugs. The Golden State was the first to win approval from the Biden administration to cover the sobriety payments, with Medicaid wrapping it into an ambitious health-care initiative spearheaded by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to provide the state’s sickest residents with a broad array of behavioral health and social services. Washington state and Montana have since followed. California is focusing on stimulants, including cocaine and meth. Participants must pee into a cup regularly, and if ..read more
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He Fell Ill on a Cruise. Before He Boarded the Rescue Boat, They Handed Him the Bill.
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by Bram Sable-Smith
6d ago
Vincent Wasney and his fiancée, Sarah Eberlein, had never visited the ocean. They’d never even been on a plane. But when they bought their first home in Saginaw, Michigan, in 2018, their real estate agent gifted them tickets for a Royal Caribbean cruise. After two years of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, they set sail in December 2022. The couple chose a cruise destined for the Bahamas in part because it included a trip to CocoCay, a private island accessible to Royal Caribbean passengers that featured a water park, balloon rides, and an excursion swimming with pigs. It was on that day ..read more
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