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Cases Of Malaria At U.S. Hospitals Higher Than Expected

KHN Morning Briefing

Experts believe immigrants and travelers, who have lost their childhood immunity by living in America for some time, are returning to their home countries not expecting to need protection from the disease. Then they come back to the U.S. infected.

State Laws Block Nurses From Administering Anti-Addiction Medication

KHN Morning Briefing

Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with such a license to prescribe the anti-addiction drug. Meanwhile, 19 attorneys general ask congressional leaders and President Donald Trump to not cut funding that is going toward fighting the opioid crisis.

Despite Notable Silence From White House, Anti-Vaccine Advocates Keep Hopes High

KHN Morning Briefing

The CDC continues to promote immunizations just as it did under the Obama administration, but vaccine skeptics still feel emboldened by having the new president in the White House. In other public health news: a diet soda link to dementia risk; anxiety in students; a rare tick-borne disease; dietary supplements; and Henrietta Lacks’ cells.