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Different Takes On Inside-The-Beltway Health Policy Developments

KHN Morning Briefing

Opinion writers offer a variety of views on how the plans being advanced by the Trump administration and GOP Congress will shape a range of health concerns — from the effort to repeal, replace or repair the health law to federal health programs and Planned Parenthood’s future.

Women’s Heart Attacks Don’t Look Like Men’s

KHN Morning Briefing

Women’s symptoms during a cardiac event are quite different and less dramatic than men’s, so they can be harder to detect by doctors and tests. The Washington Post offers a series on heart health.

In Midst Of Raging Opioid Epidemic, Some Turn To Marijuana As Alternative Pain Reliever

KHN Morning Briefing

A 2016 study found that states with medical marijuana laws had 25 percent fewer opioid overdose deaths than states that do not have medical marijuana laws. Some remain cautious about swapping one drug for another. Media outlets also report more on the crisis out of Maryland, Montana, Ohio, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia.

Decrease In Teen Suicide Attempts Linked To Same-Sex Marriage Laws

KHN Morning Briefing

Laws that have the greatest impact on gay adults may make gay kids feel “more hopeful for the future,” the study’s lead author said. In other public health news, a nutrition pilot program, homeopathic remedies, the anti-vaccination movement and genomic medicine.

U.S. Urged China To Crack Down On Synthetic Opioids Killing Hundreds Here

KHN Morning Briefing

China is believed to be a major source for bootleg opioids, including the potent carfentanil, that are brought into the U.S. and contribute to the painkiller epidemic. In related news on the crisis, Georgia lawmakers consider regulations for opioid treatment centers.

Lawmakers Move To Ease Obama-Era E-Cigarette Regulations

KHN Morning Briefing

A proposal by Republican Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma and Sanford Bishop of Georgia would get rid of a “grandfather” clause that requires companies selling cigars, pipe tobacco, and vapor products such as e-cigarettes after Feb. 15, 2007 to disclose their ingredients and prove that their products meet the applicable public health standards set by the law.