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Syphilis Cases in California Drive a Record-Setting Year for STDs Nationwide

New data released Tuesday from the CDC shows sexually transmitted infections reached an all-time high in 2019. The biggest spike was in syphilis cases, which rose 74% between 2015 and 2019. Leading the country in syphilis is California, where men who have sex with men make up half the cases.

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Clearing the Air

Redfield Joins Big Ass Fans, Which Promotes Controversial Covid-Killing Technology

Dr. Robert Redfield, Trump’s CDC director, lends his scientific credibility to its Clean Air Systems subsidiary, which touts a “virus-killing ion technology” added to its fans. But indoor air quality experts question whether some of its technology works in the real world.


Covid Spawns ‘Completely New Category’ of Organ Transplants

Nearly 60 organ transplants have been performed after the coronavirus “basically destroyed” patients’ hearts and lungs.

Orange County Hospital Seeks Divorce From Large Catholic Health System

Frustration with the standardization of care across 51 hospitals, loss of local control and restrictions on reproductive health care have pitted Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian against the Providence chain.

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The Gender Vaccine Gap: More Women Than Men Are Getting Covid Shots

A KHN examination of state vaccine statistics shows that more women than men have gotten covid vaccines. Experts cite demographic realities of those who were part of the initial rollout but also women’s greater likelihood to seek preventive health care.

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Lost On The Frontline

A collaboration between The Guardian and KHN that aims to document the lives of health care workers in the U.S. who die from COVID-19.

Look Up Your Hospital

Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

Bill Of The Month

This investigation by KHN and NPR dissects and explains your medical bills every month.

What Other Places Can Learn From Santa Rosa’s Tent City

As cities across California wrestle with a crisis of homelessness that has drawn international condemnation, Santa Rosa’s bold experiment with a city-sanctioned encampment suggests a way forward.

Families With Sick Kids on Medicaid Seek Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals

Many state Medicaid programs pay out-of-state providers much less than in-state facilities

Which of Trump’s Health Policies Will Biden Reverse?



Role Reversal

Covid increases ranks of child caregivers.


Need Amid Plenty

The richest U.S. counties are overwhelmed by surge in child hunger.

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