Kate Spade’s Death Ignites Concern About Rising Suicide Rate
At least 45,000 Americans commit suicide every year, often tied to mental health issues or substance abuse.
Marijuana Addiction Is Surging, But Experts Are Having Hard Time Convincing People It Even Exists
Treatment centers are seeing an upswing in people seeking help for marijuana dependency. But as the drug gains in popularity and public acceptance, doctors are battling the misconception that pot is not addicting. In other public health news: Ebola, eyesight, 3-parent babies, tobacco, hepatitis C, liver disease, malpractice, and more.
First Edition: June 7, 2018
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
Listen: What You Need To Know About The News On Breast Cancer And Chemo
KHN senior correspondent Liz Szabo joins a panel on WAMU’s radio show “1A” to discuss new insight into breast cancer treatment.
Facebook Live: Sorting Out The Truth About Vitamins
From A to zinc and all the dietary supplements in between, KHN senior correspondent Liz Szabo gives you the dope on whether popping vitamins does you any good.
First Edition: June 5, 2018
DID YOU TAKE YOUR VITAMINS? If so, you are one among millions of Americans. But what evidence is there that they ward off chronic disease? Tune in to the next KHN Facebook Live on Wednesday, June 6, at 3 p.m. ET, when senior correspondent Liz Szabo will separate fact from fiction. You can submit your questions and watch here.
Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Campaign Promises Kept, Plus ‘Nerd Reports’
In this episode of KHN’s “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Sarah Kliff of Vox and Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo discuss a proposed administration regulation that seeks to separate Planned Parenthood from federal family planning funds, the final congressional passage of legislation aimed at helping those with terminal illnesses obtain experimental medications, and new government reports on the uninsured and federal health spending. Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Liz Szabo about the May “Bill of the Month.”
Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For Four Tiny Screws
A woman with foot pain was floored by the high cost of titanium screws used in her surgery. “Unless the metal [was] mined on an asteroid, I do not know why it should cost that amount,” she says.
Trump Vows (Again) To Lower Drug Prices But Skeptics Doubt Much Will Change
President Donald Trump’s much-awaited speech about slashing drug costs was long on rhetoric but short on specifics that will reduce prices.
Readers Weigh In On Vitamin Use And The Big Pharma-Patient Advocacy Connection
Kaiser Health News gives readers a chance to comment on a recent batch of stories.
Adultos mayores toman muchas vitaminas, aunque no está demostrado que funcionan
Decenas de estudios han ofrecido “resultados prometedores”, pero nunca pruebas científicas contundentes que muestren que los suplementos vitamínicos previenen enfermedades.
Older Americans Are Hooked On Vitamins Despite Scarce Evidence They Work
Sixty-eight percent of those 65 and older take vitamin supplements. Much of what we once believed about the benefits is wrong.
‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Stalk U.S. Hospitals
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found antibiotic-resistant bacteria whose spread has “outpaced” efforts to contain them.
La FDA reducirá la nicotina en cigarrillos, para ayudar a fumadores a dejar el hábito
Autoridades aseguran que este plan ayudará a que los fumadores dejen el hábito, logrará que 33 millones de personas que ahora son menores ni siquiera se acerquen al tabaco, y salvará 8 millones de vidas.
FDA Moves To Cut Nicotine In Cigarettes, Helping Smokers Kick Habit
In a historic move, the Food and Drug Administration stated its intent Thursday to require tobacco companies to cut nicotine levels in their products to make them less addictive. Stripping cigarettes of addictive power could lead an estimated 5 million adults to quit smoking within a year of the plan.
¿Nunca es tarde para operar? Las cirugías al final de la vida son comunes y costosas
Muchos abuelitos se exponen a procedimientos que hacen más mal que bien, afectando su calidad de vida en el poco tiempo que les queda de vida.
Never Too Late To Operate? Surgery Near End Of Life Is Common, Costly
Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in their final year of life.
FDA Head Vows To Tackle High Drug Prices And Drugmakers ‘Gaming The System’
In an exclusive interview, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb describes what he’s doing to spur competition and bring down drug prices.
How The Shutdown Might Affect Your Health
For some federal health programs, a shuttered government means business as usual. But the congressional impasse over funding will hit others hard.
Near Incineration Of Psychiatric Hospital Highlights Gaping Need For More Beds
Fire almost destroyed one of two acute care facilities in Ventura County — wiping out most of the region’s inpatient capacity. In California and nationally, such hospitals are strained by demand — and disasters.