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PhRMA, which is responsible for 90 percent of the Addiction Policy Forum’s funding, will walk back and then end its support by 2020. The forum was at the eye of previous controversy, with critics blasting the fact that most of its funding came from the drugmakers who they said were responsible for the crisis in the first place. News on the opioid epidemic comes out of Massachusetts and Ohio, as well.
Warnings are being issued at all levels of the party–from union members to candidates running in swing states. “We won in Kentucky and Louisiana, barely, in part, because we won on health care. I don’t think we can afford to lose on health care,” Gov. Gina Raimondo (D-R.I.) said. Meanwhile, industry opponents for “Medicare for All” are starting to go after the moderates’ health plans as well. In other election news, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has a plan to expand mental health treatment.
Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others.
Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others.
In some of the first research into longterm effects of gun violence, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say not enough is being done to help tens of thousands of patients who can suffer for years from PTSD and other mental health problems following a shooting. Related news is also on: the effects of fatal police shootings and the lives of mass shooters.
Scientists have known about the loops of DNA for decades. But they’re starting to realize they could play a bigger role in diseases and aging than previously thought. In other public health news: measles immunity, sleep, speech, and the flu.
Two patients taking part in the trials have been free of transfusions to treat their diseases for months, showing the ”revolutionary” technology is working and the new cells are engrafting in bone marrow, researchers say. But they caution about celebrating too early. Public health news is on unwelcome changes in psychiatric wards, pledges to eradicate polio, harsh discipline of black girls, anal cancer, illiteracy’s impact on dementia, functioning with brain malformations, an app for recovery from addiction, and exercise’s benefits for older, sedentary people.
Vigils will be held Wednesday to remember transgender people killed over the past year. For many, the day marks just how far there is left to go when it comes to securing a safe future for transgender people.
Research from the maker of Camel cigarettes showed that nicotine salts were a key ingredient in making the product palatable and addictive, a Los Angeles Times investigation uncovered. Juul’s salts contain up to three times the amount of nicotine found in previous e-cigarettes. In other news on the vaping crisis: more states sue Juul, President Donald Trump’s decision to back off a flavor ban angers advocates in both parties, a House panel approves its own ban, and more.
A ProPublica and Chicago Tribune investigation reveals the extent to which schools use “quiet rooms” to put children in “isolated timeouts.” But advocates argue the practice, which isn’t broadly monitored, can cause trauma for the children — and they say there are better ways to deal with difficult behavior.
Executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Matthew Doherty wrote that the Trump administration “no longer wishes to have me” in the position. Doherty was appointed during the Obama administration.
Opinion writers weigh in on these health care issues and others.
A coach reassured trustees in Marshall, Texas that new concussion protocols and rules have made the game safer. The school dropped the programs several years ago. Public health news is on faces behind anti-vaccine ads on Facebook, mental health in solitary confinement, cancer treatment risks, cures for dwarfism, dementia controls, images of love and disease, aging bladders, China’s recruiting of scientists, teens charged with adult crimes, alternatives to knee surgery, and more.
As more immigrants linger in jails than ever before in U.S. history, deportations lag far behind the former administration, despite President Donald Trump’s promise to deport “millions.” News on the border crisis is on mental health issues, as well.
A gunman walked into a backyard and started shooting at a south Fresno home, where a gathering of about 35 family and friends was watching a football game. Earlier in the week, a 16-year-old gunmen in California opened fire on his fellow students before turning the gun on himself.
Experts say that watching pornography can rewire a child’s brain. But even though it’s unlikely adults will succeed in blocking them from watching it, there’s little help being offered to the young people to help them navigate it more safely. In other public health news: the flu, sugar intake for infants, hibernation, mental health, sleep, exercise and more.
Migrant apprehensions were down for a fifth consecutive month in October, a 31 percent decrease from October 2018 and a 73 percent drop from the year’s high in May, the U.S. Border Patrol reported. Single adult migrants comprised the bulk of those apprehended. News on the border crisis is on federally funded shelter programs and coercive DNA testing, as well.
Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others.
Mental health issues that are kept hidden can be an expensive problem for businesses. Depression alone costs the U.S. economy $210 billion a year, half of which is shouldered by employers in the form of missed work and lost productivity.
The system, dubbed Project Guardian, aims to improve background checks by encouraging federal prosecutors to more quickly contribute information about people whose mental-health history prevents them from owning firearms. But gun control advocates said that an initiative that focuses on enforcement and increased policing makes “no serious effort to address the supply of guns.” Attorney General William Barr blames the impeachment investigation for slowing down potential legislative action.