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With Millions Of Baby Boomers Expected To Get Alzheimer’s, Experts Puzzle Over Best Ways To Avoid Bleak Future

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Stat News talked to eight experts about which interventions would be most helpful for the brain-wasting disease that has no cure. While, the U.S. has tripled spending on the disease since 2015, there’s been little effort to manage spending or research priorities. Other public health news looks at the call for flu shots, banished unvaccinated students, autism, concussions, safe playgrounds, seniors’ falls, baby food, “brain tingles,” and arthritis, as well.

Some Health Experts Urge Congress To Take Action On E-Cigarettes, But Others Warn It Could Backfire

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee heard from public health experts about legislation that would try to address the vaping crisis in teens. While multiple experts spoke in favor of such efforts, others warned that it could be devastating to adults trying to quit traditional cigarettes. In other news on the issue: the death toll climbs in the lung-illness outbreak, researchers continue to search for causes, and more.

States Get On Board With $50B Settlement Talks With Drug Distributors, But Cities, Counties More Hesitant, Sources Say

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AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation, along with Johnson & Johnson and Teva, are in talks to settle before the massive nationwide opioid case goes to court on Monday. Cities and counties want more information about how the money will be distributed and whether it will be directed to relief measures or end up in general funds for state legislatures.

Federal Judge Vacates Obama-Era Rule Banning Discrimination Against Transgender Patients

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Judge Reed O’Connor for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas is the same federal judge who last year ruled that the entire 2010 health care law was invalid. The decision is likely to be appealed, as O’Connor also ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union and River City Gender Alliance could intervene in the case.

A Kansas Judge With No Law Degree Holds The Futures Of City Residents With Medical Debt In His Hands

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In the midst of a soaring crisis over health care costs, the debt collection court in Coffeyville, Kansas is emblematic of a larger problem that’s been getting national attention. Providers, like hospitals, are suing some of the sickest clients, who are losing everything they own because they needed care. In other industry and insurance news: stocks, Amazon employees’ coverage, antitrust suits, and more.

Opioid Drug Distributors In Talks With State AGs Over Potential $18B Settlement As Massive Nationwide Trial Nears

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McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health would collectively pay $18 billion over 18 years. Johnson & Johnson is also involved in the deal negotiations and could contribute additional money. The distributors are among the companies slated to go to trial Monday in federal court in Cleveland in the cases of two Ohio counties that have been chosen to serve as a bellwether for the broader litigation.