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CNN takes a look at where the research has been and where it’s heading. In other public health news: cancer trials, Olympians, gene editing, the flu, alcohol and allergies.
Previous research has suggested that analyzing a person’s genes could help determine which weight loss strategy would work best for them. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
This hospital is no longer using opioids as its first line of offense against pain. And the results show it’s working. Outlets report on news on the crisis out of Maryland, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Wyoming and Ohio as well.
A group of Democratic lawmakers urges the administration to walk back guidelines released last year that make it more difficult for federal regulators to fine or deny federal payments to nursing homes that don’t meet certain quality and safety standards.
HHS officials said the new division was necessary so health workers do not have to violate their religious or moral beliefs to do their jobs. Violations can result in a service provider losing government funding. In other news from HHS: an official is put on leave while the agency investigates his social media posts; and a lesbian couple sues after being denied the chance to become foster parents.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, following a scandal over travel expenses, says he has the support of President Donald Trump and intends to keep his position. Shulkin is also taking steps to purge the department of those who he thinks are trying to undermine him.
President Donald Trump has directed the Justice Department to issue regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons. But people familiar with the conversations say he is mulling going further — and perhaps putting himself at odds with the NRA. Meanwhile, students are still reeling from the psychological toll of the mass shooting.
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Following criticism for not providing a comprehensive strategy, House Republicans are setting out to find a bipartisan solution. “It’s my top priority as chairman of the committee to get rid of this deadly epidemic,” said House Energy and Commerce committee chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.). “There’s going to be money—more money than has ever been spent.”
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is an Obama-holdover who defends the much-maligned VA health system. In an era where privatizing veterans’ care is popular among Republicans, the friction has continued to build behind the scenes at the agency and in Congress.
The LGBT population can be vulnerable to discrimination in health care settings, but the Trump administration says the changes within HHS are part of an approach to include LGBT health as part of its broader strategy. Meanwhile, a top HHS communications official becomes the latest in the administration to move to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Connecting Alzheimer’s and the immune system was a radical idea at first but these scientists pushed on. In other news, FDA has opened the doors to drugs that would treat people who have biomarkers of a disease but aren’t yet showing symptoms.
A new study finds that pneumonia is far more pervasive than people realized and at the same time hospitals aren’t doing enough to combat it. In other public health news: immunotherapy, horsepox, autism, alcohol, viruses, and more.
While officials can’t say that the season has peaked yet, there is data showing that it has started to plateau. In related news: officials say three out of four children who died from the flu had not gotten a flu vaccine, and the company that makes FluMist wants the popular vaccine to make a comeback.
Not all of the trauma patients the staff at Broward Health North hospital cared for were victims. “We just picked people we know can stay cool,” Dr. Nichiporenko said about choosing the team of medical professionals who treated the shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz.
The New York Times fact checks politicians’ rhetoric about mass shootings and mental health. And advocates are voicing frustrations over the misconception that the two are always connected. “The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College.
President Donald Trump signaled some support for legislation that would strengthen background checks for guns, but the proposed measure wouldn’t have stopped the Florida shooting as the gunman had no criminal record. Media outlets also take a look at what states have done in tightening restrictions and where they’ve had success.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Scientists were already excited about CRISPR’s potential as a total game-changer in curing illnesses, and now it’s been taken up another level. In other public health news: stem cells, gut bacteria, neighborhoods’ effects on health, and smog.