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A month after the Parkland, Fla. school massacre, officials still don’t have an explanation for the event. Meanwhile, more states are creating anonymous tip lines to try to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. And a wrongful death lawsuit in Connecticut could decide if gunmakers can be held responsible for mass shootings.
“Their dreams of future children were irrevocably destroyed,” Adam Wolf, the lawyer for a family suing the San Francisco fertility center, said. “They entrusted their eggs and embryos after exhausting other avenues to have children.”
Virginia was the first state to see its Legislature reshaped by an anti-Trump wave, but while many seats in the House were nabbed by Democrats, the Senate wasn’t touched.
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Judge Timothy Black said it was “highly likely” opponents of the measure would succeed in arguing the law is unconstitutional. Also, state lawmakers in Iowa are reconsidering banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
In the midst of the drug crisis, there’s been a nationwide crackdown on pain medication. But hospitals still need to use them to treat patients. Meanwhile, the House will consider 25 bills aimed at curbing the epidemic, and a look at how many overdoses are actually suicides.
Some say it’s cruel and unusual punishment to deny prisoners medication that could treat their disease, but officials say “you can’t buy something you don’t have any money for.”
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The state Legislature concluded its regular session without a budget, mainly due to disagreement on whether to expand Medicaid. The House is in favor of it, while the Senate hasn’t budged from its stance against expansion.
The New York Times offers a guide on what to look for while deciding what clinic to use to freeze eggs. Meanwhile, people who stored their eggs and embryos at the facilities grieve over the loss of their “future families.”
While many in the health industry are speaking out in favor of gun control, major hospital groups have avoided taking a firm stance in the debate, instead focusing on public health awareness in general.
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The two companies are bidding to replace AmeriHealth Caritas, which pulled out of Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program last fall after losing hundreds of millions of dollars on the project. Outlets report on Medicaid news out of Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio as well.
While flu rates are finally easing up, researchers look for ways to improve the shot that this year was only 36 percent effective. “The one thing about flu that you can count on, is that it will be unpredictable,” said Dr. Nicole Marie Iovine of the University of Florida. Meanwhile, the flu season continues and record high deaths occur in Delaware.
A new working paper finds that there’s been a 14-percent increase in opioid-related mortality attributable to expanded naloxone access. Many in the field are troubled by the moral implications of publishing research making claims that could have wide-reaching ramifications. Meanwhile, a group of bipartisan senators introduce legislation to strength the DEA’s role in curbing the epidemic.
Planned Parenthood’s current president, Cecile Richards, announced her plans to step down earlier this year. Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis sidestepped questions about if she would be tapped to take over the organization.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine said it plans to review both storage tank incidents with the clinics and their equipment suppliers this week. There’s no known connection between the incidents, but the episodes shine a light on vulnerabilities in the system.
Critics wonder if Idaho is negotiating with the Trump administration on a compromise closer to short-term plans. “I’m at a loss to explain Idaho’s thought process at this point,” said Eliot Fishman, senior director of health policy at the liberal Families USA. “[CMS Administrator Seema] Verma’s letter was a pretty direct and public statement. It’s not clear they have anywhere to go with this.”
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