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First Edition: April 29, 2019

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Will Ties To A Catholic Hospital System Tie Doctors’ Hands?As Catholic health care systems across the country expand, the University of California’s flagship San Francisco hospital has become the latest arena for an emotional debate: Should the famously progressive medical center increase...

Perspectives: Trump Makes Strides In Combating High Drug Prices, But The System Is Still Broken

Read recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. Stat: It's Time For Drug Prices To Stop Going Up. We Can Achieve ThatTwo years ago this month, President Trump promised the American people that he would stop drug companies from “getting away with murder” with their annual ritual of price increases. Since then, his historic actions on...

Despite International Kerfuffle Over Chinese Scientist’s Decision To Gene-Edit Human Embryos, Others Want To Follow In His Path

Denis Rebrikov, a Russian scientist, claims he has developed a safe way to gene-edit babies. "How it can be unethical if we will make healthy baby instead of diseased?" Rebrikov told NPR during his first broadcast interview. "Why? Why unethical?" The issue has gained international attention as of late, with most...

The burdens of bread

Whole-grain breads provide immunity-boosting nutrients and dietary fiber that can help improve cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease. (For Spectrum Health Beat) There may be no dietary staple more in need of a public relations makeover than bread.Concerns over carbs, sodium and gluten sometime overshadow what can be a simple, tasty way...

Senate Confirms ‘Drug Czar’ To Lead Office In Charge Of Administration’s Response To Opioid Epidemic

James Carroll has led the Office of National Drug Control Policy in an acting capacity since February. The Senate also confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier to head up the White House’s Office of Science and Technology, giving the office a director for the first time since President Donald Trump's inauguration. Stat: Trump Gets A Permanent Drug...

Flare Capital Partners’ sophomore investment fund closes at $255M

Flare Capital Partners has closed a second health tech investment fund totaling $255 million, a $55 million bump over its original target of $200 million due to interest from new strategic and financial investors, the venture capital firm announced today. “The logic for the size of the fund was really important,” Michael Greeley, general partner...

Biden-Harris Debate Rematch Highlights Health Plan Differences 

This fact check was produced in partnership with PolitiFact. This story can be republished for free (details). Which of these Democrats can insure more Americans? As Wednesday’s debate made vividly clear, there are almost as many versions of “Medicare for All” as there are Democratic candidates — and each one thinks their plan is the path to...

Watching Media Coverage Of Mass Shootings Becomes Vicious Cycle In Terms Of Mental Health Trauma

A new report finds that people watching the coverage can develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress -- but they just can't look away from the news. And the stress from being glued to coverage ends up spreading through the society like a virus. In other news, as the Columbine anniversary approaches, survivors of that...

Solera marketplace now offering ASL diabetes prevention program to residents in Kansas City

This morning Solera Health, a digital marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management programs, is offering a new Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in American Sign Language (ASL) to people in the Kansas City area.  The program, created by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, will service adults living with hearing impairments in the region...

Partnership will see Amazon Alexa provide access to NHS-verified health information

After the formal launch of NHSX, a new unit for digital, data and technology, the department of health and social care in England has announced that the NHS is working with Amazon to offer access to verified health information to people through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa. Amazon’s algorithms will use information from the NHS Choices...

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