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Research Roundup: E-Cigarettes; Surgical Safety; And Health Care Affordability

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. JAMA Internal Medicine: Association Between Electronic Cigarette Use And Smoking Reduction In FranceThis cohort study found that, among daily smokers in France, regular (daily) electronic cigarette use is associated with a significantly higher decrease in the number of cigarettes smoked...

State Highlights: Lead Paint Suppliers Settle Decades-Long Battle With California For $305M; Lawmakers Call For Increased Scrutiny Over Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Program

Media outlets report on news from California, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Reuters: California Settles Decades-Long Lawsuit Over Lead Paint, But Outcome Is BittersweetWhen Californian counties and cities first sued paint makers in 2000, they wanted the companies to pay billions...

Different Takes: Lessons On The Differences, If Any, Between Biden, Sanders On Health Care; Medicaid’s Future Needs To Be Front And Center In The Ongoing Discussions

Editorial pages focus on the debate about the future of health care. The Wall Street Journal: Biden Goes Half Way To BernieCareJoe Biden’s new health-care plan is supposed to show his moderation, not that this is a virtue to progressives. Hence the back and forth this week between Mr. Biden and Bernie Sanders about...

Viewpoints: Safe-Store Practices For Guns Would End Many Tragic, Unintentional Shootings; States Need To Ensure Opioid Settlements Go Toward Public Health

Opinion writers weigh in on these and other public health issues. Bloomberg: U.S. Needs Safe Gun Storage Laws That America has 300 million or more firearms in private hands is worrying. That many — perhaps most — of those guns aren’t properly secured is madness. Owning a gun increases the risk of homicide, suicide and...

First Edition: July 18, 2019

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Common Medications Can Masquerade As Dementia In SeniorsBy all accounts the woman, in her late 60s, appeared to have severe dementia. She was largely incoherent. Her short-term memory was terrible. She couldn’t focus on questions that medical professionals asked her. But Dr....

Keep your cool in dangerous heat

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real possibilities as the heat index soars, even in the young. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Can’t handle the heat?No wonder. This week brings us sizzling 90-plus temperatures and humidity that drapes the air like a wet blanket. That brings the heat index―the measure of how hot it feels―over 100 degrees. Now...

Common Medications Can Masquerade As Dementia In Seniors

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). By all accounts the woman, in her late 60s, appeared to have severe dementia. She was largely incoherent. Her short-term memory was terrible. She couldn’t focus on questions that medical professionals asked her. But Dr. Malaz Boustani, a professor of aging research at Indiana University School...

‘Climate Grief’: Fears About The Planet’s Future Weigh On Americans’ Mental Health

Therapist Andrew Bryant says the landmark United Nations climate report last October brought a new mental health concern to his patients. “I remember being in sessions with folks the next day. They had never mentioned climate change before, and they were like, ‘I keep hearing about this report,’” Bryant said. “Some of them expressed anxious...

KHN Investigation On Opioid Prescribers Pains Some Readers And Tweeters

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. In Defense Of Opioid Prescribers Articles such as this one are leaving elderly patients with debilitating pain and also hospice patients struggling to get adequate pain control (“Surgeons’ Opioid-Prescribing Habits Are...

CDC: Polio-like illness season arrives

Acute flaccid myelitis causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. It mainly affects the limbs, but it can also damage respiratory functions. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The “season” for a polio-like illness that mainly strikes children is about to begin, so public health officials sent out an early warning to doctors...

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