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Judge Appears Willing To Consider Expanding Court Order For Government To Identify All Separated Immigrant Families

“When there’s an allegation of wrong on this scale, one of the most fundamental obligations of law is to determine the scope of the wrong,” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said. “It is important to recognize we are talking about human beings.” ACLU has asked Sabraw to expand the court order, citing an...

How Technology Is Playing A Crucial Role In Helping Curb Health Costs As Well As Improving Care

From artificial intelligence that can detect early signs for Alzheimer's to a storage system that can cut down on wrong diagnoses, the field of health technology is advancing by leaps and bounds and becoming an integral part of patient treatment. Other health technology news focuses on apps for Medicare and mental health services. The...

It’s ‘Just Disgraceful’: Veterans Left Feeling Betrayed By Exposure To Toxic Chemicals In Water Originating From Military

The Defense Department admitted that it allowed a firefighting foam to slip into at least 55 drinking water systems at military bases around the globe, sometimes for generations. The military started an expensive cleanup effort that involves shifting entire municipalities to new water sources and assessing toxic plumes that continue to spread for...

In Chemical Tour De Force, Scientists Announce They’ve Essentially Doubled The Genetic Alphabet

Natural DNA is spelled out with four different letters known as bases — A, C, G and T. Chemist Steven A. Benner and his colleagues have built DNA with eight bases. The new model opens possibilities that the four-base DNA may not be the only chemistry that could support life. Other news looks...

More And More, People With Alzheimer’s Are Shrugging Off Outdated ‘Tragedy Narrative’ And Finding Joy In Dementia

It might be better to try a more adaptive, counterintuitive approach to the disease, some health experts are now saying. Earlier generations approached the disease with shame and frustration, which is "extremely unhelpful to families and their elders,'' says geriatrician Bill Thomas. News on public health focuses on sepsis; sunscreen; black lung disease;...

From The State Capitols: Abortion Legislation; Surprise Medical Billing; Vaccination Exemptions And More

News about state legislation comes out of Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas and Wisconsin. The Associated Press: Oklahoma GOP Leaders To Push ‘Triggered’ Abortion BanRepublican leaders in Oklahoma said Thursday they want to join at least five other states in automatically banning abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 ruling that...

State Highlights: Number Of Child Abuse-Related Killings Increase In Pa. Following Revisions In Protective Law; Kentucky’s Response To Hep A Outbreak Too Slow, Report Finds

Media outlets report on news from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, California, Texas, North Dakota, Illinois, Washington, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida and Virginia. The Associated Press: Study Finds Spike In Pennsylvania Child Abuse-Related DeathsA state study released Thursday found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely...

Longer Looks: A $27,660 Hospital Bill; Hasan Minhaj On Drug Pricing; And Opioid Deaths

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web. Vox: Hit By A San Francisco Bus — And Hit With A $27,660 Zuckerberg Hospital BillOn July 9, 2016, Justin Zanders, 19, was walking down a San Francisco sidewalk when a pole hanging off the back of a public bus hit him...

Viewpoints: Saving Rural Hospitals Can Save More Than Lives; Listen To Evidence About Gun Safety And Children, Not The NRA

Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others. Stat: Lawmakers Should Act To Protect Some Rural Hospitals From ClosingThe decline of rural hospitals has been a slow-moving train wreck. It’s now accelerating.Since 2010, nearly 100 rural hospitals have closed their doors. The closures have resulted in statistics like this — half of...

First Edition: February 22, 2019

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations. Kaiser Health News: Is New App From Feds Your Answer To Navigating Medicare Coverage? Yes And NoMillennials, beware: Your grandparents are about to start calling you for help downloading the new Medicare smartphone app. The iPhone and Android app, which launched Feb. 6, is called...

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