Source: Kaiser Health News

For Boomers Reframing Aging, Age-Proofing A Home Won’t Come Cheap

More baby boomers look forward to aging in place — in their homes, rather than in a care facility. But the costs of retrofitting a house is likely prohibitive for many Americans.


For Generation Juul, Nicotine Addiction Happens Fast And Is Hard To Shake

One in 4 high school seniors report vaping in the previous month. Teens talk about how quickly vaping became ingrained in teen culture and how hard it is to quit vaping nicotine.


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Longer Looks: How A DEA Agent Took Down A Fentanyl Ring; Hunger, Addiction And Homelessness On Methadone Mile

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Viewpoints: Pros, Cons Emerging In Debates About Medicare For All Vs. Everything Else; Imagine Other Ways To Do This Without Raising Taxes

Editorial writers weigh in on these health care topics and others.


No Matter How Successful They Are, Drugs With Million-Dollar Price Tags Are Unsustainable, CMS Chief Says

CMS Administrator Seema Verma spoke of her concerns about drugs that cost upwards of $2 million. That kind of innovation doesn't mean anything if people can't afford the treatment, Verma said. In other news from CMS, the agency announced it would crack down on nursing home inspectors.


State Highlights: 1,400 New Pharmacists Sidelined In California Over Cheating Scandal Surrounding Exam; Troubled VA Hospital In Atlanta Takes Steps To Improve Services

Media outlets report on news from California, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Missouri, and Iowa.


What’s Behind Rise Of STDS Among Young People?: Epidemic Alarms Health Officials As Prevention Funding Drops

CDC officials say they're not sure why younger people who are having less sex are acquiring more STDS, but a new bill moving through the House to increase spending on STD prevention could help. Public health news is on CBD, pros and cons of genetic tests, limiting sports time for teens, childhood obesity, insecticides, getting young kids hooked on sugar, smart aging, and dementia, as well.


Despite Intense Scrutiny, Doctors Still Receiving Astronomical Sums From Drug and Medical Device Companies

An analysis by ProPublica reveals that more than 2,500 physicians received at least half a million dollars apiece from drugmakers and medical device companies in the past five years alone. More than 700 of those doctors received at least $1 million. In other news on the health industry, costs and insurance: workers' benefits, refunds from insurers, out-patient surgery policies, universal coverage, and more.


In Latest Round Of Legal Woes, Johnson & Johnson Agrees To $117M Multi-State Settlement Over Pelvic Mesh Products

Numerous women who had the once-popular, hammock-like devices implanted claim they caused severe pain, bleeding, infections and other complications. About 25,000 U.S. women with complications have sued Johnson & Johnson, the company said. Those lawsuits aren't affected by the settlement.


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