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Viewpoints: It May Be Expensive To Buy Insulin But It Is Cheap To Buy A Senator; Plight Of Children Far More Important Than Warren, Sanders Spat

Opinion writers tackle these and other health issues.


Judge Approves Bankruptcy Plan For Opioid-Maker Insys

The case was being closely observed because it could predict Purdue Pharma's fate. News on the epidemic is also on Minnesota's new efforts to treat overdoses and save lives.


State Highlights: Denver, D.C. Clear Homeless Camps; Utah Governor Abruptly Ends Distribution Of Condoms With Suggestive Phrases On Wrappers

Media outlets report on news from Colorado, District of Columbia, Utah, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, South Dakota, Connecticut, Florida, Texas, New York, Missouri, and Ohio.


Longer Looks: Schizophrenia, ‘Forever Chemicals,’ The Story Behind The Ebola Vaccine And More

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Tensions Escalate Over Planned Pro-Gun Rally In Virginia’s Capital After FBI Arrests 3 Suspected Neo-Nazis

Gov. Ralph Northam has already declared a state of emergency and has temporarily banned firearms from Capitol Square in Richmond ahead of Monday's gun rally, which has drawn national attention among the pro-gun rights movement.


Can House Ways And Means Committee Break Through Gridlock On Hill Over Surprise Medical Bills?

The issue of protecting patients from surprise medical bills has been looked at as a rare problem that may draw a bipartisan compromise. But lawmakers have yet to settle on who gets stuck with the bill if not the patients. The House Ways and Means committee is just the latest to try put forward legislation. In other health care industry and costs news: air ambulance coverage, state's efforts on surprise billing, CEOs' earnings, Medicare payments, and more.


HHS Rule Would Roll Back Requirement That Faith-Based Services Inform Patients Of Services They Don’t Provide

The proposed rule would also remove the regulation that the faith-based services have to refer patients to other providers. Ethics experts warned that rolling back the Obama-era rule could deprive patients and social service clients of information and options in seeking needed services.


Donations After Cardiac Death Are Starting To Show Promise For Thousands Of People Who Desperately Need Heart Transplants

Strict rules outline how and when organs can be transplanted but if this new trial method proves to be successful and safe, researchers say it could revolutionize transplantations. Other public health news is on inactive adults, millennials' thoughts on vaccines, blood pressure, body temperature, binge drinking, surgical gown recalls, health research on mice, sepsis deaths, breakthrough on sudden death of Amish children, and more.


Rep. Ayanna Pressley Bares Insecurities As She Details Her Experience With Alopecia, Baldness

“I felt naked, exposed, vulnerable,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). She also felt that she was participating in cultural betrayal because of all the young girls who looked up to her as a congresswoman who wore braids. “I felt like I owed those little girls an explanation.” Scientists are not sure what causes the immune system to attack healthy hair follicles, but over six million people in the United States have the condition.


Second Death From Pneumonia-Like Illness In China Confirmed As Public Health Officials Tensely Watch Outbreak

Meanwhile, Japan confirmed a case of the illness in a traveler who had been to Wuhan, the area in China where the virus originated. Public health officials are closely monitoring the spread of the illness, braced for the worst as memories linger of SARS and MERS, which are relatives of this current virus.


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