Source: Kaiser Health News

Perspectives: Have Problems With Warren’s Health Care Ideas? Then Propose Something Better; Give States Funds To Launch Single-Payer Programs

Opinion writers weigh in on how to reduce rising health care costs and improve quality of care.


Viewpoints: Making Revolutionary Advances In Alzheimer’s, Cancer Requires Much More Commitment; Readers With Differing Perspectives Weigh In On How To Stop Gun Violence

Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.


State Highlights: Calif. Governor’s Financial Ties To Utility Behind Wildfires Exposed In Probe; North Carolina Budget Stalemate Threatens Medicaid Hand-Off Start Date

Media outlets report on news from California, North Carolina, Kansas, Oregon, Georgia, Illinois, Washington, Ohio, Texas, and Missouri.


Doctor Who Had Five Patients Overdose On Opioids In Span Of 10 Months Pleads Guilty To Distributing Charge

The case comes as prosecutors across the country use the criminal court system to crack down on the people who play a role in the opioid epidemic. In other news on the crisis: DEA's pursuit of information on Colorado's pharmacies, a look at addiction while in jail, a study on the dangers of opioid-substitute kratom.


Tense Conversation Between Advocates On Both Sides Of Gun Rights Issue Highlights Difficulties Of Debate

Often times any conversation between the two sides can be viewed as a zero sum game, but those in the middle say it doesn't have to be.


Virginia Doctor Charged With Mutilating Women, Performing Hysterectomies Without Patients Consent

Javaid Perwaiz, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Chesapeake, Va., was arrested Friday and charged with health care fraud and making false statements relating to health care matters. A complaint filed in U.S. District Court details his alleged proclivity for convincing Medicaid recipients to undergo operations they didn’t need, sometimes every year.


New Guidelines, Statin Use Lead To Declining Cholesterol Levels, But Some High Risk Groups Lag Behind

The results of a study from 2005 to 2016 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology predict a 15% to 20% reduction in risk of heart attack and strokes, but doctors say many Americans still don't know if they have high cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease. Public health news is also on: breast cancer prevention, safety of contact sports for kids, racial bias' influence on heart transplant decisions, Omega-3s fail to aid mental health, and an increase in big hurricanes over a century ago.


Rising Epidemic Of Self-Harm Among Teens Exposes Failures In Psychiatric System’s Treatment Of Behavior

Self-harm behavior, like cutting, can often be met with fear and an overreaction from parents. But now researchers are starting to better understand the root causes of such actions. In other mental health news: sadfishing, teens seeking care for crises, and a call to action in San Francisco.


‘A Historic Milestone’: Merck’s Ebola Vaccine First-Ever To Get Approval From European Commission

The vaccine, Ervebo, has already been used under emergency guidelines to help contain an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Nearly 70,000 Migrant Children Were Detained In U.S. Custody This Year, Up 42 Percent From 2018

The number of children held separated from their parents exceeds any other country in the world, according to United Nations researchers. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on "Dreamer" protections on Tuesday.


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