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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes wades through hundreds of health care policy stories each week, so you don't have to.


Viewpoints: Turning The Tide On Narcotics Starts With A New Model That Doesn’t Include Jail; Border Conditions Without Vaccines Are Ripe For Breeding Vicious Flu

Opinion writers weigh in on these public health issues and others.


Different Takes: Parkland Students Go Bold, Hope To Shake Apathy Toward Gun Control Measures; Red Flag Laws In States Seem To Be A Step Forward

Editorial pages focus on topics devoted to ending gun violence.


Longer Looks: Racking Up The Steps; Confusing Diet Advice; And The Price Of Cellular Therapies

Each week, KHN finds interesting reads from around the Web.


Skilled Nursing Homes Set To Lose Medicaid Money Brace For Battle With Connecticut Over Slashed Funds

The Connecticut legislature passed a law this year that allows the state to reduce Medicaid money to nursing homes that don’t maintain at least a 70 percent occupancy level. The facilities that will be hit the hardest are hoping to challenge the cuts. Medicaid news comes out of Georgia and Colorado, as well.


State Highlights: Child Welfare Reforms Underway In Illinois, Connecticut But Problems Persist; Minnesota Officials Report More Possible Lung Disease Cases

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, California, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee and Missouri.


‘This Is A Crisis’: Many Patient Caregivers Are Slow To Identify Brain Diseases In Women, Doctors Say

Diagnosing brain diseases like Parkinson's can be complicated, but doctors are more likely to treat men for the diseases and label women as having "functional disorders.'' In other public health news: air pollution dangers; sitting less; DNA database privacy issues; and skewed genetic databases.


Washington State Becomes Latest To Reject Family Planning Funding Following Trump Administration’s Changes

Opponents of the changes have deemed them a "gag rule." Planned Parenthood had also announced that it will not accept the federal funds with the constraints in place. Abortion news comes out of Indiana and Missouri, as well.


What Research Shows About Long-Term Psychological Damage Of Immigrant Children Being Detained Indefinitely

There's ample research that exists that confirms the negative mental health impact of children being held in institutionalized settings. “The longer it goes on, the more damage is inflicted," says Jack Shonkoff, who directs the Harvard Center for the Developing Child.


The Opioid Reckoning: It’s Rare To Hold Directors Liable For Corporate Conduct, But Sacklers May Prove To Be Exception

As court cases against Purdue Pharma progress, details continue to be revealed about the extent the Sackler family was involved in making decisions about the company's strategy. In other news on the crisis: lawyers fight to give newborns suffering from opioid exposure a role in the upcoming legal battles; Ohio's attorney general warns Endo and Allergan that their settlements don't resolve all the claims against them; a look at how journalists dug into DEA records on the root of the crisis; and more.


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