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Viewpoints: Lessons On How Needle Exchanges Enhance Public Health; Are Adversities Taking A Toll On Mental Health Of Young Black Americans?

Editorial pages focus on these health care topics and others.


Different Takes: New Tricks Designed To Destroy Health Law; Unenforced Standards Boost Medicaid Enrollments

Opinion pages focus on these health insurance issues and others.


State Highlights: Safety Panel Tries To Pinpoint, Rectify Flaws That Allowed For Parkland Mass Shooting; Top Hospital Executives Resign From Fla. Hospital Following Report On Mortality Rates

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Wash. Governor Releases Plan That Would Radically Reshape State’s Much-Criticized Mental Health System

The plan for the 2019-21 budget comes after years of court orders and federal inspection findings that highlight the suffering and unlawful treatment of Washington’s mental-health patients at the hands of the state. Mental health news comes out of Illinois, Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Alabama.


McDonald’s Moves To Cut Back On Antibiotics In Beef By 2020

Health experts hailed the announcement as an attempt to help reduce antibiotic resistance in humans, a public health issue that has lead McDonald's and other fast food providers to eliminate the use of antibiotic-fed chickens. In other food safety news, Jimmy Dean sausage is recalled in 21 states.


New $125 Million Immunology Research Unit Sprang From Personal Quest Of Paul Allen

The Allen Institute announced the new unit Wednesday, three months after Paul Allen died of septic shock stemming from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Other public health news focuses on Islam and organ donations; reactions to the CRIPR babies; vitamin treatments for sepsis; the continuing short supply of Shingrix; and the high costs of animal attacks.


Target To Pay $3M To Address Allegations That It Had Been Automatically Refilling Medicaid Recipients’ Prescriptions

Authorities say Target pharmacies knowingly and routinely enrolled MassHealth beneficiaries in the auto-refill program, then billed MassHealth. Meanwhile, in other Medicaid news, more conservative states are starting to explore expansion as it becomes popular among voters.


Investigators Uncover Trove Of Photos Of Unclothed Women In Former USC Gynecologist’s Storage Unit

The police have been investigating Dr. George Tyndall as part of what is believed to be the largest sex crimes investigation involving an individual in LAPD history. Hundreds of current and former USC students have made allegations against Tyndall's behavior while performing medical examinations. In October, USC agreed to settle a federal class-action suit on behalf of Tyndall’s patients for $215 million.


Gottlieb Decries High Insulin Prices But Stops Short Of Endorsing Policies That Would Dramatically Change How Drugmakers Do Business

“We’ve heard frequent reports of patients rationing insulin, and in some cases dying because they can’t afford the injections they need to survive,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. “These tragic stories aren’t isolated occurrences. And they’re not acceptable for a drug that’s nearly a century old.”


For Those Who Have Had Dramatic Overdose Videos And Photos Aired To Public, Life Will Never Be The Same

One trend that's emerged in the opioid epidemic is both the public and police departments releasing footage or photos of people who are experiencing some of the bleakest moments in their lives. The views on such videos can total in the millions, and some argue it's beneficial, but for those in the videos it can change their lives forever--not necessarily for the better. Meanwhile, experts wonder if fentanyl could become a weapon of mass destruction to be used against the United States, and the maker of an anti-overdose drug overs a generic of a fraction of the price.


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