Weekly Health Digest: Midterm Elections, Childhood Trauma, and Vitamin D

Health concerns drive voters to back Medicaid, weed and trans rights Jen Christensen There were more than 150 statewide measures on ballots this midterm election, and several involved health-related issues. Alabama and West Virginia voted measures into their constitutions that restrict abortions. Michigan became the 10th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters…

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Weekly Health Digest: Cannabis-Based Drug, New Opioid, and ‘Fall Back’

First FDA-approved cannabis-based drug now available in the US Ben Tinker Epidiolex is the first cannabis-based medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is now available by prescription in all 50 states. Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution approved to treat two epileptic syndromes in patients 2 and older. Factors likely to…

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Weekly Health Digest: Halloween Candy, Trump Trauma, and New Jersey Outbreak

What those teal pumpkins mean, plus non-candy treats to pass out on Halloween Jennifer McClellan  This Halloween, the Teal Pumpkin Project is fighting to keep kids with food allergies safe. By putting a teal pumpkin outside their door, homeowners can let trick-or-treaters know that their house will be giving out non-candy items. This simple replacement doesn’t just…

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Weekly Health Digest: E-Cigarettes, Typhus, and the Opioid Epidemic

FDA expands investigation of illegal e-cigarette marketing to kids Michael Nedelman The FDA recently sent letters to 21 e-cigarettes companies in an effort to discover if they are marketing products illegally and outside of the agency’s compliance policy. This investigation is a part of the FDA’s larger effort to combat the epidemic of e-cigarette use…

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Weekly Health Digest: Ambulance Bills, Tampon Ban, and Health Economics

Will Congress Bring Sky-High Air Ambulance Bills Down To Earth? Jackie Fortier An investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR found that the cost of getting medivac helicopter rides range from $28,000 to $97,000. Unlike most markets, increased competition has actually led to price increases for these life saving services. New legislation may be able…

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Weekly Health Digest: Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Homelessness

Globally, losing the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases Susan Scutti New analysis shows that more than half of the countries making up the United Nations will fail to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes by 2030. These were commitments that all countries in the UN agreed to…

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Weekly Health Digest: E-Cigarette Epidemic, Opioid Overprescription, and New Medicare

​New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices Susan Jaffe New restrictions under the Medicare Advantage plans could require patients to try low-priced drugs before high-priced ones. Medicare Advantage plans, which are run under private companies approved by traditional Medicare, cover approximately 20 million people across the country. Critics are concerned that…

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