Category: Public Health

A Brush With A Notorious Cat, My Rabies Education And The Big Bill That Followed

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I was just petting an orange tabby cat in my Falls Church, Va., neighborhood, a cat I’d never met before. He was very cute. And he was purring and butting his head against my hand. Until he wasn’t. He sunk his teeth into my wrist, hissed at me and ran off. So began my personal ….  Read More

Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It

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Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it. He made his way to a mobile medical clinic parked on a corner of Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, in the geographical heart of the city’s overdose crisis. People call it “the bupe bus.” Morano, 29, has done seven stints in rehab for opioid ….  Read More

Coordinating Care Of Mind And Body Might Help Medicaid Save Money And Lives

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Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. So some Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low incomes, have tried to coordinate patients’ physical and mental ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Gun Violence And The Politics Of Public Health

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Three mass shootings in eight days have refocused the nation’s attention on the problem of gun violence — and restarted the long-running debate over guns as a public health issue. Although Congress is on its summer break, before lawmakers left Washington they passed a two-year ….  Read More

Federal Experts’ Advice On HPV Vaccine Could Leave Adults Confused

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Vaccination decisions are usually pretty straightforward. People either meet the criteria for the vaccine based on their age or other factors or they don’t. But when a federal panel recently recommended an update to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine guidelines, it left a lot of uncertainty. The panel recommended that men and women between ages ….  Read More

Trump Wants To Take Guns Away From People In Crisis. Will That Work?

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In his response Monday to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump called for an expansion of state laws that temporarily prevent someone in crisis from buying or possessing a gun. A flurry of states have recently passed such laws — known as extreme risk protection orders — which allow ….  Read More

Inspector Paints A Rosy Picture Of Migrant Detention Centers — In Contrast To Audits

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JEFFERSON, Md. — For the past year, the tiny Maryland company employed by the federal government to inspect U.S. immigration detention centers has painted a rosy picture of life in captivity. In dozens of reports filed in the past 12 months, inspectors with the 11-person Nakamoto Group described detainees who had “no substantive complaints” and ….  Read More