Opinion writers focus on these and other health topics.
Editorial pages focus on the mass shooting at a high school in Florida this week.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Media outlets report on news from D.C., North Carolina, Minnesota, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Scientists were already excited about CRISPR’s potential as a total game-changer in curing illnesses, and now it’s been taken up another level. In other public health news: stem cells, gut bacteria, neighborhoods’ effects on health, and smog.
The diplomats showed signs of a concussion, though they received no blows to the head. Experts are stumped on what happened.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee has launched an investigation into how that slipped by regulators’ attention. News on the opioid crisis comes out of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Arizona, as well.
Against all virus strains, this year’s vaccine has been 36 percent effective midway through a harsh flu season. “We are a bit concerned that the performance of the vaccine right now might reduce interest in getting vaccinated in the future,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting CDC director.
The inquiry kicked off after statements by a former medical director came to light that he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. Aetna says the comments were taken out of context. Meanwhile, Anthem is changing its emergency room program after it received pushback from providers and lawmakers.
The suit seeks to delay enforcement of the law, which is scheduled to go into effect March 23.