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Music Festivals Embrace Overdose Reversal Drugs, but Fentanyl Testing Kits Remain Taboo

A 26-year-old was found dead at his campsite during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2019. The toxicology report linked his death to a grim trend that has only worsened since. In his system were both ecstasy and fentanyl — a dangerous combination, especially if people don’t know the party drug contains the highly …

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Indiana AG says state will look at license of doctor who provided abortion to 10-year-old rape victim

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) says he will be looking into the licensure of the physician who provided abortion services to a 10-year-old rape victim from Ohio who made national headlines after she traveled out of state to receive the procedure. Caitlin Bernard, an Indiana obstetrician-gynecologist, publicly shared earlier this month in an interview …

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First probable monkeypox case reported in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on Monday said it has identified the state’s first likely case of monkeypox in an Ohio man. As with all probable cases of monkeypox, samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing, with the results pending. The infected man is currently …

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Miles de niños tienen problemas de vista que no se detectan a tiempo

Jessica Oberoi, de 13 años, no puede recordar exactamente cuándo su vista comenzó a ser borrosa. Todo lo que sabe es que tenía que entrecerrar los ojos para ver el pizzarón en la escuela. No fue sino hasta el otoño pasado, cuando su clase de octavo grado en Bloomington, Indiana, se sometió a exámenes de …

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Ohio judge hears if pharmacy chains should pay for driving opioid crisis

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Were found to recklessly dispense narcotic painkillers in two Ohio counties, fueling a drug epidemic A federal judge in Cleveland has begun hearing demands that three of the largest pharmacy chains in the US pay billions of dollars in restitution after a jury found they helped drive America’s opioid epidemic. The …

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National Addiction Treatment Locator Has Outdated Data and Other Critical Flaws

At a psychiatric hospital in Michigan, Dr. Cara Poland’s patients were handed a sheet of paper to find follow-up care. The hospital had entered local ZIP codes on a website — run by the nation’s top substance use and mental health agency — and printed the resulting list of providers for patients to call. But …

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La alta demanda de perros de servicio crea un mercado salvaje y a veces fraudulento

Jenni Mahnaz admite que no le gustan mucho los perros. Es ligeramente alérgica y la única mascota que tuvo de niña fue un cangrejo ermitaño. Pero cuando supo que los entrenados para asistir a las personas podían ayudar a sus hijas con sus necesidades médicas, decidió conseguir uno al precio que fuera. A su hija …

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How Rural Communities Are Losing Their Pharmacies

Batson’s Drug Store seems like a throwback to a simpler time. The independently owned pharmacy in Howard, Kansas, still runs an old-fashioned soda counter and hand-dips ice cream. But the drugstore, the only one in the entire county, teeters on the edge between nostalgia and extinction. Julie Perkins, pharmacist and owner of Batson’s, graduated from …

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‘Drinking Through a Lead Straw’ — $15B Approved to Fix Dangerous Water Pipes

HOUSTON — No one knows exactly how many lead pipes deliver water to homes, schools and businesses throughout America — or even where they all are. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates at least 6 million lead service lines exist. Environmental groups say it’s probably many more. What is known is that with every pot of …

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Worn-Out Nurses Hit the Road for Better Pay, Stressing Hospital Budgets — and Morale

In parts of the country where covid-19 continues to fill hospitals, a rotating cast of traveling nurses helps keep intensive care units fully staffed. Hospitals have to pay handsomely to get that temporary help, and those higher wages are tempting some staff nurses to hit the road, too. Nearly two years into the pandemic, there’s …

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Más de la mitad de los estados han revertido poderes de salud pública durante la pandemia

Motivados por votantes enojados por los cierres y los mandatos sobre el uso de máscaras durante la pandemia, legisladores republicanos en más de la mitad de los estados de EE.UU. están quitando los poderes que los funcionarios estatales y locales usan para proteger al público contra las enfermedades infecciosas. Una revisión de KHN encontró que, …

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Ohio Judge Reverses Order Requiring Covid Patient to Be Given Ivermectin

An intubated patient was prescribed the deworming drug by his doctor. Federal health officials have said that it has not been shown to be effective against the coronavirus and that it can be toxic in humans.

Ohio Judge Reverses Order Requiring Covid Patient to Be Given Ivermectin

An intubated patient was prescribed the deworming drug by his doctor. Federal health officials have said that it has not been shown to be effective against the coronavirus and that it can be toxic in humans.

Ohio Judge Reverses Order Requiring Covid Patient to Be Given Ivermectin

An intubated patient was prescribed the deworming drug by his doctor. Federal health officials have said that it has not been shown to be effective against the coronavirus and that it can be toxic in humans.

Masks at the Campfire: Summer Camps for Kids With Medical Needs Adapt to Covid

Olivia Klassen’s face lights up when she talks about summer camp. She loves to do the scavenger hunt with her camp friends. She also loves paddleboarding, swimming in the lake and “kitchen raids.” But what she loves most is being surrounded by kids who, just like her, have Type 1 diabetes — which allows her …

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Ohio’s Amish Suffered a Lot From Covid, but Vaccines Are Still a Hard Sell

The Amish communities of northeastern Ohio engage in textbook communal living. Families eat, work and go to church together, and through the pandemic, mask-wearing and physical distancing have been spotty. That has meant that these communities bore a high rate of infection and death. This story is from a reporting partnership that includes WCPN-Ideastream, NPR …

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Expertos en salud pública temen que los fondos desaparezcan cuando termine la pandemia

En respuesta a la pandemia de covid-19, el Congreso ha invertido decenas de miles de millones de dólares en los departamentos de salud pública estatales y locales, pagando por máscaras, rastreadores de contactos y campañas educativas para persuadir a las personas de que se vacunen. Sus funcionarios, que han manejado presupuestos famélicos durante años, están …

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Public Health Experts Worry About Boom-Bust Cycle of Support

Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into state and local public health departments in response to the covid-19 pandemic, paying for masks, contact tracers and education campaigns to persuade people to get vaccinated. This story also ran on The Associated Press. It can be republished for free. Public health officials who have juggled …

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Snag a Vaccine Appointment, Then Face the Next Hurdle: How to Get There?

The airport says a lot about Cortez, Colorado: The single-engine planes that fly into its one-room airport seat nine passengers at most. The city of about 9,000 is known largely as a gateway to beautiful places like Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners Monument. But covid vaccines have made Cortez a destination in …

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Centene refutes Ohio AG’s lawsuit, says it reflects misunderstanding of Medicaid billing

Centene has rebutted the accusations made in a sealed lawsuit filed by the Ohio attorney general that accused the insurer of over-billing the state’s Medicaid department. The lawsuit is based on a misunderstanding of how Medicaid billing operates and should be unsealed, Centene said.

HIEs uniquely positioned to advance social determinants of health efforts

Healthcare information exchanges could provide the missing link between providers, payers and community-based organizations working to address social determinants of health. Efforts in Nebraska and Ohio show the ways in which HIEs could advance care coordination and interoperability.

Centene’s “corporate greed” led it to allegedly overcharge Ohio’s Medicaid department

The Ohio attorney general has filed a lawsuit alleging that a Centene subsidiary, which provides Medicaid services in the state, hired multiple companies to administer pharmacy benefits in order to inflate costs. As a result, the state’s Medicaid department paid millions in overcharges.

With Pandemic Surging, Ohio Gov. DeWine Dials Back His Aggressive Response

Eric Shanteau didn’t know he was about to create a viral pandemic meme when he made a cutout of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s head with two fingers pointing at his eyes, photographed the smiling visage in various strategic, comedic locations around the Toledo suburb of Maumee, and then posted the images online. He also didn’t …

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Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID

Not long after the world learned that President Donald Trump had lost his reelection bid, states began issuing a new round of crackdowns and emergency declarations against the surging coronavirus. Taking action this time were Republican governors who had resisted doing so during the spring and summer. Now they face an increasingly out-of-control virus and …

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Must-Reads of the Week

Hi, I’m back with a revamped Friday Breeze, tackling a few hot health care topics of the week and some news you may have missed. Here’s what the Breeze blew in this week, in these dog days of our COVID-constrained, socially distant summer: Schools Reopen: No Easy Answers for Keeping Kids Healthy It’s back-to-school time, …

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