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Mission and Money Clash in Nonprofit Hospitals’ Venture Capital Ambitions

Article by KHN on Aug 24, 2021

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Cone Health, a small not-for-profit health care network in North Carolina, spent several years developing a smartphone-based system called Wellsmith to help people manage their diabetes. But after investing $12 million, the network disclosed last year it was shutting down the company even though initial results were promising, with users losing weight and recording lower blood sugar levels.

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Headed Away to School? Here’s What Students With Health Issues Need to Know

Article by KHN on Aug 24, 2021

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News College is a time of transition, but for those managing chronic medical conditions, it may also be the first time they will be wholly responsible for their own health: setting appointments, securing supplies and pharmaceuticals, and monitoring symptoms.

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‘An Arm and a Leg’: Meet the Mississippi Lawyer Who Helped Start the Fight for Charity Care

Article by KHN on Aug 24, 2021

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen.

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Pandemic Unveils Growing Suicide Crisis for Communities of Color

Article by KHN on Aug 23, 2021

Aneri Pattani This story is a collaboration between KHN and “Science Friday.” Listen to the conversation between KHN national correspondent Aneri Pattani and John Dankosky, Science Friday’s director of news and radio projects.

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As Temperatures Rise, So Do the Health Risks for California’s Farmworkers

Article by KHN on Aug 23, 2021

Aneri Pattani COACHELLA, Calif. — Leoncio Antonio Trejo Galdamez, 58, died in his son’s arms on June 29 after spending the day laying irrigation pipes in California’s Coachella Valley. News of his death reverberated through the largely Latino community near the Mexican and Arizona borders — another casualty in a dangerous business.

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Readers and Tweeters Ponder Vaccines and Points of Fairness

Article by KHN on Aug 23, 2021

Aneri Pattani Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names.

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After Pandemic Ravaged Nursing Homes, New State Laws Protect Residents

Article by KHN on Aug 20, 2021

Rae Ellen Bichell When the coronavirus hit Martha Leland’s Connecticut nursing home last year, she and dozens of other residents contracted the disease while the facility was on lockdown. Twenty-eight residents died, including her roommate.

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School or ‘Russian Roulette’? Amid Delta Variant and Lax Mask Rules, Some Parents See No Difference

Article by KHN on Aug 20, 2021

Rae Ellen Bichell The child had just started kindergarten. Or, as her mother called it, “Russian roulette.” That’s because her school district in Grand Junction, Colorado, experienced one of the nation’s first delta-variant outbreaks last spring, and now school officials have loosened the rules meant to protect against covid-19.

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‘We Sent a Terrible Message’: Scientists Say Biden Jumped the Gun With Vaccine Booster Plan

Article by KHN on Aug 20, 2021

Susan Jaffe The Biden administration’s plans to make covid-19 booster shots available next month has drawn a collective scream of protest from the scientific community.

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Biden’s No-Jab-No-Job Order Creates Quandary for Nursing Homes

Article by KHN on Aug 20, 2021

Susan Jaffe President Joe Biden’s edict that nursing homes must ensure their workers are vaccinated against covid-19 presents a challenge for an industry struggling to entice its lowest-paid workers to get shots without driving them to seek employment elsewhere.

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Booster Time

Article by KHN on Aug 19, 2021

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To Stoke Rural Vaccination Rates, Trusted Farmers Are Asked to Spread Word

Article by KHN on Aug 19, 2021

Christine Herman, WILL / Illinois Public Media When he became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Illinois, Tom Arnold, 68, said he didn’t need any convincing. He raises cattle, hogs and chickens in Elizabeth, a small town in the state’s northwestern corner.

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Covid Politics and Fatigue Work Against Contact-Tracing Foot Soldiers

Article by KHN on Aug 19, 2021

Christine Herman, WILL / Illinois Public Media Health departments nationwide scaled back their contact tracing in late spring or early summer when covid-19 cases started to decrease as vaccination efforts took center stage.

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If the Unvaccinated Want to Work, They Face a Series of Hurdles

Article by KHN on Aug 19, 2021

Christine Herman, WILL / Illinois Public Media With the delta variant surging, a growing number of employers are tiring of merely cajoling workers to get vaccinated against covid-19 and are following President Joe Biden’s protocol for federal workers: Either show proof of vaccination, or mask up and get regular testing if you want to work on-site.

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Science Shows Mask-Wearing Is Largely Safe for Children

Article by KHN on Aug 18, 2021

Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is one of a handful of Republican governors trying to block school districts from requiring masks in the classroom. 

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Federal Vaccine Program Hasn’t Helped Those Whose Lives Were Altered by Covid Shot

Article by KHN on Aug 18, 2021

Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact Angela Marie Wulbrecht jumped at the first chance to get a covid-19 vaccine, driving three hours from her Santa Rosa, California, home to a mass-vaccination site on Jan. 19. Twelve minutes after her Moderna shot, she stumbled into the paramedic tent with soaring blood pressure and a racing heartbeat. And so began a calvary of severe fatigue, brain fog, imbalance and other symptoms that are still with her eight months later.

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Rush to Boosters Sparks Confusion, Differing Recommendations

Article by KHN on Aug 18, 2021

Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact When the Food and Drug Administration announced last week that a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccine may boost the immunity of some people who are immunocompromised, officials repeated their stance that fully vaccinated, healthy people do not need another dose.

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Have Vaccines, Will Travel: On the Road With a Covid Entrepreneur

Article by KHN on Aug 17, 2021

Katheryn Houghton VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. — While many businesses in this southwestern Montana “ghost town” reel in tourists with its mining and Wild West vigilante past, one businessman arrived offering a modern product: covid-19 vaccines.

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‘Tainted’ Blood: Covid Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated Donors

Article by KHN on Aug 17, 2021

Katheryn Houghton The nation’s roiling tensions over vaccination against covid-19 have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions.

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In Rural America, Twisting Arms to Take a Covid Vaccine First Takes Trust

Article by KHN on Aug 16, 2021

Cara Anthony CAIRO, Ill. — Lee Wright was hard at work, constructing a nail salon near the city’s abandoned hospital, when Jody Johnson stopped by to introduce himself on a recent afternoon.

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