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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Vaccine Approval Moves the Needle on Covid

Article by KHN on Aug 26, 2021

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Apple, Bose and Others Pump Up the Volume on Hearing Aid Options, Filling Void Left by FDA

Article by KHN on Aug 26, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Spurred by decades of complaints about the high cost of hearing aids, Congress passed a law in 2017 to allow over-the-counter sales, with hopes it would boost competition and lower prices.

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What Missouri Learned the Hard Way About Rapid Covid Testing in Schools

Article by KHN on Aug 26, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Early in the tumultuous 2020-21 school year, Missouri officials made a big gamble: set aside roughly 1 million rapid covid tests for the state’s K-12 schools in hopes of quickly identifying sick students or staff members.

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New Montana Law Sows Confusion, Defiance Over School Quarantines

Article by KHN on Aug 26, 2021

Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News As classes get underway this week and next, Montana school and county health officials are grappling with how a new state law that bans vaccine discrimination should apply to quarantine orders for students and staffers exposed to covid-19.

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From Uber Vouchers to Patient Advocates: What It Takes to Increase ER Addiction Treatment

Article by KHN on Aug 25, 2021

JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News For years, Kayla West watched the opioid epidemic tear through her eastern Tennessee community. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she treated people with mental illness but felt she needed to do more to address addiction.

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Microbiome Startups Promise to Improve Your Gut Health, but Is the Science Solid?

Article by KHN on Aug 25, 2021

Aneri Pattani After Russell Jordan sent a stool sample through the mail to the microbiome company Viome, his idea of what he should eat shifted. The gym owner in Sacramento, California, had always consumed large quantities of leafy greens. But the results from the test — which sequenced and analyzed the microbes in a pea-sized stool sample — recommended he steer clear of spinach, kale and broccoli.

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Hot Spots Where Covid Vaccination Lags Push Experimental Antibody Treatment

Article by KHN on Aug 25, 2021

JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News For months, Joelle Ruppert was among the millions of Americans who are covid vaccine holdouts. Her reluctance, she said, was not so much that she opposed the new vaccines but that she never felt “compelled” by the evidence supporting their experimental use.

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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

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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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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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