HEALTH NEWS: Even though many patients are seriously ill, ERs are filled with them
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HEALTH NEWS: Even though many patients are seriously ill, ERs are filled with them

HEALTH NEWS: Staff at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan are having a hard time caring for patients who are sicker than ever. Tiffani dusang, the ER’s nursing director, almost vibrates with anxiety as she looks at the patients lying on stretchers pressed up against the walls of the hospital corridors. She said, “It’s difficult to watch,”…

HEALTH NEWS: Texas Abortion Law Receives a Speedy High Court Hearing Monday
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HEALTH NEWS: Texas Abortion Law Receives a Speedy High Court Hearing Monday

HEALTH NEWS: The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Nov. 1, challenging the constitutionality a Texas abortion law. This is just days after the court agreed to hear the case. This is just one of many strange things about Texas’s abortion law. It halted nearly all abortions in Texas, the nation’s second most populous…

HEALTH NEWS: KHN’s “What the Health?”: Biden Social-Spending Framework Pulls Back on Key Pledges in Health
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HEALTH NEWS: KHN’s “What the Health?”: Biden Social-Spending Framework Pulls Back on Key Pledges in Health

HEALTH NEWS: Can’t see the audio player? Click Here to Listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Click here for a transcript of the episode. President Joe Biden unveiled a purported compromise on his social-spending plan shortly before taking off for a…

HEALTH NEWS: Journalists Examine Shadow Pandemics of Hospital Violence & Grieving Children
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HEALTH NEWS: Journalists Examine Shadow Pandemics of Hospital Violence & Grieving Children

HEALTH NEWS: October 30, 2021 HTML3_ We encourage organizations to freely republish our content. We ask for You must acknowledge us as the original publisher and include a link to our website khn.org. Please include in your byline the name of the author and Kaiser Health News. The hyperlinks should be preserved in the story….

HEALTH NEWS: Do All Seniors Need to Have Dental Coverage if Medicare Adds Dental Coverage?
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HEALTH NEWS: Do All Seniors Need to Have Dental Coverage if Medicare Adds Dental Coverage?

HEALTH NEWS: William Stork requires a tooth extraction. That’s what the 71-year-old retired truck driver’s dentist told him during a recent checkup. That kind of extraction requires an oral surgeon, which could cost him around $1,000 because, like most seniors, Stork does not have dental insurance, and Medicare won’t cover his dental bills. Between Social…

HEALTH NEWS: What is Scarier than Covid? Halloween Health Haikus
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HEALTH NEWS: What is Scarier than Covid? Halloween Health Haikus

HEALTH NEWS: Boo that we couldn’t treat all the readers participating in our third annual KHN Halloween Haiku Contest to their moment of gory glory. Like our health care system, your entries were hauntingly beautiful. Here’s the finalist and a selection of finalists, as determined by our panel. Keep an eye on KHN’s social media…

FRONT PAGE: Pandemic Depression Persists Among Older Adults: Study
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FRONT PAGE: Pandemic Depression Persists Among Older Adults: Study

Embargoed by Nature Aging until Thursday 25 November 2021 at 11 a.m. ETNewswise — Hamilton, ON (Nov. 25, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of older people living in the community, with those who are lonely faring far worse, according to new research from McMaster University.Using data from…

FRONT PAGE: Targeted Drug Combination Shows Unprecedented Activity In Some Highly Aggressive Brain Tumors
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FRONT PAGE: Targeted Drug Combination Shows Unprecedented Activity In Some Highly Aggressive Brain Tumors

Newswise — A combination of two targeted cancer drugs showed unprecedented, “clinically meaningful” activity in patients with highly malignant brain tumors that carried a rare genetic mutation, according to a clinical trial report by investigators from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.The drug combination, which blocked an overactive cell-growth signaling pathway, shrank tumors by 50% or more in…

FRONT PAGE: Antihistamines Can Influence Immunotherapy Response By Enhancing T Cell Activation
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FRONT PAGE: Antihistamines Can Influence Immunotherapy Response By Enhancing T Cell Activation

Newswise — HOUSTON ― New research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that treatment with antihistamines, a commonly used allergy medication, was associated with improved responses to immune checkpoint inhibitors. The preclinical study demonstrated that the histamine receptor H1 (HRH1) acts in tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) to suppress T cell activation in…

FRONT PAGE: We Might Not Know Half Of What's In Our Cells, New AI Technique Reveals
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FRONT PAGE: We Might Not Know Half Of What's In Our Cells, New AI Technique Reveals

Newswise — Most human diseases can be traced to malfunctioning parts of a cell — a tumor is able to grow because a gene wasn’t accurately translated into a particular protein or a metabolic disease arises because mitochondria aren’t firing properly, for example. But to understand what parts of a cell can go wrong in…

FRONT PAGE: Prostate Cancer Organoids Open Path To Precision Oncology
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FRONT PAGE: Prostate Cancer Organoids Open Path To Precision Oncology

Newswise — A multi-institutional team of investigators led by bioengineer Ankur Singh has developed research tools that shed new light on a virtually untreatable form of prostate cancer, opening a pathway that may lead to novel therapeutics and a glimmer of hope for patients.Androgen receptor pathway inhibitors can prolong survival for patients with advanced prostate cancer. But…

FRONT PAGE: UK, Germany, Italy Confirm Cases Of Omicron Coronavirus Variant
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FRONT PAGE: UK, Germany, Italy Confirm Cases Of Omicron Coronavirus Variant

The United Kingdom, Germany and Italy have confirmed their first two cases of the new Omicron strain of coronavirus. The variant has prompted several countries to impose restrictions such as travel bans on several southern African countries, against the advice of the World Health Organization, while others have imposed fresh lockdowns to contain the spread…

HEALTH NEWS: California Law aims to strengthen access to mental health services
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HEALTH NEWS: California Law aims to strengthen access to mental health services

HEALTH NEWS: By Bernard J. Wolfson November 1, 2021 We encourage organizations to freely republish our content. We ask for You must acknowledge us as the original publisher and include a link to our website khn.org. Please include in your byline the name of the author and Kaiser Health News. The hyperlinks should be preserved…

HEALTH: New COVID Variant of ‘Concern’ Drives U.S. Travel Bans
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HEALTH: New COVID Variant of ‘Concern’ Drives U.S. Travel Bans

Nov. 26, 2021 — The World Health Organization on Friday classified a new COVID-19 variant from South Africa as a “variant of concern,” which means it could be more contagious, cause more severe disease and reduce the efficacy of vaccines and treatments. The WHO convened an independent group of experts on Friday to assess the…

HEALTH NEWS: “An Arm and A Leg”: Do you need surgery to save your life? Tips to Get Insurance to Pay
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HEALTH NEWS: “An Arm and A Leg”: Do you need surgery to save your life? Tips to Get Insurance to Pay

HEALTH NEWS: Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. Laurie Todd calls herself the “Insurance Warrior.” She helps people get their health insurance companies to pay for treatment and has written books sharing her knowledge. Here is a wealth and depth of knowledge that has been hard-earned. In 2005, Todd was diagnosed with…

HEALTH NEWS: What do we really know about vaccine effectiveness?
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HEALTH NEWS: What do we really know about vaccine effectiveness?

HEALTH NEWS: By Julie Appleby November 2, 2021 We encourage organizations to freely republish our content. We ask for You must acknowledge us as the original publisher and include a link to our website khn.org. Please include in your byline the name of the author and Kaiser Health News. The hyperlinks should be preserved in…

HEALTH NEWS: Labs Without a Manager: Why Public Health Workers are Fleeing the Field
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HEALTH NEWS: Labs Without a Manager: Why Public Health Workers are Fleeing the Field

HEALTH NEWS: In the initial months of the pandemic, there were many nights and weekends when Denise Von Bargen was running covid tests in Ventura County’s public health laboratory. Although she once had eight to nine employees, most of them have since retired or moved on to other jobs. Like other public health laboratories in…

HEALTH: Mayo Clinic Q And A: Shoulder Injuries And Winter Weather Safety Tips
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HEALTH: Mayo Clinic Q And A: Shoulder Injuries And Winter Weather Safety Tips

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Our family recently moved to a state that has plenty of cold, ice and snow during the winter. While my children are excited, I have heard stories about how common shoulder injuries are during the winter due to shoveling snow and other activities. I have arthritis in one of my shoulders. What advice…

HEALTH: Mayo Clinic Minute: Pancreatic Cancer Is The Most Lethal
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HEALTH: Mayo Clinic Minute: Pancreatic Cancer Is The Most Lethal

Pancreatic cancer can be a frightening diagnosis. Compared to most other cancers, survival rates are much lower and death often occurs at a more rapid pace. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, a leading expert in pancreatic cancer at Mayo Clinic explains more about the disease and potential future improvements in treating and screening for it.…

HEALTH: Mental Health And The Holidays: Holiday Stress
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HEALTH: Mental Health And The Holidays: Holiday Stress

Q: Those who are vaccinated for COVID-19 may be planning family gatherings, gift exchanges and big meals this year. After last year, a lot of people are feeling more pressure to make this holiday season even better for their loved ones. Do you have any tips for coping with the stress of it all? A:…

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