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Countdown to the Launch of National Health Center Week 2017 Begins:
National Campaign Celebrates the Key to Healthier Communities
 
National Health Center Week (NHCW) runs August 13th-19th with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Centers over the course of more than five decades. 
 
There are many heroes and heroines in the community health center world who quietly go about their work without much public recognition. They include practitioners, board members, staff teams, community leaders, interns, volunteers and leadership staff.

Please take a moment to notice the contributions of others that merit recognition and nominate them today for NHCW Hero! Nominations are being accepted through August 9, 2017.  Please fill out this short survey to submit your nominee. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXGT57R
 
 
LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS   
 
D.C. officials in 2009 reported that the HIV rate in the nation's capital was higher than that of West Africa. "On par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya" was the grim assessment of the director of the city's HIV/AIDS Administration. 
 
(The Kansas City Star)
New data on the improving finances of the nation's individual insurers are calling into question repeated Republican claims that Obamacare marketplaces are collapsing under the Affordable Care Act.
 
(The Washington Post)
Even conservatives acknowledge that the sickest Americans need help in paying their own steep insurance costs. In an ironic twist, some would rather have the government make up the difference rather than spreading expenses among the healthy.
 
Former Congresswoman Pens Emotional Plea To Colleagues For Affordable Health Care
(The Huffington Post) 
In an open letter revealing she has multiple sclerosis, a former congresswoman appealed to her congressional colleagues to consider her story when deciding whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
 
(The New York Times)
As health care costs rise, Americans are increasingly on the hook to pay more for their care. This trend is more than just annoying - asking consumers to pay more for everything deters many from getting the care they need. What would happen if, instead, health plans offered more generous coverage of high-value care, but less generous coverage of those services that provide little or no health benefit?
 
Americans Don't Want Senate's Health Care Plan, But It's Unclear What They Do Want
(npr)
Americans really, really don't like the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
  
Medicaid enrollees largely satisfied with access and quality of care: Study
(The Washington Times)
Medicaid beneficiaries across the country are largely satisfied with their coverage and access to care, according to an analysis of a wide-ranging national survey evaluating enrollees' experiences with the government insurance program. 
 
 
RACISM & HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS    
  
(The Huffington Post)
I've many times discussed "victory blindness," brought on by the seduction of big wins for civil rights and which has had many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people believing they've "arrived" - that LGBTQ rights are secured - while not seeing the perils ahead.
 
More female leadership: a different kind of health care reform
(STAT News)
As health care reform continues to dominate the national debate, one concern from patient advocates arose recently when it was revealed that a Senate health care "working group" didn't include any women. Sadly, it's not unusual for a group of health care leaders to be dominated by men.
 
If you're not a white male, artificial intelligence's use in healthcare could be dangerous
(Quartz)
Healthcare inequalities are systemic and closely intertwined with social inequalities.
 
Cory Booker And Elizabeth Warren Want To Treat Women In Prison Like Human Beings  
(The Huffington Post)
Two Democratic senators unveiled a bill on Tuesday that aims to drastically reform how the U.S. federal prison system treats women behind bars, a segment of the incarcerated population that is often overlooked despite its rapid growth.
 
Rep. Hartzler seeks to bar transgender health care in U.S. military
On the heels of her tirade in committee over allowing transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) has proposed an amendment that would bar the Defense Department from providing transition-related care for troops.
 
 
WELLNESS NEWS OF THE WEEK
  
(The Washington Times)   
More effort is needed to follow up with patients at risk of suicide immediately following their discharge from inpatient treatment and many years after, researchers concluded in a wide-ranging study on suicide patient data from 1948 to 2016.
 
Just smelling food can make you fat, UC Berkeley study says
(SFGate)   
On the bustling streets of San Francisco, people can sense what's grilling, baking and frying in restaurants from North Beach to Noe Valley without even looking at the menus, as myriad cuisines serve up a smorgasbord of aromas for the nostrils. But what most foodies and waist-watchers strolling by don't realize is that just smelling burgers, pizza, sushi, falafel or any of the other sweet and savory offerings could be causing them to gain weight. 
 
(npr)
Women who have high-risk pregnancies or complications in childbirth are up to eight times more likely to have heart disease later in life, statistics suggest. But many mothers - and their doctors - are unaware of the danger.
 
(The Washington Post)  
Not so long ago, people like my Aunt Muriel thought of sunburn as a necessary evil on the way to a "good base tan." She used to slather on the baby oil while using a large reflector to bake away. Aunt Muriel's mantra when the inevitable burn and peel appeared: Beauty has its price. 
 
Far More People Than Thought Are Carrying Rare Genetic Diseases
(Extreme Tech)  
Outside of evolutionary biology, the human body is often spoken of as a miracle of engineering. But those more familiar with its workings point out evolution is no perfectionist, often favoring clunky ad hoc solutions over those more elegant in design.
 
(The Telegraph)  
How many times have you heard of parents giving allergy medicine to their kids to calm them or get them to sleep? 
 
Coffee drinking could lead to longer life, studies say
(CNBC)  
Coffee drinkers are waking up to some good news Tuesday after new research suggests that a cup of joe a day could keep the doctor away. 
 
  
TECH NEWS OF THE WEEK  
 
(The Washington Post)
When doctors saw the report on Bill Ludwig's bone-marrow biopsy, they thought it was a mistake and ordered the test repeated. But the results came back the same: His lethal leukemia had been wiped out by an experimental treatment never used in humans.
A new therapy developed by researchers holds promise for fight against type 1 and type 2 diabetes and can also be applied to treat autoimmune and inflammation-related diseases, a study has revealed.
 
(UPI)
Researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles developed a new therapy called emicizumab that decreases bleeding episodes by nearly 90 percent. 
 
(San Francisco Business Chronicle)
An experimental drug licensed to the aging research company launched by Google and former Genentech CEO Art Levinson reversed learning and memory problems in mice with traumatic brain injury. 
 
(The Washington Post) 
Scientists in Canada have used commercially available genetic material to piece together the extinct horsepox virus, a cousin of the smallpox virus that killed as many as a billion human beings before being eradicated. 
 
4 health wearables trying to break through hospital walls
(STAT News)
When most people today talk about wearables, they're likely thinking about counting steps on a FitBit or tracking movement on an Apple Watch. But a growing number of medical practitioners see potential for these devices to improve the delivery of care.
 
 
OTHER INTERESTING HEALTH NEWS
 
(The Washington Post)
After three defendants fatally overdosed in a single week last year, it became clear that Buffalo's ordinary drug treatment court was no match for the heroin and painkiller crisis.
 
(CNN)
In 2016, 41% of top-grossing US movies showed people using tobacco, according to a recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a decrease from the year before. However, there was an 80% increase in incidents of tobacco use in those movies from 2015 to 2016.
 
Your Friends, Not Family, Will Help You Live Longer: Study
(Newsweek)

As individuals grow into adulthood, the value of their friendships has more of an impact on their health and well-being than that of their families, according to a new study. 

 

Don't Leave Health Care to a Free Market
(Kaiser Health News)
When it comes to health care coverage, House Speaker Paul Ryan says, "We're going to have a free market, and you buy what you want to buy," and if people don't want it, "then they won't buy it." In this model of health care, the patient is consumer, and he must decide whether the goods and services he wants to protect his life are worth the cost.
 
Are lawsuits linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer based on junk science?
(Chicago Tribune)
Toward the end of the great adventure movie "A High Wind in Jamaica," a gang of pirates is sentenced to hang for a murder they didn't commit.
 
  
VIDEO NEWS OF THE WEEK   
Snortable chocolate powder raises health concerns
Snortable chocolate powder raises health concerns
 
Coco Loko is a new snortable chocolate powder, advertised as a drug-free way to get a quick buzz. WCBS reporter Marc Liverman investigated the health concerns associated with this product.
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