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Senate Republicans unveil revised healthcare bill

(The Hill) 

Senate Republican leaders on Thursday unveiled a revised version of their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare as they race toward a high-stakes vote next week.

 
When it comes to newborns, sleep environment is crucial. Pillows, blankets, crib bumpers and stuffed animals can cause suffocation in a baby's sleeping space. Now, new legislation has been proposed in the District that would make sure every new parent in the city have access to a free baby box in an effort to reduce D.C.'s infant mortality rate.
 
Spotlight on Community Health Center: Whitman-Walker 
(Washington Business Journal)
Redevelopment will begin soon on Whitman-Walker Health's health center on 14th Street.
 
(The Washington Post)
The Senate GOP's push to rewrite the Affordable Care Act suffered an ill-timed setback Thursday, as two centrist Republicans announced plans to offer their own health-care plan just as leaders released an updated bill of their own.
 
(The Los Angeles Times) 
With Senate Republicans struggling to find votes for sweeping legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act, several GOP lawmakers have raised the prospect of a more limited bill - passed with help from Democrats - to stabilize health insurance markets around the country.
 
(ABC News)
A health care proposal from Senate conservatives would let insurers sell skimpy policies provided they also offer a comprehensive plan. It's being billed as pro-consumer, allowing freedom of choice and potential savings for many.
 
Ten House Democrats propose plan to fix ObamaCare
(The Hill)
Ten House Democrats are proposing a plan to stabilize the ObamaCare markets and reduce premiums.
  
Your Credit Score Soon Will Get A Buffer From Medical-Debt Wrecks
(Kaiser Health News)
For many consumers, an unexpected health care calamity can quickly burgeon into a financial calamity. Just over half of all the debt that appears on credit reports is related to medical expenses, and consumers may find that their credit score gets as banged up as their body.
 
Bipartisan fixes won't come easily if GOP's repeal effort collapses
(Politico)
Pivoting to a bipartisan fix of Obamacare won't be quick or easy if Senate Republicans' repeal efforts fail.
 
Advocates to feds: Don't let Indiana impose Medicaid work requirement
(Indianapolis Star)
Indiana could become the first state to require some Medicaid recipients to work, but it is facing a flood of opposition from health groups, advocates for the poor and others.
 
CMS delays rule to improve home health agency care
(Modern Healthcare)
Home health agencies are getting an additional six months to prepare for a new CMS rule aimed at improving quality and patient care.
 
 
RACISM & HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS    
  
D.C. Councilmember Wants to Make Homelessness a Protected Class
(The Washington City Paper)
Although overall homelessness in the District fell more than 10 percent from 2016 to 2017, it's no secret that homeless people still face significant barriers to employment, housing, education, and other spheres. That's why At-Large Councilmember David Grosso proposed a new bill today that would make being homeless a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act, which broadly prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality, and income source.
 
(ABC News)
California is harming medical care for more than 13 million lower-income residents, more than half of them Latinos, by failing to pay doctors enough to provide proper care, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
 
Hate-based incidents surge in suburban school system in Maryland
(The Washington Post)
School incidents involving hate symbols and racial slurs appear to have more than tripled during the past school year in a suburb outside Washington and are helping drive a surge in bias-related acts investigated by police.
 
Watchdog Report: Solitary Confinement Can Harm Inmates
(US News & World Report)
The nation's federal prisons are holding inmates in solitary confinement for long periods of time, sometimes years, in spite of mounting evidence that it can seriously hurt their mental health, a government watchdog says.
 
 
WELLNESS NEWS OF THE WEEK
  
(npr)   
When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen.
 
Eating a Little Bit Healthier Helps You Live Longer
(Time)   
No surprise here: people who follow healthy diets tend to lead longer, healthier lives. But most of the studies backing this assertion compared people who ate well to people who didn't. Does changing your own diet over many years make much of a difference?
 
Genetics playing a growing role in intersection of nutrition and health
(The Baltimore Sun)
Dr. Erin Kinney used to assess patients nutritional needs with an analysis of their eating habits and family and medical histories. Nowadays the Arnold naturopathic doctor is delving deeper and also analyzing her patients' genetic makeup.
 
(The New York Times)  
How we look at other people's faces is strongly influenced by our genes, scientists have found in new research that may be especially important for understanding autism because it suggests that people are born with neurological differences that affect how they develop socially.
 
'Brain training' program doesn't improve self control
(Reuters)  
Brain training programs may make people better at using brain training programs, but they don't improve decision-making skills in real-world tasks like making healthy choices, a new study concludes.
 
Toxic bacteria often lurk in children's, dogs' sandboxes
(Business Insider)  
Playground sandboxes can harbor deadly - and drug resistant - strains of the diarrhea-causing bacterium Clostridum difficile, research in Spain shows.
 
 
TECH NEWS OF THE WEEK  
 
(The New York Times)
It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne.
 
A new vaginal incubator is half the price of traditional IVF and could be more acceptable to Catholics. Will it revolutionize access to fertility medicine?
 
(npr)
There are more than a dozen medically approved methods of birth control, including condoms, the pill and implants. Now for the first time, a cell phone app has been certified as a method of birth control in the European Union.
 
Study: Apple Watch may help doctors spot heart condition
(KMGH Denver7)
A new study out of the University of California in San Francisco found the Apple Watch may be able to detect a heart condition that causes over 100,000 strokes every year.
 
 
OTHER INTERESTING HEALTH NEWS
 
(Fox News)
True Blood" actor Nelsan Ellis died Saturday from heart failure, due to complications from a "withdrawal from alcohol," his family said. But can you die from alcohol withdrawal?
 
Real-time testing of drugs at music festivals shows 'Molly' often isn't 'Molly'
(The Washington Post)

Scientists, public health experts and volunteers working with them have started to show up at music festivals, concerts, raves and other public gatherings where illicit drugs are frequently used. Equipped with special chemical testing kits, they help attendees test pills and powder for purity in real time so that people can make better-informed decisions about whether to take them.

 

Syphilis rates are on the rise, and dating apps may be playing a role, experts say

(USA Today)

Syphilis, a disease most people associate with the past, has returned with a roar, and public health experts think the rise in rates can be attributed at least partly to social media. 

 

What you can do to help lower prescription drug prices

(CBS News)

A new survey suggests some Americans could do more to cut the cost of their prescription drugs.

 
Death as a social privilege? How aid-in-dying laws may be revealing a new health care divide
(Lincoln Journal-Star)
The California Department of Public Health has just released a report that detailed the number of terminally ill patients over the past year who took advantage of the California End-of-Life Options Act (EOLA), a law that allows certain patients to request a lethal dose of medication to end their lives.

Early returns suggest smoking drop in response to California tax
(The Mercury News)
Last fall, California voters approved the biggest increase in cigarette taxes since the state first began levying tobacco in the 1950s. Advocates for Proposition 56, which passed with a fairly overwhelming 64 percent of the vote, argued that a $2 per-pack tax hike would hurt pocketbooks enough to nudge millions of California smokers to quit, or at least to light up less frequently.

Health Insurers Try Paying More Up Front To Pay Less Later
(npr)
Michael McBrayer of St. Paul, Minn., needs to pay a lot attention to his health.
 
  
VIDEO NEWS OF THE WEEK    
U.S. birth rate drops to lowest level in history
U.S. birth rate drops to lowest level in history
The CDC recently reported that the birth rate in the United States reached its lowest level in history in 2016. Dr. Christin Drake joins CBSN to explain why the birth rate has dropped and what it means for our future. Dr. Drake also discusses other data from the CDC's report, such as an increase in preterm babies.
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