Source: Kaiser Health News

First Edition: April 24, 2019

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations


Amid Opioid Prescriber Crackdown, Health Officials Reach Out To Pain Patients

After dozens of health care workers were charged with illegally prescribing opioids in Appalachia, local health agencies are trying to make sure chronic pain patients don't fall through the cracks.


The Homeless Are Dying In Record Numbers On The Streets Of L.A.

Deaths of homeless people in Los Angeles County have jumped 76% in the past five years, outpacing the growth of the homeless population, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of the coroner’s data. Experts say drug and alcohol abuse are significant factors.


Viewpoints: Defunding Title X-Funded Health Centers Will Undermine Efforts To End HIV Crisis; Help The Homeless, Don’t Just Lock Them Up

Opinion writers weigh in on these health topics and others


State Highlights: Illinois Lawmakers Examine Bill That Prevents Steep ACA Price Hikes; California Police Back Measure To Prevent Fatal Shootings

Media outlets report on news from Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Kansas and Texas.


New Voice Analysis Technology May Take Tricky Guesswork Out Of Diagnosing PTSD

While some veterans try to hide their symptoms of PTSD, a new voice analysis algorithm might help doctors spot and diagnosis those people who need care. “We thought the telling features would reflect agitated speech. In point of fact, when we saw the data, the features are flatter, more atonal speech. We were capturing the numbness that is so typical of PTSD patients," said Dr. Charles Marmar, a psychiatry professor at NYU. In other health and technology news: artificial intelligence, kids' screen time, apps and personal data, and an email breach.


In Revised Opioid Lawsuit, Connecticut Describes Sackler Family Telling Doctors Addiction ‘Not Caused By Drugs’

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said the new allegations “demonstrate the callous indifference” with which Stamford-based Purdue Pharma and its former president, Richard Sackler, approached their work. Other news on the opioid epidemic comes from Florida and Ohio, as well.


Kansas Bill Requiring Clinics To Tell Patients About Abortion Reversal Medication Vetoed By Democratic Governor

"This unwarranted legislation will create confusion and could be harmful to women's health," said Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. However, the Legislature seems to have the votes to override the veto if lawmakers want to once they return from break. Abortion and family planning news comes out of Tennessee and New Hampshire, as well.


Many Dentists Not Equipped To Handle Patients With Unique Needs Like Those With Autism, Developmental Disorders

Some patients with developmental disabilities are unable to endure even regular dental exams or cleanings without general anesthesia. But most dentists don’t offer it and getting insurance to cover it for routine dental work is often a struggle. In other public health news: sugary drinks, skipping breakfast and permanent daylight saving.


As Country Wages War On Largest Measles Outbreak In Decades, There’s Been Radio Silence From The White House

President Donald Trump’s absence in the national conversation about the measles outbreaks has prompted some debate in the public health community about whether he should be playing a more active role. Meanwhile, another 71 cases were reported last week, bringing this year's total to 626.


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