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Partnership with The Kennedy Forum elevates mental health

OAKLAND, Calif. – Kaiser Permanente is partnering with The Kennedy Forum and a coalition of prominent mental health and addiction organizations in the launch of Mental Health for US, a national initiative designed to elevate policy conversations about mental health as key discussion points during the U.S. presidential election.

The bipartisan initiative was launched June 10, 2019, by former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, founder of The Kennedy Forum, during the 10th-annual advocacy forum of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Washington, D.C. Kaiser Permanente is supporting the initiative and the coalition, which includes The Kennedy Forum, AFSP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, the JED Foundation, One Mind, and the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. The initiative is co-chaired by former U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith, a longtime mental health advocate.

The goal of the campaign is to bring continued awareness of mental health issues to the forefront of a national discussion at key points during a presidential election, while improving the nation’s literacy around mental health and encouraging those in the mental health and addiction community to take a guiding role, leading the conversation on a national scale.

“The growing demand for mental health care and the shortage of professionals who provide it is a national crisis affecting our friends and families, our communities, and all health care organizations,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “We must continue to work together to solve this challenge. This partnership is an important and significant step forward toward a shared goal.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving mental health and well-being in the country,” Tyson said. “We are leading through significant investments in staffing and facilities, the use of innovations including telehealth and recovery-focused care, and our continuing commitment to raising awareness around mental health issues and reducing stigma.”

“There is so much more we must do to address the gaps in mental health care across the country,” said Don Mordecai, MD, national leader for Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente. “By working together with other leaders on mental health education, along with advancing an integrated approach to mental, physical, and emotional health, we hope to lead the way in bringing attention, accessibility, and best practices on this important issue.”

Tyson added, “The initiative’s policy platform, focused on areas of prevention, access, and intervention and recovery, aligns with Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to total health.”

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and 1 in 12 live with addiction. By educating the public on the severity of America’s health crisis, Mental Health for US will use civic engagement with voters and candidates during the election and seek to be a catalyst in addressing mental health and addiction.

“The important work in transforming mental health care in our country does not rest with one organization or institution. We need all stakeholders to come together, and I thank Kaiser Permanente for joining as a champion of this initiative,” said Kennedy, who was lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

The launch of the initiative is the first of many forums where industry leaders will join forces to educate the public and politicians about mental health issues. In Chicago on June 11, 2019, The Kennedy Forum will convene advocates, employers, HR professionals, labor leaders, and others to explore innovative strategies in workplace well-being.

For more information on the Mental Health for US initiative, visit www.mentalhealthforus.net.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

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Health Care and Green Energy Dominate the Fastest-Growing Jobs of 2019

Climate change and an aging population are driving the demand for the fastest growing jobs in the U.S.

Solar panel installers and those who work on wind turbines can expect to see plenty of opportunities in the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many occupations that are centered on the changing environment — like forest fire prevention specialists — are slated to see double-digit increases through 2026.

“We may be looking to make more investments in jobs around climate change,” said Indeed director of research Martha Gimbel, noting however, that new tariffs have negatively affected the job site’s listings for solar installers.

Since 2010, the share of the U.S. population over the age of 59 has increased 17% to more than one-fifth of the country, according to an analysis by The Penny Hoarder of U.S. Census Bureau estimates. That graying of America means more demand for health care services, Gimbel said.

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But, taking a wider view, she said we are transitioning to more of a service economy in general. While health care occupations may be the fastest growing, others, such as bicycle mechanics, will see similar spikes over the next seven years.

“A lot of the things we’re buying are services now,” Gimbel said.

Taking an even broader view of the job market, occupations that pay the lowest, like home health aide, and those that offer much higher pay, like physician assistant, will grow much faster than jobs that fall in the middle of the pay spectrum.

But, if companies or individuals have a difficult time finding suitable workers for those low-paying jobs — for reasons that include harsher immigration laws — wages could rise along with employment, Gimbel said.

The 10 Fastest-Growing Jobs and How Much They Pay

The Labor Department in May updated its annual and hourly pay data to go along with the employment projections, so let’s take a look at how much you can actually make working in the 10 fastest-growing jobs.

1. Solar photovoltaic installer

A solar panel technician installs a solar array.

Median annual pay: $ 42,680

Projected job growth: 104.9%

Solar photovoltaic installers spend their days climbing onto roofs and installing green-energy panels. The job requires physical strength and endurance, as well as willingness to learn the technical aspects of the solar panels and how they fit into the electrical grid.

Click here for information on how to get into this career.

2. Wind turbine service technician

Median annual pay: $ 54,370

Projected job growth: 96.3%

Another job in the green energy sector slated to grow quickly in the coming years, wind turbine technician is more intense in terms of physical labor and on-the-job danger than that of solar installer. A short stint in technical schoolas little as six months — can have you prepared for this occupation.

The job is not for those who are afraid of heights.

3. Home health aides and personal care aides

Median annual pay: $ 24,200

Projected job growth: 47.3%

Retirement homes can be expensive and most people would prefer to age in place. So as the U.S. population gets older, the demand for in-home care — which is cheaper — is going to rise.

Work as a home health aide doesn’t pay the best, but as Gimbel said, the annual wages may rise faster than most careers as companies find difficulty staffing positions. You only need a high school diploma for this occupation, but working for companies that receive Medicaid or Medicare reimbursements might require additional licensing.

4. Physician assistants

Median annual pay: $ 108,610

Projected job growth: 37.3%

Physician assistants serve as the right hand to doctors or surgeons, and might even be primary health care workers in rural areas. This is the first job of the list that requires a Master’s degree and carries licensing requirements.

Click here for a list of accredited programs. You might want to cross reference it with our list of the best bang-for-your-buck colleges by state.

5. Nurse practitioner

A nurse practitioner examines a patient

Median annual pay: $ 107,030

Projected job growth: 36.1%

Nurse practitioners can perform many of the health care services doctors can, and make six figures, without all that schooling and those residency requirements. The job is slated for double-digit growth due to the aging population. Meanwhile, the number of doctors is only expected to grow 13% for the same period, according to the BLS.

The job does require a Master’s degree.

6. Statistician

Median annual pay: $ 87,780

Projected job growth: 33.8%

We’ve written about the lucrative college majors coming along with the rise of big data and how to become a data scientist. A statistician is essentially the same thing, albeit the term is a little dated.

Statisticians find trends in data to help guide business decisions in just about every industry. Since this job requires lots of coding, a computer science minor will be helpful — and you’ll definitely want a Master’s degree to exceed in this field.

7. App developer

Median annual pay: $ 103,620

Projected job growth: 30.7%

Don’t just think “mobile app” with this fast-growing occupation. Application developers are in demand in nearly every industry, from gaming and entertainment to health care to newspapers.

There are multiple paths to this career, including coding boot camps or just teaching yourself to code.

8. Mathematician

Median annual pay: $ 101,900

Projected job growth:  29.7%

Mathematician is another job that follows the big data trend. You can’t crunch data and statistics without math, right? Federal, state and local governments are the biggest employers of those on this career path, which can mean great benefits.

Typically, a mathematician will need a Master’s degree to land a job. The BLS suggests taking a computer science minor (spoiler: you’ll be doing a lot of coding in this occupation.)

9. Physical therapist aide

Median annual pay: $ 26,240

Projected job growth: 29.4%

Yet another health care career on this list, physical therapist aides get everything ready for the physical therapist to treat a patient.

The job requires only a high school diploma, but you can add up to $ 30,000 to your annual pay by getting an associate’s degree and becoming a physical therapy assistant rather than an aide.

10. Bicycle mechanic

A man repairs a bicycle

Median annual pay: $ 28,960

Projected job growth: 29.3%

In 2017, more than 890,000 Americans commuted by bicycle to work — a 28% increase since 2009, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. That means a lot of demand from folks who’d rather rotate the tires on their bikes than their cars.

There are multiple ways to learn bike repair without paying for classes. We talked to one guy who makes good money flipping bikes. He asked bike-store owners to use their tools to learn the trade. Bicycle co-ops are great places to pick up the knowhow and get an idea of the demand for services in your town.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Research linking economic conditions and health often does not consider children’s mental health problems. In a new study, investigators found that US children’s mental health worsened as the economy weakened. The use of special education services for emotional problems also rose when economic conditions worsened.
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Why the Warriors teamed up with Kaiser Permanente for community health

SAN FRANCISCO — The back-to-back NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Kaiser Permanente announced an evolution of a multiyear partnership that expands the two organizations’ broader commitments to health and wellness through the creation of Thrive City, a community gathering place that will bring people together from all over the Bay Area and provide health programs and services.

Thrive City will also be the official name of the district surrounding Chase Center.

In addition, Kaiser Permanente, the country’s largest integrated nonprofit health care system and a trusted authority in sports medicine, was also named official team physician of the Warriors.

Thrive City — the official surrounding district of Chase Center

Thrive City will be a community gathering space, providing a slate of year-round health and wellness programming, including Get Fit clinics, yoga sessions, farmers markets, ice skating and much more. Thrive City will also be highlighted by public art, including a signature piece by international artist Olafur Eliasson located at the East Entrance of Chase Center. Thrive City, the 11-acre mixed-use, privately financed complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, will be anchored by Chase Center, the Warriors’ state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue.

“The first year of Chase Center will be an incredible year of discovery for the community as we’ll continuously roll out new programming, retail, restaurants and entertainment at Thrive City,” said Rick Welts, Warriors president and chief operating officer. “We could not have chosen a better partner to activate the surrounding district at Chase Center as Kaiser Permanente’s focus and commitment to the community runs parallel with our vision for the project and this entire district. We know this will become a gathering place for everyone and are excited to see it come to life over the first year of operation.”

Thrive City will tip off later this summer with a Get Fit clinic and will continue with ongoing programming throughout the year. Thrive City will be home to the retail stores and restaurants planned for the surrounding district and will be unveiled over the course of the first year of opening.

“The Golden State Warriors are one of the most impactful brands in professional sports, and we are thrilled to join with them to improve the health of the Bay Area communities we serve through Thrive City, which will serve as a flagship presence and destination for total health,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “Additionally, broadening our partnership with the Warriors to become the official team physicians demonstrates our excellence in sports medicine. Our leading team of sports medicine specialists will bring expert care to support the ongoing good health of the team.”

Kaiser Permanente will also supplement Thrive City programming with health and wellness opportunities for the community including blood pressure screenings, flu clinics and more.

Kaiser Permanente named Warriors’ official team physician

Kaiser Permanente has served as sports medicine partner for high-profile events such as Super Bowl 50 and the Special Olympics, and its teams of sports medicine doctors have provided expert care to professional basketball and hockey players. They are also a constant community partner at local school and community sporting events. With its integrated care model, Kaiser Permanente enables smoother collaboration between physicians and care teams. This care delivery design leads to quicker diagnoses, more efficient treatment and faster recoveries, not just for professional athletes but for anyone who enjoys physical activity.

“Our sports medicine care emphasizes training and injury prevention, early intervention, and injury correction to return athletes to peak functionality as quickly as possible,” said Richard Isaacs, MD, CEO and executive director, The Permanente Medical Group. “And the new Mission Bay Sports Medicine Center enhances our comprehensive delivery of sports-related specialty care services throughout the Bay Area.”

Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Sports Medicine Center

As part of its mission to bring world-class sports medicine care to recreational and everyday athletes in the Bay Area, Kaiser Permanente is opening its second Northern California Sports Medicine Center just blocks from Thrive City. The Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Sports Medicine Center, a 16,000-square-foot facility where injuries related to sports or recreational activities will be diagnosed and treated by Kaiser Permanente physicians, is scheduled to open in late July or early August. Kaiser Permanente also operates a state-of-the-art Sports Medicine Center in Sacramento, which opened in 2016, and a sports medicine facility in Elk Grove.

“We are proud to bring our expert comprehensive sports medicine care not just to the Warriors but also to our community,” said Janet Liang, president, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. “Our members will receive the same great sports medicine care as one of the best sports teams.”

At the Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Sports Medicine Center, highly trained clinicians will offer members comprehensive sports medicine care, physical therapy and concussion care in a facility that will include the latest in diagnostic, evaluation and rehabilitation equipment. The Warriors team will also receive care at the Sports Medicine Center.

Earlier this year, the Warriors and Kaiser Permanente also announced Generation Thrive, an innovative initiative that aims to lift up at-risk youth in the community. Generation Thrive, which will be headquartered out of the Warriors current practice facility in Oakland, will focus efforts in three key areas: educational equity, college and career readiness, and health and wellness. Generation Thrive will also have a satellite office located at Thrive City.

About Chase Center

Chase Center is an 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena, set to open in the fall of 2019, that will anchor an 11-acre mixed-use, privately financed complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Easily accessible by foot, bicycle or mass transit, Chase Center will play host to Warriors basketball, concerts, cultural events, family shows and more, totaling nearly 200 events a year. The sports and entertainment district will include two office buildings and dozens of unique retail locations, along with 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

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Scholarship program diversifies the health care workforce

Kaiser Permanente Northwest has awarded more than a half million dollars ($ 549,000) in college scholarships to 173 diverse high school and college students in Oregon and Washington through its Health Care Career Scholarship Program. The program is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to improve community health by increasing access to educational opportunity and developing a health care workforce that mirrors the communities it serves. This year’s investment brings the total scholarships awarded since the program’s inaugural year in 2009 to more than $ 4 million.

Scholarships were awarded in amounts of $ 2,000, $ 5,000, or $ 10,000 to 148 high school seniors from public high schools in Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s service area, which spans from Longview, Washington, to Eugene, Oregon. In addition, 25 scholarships were awarded to continuing Kaiser Permanente Scholars, rising college juniors attending a range of higher education institutions who had originally received the scholarships as high school seniors.

Scholarship recipients receive more than financial assistance. Kaiser Permanente also connects recipients with professional development and career learning opportunities throughout college, such as free resume and interview workshops, paid internships, and volunteering opportunities to support their persistence to degree completion and readiness to enter the health care field.

“We are passionate about making health care equitable — it should be accessible and affordable for everyone, no matter their circumstances,” said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, regional president for Kaiser Permanente in the Northwest. “A person’s language, race, or ethnicity shouldn’t be a barrier to good care, but studies show us that patients respond better when they share these characteristics with their providers. By creating a more diverse workforce, we can take a big step toward helping everyone in our communities live their longest, healthiest lives.”

Diverse scholarship recipients will improve quality of health care

Three-quarters of scholarship recipients hail from diverse backgrounds, reflecting the region’s diversity across race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and abilities. Recipients stand to play a critical role in providing culturally responsive care and creating a vital future for themselves and their communities.

Kaiser Permanente Scholars and Outstanding Educator to be recognized at celebration 

Recipients were honored at a reception and ceremony at the OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The event featured a career fair; a keynote address from Lindia Willies-Jacobo, MD, associate dean of admissions at Kaiser Permanente Medical School; and special master of ceremonies, Imelda Dacones, MD, president and CEO of Northwest Permanente. Keri Pilgrim Ricker, leader of the Health Services Pathway program at Churchill High School, was presented with an Outstanding Educator award and a $ 5,000 donation to the school for her role in facilitating student success for the past 11 years.  

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

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What You Need to Know About Kim K’s New Health Drink, Apple Cider Vinegar

Celebrities including Kourtney Kardashian and Scarlett Johansson have long touted the benefits of apple cider vinegar. But once Kim Kardashian got on the bandwagon with an Instagram Story featuring Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in May 2019, the organic, raw, unfiltered vinegar became poised to break through to the mainstream.

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV to the uninitiated, is a wellness staple that’s been used for centuries as a home remedy for everything from soothing a sore throat to helping cure dandruff to aiding in digestion — which is why it has a natural health and homeopathic reputation. Some proponents claim that it works as a weight loss aid because it helps curb hunger. Before we determine whether it’s fact or fiction, let’s understand first what ACV is.

“Apple cider vinegar is made by combining crushed apples, yeast and bacteria, fermenting the apples into acetic acid,” Rachel Berman, RD, general manager of Verywell, tells Us Weekly. “‘The mother’ is what makes ACV cloudy and is a mix of the acetic acid and beneficial bacteria found within.” And the acetic acid is the component that packs a punch.

ACV’s purported wonders — from weight loss to toxin removal — know no bounds, but unfortunately there’s not much research to back it up. “There aren’t any clear studies to substantiate these claims,” says Berman. “Also, there’s a big red flag whenever a product claims to ‘detox’ your body — that’s what your organs like your liver and kidneys are for!”

There is some research to support the claim that ACV can help lower blood glucose, says the dietitian. Though “it’s likely true of any type of vinegar,” she notes. And before you begin consuming ACV, check with your doctor, adds the NYC-based pro. It “may interact with medications.”

That doesn’t mean you should avoid ACV by any means! If you like the taste of apple cider vinegar — which also has beauty benefits and can be found in some natural face toners — go ahead and make it into a salad dressing. If “it replaces salad dressing that is high in artificial or highly processed ingredients, great!” says Berman. You can also dilute it with water and add “a sweetener like Stevia and flavorings like ginger, lemon or cayenne pepper,” if you want to drink it, notes the pro.

And while you can get fiber and other nutrients simply by eating a balanced diet, “ACV does contain antioxidants and probiotics,” she notes. So, again, if you’re a person who can stomach it, feel free to have up to two tablespoons a day.

Scroll through to see the diet-savvy celebrities who swear by the stuff and the benefits they say it gives them.

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According to Page Six, Don Lemon is all about his health, in fact, he refuses to eat junk food almost entirely. The CNN anchor recently said to the outlet that he’s more concerned with nutrition and health now that he’s slowly getting older.

Lemon said to reporters from Page Six that he is a “man of a certain age now,” and has to make particular changes to his diet, otherwise, he won’t fare well for the future. “I would have to cut out the fried food,” the CNN anchor remarked.

With that said, however, he still is a “Southern guy” in his soul so he has to eat all of the good southern foods like fried chicken, gumbo, crawfish bisque, crab cakes, hush puppies, french fries, and catfish.

Followers have come to know Don Lemon, especially in the Trump era, for his controversial comments regarding the president, whom he believes to be one of the worst and most damaging politicians in recent memory.

DePaul University professor, Jeffrey McCall, said to reporters from Fox News that Don isn’t a traditional anchor, in the original meaning of the term. The professor explained that Don is at the forefront of a TV show in which his opinions are at the primary focus of the program’s content.

Reported first by Fox News, the outlet explained his break into broadcasting, including his career start as a reporter who dished on breaking news and major stories. Over time, however, his opinions came to be more respected by the left-wing establishment, especially since Trump’s election in 2016.

The academic said to Fox News that Don Lemon’s reporting style was emblematic of the way in which CNN has focused primarily on spouting opinions, rather than fact-based news reports. Whether that be true or not, now that Don is in his 50s, his career is at its peak, and his on-air persona is appreciated by his base over.

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Abortion Bans Are a Health Crisis. For Black Women, They Mean Devastation

As President Trump promised during the 2016 campaign, he would make overturning Roe v. Wade—the landmark court case giving women the constitutional right to have an abortion—part of his mission. Six states thus far, have passed or are trying to pass draconian laws banning abortions. Abortion ban is bad for all women and a crisis for black women.

It’s well-established that there is inequity in healthcare. “The sexual and reproductive health of African American women has been compromised due to multiple experiences of racism, including discriminatory healthcare practices from slavery through the post-Civil Rights era,” writes researchers in the report Racism, African American Women, and Their Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Review of Historical and Contemporary Evidence and Implications for Health Equity.

Those discriminatory practices exist today. Black women, many with limited resources, often have unequal access to quality healthcare. For example, the above study found that black women often are subjected to unnecessary hysterectomies. Infant mortality, pregnancy complications, and access to vital prenatal care are all issues affecting black women’s reproductive health.

And it doesn’t matter if you are a rich and famous black woman as we discovered when Serena Williams opened up about her life-threatening pregnancy complications. In fact, black woman’s reproductive health status is at such a red alert that Sen. Kamala Harris introduced legislation to address the black maternal mortality crisis.

What the anti-choice advocates conveniently leave out of their hateful, misogynistic narrative is that the same facilities that provide abortions are also safe havens for women to receive prenatal care, sexual education, and pregnancy care. These facilities are particularly crucial to low-income black women and those in rural areas.

Yet, the states with high populations of black women—and some with the worst records on black women’s healthcare—are the ones pushing hardest for abortion bans: Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia. As a result, many of these states are closing facilities that not only provide abortions but other critical women’s health services. Currently, only one abortion clinic remains in Missouri; three in Alabama; and one in Mississippi.

Missouri, Alabama, Ohio are ranked among the worst states for black infant mortality rates in the aforementioned study. From that report, “Mississippi has the largest proportion of babies born with low birth weight among Black women as well as all women (16.1% and 11.5%,  respectively). The states with the next largest proportions of babies born with low birth weight to Black women are Louisiana, West Virginia, Colorado, and Alabama.”

What is the impetus to place women’s reproductive freedom back 50 years? Anti-choicers cite their religious beliefs as justification—bestowing personhood onto fetuses.

But perhaps the underlying reasons are even more sinister. America is becoming browner. With the influx of immigrants from Latin America, and more people open to the idea of interracial relationships, millennials and Gen Z are the most diverse generations ever.

It stands to reason that the powers that be, the network of old white boys, are panicking over the darkened hue of the American populace; and over the demands for economic and political diversity and equity. And there is power in numbers. Force more white women to have white babies and make America white again…perhaps?

Of course, that is speculation. What isn’t: Abortion bans do not stop women from having abortions. These bans only make it more dangerous and expensive for women to terminate pregnancies. These bans shut down healthcare facilities that provide reproductive services and support that extends far beyond abortions. These bans, while detrimental to all women, will be devastating to the well-being of black women, as we still struggle to gain equal footing in a world that is so quick to hate us.


The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s and not necessarily the opinion of Black Enterprise.

The post Abortion Bans Are a Health Crisis. For Black Women, They Mean Devastation appeared first on Black Enterprise.

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As our bodies age, we have to accept new limitations. We lose muscle, joints can become painful or need replacement, and our brains can experience similar declines. Dementia, a cognitive decline often associated with age, has been linked to certain genetic quirks, but a family history of dementia doesn’t mean there’s nothing a person can do to fight it off.

New guidance from the World Health Organization focuses on lifestyle changes that researchers believe can help delay the onset of dementia symptoms even in people who may be genetically prone. It also addresses some popular myths related to supplements that people may be using in an effort to combat the condition.

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Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News’ chief Washington correspondent, talks with Robin Young on “Here and Now” about Democrats’ plans to push a package of health care bills through the House this week. The measure will give lawmakers a talking point about their efforts to bolster the Affordable Care Act after the Trump administration has sought to weaken it. The package, however, includes several bills with bipartisan support to get generics on the market sooner. So, voting against the package will prove tough for Republicans. Rovner and Young also discuss bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill to eliminate surprise medical bills that patients get when their doctors or hospitals are outside their insurance network and the administration’s new requirement for drugmakers to add medications’ list prices in TV ads. You can listen to the discussion here.

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Newsom Changes Course On Plan To Pay For Immigrant Health Coverage

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration Friday reversed course on his plan to divert public health dollars from several counties to help provide health coverage to young adults who are in the country illegally.

The administration heeded the alarm sounded by Sacramento, Placer, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus counties, which had warned that the governor’s plan would compromise their ability to cope with surging rates of sexually transmitted diseases and, in some cases, measles outbreaks.

“The Administration has subsequently reevaluated this proposal due to the potential negative impacts to public health activities in these counties,” Vivek Viswanathan, chief deputy director of the state Department of Finance, wrote in a letter Friday to the chairs of the state Assembly and Senate Budget Committees.

Sacramento County, for example, estimates it would have lost roughly $ 7.5 million  that goes toward operating its STD clinic and paying communicable disease investigators. It warned that without the money, it would have to close the STD clinic and cut its own health services for undocumented immigrants of all ages.

“The public health dollars being restored make a big difference particularly at a time we have measles,” Dr. Peter Beilenson, Sacramento County Health Services Director, told California Healthline Friday. “We’re thrilled. It’s a great thing for the patients that we’re serving.”

This year, there have been 44 confirmed cases of measles in California as of May 8, three of them in Sacramento County. Public health officials also are struggling to address record rates of sexually transmitted diseases, with more than 300,000 cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis reported in California in 2017.

On Thursday, when Newsom unveiled his revised budget — one that still included the plan to divert money from the four counties — he announced it would cost less to cover young adult unauthorized immigrants next year than previously estimated.

Because the state would have to delay the implementation date by six months to address IT issues, he said, it would cost $ 98 million to cover them in 2019-20, a significant drop from his original forecast of $ 260 million. The number of people expected to enroll also has dropped from 138,000 to 106,000.

The lower cost estimate means the administration won’t need to divert money from those four counties. What it does need, it will take from a special state budget reserve fund, said Department of Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer.

Newsom still plans to divert state money from 35 mostly small and rural counties, funds that currently pay for health services for uninsured residents, including undocumented immigrants, Palmer said.

Those counties participate in something called the County Medical Services Program, which has a $ 300 million budget surplus, Newsom noted at his budget briefing Thursday.

“That’s more than enough to address their issues,” Newsom said.

He also noted that his budget includes $ 40 million to combat infectious diseases.

Legislators are crafting their own budget proposals and have held dozens of hearings examining Newsom’s plan. The governor and lawmakers have until June 15 to negotiate a final budget, so it’s not yet clear which proposals will be included.

Placer County, which has reported three measles cases this year, praised Newsom’s change of heart.

“I appreciate the governor listening to some of the potential impacts it could have on public health and realizing that, in this time in California, we need to be making investments,” said Jeff Brown, director of Placer County’s Health and Human Services Department.


This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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Happy Friday, readers!

As we head into the weekend, a bit of intriguing news from the biotech world–drug giant Gilead will be donating hundreds of thousands of doses of HIV prevention drugs as part of a deal reached with the Trump administration.

“I’m pleased to announce that as a result of discussions between the Trump Administration and Gilead Sciences, Inc., Gilead has agreed to make a historic donation of HIV prevention medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years,” wrote Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a tweet.

The treatment in question is a so-called PrEP drug called Truvada and, if actually enacted, could equate to several million bottles being given out to uninsured patients at high risk of contracting HIV. Truvada has shown to cut the risk of HIV transmission by well over 90% (if used regularly) among such patients.

Gilead’s deal with the administration is interesting for several reasons. For one, it’s part of President Donald Trump’s stated campaign to eliminate HIV in America. But it also hits on the reality that, despite Truvada’s existence, thousands upon thousands of patients who could benefit from it don’t have the financial resources to do so (it can cost close to $ 2,000 per month out of pocket).

It’s not a pure charity play by Gilead, though–the deal would only be in effect until the successor to Truvada hits the market. And that drug may eventually prove even more expensive than what’s already available.

Read on for the day’s news, and have a wonderful weekend.

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DIGITAL HEALTH

DNA testing startups’ bumpy road. Bloomberg has a fascinating report on the shifting strategies among DNA testing upstarts as they grapple with the complications of a highly personal, sensitive, and regulated industry. The a la carte DNA testing platform Helix serves as a prominent example: Once envisioned as a company that would conduct genetic testing and then allow users to access various other companies’ services (whether for health or ancestry reasons), Helix is now looking to partner with health care providers who have more direct access to patients. (Bloomberg)

INDICATIONS

Johnson & Johnson criticized over ketamine depression drug price. Johnson & Johnson recently made history with an approved depression treatment derived from ketamine (commonly used as a party drug). But watchdogs are criticizing the company for what they say is unfair pricing. While the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) considered the drug, Spravato, generally effective, cost-effectiveness was another question (the list price ranges from $ 4,720 to $ 6,785 for the first month of treatment and $ 2,360 to $ 3,540 in following months). “Esketamine shows some benefits for such patients and provides an FDA-approved treatment for treatment resistant depression [TRD] that may be covered by payers; however, it is concerning to have an overpriced therapy where there is such need for treatment. Additionally, the similarity of ketamine to esketamine raises issues for all stakeholders about how to consider off-label prescription and coverage of a treatment that has not been as well studied but is being increasingly used for TRD,” said ICER chief medical officer David Rind in a statement.

THE BIG PICTURE

Why are doctors dying by suicide? A pair of physicians (from Canada) have co-authored a paper exploring one of the most vexing questions in medicine: Why do physicians die by suicide at such high rates? One of the more interesting observations laid out by the study authors is that doctors may consider themselves physicians but not patients, potentially eschewing the very kind of help they’d prescribe to others. (Reuters)

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Sunscreens may enter bloodstream, but health effect unknown, study finds

"Just because they are absorbed doesn't mean they are unsafe. That's why we are asking for additional data," the study author said, NBC News reports.
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Anti-vaxxers ‘have blood on their hands,’ says UK health secretary

The UK’s health secretary Matt Hancock said anti-vaccination campaigners were “morally reprehensible, deeply irresponsible” and had “blood on their hands,” in an interview with The Times published Saturday.


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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Bye-Bye, ACA, And Hello ‘Medicare-For-All’?


The Department of Justice on Wednesday submitted a brief to a federal appeals court making its case as to why the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down in the wake of the congressional repeal of the tax penalty for failing to have insurance.

Meanwhile, the House Rules Committee held a historic hearing on a “Medicare-for-all” bill, kicking off what is likely to be a lengthy debate that will span the 2020 election.

And while abortion opponents are counting on the newly configured U.S. Supreme Court to uphold legislation curtailing the procedure, the Supreme Court in Kansas found that the state constitution includes a right to abortion for women.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Erin Mershon of Stat News.

Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, who wrote the latest “Bill of the Month” feature about a pricey snakebite.

If you have an exorbitant or inexplicable medical bill you’d like to submit for our series, you can do that here.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • Even as the Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire ACA should fall, it is relying on provisions in the law for a number of health care initiatives, including efforts to cut fraud, fight the opioid crisis and transform the Medicaid system.
  • The House Rules Committee might have been an unusual venue for a hearing on setting up a single-payer, “Medicare-for-all” health system, but the discussion this week before the panel was surprisingly thoughtful and measured.
  • The Congressional Budget Office report on a switch to a single-payer health system points out that although two bills before Congress would establish a “Medicare-for-all” plan, there are numerous ways to get universal health care and other countries have tried a variety of options that may be worth considering.
  • The House bill for health spending seeks to block the Trump administration’s efforts to cut Title X reproductive health funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Meanwhile, two separate federal courts have issued nationwide injunctions barring the family planning regulations while court proceedings continue.
  • That spending bill also would add $ 50 million for research on gun violence. Public health advocates hope researchers can identify factors that may lead to gun deaths. That could mimic some of the success highway experts have had in finding ways to reduce traffic deaths.

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:

Julie Rovner: Vice News’ “There’s No Proof ‘Abortion Reversals’ Are Real. This Study Could End the Debate,” by Carter Sherman

Paige Winfield Cunningham: The Washington Post’s “Why Vermont’s Single-Payer Effort Failed and What Democrats Can Learn From It,” by Amy Goldstein

Margot Sanger-Katz: The New York Times’ “They Want It to Be Secret: How a Common Blood Test Can Cost $ 11 or Almost $ 1,000,” by Margot Sanger-Katz

Erin Mershon: The New York Times’ “In Washington, Juul Vows to Curb Youth Vaping. Its Lobbying in States Runs Counter to That Pledge,” by Sheila Kaplan

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Major study finds one in five children have mental health problems

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Leading health care systems partner to increase access

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health, PeaceHealth and Providence Health & Services have partnered to create the Health Systems Access to Care Fund for community-supported clinics in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

While the Affordable Care Act helped provide more access to insurance, it didn’t alleviate the need for community-supported or free clinics. The $ 1.2 million, multiyear fund is held by the Oregon Community Foundation. By providing both funding and technical assistance, these investments will strengthen the clinics’ capacity and infrastructure as they adapt to the evolving needs of their patients. Factors such as ongoing health care reform, Medicaid transformation and increasing pressure on the health care safety net all have an impact on the clinics.

Community-supported clinics provide a variety of primary care services, often through volunteer physicians and nurses working at evening clinics to serve low-income, uninsured people. While each clinic is unique, they all have one thing in common — they exist because of the support they get from the local community.

“The most typical patient profile for our clinic is a low-wage worker with no health insurance, often working two or more jobs to support their families,” said Martha Spiers, LCSW, executive director of Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine. “They defer their own care in order to maintain housing and other essentials for their families and are often just one medical bill away from homelessness, and months away from disability or the need for emergency room care.”

Spiers adds that “Like our patients, CVIM is often unsure of how we will pay the bills from month to month. This initiative is providing us with critical technical and financial support to create a business plan and ongoing stability for our organization, so we can focus on the needs of our patients.”

The clinics below will be the first to receive grants from the fund; they’ll each receive a $ 100,000 grant over a two-year period:

  • Battle Ground Health Care in Battle Ground, Washington, will develop a sustainable business plan that allows for increased access to health care for uninsured and underinsured people in Clark and Cowlitz counties.
  • Borland Free Clinic in Tualatin, Oregon, will hire a part-time clinic manager and a bilingual lifestyle coach to support the medical director and increase the number of medical clinics and bilingual education opportunities provided to low-income people in Clackamas and Washington counties.        
  • Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine in Oregon City, Oregon, will hire a development director to cultivate support to implement and maintain clinic operations and no-cost patient services in Clackamas County.
  • Free Clinic of Southwest Washington in Vancouver, Washington, will improve its volunteer program and expand its volunteer base, increase awareness to broaden its funding base, and implement a needs assessment of focus populations in Clark County.
  • North by Northeast Community Health Center in Portland, Oregon, aims to grow its patient population by 30%, expand Medicaid contracts and secure funding commitments from key partners.
  • Portland Adventist Community Services in Portland, Oregon, will use the grant to build capacity for business planning, market analysis and partnership outreach and expand the impact of the newly renovated dental clinic for adults living on low or moderate incomes in Multnomah County.
  • Salem Free Clinics in Salem, Oregon, will increase awareness of the clinic’s services to low-income populations in Marion and Polk counties, expand strategic partnerships, and improve the clinic’s newly established Patient Navigation Services.
  • Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Springfield, Oregon, will use the grant to support delivery of primary and behavioral health services to low-income, uninsured or underinsured Lane County adults with a specific focus on increasing oversight of diabetic patients, instituting a vision services program, outreaching to the Latino community, and improving intra-clinic operations and communication.           

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Black Maternal Health week (April 11-17), founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance.

My stomach had been hurting all day but I could not possibly be going into labor — I was only at 20 weeks. My water had broken. I had explained these stomach pains to my doctor earlier that month, earlier that week, and even earlier that day. Each time I drove to Beverly Hills for my appointment, I was told I was fine. The bleeding? Just spotting, you’re fine. The cramps? They’re normal, you’re fine. My request to have tests done? “No need, you’re fine.”

Early in my pregnancy, I had begun to wonder if I was receiving substandard medical care. Could my doctor be dismissing me because I was an unmarried, pregnant Black women on Medi-Cal? I was convinced by medical staff that most of my concerns were just typical first-time mother over-worrying. I saw all the upper class Persian women get more attention and face-time with the doctor, while I was getting an average of 10 minutes each visit but I made justifications because I trusted my doctor and his expertise. If this was where many rich women were going for care, I figured I must be in good hands.

My water had definitely broken. When my now husband and I got to the nearest hospital, which was not where I was supposed to deliver, our parents were all there. We were told the baby’s lungs had not fully developed and he would not live outside of my womb. Still, I would have to push. I had to go through the labor and the delivery.

It was not until I delivered the baby, a boy who was stillborn, that I cried. I couldn’t stop screaming the words “no” and “please”. “No” was my disbelief. “Please” was my last appeal to God to change what just happened.

My nurse, an older Black woman, held my hand and treated me with so much care and compassion. My grief would not allow me to hold the baby but she held him for me and pressed him against my chest. I just put my hand on his very small body and held it there, unable to take him into my arms. Today, I wish I would have.

The loss of our first baby was devastating. Seven months later, we found out I was pregnant once again. This time, we switched medical providers.

By month five of my second pregnancy, I was having complications. My new medical staff was checking in with me so frequently that I almost got annoyed. They immediately put me on bedrest. Everyone made me feel like my pregnancy was their priority. It was one of the most difficult periods of my life but the level of care I received gave me hope. It also confirmed for me that although I had previously gone to one of the most coveted medical providers in one of the richest neighborhoods in Los Angeles for my care, I had received racially biased and subpar care.

Despite the excellent prenatal care I was receiving this time around, I spent two months in the hospital before having my son at 27 weeks — an experience that brought me back to the discrimination of my first delivery. I was ignored. I was overlooked. My life and the life of my child were both in danger.

This time, I was told that I couldn’t possibly be having contractions because they weren’t showing up on a monitor. I was feeling such extreme pain that I thought I was dying. After my nurse ignored several of my concerns, I physically grabbed her arms and pulled her down to me and demanded that she check between my legs because the baby was coming.

Alarms went off, nurses were running and a doctor jumped onto my bed and told me she had to stick her hand inside of me to keep my son’s umbilical cord inside. A nurse told me I needed to go under so they could get my baby out immediately. I had little time to think about any of this. I had to give consent although I was unsure and under informed. In seconds, I was unconscious.

I woke up an hour later with a scream. I was in so much pain. I opened my eyes to my mother who informed me that my son was born. “Is he perfect?” I asked. “So perfect.” she responded. Only two pounds and 12 ounces, but perfect.

Today, my son is a beautiful 6 year old who is becoming bilingual, loves dancing, sports and Black people. He has dressed as both Bobby Seale and Malcolm X for Halloween, and throws up the power fist for photos without prompt.

Now, after all of this drama, would you believe I went on to have another baby? Chile…But this time, I knew what my care should look like and that I wanted a full term, safe and happy pregnancy.

My mother had a friend named Rae Jones who ran an organization called Great Beginnings for Black Babies and it was from them that I received so much support and access to resources. I joined the Black Infant Health Program, a California statewide pregnancy education program for Black women, and learned more about my pregnancy and how to advocate for myself. I learned that Black women in America are 2 to 6 times more likely to die from complications of pregnancy and more than twice as likely to lose their babies than white women. My story was just one of many.

Though I did require another surgery to maintain my latest pregnancy, my daughter was born full term with no issues. I then devoted my life to ensuring that other Black women would never have to have three tries in order to get it right. We have so much work ahead of us but there are organizations around the country, most represented in an alliance called Black Mamas Matter, who are fighting to ensure that other Black women don’t experience what I did.

Black mamas, a safe and sacred pregnancy is your birthright and your legacy. Black women were successfully delivering babies back when hospitals wouldn’t even let us in. Connect to doulas and midwives who will assist in making sure your expectations and goals are met. There is a nationwide support system ready to love on you and the life you plan to bring forth. Despite the statistics, we can have the birth experiences that we deserve.

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health’: Still More ‘Medicare-For-All’

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a presidential candidate, unveiled the 2019 version of his “Medicare-for-all” bill this week. But even more than two decades after first proposing a single-payer plan for the U.S., Sanders still has not proposed a way to finance such a major undertaking.

Congress continued to pursue its examination of high prescription drug prices this week by calling to testify both insulin makers and the drug “middlemen” known as pharmacy benefit managers.

And Idaho is following Utah in trying to scale back an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act approved by voters last November.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post.

Also, Rovner interviews Ceci Connolly, president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • “Medicare-for-all” was in the spotlight again this week with the release of Sanders’ bill, which is co-sponsored by four of the five other Senate Democrats running for president. Still, neither Sanders nor any other candidates — or their proposals — focus on how to pay for it. Experts differ on how much expanding Medicare would cost. But, whether it’s moving around money already being spent or raising new taxes, expanding Medicare to more people would result in winners and losers, a key political factor going forward.
  • Both parties face internal divisions over health care, revolving around whether to create something new or stick with the status quo. Within the GOP, the split is between Republicans who point to years of unsuccessful efforts to repeal and maybe replace the ACA and want to move on to other things, and others — including some in the White House — who are continuing the push. Democrats’ division is between those who back House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call to strengthen and improve the ACA and those who back various efforts to create a Medicare-for-all system.
  • The GOP is playing both offense and defense on the ACA. Leaders say they want to be the party of health care and protect people with preexisting medical conditions, even as the Justice Department is officially backing a court ruling in Texas that would invalidate the entire law, including those protections.
  • There was lots of talk but little action on drug prices at hearings before Congress. Lawmakers heard from drug companies and pharmacy benefit managers, but are no closer to answering the question about what to do about high drug prices. While there may be incremental changes that can be adopted, few expect legislation that would fundamentally change business practices, intellectual property rights or the ability for Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
  • Action in the Utah and Idaho legislatures around Medicaid expansion show that even successful ballot initiatives to expand the program can be changed by lawmakers in ways voters may not have expected. In both state capitols, elected officials reduced the number of people eligible for expansion below what voters approved.

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:

Julie Rovner: The New York Times’ “Would ‘Medicare for All’ Save Billions or Cost Billions?” By Josh Katz, Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz

Sarah Kliff: Politico’s “Public Option Hits a Wall in Blue States,” by Rachana Pradhan and Dan Goldberg

Margot Sanger-Katz: Politico’s “Obamacare Fight Obscures America’s Real Health Care Crisis: Money,” by Joanne Kenen

Paige Winfield Cunningham: STAT News’ “Amazon Alexa Is Now HIPAA-Compliant. Tech Giant Says Health Data Can Now Be Accessed Securely,” by Casey Ross

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Brainstorm Health: Brain Stimulation, GSK HIV Drug, Telemedicine and Antibiotics

Happy Monday, readers–I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Alzheimer’s and dementia researchers have had to endure a cascade of heartbreaking drug development failures in recent years. Traditional pharmaceutical treatments based on the “beta amyloid” theory have failed… and failed… and failed yet again.

So perhaps it’s not surprising that some scientists are hitching their wagons to radically different approaches. A team of Boston University researchers claim that a form of electrical brain stimulation has produced surprising (if very, very early) results in boosting cognitive skills.

It’s important to take these kinds of preliminary results with a grain (or ten) of salt. After all, more conventional Alzheimer’s drug hopefuls have shown early promise only to face humiliating defeats down the line.

But the research is undeniably interesting. Neuroscientists found that electrically (but harmlessly) zapping the regions of the brain related to what’s called “working memory”–i.e., short-term memories critical to conducting certain immediate tasks–can temporarily improve this sort of memory in older people. In fact, the electrical bridging of the prefrontal and temporal regions of the brain reportedly helped improve working memory function in older adults to similar levels as people who were significantly younger.

Still, this wasn’t a randomized clinical trial, and it certainly wasn’t a robust one. When it comes to dementia treatment, past experience suggests a cautious outlook.

Read on for the day’s news.

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DIGITAL HEALTH

Does telemedicine carry an antibiotic risk? A new study suggests a correlation between use of telemedicine and increased antibiotic prescriptions, according to the Associated Press. In fact, the University of Pittsburgh researchers found that telemedicine visits weren’t just associated with far more antibiotic use by children–they were linked to prescriptions that didn’t follow common guidelines for such therapies. (Associated Press)

INDICATIONS

FDA approves Glaxo’s two-drug HIV regimen. The Food and Drug Administraiton (FDA) on Monday approved British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline’s pioneering two-drug combo therapy to treat a form of HIV. “Currently, the standard of care for patients who have never been treated is a three-drug regimen. With this approval, patients who have never been treated have the option of taking a two-drug regimen in a single tablet while eliminating additional toxicity and potential drug interactions from a third drug,” explained the FDA’s Dr. Debra Birnkrant, who heads the antiviral products arm of the agency. Fewer treatments in a drug regimen generally corresponds with fewer side effects and can be cheaper. The GSK drug is called Dovato. (FDA)

Regeneron strikes $ 800 million Alnylam deal. Regeneron is putting its money where its mouth is on gene therapies, striking an $ 800 million deal (in straight up cash and equity) with the “gene silencing” biotech Alnylam. Alnylam is focused RNA interference treatments, a method of turning disrupting gene communication that’s used to make certain proteins (which may be associated with certain diseases).

THE BIG PICTURE

Measles cases continue to rise. There have now been 465 reported cases of measles in the U.S. this year, a 78-case increase from just last week that threatens to match 2014’s all-time record, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports. (CNN)

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health’ The GOP’s Health Reform Whiplash

President Donald Trump last week insisted that Republicans would move this year to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Or possibly not. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear the GOP Senate did not plan to spend time on the effort as long as the House is controlled by Democrats. So, the president changed his tune. At least for the moment.

Meanwhile, states with legislatures and governors that oppose abortion are racing to pass abortion bans and get them to the Supreme Court, where, they hope, the new majority there will overturn or scale back the current right to abortion.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico.

Also, Rovner interviews KHN’s Paula Andalo, who wrote the latest “Bill of the Month” feature about a very expensive knee brace.

If you have an exorbitant or inexplicable medical bill you’d like to submit for our series, you can do that here.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • Although Trump’s political base may support his actions to undermine the entire federal health law, Republican lawmakers are flummoxed. They are hesitant to take up the cause because Democrats used the issue so effectively against Republicans in last fall’s election. They also know that many Republicans like key provisions of the health law, such as its closing of the doughnut hole in the Medicare drug benefit, letting adult children stay on parents’ plans up to the age of 26 and protecting people with preexisting conditions.
  • The unveiling this week of a new Democratic health initiative — Medicare X — signals an increasing push by party moderates to move away from progressives’ call to dramatically reshape American health care with a “Medicare-for-all” system. Medicare X is a much smaller initiative that would allow some people to buy in to the Medicare system, but it would be rolled out gradually over a number of years.
  • In other ACA news, a federal judge struck down the administration’s regulations allowing small businesses to join association health plans, saying it was an end run to avoid the health law. Thousands of people could be affected by the decision, and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta said he will decide by the end of the May whether to appeal.
  • Anti-abortion activists in many states are pushing new laws to test whether the retirement last summer of Justice Anthony Kennedy has left the Supreme Court more willing to turn back the Roe v. Wade decision. Among the types of cases going forward are state laws that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat could be determined, which often happens about six weeks into a pregnancy or before many women even know they are pregnant.
  • Despite a stiff rejection last week by a federal judge who overturned the Trump administration’s permission for work requirements in the Medicaid expansion approved in Arkansas and Kentucky, federal officials said that Utah could go forward with a plan to start work requirements as part of a partial expansion. Supporters of the ACA insist that expansion should be for anyone earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level. But the issue is tough for Democrats, some of whom say a partial expansion is better than none.

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Do you have a health policy question you’d like the panelists to answer? You can send it to whatthehealth@kff.org. Please include where you’re from and how to pronounce your name.

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:

Julie Rovner: Vox.com’s “The Doctor’s Strike That Nearly Killed Canada’s Medicare-for-All Plan, Explained,” by Sarah Kliff

Rebecca Adams: CQ Roll Call’s “Legal Challenges Are Threatening Trump Administration Changes to the ACA,” by Sandhya Raman

Anna Edney: The Baltimore Sun’s “Baltimore Mayor Pugh to Take Leave of Absence in Midst of ‘Healthy Holly’ Book Controversy” by Ian Duncan and Yvonne Wenger

Alice Miranda Ollstein: The New York Times’ “Rituals of Honor in Hospital Hallways,” by Dr. Tim Lahey

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Britney Spears Submits Herself To Mental Health Facility

According to a source who spoke with the outlet, Variety, Britney Spears checked herself into a treatment facility for mental health due to emotional stress. Approximately one week ago, the 37-year-old went into a mental health facility, reported by TMZ.

She will remain in the hospital for at least a month. Ever since it was revealed that her father was in failing health, Britney purportedly began to struggle, even canceling the remainder of her Las Vegas residency. Moreover, her father, Jamie Spears, had to get a second surgery for a ruptured colon.

As it was previously reported, Britney canceled part of her Las Vegas residency back in November of last year. On her Instagram account, the star admitted that her father had been submitted to the hospital and he nearly died.

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Unfortunately, Britney Spears has had similar mental health struggles in the past, including in 2007. Britney had been the subject of continuous paparazzi reporting and media haggling.

She eventually checked herself into the psych ward at the University of California’s Medical Center. It was arguably one of the most controversial incidents in celebrity culture, mostly due to the way in which the media had handled her public fall from Hollywood graces.

Her stint in the hospital spawned somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, which was widely parodied, paid tribute to, and even referenced by satirical juggernauts, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of Comedy Central’s South Park.

Moreover, Britney struggled with her previous boyfriend, Kevin Federline, who is the father of her children. Last year, when it was revealed that Britney had just established a deal for a Las Vegas residency, Mr. Federline requested more financial aid, which was interpreted by some Spears fans as opportunistic.

Britney’s hospitalization for mental health issues was allegedly one of the main reasons why Federline was originally granted custody. In most cases, the court grants the right to the mother of the children, rather than the father. However, it was reported that she regained custody.

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Listen: What’s Up With Trump’s Sudden Turnaround On Health Care?

Julie Rovner, the chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, joined Stephen Henderson on WDET’s “Detroit Today” show Tuesday to talk about the Trump administration’s recent decision calling for a federal appeals court to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The decision created so many concerns among Republican lawmakers that President Donald Trump has stepped back from comments suggesting the GOP would push through its own health plan this year.  Rovner also takes questions from listeners about the uncertain future of health care policies. Listen here for the conversation.

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SEATTLE – Kaiser Permanente Washington’s care-and-coverage combined model earned top ranking in the nation for helping members manage acute conditions and helping members manage chronic conditions, according to the 2018 eValue8 survey results. Kaiser Permanente’s Washington state HMO plan was also rated No. 1 in the state for how well the health plan is meeting members’ needs, improving quality, and reducing the cost of care.

The just-released 2018 eValue8 survey results by the Washington Health Alliance found Kaiser Permanente’s HMO plan the top overall in Washington and top in four specific categories, among the six health plans included in the survey:

  • Members get and stay healthy
  • Members manage acute conditions
  • Members manage chronic conditions
  • Physician and hospital measurement, management, and payment

“At Kaiser Permanente, our dedicated staff consistently strive to provide the best, most effective, and most affordable care,” said Susan Mullaney, regional president of Kaiser Permanente Washington. “We’re proud that the 2018 eValue8 survey shows Kaiser Permanente Washington has the most effective programs in the nation among the 40 health plans surveyed, for members to control chronic and acute conditions.”

The unique care-and-coverage combined model means members have a single integrated network meeting their health care needs. Primary and specialty care, pharmacy, and labs are usually all under one roof to help make care more convenient. Care is driven by value and effectiveness, not fee-for-service, and research and continuous innovation mean patients get excellent care.

“Kaiser Permanente physicians focus solely on doing what’s best for patients’ health so they can get well and stay well,” said Steve Tarnoff, MD, president and CEO of Washington Permanente Medical Group. “This survey confirms that we are meeting the promise of providing excellent, effective care.”

Kaiser Permanente’s popular model is expanding quickly in Washington and the organization is adding four additional medical offices in 2020, in addition to a new facility recently opened in Gig Harbor.

 

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente, which includes Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: about.kp.org.

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Michael Irvin Updates Fans On Health Scare, Says He’s ‘Cancer-Free’

Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin hit up social media on Sunday to update fans on his recent health scare.

As previously reported, Irvin spent the previous weekend at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles undergoing tests to see if he has throat cancer, which took his father’s life at 51.

In an Instagram post, the former Dallas Cowboys star uploaded a picture of praying hands with a caption noting the good news of his test results.

“Thank you God for continuing to answer Prayers and Thank you ALL for Praying. I spoke with Dr St John at UCLA Medical and she has informed me that all test have come back 100!% clean. NO CANCER,” Irvin wrote (see the post below).

hit up social media on Sunday to update fans on his recent health scare.

As previously reported, Irvin spent the previous weekend at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles undergoing tests to see if he has throat cancer, which took his father’s life at 51.

In an Instagram post, the former Dallas Cowboys star uploaded a picture of praying hands with a caption noting the good news of his test results.

“Thank you God for continuing to answer Prayers and Thank you ALL for Praying. I spoke with Dr St John at UCLA Medical and she has informed me that all test have come back 100!% clean. NO CANCER,” Irvin wrote (see the post below).

In a previous Instagram post (see below), Irvin, 53, explained that he lost his voice during the Cowboys’ 13-10 victory over the Saints on Nov. 29.

“I was so elated and hyped I lost my voice and the problem persisted for almost 2 months,” Irvin wrote. “After visiting some of the best throat doctors they thought it to be wise to take a deeper look at the situation.”

He went on to share that the illness runs in his family and confessed that he was “terrified” to suffer the same fate as his father. Irvin requested prayers as he anxiously awaited results of the tests.

“I am asking all who will. Could you please send up a prayer to help my family and I deal with whatever the results may be? Thanks for your thoughts and prayers in advance,” he said.

“My Faith tells me whenever you face great fear you go to your greatness power,” he wrote. “Mine is God. I am asking all who will. Could you please send up a prayer to help my family and I deal with whatever the results may be? Thanks for your thoughts and prayers in advance.”

In Sunday’s post, Irvin noted, “It is impossible to express my family and my appreciation for the overwhelming out pour of love, support and prayers,” he said. “I was on my threshing floor dealing with the stronghold of fear. You all covered and encourage me… To God be the Glory.”

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‪Spent Sun & Mon in LA at UCLA medical Health (Ronald Reagan Hospital) doing health test. I would not usually do this but this I need to share. Growing up in the ghetto of Ft Lauderdale the one thing you have to conquer to get out is FEAR. I did! As a football player the no fear gift served me well as a blessing and an asset on the field but sometimes off the field it’s been a curse and a liability. This past football season after the @dallascowboys beat the @Saints i was so elated and hyped I lost my voice and the problem persisted for almost 2months. After visiting some of the best throat Doctors they thought it to be wise to take a deeper look at the situation. So we schedule and performed a throat biopsy. To give background I share with you that I loss my father at the young age of 51. He had throat cancer. This daemon has chased and vexed me deep in my spirit all my life. So saying I am afraid this time is a big big understatement. I AM TERRIFIED!! My Faith tells me whenever you face great fear you go to your greatness power. Mine is God. I am asking all who will. Could you please send up a prayer to help my family and I deal with whatever the results may be? Thanks for your thoughts and prayers in advance🙏🏾🙏🏾I will continue to pray for your fams protection and prosperity as well. May God Bless us all 🙏🏾🙏🏾

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Abortions Rise Worldwide When US Cuts Funding To Women’s Health Clinics, Study Finds

Advancing Republican efforts to reduce access to abortion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on March 26 that the Trump administration will further restrict federal funding to health providers abroad that perform, promote or even talk about abortions.

The move expands the “global gag rule” Trump imposed in 2017. It substantially expands the number of groups affected by cutting funding to any organization with a foreign partner that provides abortions – even if those overseas groups are not, themselves, U.S. government-funded.

First implemented under Ronald Reagan in 1984, the global gag rule has been rescinded by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican to occupy the Oval Office, reflecting the partisan nature of abortion.

Supporters of the global gag rule say defunding abortion providers will reduce abortions. However, researchers from Stanford University in 2011 found that this U.S. policy actually made women in sub-Saharan Africa twice as likely to have an abortion.

Gag rule increases abortions in Latin America and Africa

My recent study, published in November 2018, confirms those findings in Africa and shows that the global gag rule had an even greater effect in Latin America.

Analyzing abortion data from 51 developing countries between 2001 and 2008 – which encompassed the reproductive decisions of about 6.3 million women – I found that women in Latin America were three times more likely to have an abortion while the global gag rule was in effect.

Reflecting this impact, the percentage of pregnancies in Latin America that ended in abortion rose from 23 percent in 1994, under the Clinton administration, to 32 percent by 2010, after two terms of the Bush administration.

In the United States, where abortion is legal nationwide, about 18 to 23 percent of pregnancies end in abortion.

How a US law hurts women abroad

Funding cuts under the global gag rule cause health care staff reductions, clinic closures and contraceptive shortages. Without family planning counseling and birth control, there are more unintended pregnancies – and, consequently, more abortions.

Numerous studies confirm that making abortions harder to get doesn’t stop them from happening. It just makes them less safe, because the procedure is not necessarily performed in sterile facilities by qualified doctors.

Latin America, a heavily Catholic region, has the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. Six countries, including Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, completely ban abortion. Others permit it only in extreme cases like rape, incest or maternal health.

Latin America also has the world’s highest rate of illicit abortions, according to a 2017 studyin The Lancet. Seventy-five percent of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally.

Since Trump reinstated the global gag rule in 2017, health workers in developing countrieshave reported drastic reductions in the availability of contraception, teen sex education and family planning services.

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6 Black women freelancers share what it takes to protect their mental health in the gig economy

In “I Rise,” a series from HelloGiggles, Black women writers examine Black women’s mental health from every angle—from what it takes to access treatment, to the exchange of trauma across generations. We hope this series arms women with information and power, and opens up more space for this important conversation to take place.

It’s no secret that we live in a gig economy and that more industries have started to rely on freelancers heavily, if not entirely, to keep organizations afloat. According to the Freelancing in America 2018 study, 56.7 million Americans are freelancers, and 64% of freelance work is being done online.

Freelancers are afforded a certain level of control over their schedules and projects, certainly more than traditional employees. But with that also comes instability, since freelancers are treated as independent contractors without the same protections as salaried employees. In fact, freelancers frequently struggle to secure affordable health care and enough work to make a decent living, and many have to follow up repeatedly with clients to be paid on time, if at all.

The uncertainty that comes with living the freelance life can be stressful at best and negatively impact your mental health at worst, even more so if you’re a marginalized writer. Black women and femme freelance writers have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to culture, but so often get tapped merely to comment on or react to instances of trauma and oppression. In addition to having to perform that kind of emotional labor, Black women and femme freelance writers never see the same rates of pay as their white counterparts.

To help Black freelancers lay the groundwork for better emotional and mental health, HelloGiggles spoke to six Black women writers about how freelancing has impacted their mental health and self-care, what it’s like to tell their most difficult stories, and how the media industry can be more supportive. 

“I’m thinking of finding other work because of the way working as a freelancer has affected me. Working as a writer has made me more anxious, and I’m annoyingly glued to my phone and computer. I’ve been having trouble being present and connected to my surroundings. 

[For self-care,] sometimes I don’t write a single word for days. It feels like I’m being lazy, but I know that’s necessary for me. I don’t like when the days and stories run together; I try to approach each one with a fresh mind, new ideas, and details. I also do small things, like wake up and immediately shower, instead of sitting on my phone for 30 minutes. It helps.

I would like for us to be paid more. I also would like for everyone to be given more freedom. Sometimes stories are cyclical and contrived, because editors know they’ll get clicks or because they don’t know what kinds of pieces are really important to Black audiences. It’s not right.”

Brooklyn White, freelance writer and artist

“[Freelancing is] exhausting. I’ve been moving nonstop and think about work all times of the day. Basically, my work-life balance is non-existent.

I need to be more proactive about [my mental health]. But I’m afraid if I stop to think of myself, I’ll miss out on work.

My most difficult stories relate to the fears I have about raising Black children in the midwest. They aren’t hypothetical concepts, like many of the other topics I cover. They are everyday struggles.

I don’t want to be a ‘go-to’ for stories exclusively during ‘Black times’ of the year. I’m a multi-dynamic individual with a wide range of views. My Black identity is just one of many aspects of what I can cover.”

— Ambreia Meadows-Fernandez, health care journalist and content strategist

“Freelancing has had a massive impact on my mental health. The fluctuation of it, the constant hustling—this can all be detrimental to my mental health. As such, it’s taught me to make tending to my mental health much more of a priority than it would be if I had a ‘traditional’ job.

Radical self-care and tending to my mental health looks like many things. Day to day, it means staying on top of my to-do lists for tasks, tracking my budgeting/spending/invoicing daily, and limiting my social media time. I tend to do best with having set rules regarding my social media at the beginning and end of the day (I try not to take my phone off airplane mode for the first hour I’m awake, and get off social media by 10 p.m. to give me time for my nighttime routine). But self-care also means prioritizing time to take care of my body: stretching, drinking water, doing non-work/hustle-related things that get me reconnected back to myself after a long week.

I’ve recently begun talking more about my chronic pain, and I still find it challenging to intellectualize what I’m experiencing and my relationship to it because, well, I’m still sorting through it all. I want to honor the space that I need to sit with things for myself first before sharing them with the world, and I try not to let myself get too caught up in that pressure [to write about my personal life].

Above all else, I want us to be paid what we are worth from the jump. Too many Black women and femme writers expend so much energy to be paid, and most of the time, we end up getting a fraction of what white writers in our fields [receive]. I provide a lot of labor in my work as a freelance writer and sex educator, and many people will only count a fraction of that work as ‘billable.’ But that needs to change. I want Black women and femme writers to have their rates respected, and be paid what we deserve from the beginning instead of having to fight so hard for it.”

Cameron Glover, freelance writer, podcaster, and sex educator

“Being a freelance writer is rewarding because I get to write from a place of passion as opposed to being shoved a topic/beat and expected to write well about something I couldn’t care less about or have no connection to. I get to craft something that’s near and dear to my heart and share it with the world. However, digital spaces are increasingly click-centered, so the pressure to pull millions of hits can be draining. It can be defeating to not meet a click goal or see/hear ANY response to something you poured yourself into. This has caused me a bit of anxiety and I’ve procrastinated with some of my work, fearing not being able to do a good job. And isn’t that wild? A good job is now defined by the tap of a finger, not the depth, breadth, vulnerability, research necessary to the craft.

Lately I’m starting my days free of internet, social media, or contact with anyone outside of my house. I used to check my emails and social media as soon as I woke up at 6:30 a.m. As a Black woman, that learned lack of boundaries to try to be all things to all people made me feel as though I was always treading water, just about to drown. Now, I’m practicing waking up with a prayer, a scripture, my journal, and some tea. I value what I do, but I’m not a brain surgeon. No one will die if I don’t respond to emails before 10 a.m. Letting my ego take her rest has been the most radical form of self-care. It frees me to be grateful, calm, and increasingly creative.

I felt compelled to write about getting fired from a job that just wasn’t right for me. We talk about vulnerability and authenticity a lot these days, but only a handful of us are really willing to be honest about the less-than-ideal slices of our lives. I didn’t want to be seen as a failure. Again, my ego popped up, terrified of taking that kind of hit. But in actuality, it was the most satisfying thing. It highlighted the uselessness of shame and gifted me the opportunity to build community with incredible people. It got a great dialogue going about what it means to follow the path that’s meant for you instead of trying to fold and mold yourself into a box that makes everyone else comfortable with you.

Black women’s experiences are varied, our expertise and interests are vast. It’s crazy to me that we must keep reminding the world of this. We embody a spectrum that too few care to call to the table. They want the monolith that gets clicks and sells papers and makes for edgy headlines and neat little obligation-filling-yet-ineffective diversity campaigns. I’m interested and invested in our invitation to actual conversations and not just the commodification of our ideas and creative expression.”

Ashley Hobbs, freelance writer, director, and creative producer

“I was a freelancer for two years. In the 24-hour news cycle, it was a constant churn and burn of competing headlines and chasing late payments. I had to take time off indefinitely.

During my hiatus, I discovered yoga and wellness. I got certified as a teacher and use my Instagram as my creative outlet.

As a freelance writer, it often felt like the only way to get greenlit was to share a really deeply racialized trauma story. This was often tied to a current event, so it was like always reopening a fresh wound.

It is my hope that Black women will be able to write about whatever they want and all of our stories will be heard. Equal treatment can only come from sharing more of our stories unrelated to trauma or to at least offer more agency in the stories we choose to share.”

Jagger Blaec, freelance writer and yoga instructor

“Being a freelancer is unstable, particularly financially. This impacts my mental health because if my pitch isn’t picked up, I don’t get paid, therefore I cannot seek out the care that I need around my mental health.

I don’t tend to my mental health enough. I put my job and getting paid first, and if I have the time and resources, then I will practice self-care and tend to my mental health. Though I can write about and acknowledge how necessary it is to our communities, it is difficult for me to put into practice, mostly due to lack of stability as a freelancer.

One of the most difficult stories to tell was one I wrote about my relationship with my mother, who is white, and the labor that I have to perform to educate her as her Black daughter. I was fearful of this story painting her in a negative light, and how I could tell it without feeling like I was exposing all of her faults, while still being honest to myself and telling my truth.

I want to see us holding editor positions, creative director, editor-in-chief, etc., not just freelance positions. Publications are quick to ask for our stories, but never want us holding the positions of power. They want our labor and creativity to get them revenue, but will never pay us what we deserve. I want to see us at every level in the journalism industry.”

Dominique Norman, freelance writer, fashion activist, higher education professional

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Black Nutritionist Dr. Rovenia Brock Breaks Down Why Health Is Wealth

You’ve probably heard it time and time again that health is wealth—and it’s true. But have you heard it from a black nutritionist? Dr. Rovenia Brock, widely known as “America’s Nutrition Coach” and author of Lose Your Final 15, wants you to live a more nutritionally balanced lifestyle so that you can eat your way to wellness.

With more than three decades of experience in helping people transform their lives and looks, Dr. Ro has helped over a half-million Americans lose more than 5 million pounds and served on the medical advisory board for the Dr. Oz Show for seven seasons. Moreover, she is passionate about helping the black community get in shape.

Like with any lifestyle change, it’s important to start with the facts. And for Dr. Ro, it begins with the harsh health realities that plague the black community. “The fact is that we as a community across the board disproportionately suffer from lifestyle diseases like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and some forms of cancer. Lifestyle plays a crucial role in why this is.”

When you think about your everyday lifestyle, the time you spend on the go, and the time you don’t have—a good question to ask yourself is what does that mean for your eating habits? If you are someone who can’t find the time to meal prep or make the best food decisions you could benefit from partnering with a nutritionist. Dr. Ro recommends starting with a Google search for black nutritionists because a wellness app can only get you so far.

Partner with a nutritionist

“This person should be credentialed. They need to have at least a bachelor’s of science because nutrition is a science and not an art. At the very least they should have a B.S. in nutrition, community nutrition, or dietetics,” says Dr. Ro.

Once you find a nutritionist who is a good fit for you there is work that you need to do.

“Your nutritionist can create a plan for you based on your personal needs. A lot of people try to do this on an app when tracking their daily nutritional needs. But that’s as pretty far as the app can go. The human expert will know how your needs fit into your lifestyle. And they can adjust that plan according to your real life desired goal. From there it’s really about support, accountability, and honoring commitment within the process,” Dr. Ro advises.

As a coach, she works with clients to help them set and meet their health and wellness goals even when people have a hard time committing to the process.

“As someone who has been doing this for over 30 years, I understand that these are real people with real challenges and problems that spill over into what they eat; where they eat; and when and how they eat it. And when that happens those things can dominate the person’s plan and often breaks the person’s plan. My job as your coach is to help you connect to those challenges and to give you alternatives that will work for you and not against you.”

Sounds like a lot of us, right?

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

If you want to commit to the decision to live differently and lose weight Dr. Ro encourages you to know your “why” and do it for yourself.

“You have to figure out what your why is. That gives me information on some of the things that they struggle with and insight on whether or not what they have done in the past has worked for them—and why it maybe didn’t work for them.” She adds, “If you’re doing it for someone other than yourself it’s never going to work. It has to be your reason for doing it. You’re never going to achieve permanent results if you’re doing it for someone else.”

Lastly, Dr. Ro says that you have to set realistic goals.

“The reason why my book is called Lose Your Final 15 is because you’ll be losing your weight 15 pounds at a time no matter your number. When you have a specific goal you can map out a specific strategy to achieve that goal. You need to have a specific plan. That’s how you measure your progress and stay on track.”

If you are looking to jump-start your nutrition journey today, Dr. Ro has these four simple tips.

Get started today

  • Eat one more colorful vegetable and fruit than you did yesterday
  • Drink one more glass of water than you did yesterday
  • Leave food on the plate – Busy people eat out a lot. If you eat out three times a day you can save up to 500 calories when you do that. If you eat out an average of three times a week you stand a good chance of gaining an extra 45 to 60 pounds a year depending on how often, what, and how much you eat.
  • Cut your portions in half. Eat half of what you ate yesterday and you’ll notice a big difference.

 

Want to hear more from Dr. Ro? Meet her in Atlanta at the SOAR Empowerment Series on April 6. Get your ticket today!

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It’s now been several months since Chinese scientist He Jiankui revealed that he had successfully edited the genes of human embryos, which were then carried to term, resulting in the first genetically modified humans. His work was quickly shunned by all corners of the scientific community, and his fate remains unknown.

Last week, a large group of geneticists and researchers called for a moratorium on genetic editing until a robust regulatory framework could be established. Now, the World Health Organization is weighing in, and while it stops short of suggesting a prohibition on current genetics work, the group makes it clear that it supports regulations and oversight in genome editing.

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NEW YORK, – The fourth annual Total Health Forum will be held on Thursday, March 21, at Tribeca 360 in New York, the National Basketball Association and Kaiser Permanente announced today. Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Naismith Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and six-time WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw will join the day’s discussions to explore strategies for achieving total health of mind, body and spirit, and ways to build healthier generations. To conclude the event, gold medal-winning gymnast and activist Aly Raisman will sit down with forum host and ESPN’s “SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm to share her personal story of resilience and her ongoing work to empower others.

Through a series of diverse panels and one-on-one conversations, this year’s forum will address the physical and mental wellness challenges facing our communities, focusing specifically on youth and women, and the ways businesses, health care providers, community leaders, coaches and parents can work together to instill long-term health and resilience. Additional participants will include Kaiser Permanente national leader for mental health and wellness Dr. Don Mordecai, NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, JED Foundation Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Nance Roy, My Brother’s Keeper Youth Fellow Devontae Springer and Headspace Head of Sports and Fitness Lindsay Shaffer.

“As the official health care partner of the NBA, Kaiser Permanente works to bring the message of total health to communities across the U.S.,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “At this year’s forum, we want to look closely at how adverse childhood experiences — known as ACEs — affect our health, emphasize the importance of resilience, and come together with our partners to make the next generation healthier.”

The Total Health Forum will conclude NBA FIT Week presented by Kaiser Permanente (March 14-21), when all NBA and NBA G League teams host physical and mental wellness activities throughout their communities. Together, the NBA and Kaiser Permanente have hosted hundreds of FIT clinics in cities throughout the U.S., reaching more than 30,000 youth with essential life skills and mental health and wellness programming.

The nonprofit Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest private integrated health system, has served as the NBA’s official health care partner since 2015. Kaiser Permanente provides the NBA with research-oriented strategic consulting, health-related content, and the development of year-round health and wellness programs, including the emotional well-being, mindfulness and stress relief programming that are part of the league’s NBA FIT, Jr. NBA and elite youth development programs.

For more information on NBA FIT and Kaiser Permanente, visit http://fit.nba.com/.

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.5 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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There are many perks of being the head honcho, but the toll of pursuing success in entrepreneurship can also be enormous if you don’t protect your biggest asset: your well-being. Below are 10 common health issues entrepreneurs face:

1. Depression: In a recent landmark study by Dr. Michael Freeman, a clinical professor at UCSF and entrepreneur, 49% of the more than 240 entrepreneurs surveyed reported having a mental-health condition, with depression as the No. 1 reported condition among them.

2. Anxiety: Dr. Freeman’s study also indicated that 27% of entrepreneurs surveyed indicated issues with anxiety. That’s more than the whole U.S. population, (at a rate of 18.1%.)

3. Addiction: Recent research has found that habitual entrepreneurs display symptoms of behavioral addiction similar to other traditional behavioral addictions, such as gambling or internet usage. Symptoms can include obsessive thoughts and sometimes there are negative emotional outcomes such as guilt, high levels of strain, and abuse of foods, alcohol or even drugs.

4. Hypertension/Heart Disease: It’s no secret that being responsible for the financial prosperity of others as well as the overall success of a business can be quite stressful. High stress has been shown to temporarily heighten blood pressure and can trigger habits such as unhealthy eating which can lead to heart disease.

5. Lack of Health Insurance: A recent Gallup-Healthways analysis conducted for The New York Times found entrepreneurs are less likely to have health insurance, with solopreneurs in particular often have to choose between covering everyday necessities vs. paying high monthly insurance premiums.

6. Joint and Circulation Challenges: Entrepreneurs have been found to work 63% longer than the average worker, and many spend a lot of that time at a desk, behind a computer or on their smartphones: a welcome environment for circulation and joint challenges.

7. Sleeping Disorders: With a large percentage of founders working at least 52 hours per week (with some even working a whopping 70 hours), there’s not much time left for sleep. Experts recommend 6 to 8 hours of sleep a day, but entrepreneurs working long hours are getting more like 4 to 6 hours. Also issues like insomnia and jet lag are common with busy CEOs.

8. Vision-Related Problems: The average adult spends 11 hours per day on gadgets, and entrepreneurs are more than attached to their smartphones, laptops and computers. And there actually is a such thing as computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain.

9. Migraines: Of course, being an entrepreneur doesn’t directly cause migraines, however, many of the triggers for them have been found to be a weekly norm for ambitious startup stars.

10. Sexual Health: Stress, anxiety and depression have all been linked to issues such as erectile dysfunction and hormone suppression in women. They can also have an opposite effect, leading to unsafe sexual behavior which can lead to risk for STDs.

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Entrepreneurs: Here Are 3 Ways Bad Health Habits Can Cut Into Your Bottom Line

Not living as healthy a life as possible can lead to more than just physical challenges. The fiscal results can add more problems to your life—but some are avoidable. Here are three bad health habits and how they can affect your financial health and that of your business.

Smoking: Quitting smoking is considered one of the hardest endeavors to take on (and science backs this notion.) Besides the fact that a pack of cigarettes can cost you up to $ 17, the American Cancer Society reports that tobacco-related healthcare costs are more than $ 130 billion and the direct healthcare cost for those who smoke cigarettes is about $ 35 per pack. (So, let’s say you smoke only a pack per day. That’s more than $ 13,000 per year.)

Recent Wallet Hub research also indicates that smokers can lose up to $ 5,932 per year in income, and more than $ 156 billion is lost in productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke. In some states, health insurance premiums are higher for smokers—up to 50% higher than those who do not smoke.

The American Cancer Society and healthcare professionals cite options for quitting including counseling, nicotine-replacement therapy, and prescription drugs. Smokers are also advised to seek help from a licensed medical professional or to take advantage of cessation programs covered by insurance.

Overworking: There are several health-related effects of overworking and researchers have found that the resulting stress can lead to depression, heavy drinking, impaired sleep, diabetes, and other conditions and illnesses. It can also lead to a loss in productivity, which is quite counterproductive. The domino effect: absences at work, appointments, and business meetings, which then leads to a breakdown in your reputation and credibility as a leader. If you’re missing a meeting that could have netted you that lucrative partnership, that’s money lost to your business. And even if you show up, you won’t be at your best—yet again risking the loss of money-making opportunities.

Productivity experts suggest working in 60-to 90-minute intervals throughout the day, and to manage your time in a way that promotes a healthy balance between professional and personal time. Prioritizing deadlines, being prompt for meetings, and avoiding distractions are all ways you can avoid unnecessary midnight oil-burning sessions.

Skipping Doctor’s Appointments: No-show rates for doctor’s appointments can range from 5% to 55%. Not scheduling routine exams, especially for conditions and diseases that disproportionately affect black women and men or people of a certain age range, can mean missed diagnosis and exposure to health challenges that could have been avoided or treated earlier.

The CDC indicates that getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, help your chances for living a longer, healthier life, and catching things early can help to avoid the healthcare and insurance costs that you could face if a condition is not detected early enough, gets worse, or leads to a more serious one. It’s definitely less expensive to go to the doctor regularly than to avoid it for years and end up having an extended stay in a hospital or high costs of a lifetime of prescription drugs or medical treatments.

Editor’s Note: This article originally published on July 2, 2016 

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Extra sleep on weekends may not reverse health effects of lost sleep during the week

A new study found that losing sleep during the week affects people’s metabolism even when the person tries to make up for it by sleeping extra on weekends.
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How Much Do You Keep Track of Your Health Stats? (Plus, Kat’s Weird Health Chart!)

how much do you keep track of your health stats

My brother emailed me recently to tell me about a high triglyceride reading (because, he explained, “we share genetics and all,”) and I quickly reviewed all of my triglyceride levels since 2000, based on a chart I started keeping several years ago, as I mentioned in my post on how much I’m kind of obsessed with lists. Then I realized I’d never really shared my health chart and thought, hey, maybe the readers would like to have their own health chart… or maybe they have a better way of tracking health stats — so let’s discuss. Here are the Qs: How much do you keep track of health stats, like all those numbers you get from doctor’s visits (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, etc)? What level of trust do you have in your doctors to tell you when things are wrong? If you’ve got a big role in someone’s medical care where they have Issues (whether it be yourself, an aging parent or a kiddo) how do you keep track of everything?

I should note that my trust in the medical establishment is severely eroded after I had a pretty horrible patient/customer experience with my first son’s birth — we both came out of it ok but a) I didn’t see my carefully-vetted OB/GYN for the entire time I was in the hospital (despite the fact that her office was across the street and she was even in the hospital for rounds during at least one of the days), b) not being “attached” to a doctor meant that we kind of got totally forgotten about at the hospital, which stunk for reasons I went into more when telling J’s birth story. (I’m really grateful that medically we were both OK, but the whole experience left me really angry with my former doctor, who I haven’t spoken to since the phone call where she told me to head to the hospital.) But my jaded lesson after all that is that I want to be able to assess my own medical issues without expecting/hoping a doctor to go above and beyond and catch something that isn’t obvious. (Ditto for my kids and our aging parents when the time comes for my husband, brother or myself to be more involved in their care.) It isn’t that I don’t trust that they’re competent professionals — but I tend to believe that they’re not your buddy, they’re not “looking out for you” and if you don’t ask them about something or push to be taken seriously the issue might not be found. (Of course there’s a ton of additional reading to be done out there about how doctors don’t listen to women and downplay their health concerns — see these articles in The New York Times and The Atlantic to get you started.) (Just to be tooootally clear here, I am not suggesting that this health chart is any kind of substitute for medical care — I’m just saying I use this chart to track the data I get from the doctor and raise questions if I see disturbing trends over time.) 

Kat's weird health chart to track health stats

Anyway: this is my weird little Excel health chart (you can click the screencapture above to see the chart bigger, or download the Excel doc here if you’d like it for yourself; obviously I’ve removed my own medical data).  The rows are the years, the columns are the various stats I’m tracking; there are comments in each column header for what the stats “should be,” again based on that Real Simple article.  I basically add one line each year and put whatever numbers I get into that row on the chart. The columns are health stats I’m tracking based on an old Real Simple article — I don’t get all of the numbers every year but it is interesting to see how things have changed as I’ve gotten older. I tend to be pretty healthy so personally I just jot a few things down in the Notes column, like if I took any prescription drugs for a limited time (like antiobiotics after strep), if I had any major issues (like tearing my ACL/reconstructing it a few years ago) or if I see something as “the beginning of an issue” (like seeing an orthopedic surgeon last year for what I worried was carpal tunnel and finding out NOPE, it’s just arthritis in my thumb, and getting my first cortisone shot… yay…). 

How about you guys — do you keep track of any of your own health data like blood pressure, triglycerides, etc? (Anyone have any fun apps?) What other little things do you do to educate and empower yourself as a patient? 

Further Reading:

  • Numbers to Live By [Real Simple]
  • 13 Health Stats Every 20-Something Should Know [Greatist]
  • How to Track Everything In Your Life Without Going Crazy [Lifehacker]
  • 9 Health Statistics That Actually Matter – And When You Should Check Them [Men’s Journal]

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February is Heart Health Awareness Month, a time to remind ourselves that heart conditions can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

Steve Peters, a 57-year-old game designer from Culver City, California, is a perfect example. Last year, he began to find it difficult to do the things he enjoyed, such as riding his bike to the beach. Even climbing stairs became a challenge.

“I was getting out of breath very easily, and just assumed it was because I was overweight and out of shape,” Peters said.

Peters suffered from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, but said those conditions were under control with medication and that shortness of breath was not something he had experienced before.

One day, he was walking home from lunch with friends and had to stop 6 times to catch his breath. “My chest was tight; it felt like I was having a heart attack,” he recalled.

Within a week, Peters ended up in the intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, where a sonogram of his heart and chest revealed one liter of fluid surrounding his heart. After a procedure to extract the fluid around his heart, Peters said: “I immediately felt 100 percent better, like a Ferrari engine had been put in me.”

After this health scare, his cardiologist, Jennifer Nguyen, MD, worked with him to implement lifestyle changes to further reduce his risk of having a heart attack.

“Based on his risk factors, I told him that he is at increased risk of having a heart attack and needed to make a major lifestyle change,” Dr. Nguyen said.

Since Peters had struggled to lose weight in the past, Dr. Nguyen recommended he adopt a plant-based diet, which he has been adhering to since last June. He already has lost 25 pounds and hopes to lose 25 more.

“My type 2 diabetes is turning around, and my bloodwork is finally in the normal range,” Peters said, adding he hopes to get off some of his medications soon. “I’m not the kind of guy who likes to count calories, but it has been easier than I thought to avoid meat, dairy, and processed sugar.” He noted that he allows himself a few “cheat days” every now and then.

Peters is taking charge of his health, and encourages others to do the same.

“What I learned over the last year is that if something doesn’t feel right, don’t be shy about it,” he said. “Don’t ignore it! Bring up your concerns to your doctor. They can only act on the information you give them.”

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Of course some apps are sharing private health details with Facebook

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Stop us if you’ve heard a version of this one before. Facebook is slurping up a trove of extremely personal data from users of almost a dozen smartphone apps — apps which send along info that includes extremely private health details that the user, of course, is unaware Facebook is getting its hands on.

That’s according to a test of more than 70 apps reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, which found that at least 11 are sending such details to Facebook without the users’ knowledge. Not only that, Facebook can apparently also collect this data from users of the various apps in question who don’t have a Facebook account.

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Black Women: Mental Health Treatment is For Us Too

When it comes to mental health issues, black women are more likely to experience mental health-related issues due to lower income, poor health, multiple role strain, and the “double minority status” of race and gender according to a study conducted by psychologists who focused on the lack of support black women receive professionally.

More recently, the American Psychiatric Association recently published a study that revealed:

  • Only ⅓ of black Americans who need mental health care receive it
  • Physician-patient communication differs for African Americans and whites. Physicians were 23% more verbally dominant and engaged in 33% less patient-centered communication with African American patients than with white patients.
  • Lack of culturally competent counseling deters folks from seeking care

We know that’s a lot of hardcore facts. So, take a deep breath with us… Now that you have the facts, we want to be sure that you have the tools that you need to take the steps toward your healing or be a resource for another powerful woman.

Speaking of powerful women, we spoke with Dr. LaVerne Collins, interim vice president of Foundation and Professional Services for the National Board for Certified Counselors, about the real on black women and mental health as we prepare for the Women of Power self-care and self-preservation workshop where women can ask our panel of experts anything. Yes, anything!

Black Women Mental Health Facts

When it comes down to the facts and figures, Dr. Collins says that there are a number of reasons why black women aren’t seeking professional help for their stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Stigma, pricing, and mistrust of both diagnoses and treatments to list a few.

“There’s stigma that’s still prevalent in the black community. Even a basic mental health issue like stress or anxiety because we as a people have been taught to be strong and we’ve been taught to rely on the inner strength of our ancestors and spiritual sources—all of which are good—however when we don’t seek the professional care that we need those resources don’t give us the complete package of care.”

There is also significant stigma associated with the language that some people use that keeps women from pursuing help.

“We’ve heard people say things like, ‘you know she’s not all the way there…’ or ‘you know she’s a little touched…’ We have very unfortunate labels and judgmental statements that we’ve heard our ancestors use because they didn’t have an accurate understanding of mental health,” says Dr. Collins. And that language only keeps women in hiding to live with their pain.

While the stigmas are very real for a lot of women, Dr. Collins urges women to pay attention to abnormal feelings and triggers that may arise.

“Pay attention to anything that is atypical for you; anything that is causing an interruption to your daily life such as your work or social life; and pay attention the degree of interference that you are experiencing.”

On your journey to wellness, it is important to seek culturally competent and responsive mental health professionals as well as consult with your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that could be contributing to any changes in your mood or brain chemistry. Here’s Dr. Collins’ formula for finding the right fit for your needs.

Start your journey today

  • First, do the research to identify a board-certified counselor whose specialization is a fit for your needs
  • Secondly, prepare to speak to more than one counselor in the vetting process. You do not need to go with the services of the first counselor that you interview with or have a consultation
  • Look for a counselor who will give you a 15-minute consultation in person or by phone before you enter into an agreement with them.
  • Prepare yourself by taking notes of how you’re feeling so that you can tell your counselor what (i.e., if you’re having crying spells), your triggers are.

Remember that you are not alone

“Have confidants who you can share with that you trust and who will support you with their presence and their words,” adds Dr. Collins.

  • Know your limits. — Be able to set limits and don’t overload yourself. We live in an overload culture and it’s very easy to do more and take on more. Sometimes we find our significance in the amount of things that we do and we find ourselves wearing ourselves out
  • Take vacations or staycations. – Know how to step away and take a real vacation or staycation and do what reenergizes you and things that nourish your mind and body. If what you need is to be away from everyone, do that.
  • Watch what you eat. – Don’t give your taste buds over what your body really needs.
  • Maintain a regular cycle of 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night
  • Minimize or manage the amount of stress in your life—recognize what things are stressful to you and have a way to minimize them.

If you want to learn more about how you can protect your peace, join us at the Women of Power Summit in Vegas! Get your tickets here.

 

 

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ “Medicare-For-All” For Dummies

Republicans are still in charge of the White House and the Senate, but the “Medicare-for-all” debate is in full swing. Democrats of every stripe are pledging support for a number of variations on the theme of expanding health coverage to all Americans.

This week, KHN’s “What the Health?” podcast takes a deep dive into the often-confusing Medicare-for-all debate, including its history, prospects and terminology.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post and Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • Medicare-for-all is a new rallying cry for progressives, but the current Medicare program has big limitations. It does not cover most long-term care expenses, and includes no coverage of hearing, dental, vision or foot care. Medicare also includes no stop-loss or catastrophic care limit that protects beneficiaries from massive bills.
  • Though recent comments by Sen. Kamala Harris on eliminating private insurance with a move to Medicare-for-all stirred controversy, private insurance is indeed involved in many aspects of the government program. Private companies provide the Medicare Advantage plans used by more than a third of beneficiaries, the Medicare drug plans and much of the bill processing for the entire program.
  • Many consumers — and politicians — are confused by the terms being thrown around in the current debate about Medicare-for-all. The plan offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and some of his supporters would be a “single-payer” system, in which the government would be in charge of paying for all health care — although doctors, hospitals and other health care providers would remain private. Others often use the term Medicare-for-all to mean a much less drastic change to the U.S. health care system, such as a “public option” that would offer specific groups of people — perhaps those over age 50 or consumers purchasing coverage on the insurance marketplaces — the opportunity to buy into Medicare coverage.
  • Sanders’ vision of Medicare-for-all is based on Canada’s system. But even there, hospitals and doctors are private businesses, drugs are not covered everywhere, and benefits vary among the provinces.
  • The health care industry is nearly united in opposing the talk of moving to a Medicare-for-all program because of concerns about disruption to the system and less pay. Currently, Medicare reimbursements are about 40 percent lower than private insurance.

If you want to know more about the next big health policy debate, here are some articles to get you started:

Vox’s “Private Health Insurance Exists in Europe and Canada. Here’s How It Works,” by Sarah Kliff

The Washington Post’s “How Democrats Could Lose on Health Care in 2020,” by Ronald A. Klain

The American Prospect’s “The Pleasant Illusions of the Medicare-for-All Debate,” by Paul Starr

The Week’s “Why Do Democrats Think Expanding ObamaCare Would Be Easier Than Passing Medicare-for-All?” by Jeff Spross

Vox’s “How to Build a Medicare-for-All Plan, Explained By Somebody Who’s Thought About It for 20 Years,” by Dylan Scott

The New York Times’ “The Best Health Care System in the World: Which One Would You Pick?” By Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt

The Nation’s “Medicare-for-All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care,” by Joshua Holland

The New York Times’ “’Don’t Get Too Excited’ About Medicare for All,” by Elisabeth Rosenthal and Shefali Luthra

Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too.

Julie Rovner: Yahoo News’ “What Trump Got Wrong About ‘Right to Try,’” by Kadia Tubman

Joanne Kenen: STAT News’ “The Modern Tragedy of Fake Cancer Cures,” by Matthew Herper

Rebecca Adams: The Texas Tribune’s “Thousands of Texans Were Shocked By Surprise Medical Bills. Their Requests for Help Overwhelmed the State,” by Jay Root and Shannon Najmabadi

Paige Winfield Cunningham: STAT News’ “The ‘Big Pharma’ Candidate? As He Runs for President, Cory Booker Looks to Shake His Reputation for Drug Industry Coziness,” by Lev Facher

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Direct And Unfiltered: John Dingell’s Popular Health Care Tweets

Former Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday, was known for his strong opinions during his nearly 60 years in Congress. And even after leaving Congress, he continued to express his views through a lively, partisan — and sometimes earthy — Twitter account that attracted a keen following of more than 265,000 supporters and critics.

Although his posts dealt with a wide variety of issues, Dingell’s longtime devotion to improving health care was a frequent topic.

Here is a small sampling of his musings on health care. Click on the examples to see the full post and retweets.

From his many years championing health reform in Congress, Dingell could offer a unique historical perspective of the efforts to expand coverage, a quest he said would make “my pop” proud.

Dingell took great pride in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. He acknowledged it wasn’t perfect. “The only perfect law was handed to Moses on stone tablets by God himself.”

He had no patience with Republican lawmakers’ efforts to repeal and replace the ACA.

And he didn’t take kindly to efforts by “knaves and know-nothings” in recent years to add work requirements to Medicaid programs.

He clearly enjoyed jousting with friends and foes on Twitter.

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Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ A ‘Healthy’ State Of The Union

Health policy played a surprisingly robust role in President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.

The president laid out an ambitious set of health goals in his speech Tuesday to Congress and the nation, including reining in drug prices, ending the transmission of HIV in the U.S. during the next decade and dedicating more resources to fighting childhood cancer.

Meanwhile, in Utah and Idaho, two of the states where voters last fall approved expansion of the Medicaid health program, Republican legislatures are trying to scale back those plans.

This week’s panelists for KHN’s “What the Health?” are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Alice Ollstein of Politico.

Among the takeaways from this