Category Archive: Public Health

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: On Government Spending, Congress Decides Not to Decide

Congress has once again decided not to decide how to fund the federal government in time for the start of the fiscal year, racing toward a midnight Sept. 30 deadline to pass a stopgap bill that would keep the lights on for two more months. However, it does appear the FDA’s program that gets drugmakers to help fund some of the agency’s review staff will be renewed in time to stop pink slips from being sent. Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico, Rachel Cohrs of Stat, and Victoria Knight of Axios join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss these topics and more. Also this week, Rovner interviews filmmaker Cynthia Lowen, whose new documentary, “Battleground,” explores how anti-abortion forces played the long game to overturn Roe v. Wade.

New York launches more efforts to combat polio: 3 things to know

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mary Bassett, MD, health commissioner at the state’s health department, announced Sept. 28 additional steps to help local and state health departments combat the polio outbreak.

1,000+ hospitals, health groups join Northwell gun safety coalition

More than 1,000 hospitals and health associations have joined a campaign led by New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health that encourages parents to ask about gun safety. 

4 potential indicators of a fall COVID-19 surge

While COVID-19 metrics are still down nationwide, there are early signs that the U.S. may be headed for a fall surge. 

What happened to monkeypox’s renaming?

The World Health Organization began accepting suggestions to rename monkeypox Aug. 12, but a decision has yet to be made, Bloomberg reported Sept. 28. 

Environmental Justice Leader Says Proposition 30 Would Help Struggling Areas Clear the Air

Ana Gonzalez, who leads an environmental justice group in the Inland Empire, has endorsed Proposition 30, a ballot initiative backed by the ride-hailing company Lyft that would tax millionaires to fund zero-emission vehicle subsidies and electric charging stations. She contends most state policies overlook marginalized communities that are disproportionately affected by air pollution.

Houston Methodist reports flu levels not usually seen until December

Houston Methodist is reporting an early increase in flu cases, with numbers hitting levels not usually seen until the end of the year.

‘American Diagnosis’: When Indigenous People Move to Cities, Health Care Funding Doesn’t Follow

When Indigenous people started moving to cities in large numbers after World War II, many found hardship and discrimination there … but not the health care they were entitled to. Episode 12, the season finale, explores the efforts of urban Indian health providers to close those gaps by providing affordable, culturally competent care.

5 unanswered questions about COVID-19

Researchers have published more than 200,000 studies about COVID-19 in the nearly three years since the virus has emerged — four times the number of studies done on flu in the last century. However, many mysteries still linger about the virus’s or…

Physicians urge more research into STI tied to infertility

Physicians are calling for more research into mycoplasma genitalium or M. gen, — a sexually transmitted bacterium that has been linked to infertility and miscarriage. Experts worry many cases of the infection may be undiagnosed, NBC News reported Sept….

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