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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

KHN’s newsletter editor, Brianna Labuskes, wades through hundreds of health articles from the week so you don’t have to.

Viewpoints: Lessons On Improving Diet, Reducing Obesity and Getting Healthy; Monitoring Trends in Changing Addiction Patterns

Opinion writers weigh in on these and other health issues.

Different Takes: The GOP Really Doesn’t Care About Health Care; Surrendering Rather Than Winning The War On Poverty

Editorial pages look at these and other health issues.

Research Roundup: Antibiotics; End-Of Life Care; And The Individual Marketplace

Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.

State Highlights: Delivery Room Closures Highlight Reality Of Health Care In Rural America; Industry Sounds Alarm Over Mass. Proposal To Help Community Hospitals

Media outlets report on news from Missouri, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin, Texas, Virginia and New Hampshire.

Residents In Puerto Rico Report Foul Odor Coming From FEMA Trailers, Raising Concerns It Could Be From Dead Bodies

While it was unclear what the smell was, the reports prompted a visit Thursday from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A spokesperson for OSHA said the bodies remaining in the trailers are waiting to be claimed by family members. In other news, more of Puerto Rico's physicians are fleeing to the states.

Startups Eagerly Dive Into Largely Untapped Marketplace Of Mental-Health Related Technology

From robot therapists to virtual reality worlds that help treat addiction, mental and behavioral health technology is booming. In other public health news: immunotherapy, HIV, black lung, genetic testing, sugar, and black infant mortality.

Pharma Companies Try To Shift Blame To Drug Dealers, Websites As Real Culprits Of Opioid Epidemic

Endo International Plc and Mallinckrodt Plc are arguing that if they're added onto lawsuits for their role in the opioid crisis, they “are entitled to contribution from the illegal supply chain defendants." News on the crisis comes out of Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, as well.

Kentucky Governor Does An About-Face On Cuts To Dental, Vision Benefits For Medicaid Beneficiaries

Gov. Matt Bevin (R-Ky.) announced that the benefits were being cut following a court ruling halted the state's work requirements for its Medicaid program. But following a public outcry the administration says that coverage will be retroactively reinstated.

‘Oversight Lapses,’ Lack Of Clear Roles Hobbled EPA’s Response To Flint’s Water Crisis, Watchdog Report Finds

The EPA's inspector general report also urged the agency to now do more to monitor drinking water across the country.
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