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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

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

County By County, Researchers Link Opioid Deaths To Drugmakers’ Marketing

A JAMA study looking at county-specific federal data finds that the more opioid-related marketing dollars spent in a county, the higher rates of doctors who prescribed those drugs, and ultimately, more overdose deaths.

Viewpoints: Simplify Regulations That Keep Diagnostic Innovations Out Of Hands Of U.S. Physicians; New Opioid Policies Bring Harm To Patients Who Need Them

Editorial writers focus on these health topics and others.

Longer Looks: A Father’s Illness; Exposing Lead; And Creating While Sober

Each week, KHN's Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.

State Highlights: Georgia Governor Seeks Changes To Medicaid Program; Ohio Hospital Draws Allegations Of Negligence After Patient Deaths

Media outlets report on news from Georgia, Ohio, Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, Kansas, Texas, California, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

Youth Suicide Rates Up In States Where Gun Ownership Is High, 10-Year Study Finds

The lowest rates are reported in states where the average household gun ownership was 20 percent. Rates are highest in states with 52.5 percent ownership. News on mental health comes out of Minnesota, Virginia, Iowa and Texas, also.

Which Came First: Cannabis Use Or Psychotic Disorders? Scientists Weigh In On Dangers, Myths

Top scientists who specialize in marijuana research are divided over whether the drug can lead to disorders like schizophrenia. “I’ve been doing this research for 25 years, and it’s polarizing even among academics,” said Margaret Haney, a professor of neurobiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Other public health news focuses on climate change's dangers; pain's origins in the brain; the race for health apps; a video game for kids with ADHD; a new way to tell if patients take their meds; and lessons to stop severe bleeding.

Details Of Sackler Family Members’ Actions In Aggressively Marketing Opioids Complicates Philanthropic Legacy

Court documents that came to light this week show just how involved the Sackler family was in Purdue Pharma's strategies to flood the country with its painkillers. Activists are calling on institutions such as Harvard and the New York Metropolitan Museum to cut ties with the family.

Financial Challenges Top Hospital Leaders’ Main Concerns From 2018

Those economic worries were followed by concerns about government mandates and patient safety.

Appeals Court Rules Texas Can Bar Planned Parenthood From Medicaid

The appeals court returned the case to U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, arguing he didn't follow proper medical standards when ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood in 2017. Texas has sought repeatedly to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.
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