Posted in 2020 US Senate Campaign Analysis Fact Checker Kaiser Health News

In Arizona race, McSally makes health care pledge at odds with track record

“Of course I will always protect those with preexisting conditions. Always,” — McSally in a TV ad released June 22. Martha McSally, who was appointed by the governor to take over John McCain’s Senate seat in…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

Packed bars serve up new rounds of COVID contagion

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News and Elizabeth Lawrence June 25, 2020 As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus. They create a risky cocktail of tight quarters, young adults…

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A box containing a 5-minute test for COVID-19 from Abbott Laboratories is pictured during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 30.
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Abbott’s Fast COVID test misses 20% positive cases

The warning followed multiple academic studies showing higher “false negative” rates from the Abbott device, including one from New York University researchers who found it missed close to half of the positive samples detected by a…

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A police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis.
Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News News Policing

Fractured skulls, lost eyes: police often break own rules using ‘rubber bullets’

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY and Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY June 19, 2020 Warning: Graphic images and video below. Megan…

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In his work with black teenagers, pastor and mental health caseworker Darnell Hill teaches an unofficial guide to what he calls “living while black.” Though many black families have their own sets of rules to navigate others’ racist assumptions, Hill says he hopes that following his “do’s and don’ts” will allow kids to survive as unscathed as possible to realize their life ambitions. “Let’s just make it home,” Hill tells them. (Cara Anthony/KHN)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News News Racism Social Justice

‘Just Make It Home’: The unwritten rules Blacks learn to navigate Racism in America

Cara Anthony June 18, 2020 ST. LOUIS — Speak in short sentences. Be clear. Direct but not rude. Stay calm, even if you’re shaking inside. Never put your hands in your pockets. Make sure people can…

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Pedestrians walk past customers sitting outside at a bar in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020. Restaurants and coffee shops can start offering dine-in service while limiting occupancy and checking employees for Covid-19 symptoms before their shifts, Azcentral reported. Photographer: Cheney Orr)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Public Policy

Health experts link rise in Arizona COVID cases to end of stay-at-home order

Before Arizona lifted its stay-at-home order, only about 5% of COVID-19 tests registered as positive. On Monday, that number was around 16%. by Will Stone Tuesday, June 16, 2020 With new daily coronavirus cases rising in at least…

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White House left states on their own to buy ventilators. Inside their mad scramble.

by Rachana Pradhan June 15, 2020 Fearful that New Orleans would run out of ventilators by early April as the number of COVID-19 patients rose by the hundreds, even thousands, per day, Louisiana officials set out…

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Emily Brown was director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in Colorado until May 22, when the county commissioners fired her after battling with her over coronavirus restrictions. “They finally were tired of me not going along the line they wanted me to go along,” she says. (Photo by Theresa Anselmo/Courtesy of Emily Brown)
Posted in Accountability Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Public Policy

Public health officials face wave of threats, pressure amid coronavirus response

by Lauren Weber and Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press June 12, 2020 Emily Brown was stretched thin. As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Safety Net

New coronavirus hot spots emerge across South and in California, as Northeast slows, cases up in Arizona

By the end on June 9th Arizona Cases totaled 28,296 an increase of 4,000 cases in 3 days. by Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio and Jackie Fortiér, KPCC June 10, 2020 Mass…

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Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Justice Kaiser Health News Politics

Police using rubber bullets on protesters that can kill, blind or maim for life

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News June 2, 2020 In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five…

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A Senator from Arizona emerges as a pharma favorite

“She is a leading recipient of pharma campaign cash even though she’s not up for reelection until 2024 and lacks major committee or subcommittee leadership posts.” by Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser…

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Posted in Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

Trump Care     by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 20, 2020 Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The…

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An electron microscope photograph from Elizabeth Fischer shows viral particles being released from a dying cell infected with the coronavirus. The dozens of small, blue spheres emerging from the surface of a kidney cell are the virus particles themselves. The images produced by the electron microscopes are black-and-white; a visual artist colorizes them. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Fischer)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Science

Scientist has ‘Invisible Enemy’ in sights with microscopic portraits of coronavirus

by  Markian Hawryluk May 21, 2020 From her laboratory in the far western reaches of Montana, Elizabeth Fischer is trying to help people see what they’re up against in COVID-19. Over the past three decades, Fischer,…

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Crystal Rattler, a registered nurse, and Jody Heryford, a technologist, collect patient specimens curbside at Marias Medical Center during a surge of COVID-19 cases in Toole County, Montana. (Courtesy of Marias Medical Center)
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Under COVID cloud, prisons in rural America threaten to choke rural hospitals

by LJ Dawson Thursday, May 14, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic swept into Montana, it spread into the Marias Heritage Center assisted living facility, then flowed into the nearby 21-bed hospital. Toole County quickly became the…

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Millions stuck at home with no plumbing, kitchen or space to stay safe

Laura Ungar and Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser Health News May 12, 2020 In nearly half a million American homes, washing hands to prevent COVID-19 isn’t as simple as soaping up and singing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing….

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Posted in Analysis Business Kaiser Health News

Reopening in the COVID Era: How to adapt to a new normal

  by Julie Appleby, May 8, 2020 As many states begin to reopen — most without meeting the thresholds recommended by the White House — a new level of COVID-19 risk analysis begins for Americans. Should…

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Posted in Agriculture Coronavirus Economy Kaiser Health News

Economic blow of the coronavirus hits America’s already stressed farmers

Sandy West May 7, 2020 Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater. It’s…

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Eerie emptiness of ERs worries doctors as heart attack and stroke patients delay care

Will Stone and Elly Yu, KPCC May 7, 2020 The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the Washington state resident waited almost a week….

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Mysterious heart damage, not just lung troubles, befalling COVID-19 patients

In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest. by Markian Hawryluk April 6, 2020 While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory…

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Telehealth will be free, no copays, they said. But angry patients are getting billed.

Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News April 27, 2020 Karen Taylor had been coughing for weeks when she decided to see a doctor in early April. COVID-19 cases had just exceeded 5,000 in Texas, where she lives….

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Vaping, opioid addiction accelerate Coronavirus risks, says NIDA Director

by Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News April 24, 2020   Dr. Nora Volkow, heads the National Institute on Drug Abuse, explains how emerging science points to added challenges for these patient populations and the public health…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Worker Safety

Abbott’s fast COVID test poses safety issues

by  Rachana Pradhan April 23, 2020 Lab personnel say worries are mounting over the safety of a rapid coronavirus test by Abbott Laboratories that President Donald Trump has repeatedly lauded ― particularly, the risk of infection…

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Anti-vaccine activists latch onto Coronavirus to bolster their movement

by   Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News April 24, 2020 While most of the world hungers for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, some anti-vaccine groups are…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Public Health

‘It’s not over until it’s over’: 5 things to know about hitting the COVID-19 peak

Lowering the number of new cases is important, but it doesn’t mean the virus is disappearing. It suggests instead that social distancing has slowed the spread of the disease and elongated the course of the pandemic,…

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