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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)
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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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Posted in Homelessness Housing Kaiser Health News News

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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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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With federal nod, consumers could lose the boost they get from drug ‘coupons’

Consumer advocates say the proposed changes will make drugs unaffordable for many people with serious medical conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis who rely on pricey medications. Michelle Andrews April 16, 2020 Patients who get financial…

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Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes about Covid-19 shift as cases among young adults rise

“Young people are equally at risk of becoming infected and spreading [the coronavirus] to others who then become infected,” said Denis Nash, a professor of epidemiology at The City University of New York School of Public…

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Ray Of Hope! Over 100,000 Covid-19 Patients Have Recovered Around The World So Far, 37 In India
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After COVID-19: Doctors ponder best advice as patients recover from coronavirus

One vital piece of the recovery puzzle several doctors mentioned is figuring out when and how long people with COVID-19 are able to transmit the virus — particularly those who don’t develop symptoms at all. by…

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