First Edition: February 11, 2019

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Kaiser Health News:
False Lead: Senator’s Offer To Help Patient Import Cheap Insulin Goes Nowhere


It gave the impression of a solution to prayers for hundreds of thousands with diabetes struggling to pay hovering costs for insulin. At a congressional listening to final month, Sen. Mike Enzi mentioned an adviser had discovered “a basis to import insulin for numerous folks at decrease value.” The Wyoming Republican informed the mom of a younger man with Sort 1 diabetes that his adviser “labored by a basis in order that it might be authorized, and I’ll share that with you.” Such a gaggle may hyperlink sufferers to secure medicines whereas saving them lots of or 1000’s of {dollars} a yr. But it surely doesn’t seem to exist, leaving sufferers with diabetes to both pay sky-high U.S. costs or attempt to import low cost insulin on their very own, which is technically unlawful. (Hancock, 2/11)


Kaiser Health News:
A ‘Fountain Of Youth’ Pill? Sure, If You’re A Mouse.


Famend Harvard College geneticist David Sinclair not too long ago made a startling assertion: Scientific knowledge reveals he has knocked greater than 20 years off his organic age. What’s the 49-year-old’s secret? He says his each day routine consists of ingesting a molecule his personal analysis discovered improved the well being and lengthened the life span of mice. Sinclair now boasts on-line that he has the lung capability, ldl cholesterol and blood strain of a “younger grownup” and the “coronary heart fee of an athlete.” (Taylor, 2/11)


Kaiser Health News:
Direct And Unfiltered: John Dingell’s Popular Health Care Tweets 


Former Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday, was identified for his robust opinions throughout his almost 60 years in Congress. And even after leaving Congress, he continued to precise his views by a full of life, partisan — and generally earthy — Twitter account that attracted a eager following of greater than 265,000 supporters and critics. Though his posts handled all kinds of points, Dingell’s longtime devotion to bettering well being care was a frequent subject. (2/8)


The Hill:
Democratic White House Hopeful Hits Medicare For All As ‘Bad Opening Offer’


Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who’s mulling a 2020 presidential bid, says a plan to supply “Medicare for all” and take away personal insurance coverage, which has the assist of a number of Democratic White Home hopefuls, is “a foul opening provide.” Bennet is presenting himself as a average attainable various in subsequent yr’s Democratic major, though he has but to formally announce his marketing campaign. (Bolton, 2/10)


Politico:
Republicans Can’t Wait To Debate ‘Medicare For All’


The one folks extra keen than progressive Democrats for hearings on Medicare for All are conservative Republicans. GOP lawmakers, contemporary off an electoral shellacking fueled largely by well being care issues, are actually trolling Democrats with calls for for hearings on the sweeping single-payer invoice set to be launched this month. They’re assured that revelations about its potential value andelimination of most personal insurance coverage will give them potent traces of assault heading into 2020 — an election that President Donald Trump is already framing as a debate about “socialism.” (Ollstein, 2/10)


The New York Times:
In Surprise Abortion Vote, John Roberts Avoids ‘Jolt To The Legal System’


At Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s affirmation hearings 14 years in the past, the primary dozen questions had been about whether or not he would respect the Supreme Court docket’s abortion precedents. He was nonetheless answering these questions Thursday night time. In a shock transfer, the chief justice joined the Supreme Court docket’s liberal wing in a 5-to-Four determination blocking a Louisiana legislation that might have severely restricted abortion within the state. Though he supplied no purpose for his vote, there’s little doubt that he wished to keep away from sending the message that the courtroom was able to discard a 2016 determination, a precedent, by which it struck down an analogous Texas legislation. (Liptak, 2/8)


The Associated Press:
High Court Takes Abortion Vote, But Key Tests Still To Come


Activists on either side of the abortion debate are reacting cautiously to a 5-Four Supreme Court docket vote blocking Louisiana from imposing new abortion laws. They agree that the essential checks of the courtroom’s stance are nonetheless to return. Relying on the perspective, the vote represented a short lived victory or setback — however not proof as to how the courtroom may take care of a slew of robust anti-abortion legal guidelines working their method by state legislatures and federal courts. (2/8)


The Associated Press:
Collins: Kavanaugh’s Attackers ‘Haven’t Even Read’ Dissent


Critics of Republican Sen. Susan Collins are offended over Supreme Court docket Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s opinion in an abortion case, saying it is proof that he isn’t following by on his assurance to respect previous Supreme Court docket selections on abortion. Kavanaugh was on the dropping facet of a 5-Four ruling that blocked a Louisiana legislation requiring abortion suppliers to have admitting privileges at a close-by hospital. (2/9)


The Wall Street Journal:
States Are Shifting Farther Apart On Abortion


Conservative and liberal states are pulling farther aside on the difficulty of abortion in response to the heightened chance that the Supreme Court docket may restrict entry to some procedures. In Republican-led statehouses, similar to Ohio and Kentucky, lawmakers are getting behind proposals to ban the process throughout the first trimester of a being pregnant. In additional liberal legislatures, abortion-rights advocates are constructing momentum for legal guidelines like that simply enacted in New York that loosen restrictions on late-term procedures and enshrine abortion rights into state codes. (Gershman, 2/8)


Los Angeles Times:
OB-GYNs Remain Conflicted About Abortion, Survey Shows, But Pills May Be Changing Attitudes


With the nationwide abortion debate getting into a brand new stage, a survey of U.S. obstetricians and gynecologists has discovered that whereas almost Three out of Four had a affected person who wished to finish a being pregnant up to now yr, fewer than 1 in Four had been keen and in a position to carry out one themselves. Among the many medical doctors who answered questions in regards to the process, 1 in Three cited private, non secular or ethical causes for not offering abortion companies. (Healy, 2/8)


The New York Times:
Prosecutor Drops Abortion Charge In Queens Murder Case, Stirring Debate


As Democrats in New York final month celebrated Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signing of a legislation increasing abortion rights within the state, anti-abortion campaigners predicted it might remove prison penalties for violence that ends girls’s pregnancies. The talk resurfaced over the weekend after the Queens district legal professional, Richard A. Brown, cited the Reproductive Well being Act as the explanation for dropping an abortion cost towards a person who the police say fatally stabbed his former girlfriend when she was 14 weeks pregnant. (Southall, 2/10)


The New York Times:
House Democrats, Newly Empowered, Turn Their Investigations On Veterans Affairs


The brand new Democratic management of the Home Veterans’ Affairs Committee mentioned Friday that it might examine the affect exerted by three members of President Trump’s Florida seaside membership on the Division of Veterans Affairs. The transfer was considered as an early, and highly effective, indication that the committee, which has at all times been often known as among the many most bipartisan on Capitol Hill, may undertake a tougher edge beneath the brand new Congress as empowered Democrats transfer to scrutinize the administration. (Steinhauer, 2/8)


The Wall Street Journal:
A Top Trump Health Administrator Faces Test From Newly Elected Democrats


Seema Verma, head of probably the most highly effective federal health-care businesses, granted Republican states the authority to require that Medicaid recipients work to be eligible. Now, after November midterm elections that noticed Democrats flip seven governorships and retake the Home of Representatives, Democratic-run states are poised to ask for approval to increase protection, together with statewide single-payer or public well being choices. Ms. Verma has mentioned her purpose is to provide states extra authority over their very own health-care markets. Some well being analysts say the query now could be whether or not that push for deregulation will even imply her company approves bolder Democratic plans. (Armour, 2/10)


The Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Say Some States’ Medicaid Programs Aren’t Complying With Abortion Rules


Home Democrats are pressuring the Trump administration to crack down on a number of states {that a} authorities report discovered weren’t totally complying with a Medicaid requirement to cowl abortions in circumstances of rape, incest or hazard to a girl’s life. In a letter to Seema Verma, the Trump administration official overseeing Medicaid, the Democrats requested why 14 states had been being permitted to not cowl mifepristone, a drug essential to carry out nonsurgical abortions. In addition they requested why one state, South Dakota, doesn’t cowl abortions in circumstances involving rape or incest. (Hackman, 2/8)


The Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats Assess How Hard To Press Gun-Control Agenda


Home Democrats are warming to gun-control laws as soon as thought-about dangerous for all however the most secure incumbents, however stay unsure whether or not they’ll vote this yr on a number of the extra far-reaching payments. In an indication of the altering political local weather round gun-safety laws, a number of the extra susceptible Home Democrats, together with those that simply ousted GOP incumbents, mentioned they’d assist a ban on assault-style weapons. For Democrats, such laws has lengthy been thought-about of venture, with its potential to set off the wrath of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation and voters swayed by the gun foyer. (Peterson, 2/10)


The Associated Press:
Gun-Seizure Laws Grow In Popularity Since Parkland Shooting


Within the yr because the lethal mass capturing at a Florida highschool, increasingly states have handed legal guidelines making it simpler to take weapons away from individuals who could also be suicidal or bent on violence towards others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented variety of seizure orders throughout the nation. Supporters say these “crimson flag” legal guidelines are among the many most promising instruments to scale back the almost 40,000 suicides and homicides by firearm annually within the U.S. Gun advocates, although, say such measures undermine their constitutional rights and may end up in folks being stripped of their weapons on false or vindictive accusations. (2/9)


NPR:
School Shooters: Roots Of Violence Often Include Depression And Desperation


It is arduous to empathize with somebody who carries out a faculty capturing. The brutality of their crimes is unspeakable. Whether or not the shootings had been at Columbine, at Sandy Hook, or in Parkland, they’ve traumatized college students and communities throughout the U.S. Psychologist John Van Dreal understands that. He’s the director of security and danger administration at Salem-Keizer Public Faculties in Oregon, a state that has had its share of faculty shootings. In 2014, about 60 miles from Salem, the place Van Dreal relies, a 15-year-old boy shot one scholar and a instructor at his highschool earlier than killing himself. (Chatterjee, 2/10)


Politico:
Trump’s HIV Strategy Faces Potential Minefield


President Donald Trump has vowed to finish the nation’s HIV epidemic in a decade — however to take action, he’ll have to win over skeptics within the well being neighborhood and on Capitol Hill, tamp down issues from religion leaders and navigate hurdles inside his administration. The bold State of the Union pronouncement has been undermined by Trump’s personal actions: He’s tried to chop almost $1 billion in international HIV/AIDS funding, roll again protections for sufferers residing with the illness and strike down well being advantages for LGBTQ Individuals. “There’s a number of mistrust between the neighborhood and the administration, understandably,” mentioned Carl Schmid, deputy government director of the AIDS Institute, who was not too long ago tapped to assist lead Trump’s advisory council on HIV/AIDS. “This may very well be a very good alternative to point out they’re dedicated to this.” (Diamond, Cancryn and Ehley, 2/9)


NPR:
How ’80s AIDS Activist Group ACT UP Changed The Face Of Medicine


In the summertime of 1985, Mike Petrelis was savoring life as younger, overtly homosexual man in New York Metropolis. He’d landed a cool job working for a movie publicist who principally dealt with international artwork movies. He’d discovered an inexpensive condo — not removed from the homosexual mecca of Greenwich Village. Then in the future, Petrelis observed a kind of blotch on his arm. He went to a health care provider, who ran a brand new form of take a look at, and gave Petrelis the decision: “You could have AIDS.” (Aizenman, 2/9)


The Washington Post:
Administration Seeks To Fund Religious Foster-Care Groups That Reject LGBTQ Parents


President Trump made non secular leaders a contentious promise at this week’s Nationwide Prayer Breakfast: Religion-based adoption businesses that received’t work with same-sex {couples} would nonetheless have the ability to get federal funding to “assist susceptible youngsters discover their without end households whereas following their deeply held beliefs.” The president supplied no particulars, however a plan is already in movement. (Cha, 2/8)


The Associated Press:
FDA Questions Juul, Altria Commitment To Combat Teen Vaping


The top of the Meals and Drug Administration is questioning whether or not digital cigarette maker Juul and its new companion Altria are following by on pledges to assist reverse the growth in underage vaping. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday posted letters he despatched to Juul and Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes and different tobacco merchandise. He referred to as for a joint assembly to debate what he calls “inconsistent” statements from the businesses. (2/8)


The Associated Press:
EPA Decision Soon On Chemical Compounds Tied To Health Risks


The chemical compounds are throughout you. They’re on many materials, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outside gear, shampoo, shaving cream, make-up and even dental floss. Growing numbers of states have discovered them seeping into water provides. There’s rising proof that long-term publicity to the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, will be harmful, even in tiny quantities. (2/11)


The Washington Post:
Under Trump, EPA Inspections Fall To A 10-Year Low


Beneath President Trump, the Environmental Safety Company inspected fewer industrial amenities throughout 2018 than at any time over the previous decade, in accordance with knowledge launched by the company Friday. The sharp drop in inspections and evaluations final fiscal yr — to roughly 10,600 — is simply half the quantity EPA performed at its peak in 2010, and continues a downward pattern that started in 2012. Different enforcement actions on the company skilled related declines, in accordance with EPA figures: The variety of civil circumstances the division began and accomplished in 2018 hit a 10-year low, and the $69 million in civil penalties it leveled represents the bottom in almost a quarter-century. (Eilperin and Dennis, 2/8)


The New York Times:
‘Pit Of Infection’: A Border Town’s Crisis Has Nothing To Do With Migrants


For generations, residents of the Southern California border city of Calexico watched with trepidation as their river became a cesspool, contaminated by the booming human and industrial improvement on the opposite facet of the border in Mexico. Noxious sewage full of feces, industrial chemical substances and different uncooked waste frequently is available in by the New River, which flows from Mexico’s Mexicali Valley and thru Calexico, leaving neighborhoods alongside the waterway engulfed in pungent fumes. (Del Actual, 2/9)


Reuters:
Seven Mumps Cases Confirmed At Houston ICE Detention Facility


Seven grownup detainees at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Houston have been recognized with mumps, however the contagious illness is contained, town’s well being division mentioned on Saturday. “Since these people had been remoted inside the ability throughout the interval they had been infectious, we don’t anticipate these circumstances posing a menace to the neighborhood,” Dr. David Persse, Houston’s native well being authority and emergency medical companies medical director, mentioned in an announcement. ICE’s Houston Contract Detention Facility homes roughly 950-1,000 adults. (2/9)


Reuters:
Trump, Not Especially Vigilant On Diet, Declared ‘In Very Good Health’


President Donald Trump was declared “in excellent well being” by the White Home doctor on Friday after 4 hours of examinations in what amounted to a take a look at of whether or not his physician’s order that he observe a more healthy weight loss program has paid dividends. Particular particulars on Trump’s weight, levels of cholesterol and blood strain weren’t launched in an announcement from White Home doctor Sean Conley after Conley and 11 specialists put the 72-year-old president by a battery of medical checks. (2/8)


The New York Times:
Trump Is In ‘Very Good Health’ Following His Annual Physical, His Doctor Says


However Dr. Sean Conley, a Navy officer who’s the president’s doctor and the present director of the White Home medical unit, launched no particulars about what a crew of 11 specialists had discovered in the middle of a four-hour examination of Mr. Trump. Dr. Conley mentioned that “experiences and proposals are being finalized,” however didn’t say if, when or in what kind they’d be publicly launched. Final yr, after Mr. Trump’s first full examination as president, the White Home took the bizarre step of getting Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, then the president’s doctor, ship a prolonged report within the White Home briefing room after which reply questions from reporters. Dr. Jackson was extensively ridiculed for utilizing extreme language in describing the president’s well being. (Rogers and Altman, 2/8)


The Associated Press:
Utah Plan To Cut Medicaid Expansion By 50,000 Nears Passage


A plan to reduce a voter-approved Medicaid growth in Utah received a key approval within the state Legislature on Friday regardless of protests that it reduces entry to wanted well being care and thwarts voters’ needs. The measure would insure about 50,000 fewer folks beneath Medicaid, a change that would wish a federal approval that has not been given for another state. Republican lawmakers argue that and different restrictions are important to controlling long-term prices, however say their plan will nonetheless cowl the state’s neediest. (2/8)


The New York Times:
Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows The Opposite


Many issues have an effect on your well being. Genetics. Life-style. Fashionable drugs. The atmosphere by which you reside and work. However though we hardly ever think about it, the diploma of competitors amongst well being care organizations does in order properly. Markets for each hospitals and physicians have develop into extra concentrated in recent times. Though greater costs are the implications most frequently mentioned, such consolidation also can end in worse well being care. Research present that charges of mortality and of main well being setbacks develop when competitors falls. (Frakt, 2/11)


The Washington Post:
Washington Measles Outbreak Draws Crowd To Hearing On Vaccine Law


Anti-vaccine activists packed a public listening to Friday to oppose a invoice that will make it tougher for households to choose out of vaccination necessities for measles, mumps and rubella amid the state’s worst measles outbreak in additional than 20 years. An estimated 700 folks, most of them against stricter necessities, lined up earlier than daybreak within the chilly, toting strollers and hand-lettered indicators, to take a seat within the listening to, which was so crowded that workers opened up further rooms to accommodate the gang. Many gathered exterior afterward for a rally. (Solar and Younger, 2/8)


The Washington Post:
Anti Vaxxer Children: Ethan Lindenberger, Teenagers Are Fact-Checking Their Parents


Ethan Lindenberger, annoyed by years of arguments about his mom’s anti-vaccination stance, staged a quiet defection on Reddit. The Norwalk, Ohio, teenager wanted recommendation, he mentioned, on how you can inoculate himself towards each infectious illness and his household’s dogma. At 18, he was sufficiently old, Lindenberger defined. He wished to get vaccinated. However he didn’t know the way. “My mother and father assume vaccines are some form of authorities scheme,” Lindenberger wrote days earlier than Thanksgiving. “However, due to their beliefs I’ve by no means been vaccinated for something, god is aware of how I’m nonetheless alive.” (Horton, 2/10)


NPR:
Teen Gets Vaccines During Measles Outbreak, Despite Mom’s Belief


At a time of widespread measles outbreaks within the Pacific Northwest, inflicting Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency, extra minors are elevating questions on whether or not they can present their very own consent to get vaccines. In accordance with the CDC, for month of January this yr, measles have been confirmed in 10 states, with the company monitoring different outbreaks in New York state and New York Metropolis. (Morris and Simon, 2/9)


The Wall Street Journal:
Flu Drug Called ‘Silver Bullet,’ But Some Doctors Prescribe Caution


A brand new capsule that may kill the flu virus in 24 hours with a single dose has develop into the most-prescribed influenza remedy in Japan, which is struggling by its worst flu season in 20 years. However some medical doctors are backing away from the drug after new proof emerged about mutant viral strains that forestall it from working properly in some sufferers. The capsule, referred to as Xofluza, was found by Osaka-based Shionogi 4507 & Co., and it was permitted final yr by regulators in Japan and the U.S. Within the U.S., it’s marketed by Roche Holding AG’s Genentech unit. (Fujikawa and Davis, 2/11)


The Associated Press:
Depression 101: Dallas Schoolkids Learn About Mental Health


In a situation taking part in out in increasingly lecture rooms world wide, a Dallas teenager not too long ago requested her classmate if something was incorrect, noting that she hadn’t been performing like herself. The brusque reply: “Simply depart me alone.” The ninth-graders on the Uplift Hampton Preparatory faculty had been role-playing as a part of a program that goals to show teenagers how you can spot the indicators of despair in themselves and others. (2/9)


Stat:
Sean Parker Calls Gene-Edited Babies A ‘Sputnik 2.0 Moment’


He’s well-known for his founding roles at Fb and Napster, however as of late the billionaire philanthropist Sean Parker is popping his consideration to preventing most cancers. Three years in the past, he introduced a $250 million funding to construct groups of scientists for immunotherapy analysis, one of many hottest fields in taking over most cancers. In an interview with STAT final week in his resort suite overlooking Central Park, Parker spoke intensely about his perception that the federal government wants to maneuver way more aggressively in investing in biotech, life sciences, and well being care. (Berke, 2/11)


NPR:
What’s The Right Dose Of Medicine For Kids?


It is the nighttime and also you get up to the disturbing sound of your infant crying and sniffling with a chilly, sore throat or fever. And, in the event you’re like many mother and father, you attain into the medication cupboard, looking for some reduction. However giving remedy — and getting the dose proper — will be more difficult than you may assume. Jesse and Shannan Ridall stay in Palmyra, Pa., with their three younger youngsters. Jesse says the lined markings on dosing gadgets of kids’s drugs will be complicated, particularly once they present each teaspoons and milliliters. (Neighmond, 2/11)


The Washington Post:
Website Has A Trove Of Studies, Personal Stories About Multiple Sclerosis


How shut is a remedy for a number of sclerosis? That’s troublesome to reply: Researchers are nonetheless working arduous to grasp the doubtless disabling illness. However MS research are rising. In 2018, the time period “a number of sclerosis” appeared within the titles of greater than 3,000 articles in PubMed, the U.S. Nationwide Library of Drugs’s search engine for tutorial analysis on life sciences and biomedical matters. That’s a torrent of knowledge. (Blakemore, 2/10)


The New York Times:
A New Treatment For A Painful Penis Curvature


Generally it takes the licensing and promoting of a remedy to get sufferers to hunt assist, even for a medical drawback that’s typically painful and psychologically devastating. Such is the case with Peyronie’s illness, a scarring and bending or curving of the penis that may make sexual activity troublesome or unattainable for each straight and homosexual males. It most frequently afflicts middle-aged males, normally the results of an harm that will not have been observed. Damage can happen throughout a sports activities exercise, accident or vigorous intercourse when the erect penis is bent or pounded towards bone. (Brody, 2/11)


The Washington Post:
Do You Sleep Long Hours? Many Experts Say It’s Benign, But Others Aren’t Sure.


Tracey Thomsen Anderson, 57, a retired advert company copywriter from Colorado Springs, sleeps 9 or 10 hours each night time, and has carried out so her complete life. “My potential to sleep by ridiculous circumstances was legendary as a child — events, fireworks, I slept by a automotive wreck as soon as,” she says. “I can get by on eight for a day or two, however I really feel like a zombie all day with something lower than 9.” (Cimons, 2/9)


The Washington Post:
Teenage Sleep Can Be Harmed By Early School Time


At first, Lilly Gray Rudge objected to her courses beginning later. Delaying the first-period bell almost an hour till 8:45 a.m. meant that her mom may now not drive her, and Lilly Gray must take two buses to Ballard Excessive in Seattle. Now, greater than two years because the change, the 16-year-old junior is a fan. (Cohen, 2/9)


The Washington Post:
Snoring Can Be Sign Of Bigger Problems. Here’s What To Do About It.


Loud night breathing is the highest purpose that sufferers come to see Jennifer Hsia, a sleep surgeon at College of Minnesota Well being in Minneapolis. More often than not, they arrive in not as a result of they’re fearful about their well being, however as a result of their companion has been complaining in regards to the noise. “It’s very uncommon that I’ve somebody are available and say, ‘I believe I’ve sleep apnea,’ ” she says. “It’s extra, ‘I’m loud night breathing fairly badly and my mattress companion desires me to do one thing about it.’ ” (Sohn, 2/9)


The Washington Post:
Sleep Patterns Can Change With Aging. Does That Spell Trouble?


When Carol Gee turned 55, she made a brand new buddy: Four a.m. Previously, she normally slept by it. However as soon as she entered menopause, it grew to become her new wake-up time. “I’d fall asleep and get up each morning across the similar time, virtually such as you set the clock,” says Gee, who’s now 68. She’s not the one older grownup to have skilled an exasperating shift in her sleep cycles. In 2017, a nationwide ballot performed by the College of Michigan discovered that 46 % of adults 65 and older have bother falling asleep frequently. (Blakemore, 2/10)


The Washington Post:
Sleep Aids May Help, But Consider The Risks.


Lots of people on the market don’t get sufficient sleep — greater than 1 in Three American adults, in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. When you’re certainly one of them, you most likely know there are two foremost therapies for bettering sleep: behavioral strategies and drugs. While you’re determined for a very good night time’s sleep, drugs certain do sound interesting. However there are caveats with all of them — the prescription capsules, the over-the-counter merchandise and the natural dietary supplements. (Adams, 2/9)


Stat:
University Of California To Get CRISPR Patent, Likely Reviving Legal Dispute


It has taken almost six years, detours for bitter authorized challenges, and tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in authorized charges, however the foundational CRISPR-Cas9 patent for which the College of California utilized in March 2013 will quickly be granted, in accordance with paperwork posted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace on Friday, throwing yet one more monkey wrench into genome enhancing’s tangled IP panorama. (Begley, 2/8)


The New York Times:
Arizona Nursing Center Where Incapacitated Woman Was Raped Will Now Stay Open


On Thursday, operators of a well being care heart in Phoenix the place an incapacitated girl was raped and gave delivery final yr introduced that they’d shut it down. However on Friday, the operator, Hacienda HealthCare, backtracked. It mentioned it now deliberate to remain open, beneath elevated state oversight, after regulators balked, saying in a letter that they had been involved in regards to the “well being and security” impacts of transferring the middle’s sufferers elsewhere if it was shuttered. (Zaveri, 2/8)


The Hill:
Arizona Considers Declaring Porn A Public Health Crisis 


A Republican state lawmaker in Arizona has launched a decision that will declare pornography a public well being disaster. A measure launched by state Rep. Michelle Udall (R) handed by the Arizona Home Committee on Well being & Human Companies on Thursday, the primary hurdle in its path to a full vote, AZ Central reported. (Gstalter, 2/9)


Los Angeles Times:
Poor, Elderly And Too Frail To Escape: Paradise Fire Killed The Most Vulnerable Residents


Dorothy Mack had crippling again ache and deteriorating eyesight. Helen Tempo used a walker and will barely hear. Teresa Ammons suffered a stroke in 2017 and couldn’t drive. Though every girl had a special frailty, their remaining circumstances had been strikingly related: They had been all seniors on mounted incomes, all of them lived alone, they usually all died when the Camp hearth roared by their cell dwelling park. (Newberry, 2/10)


Reuters:
Florida Caregiver Charged After Mentally Disabled Woman Gives Birth


A Florida man has been charged with sexually assaulting a mentally disabled girl who grew to become pregnant 4 years in the past at a gaggle dwelling the place he labored as a caregiver. Willie Shorter, 58, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a disabled grownup after a take a look at confirmed his DNA matched that of the kid of the girl who was recognized solely as “DB,” Rockledge, Florida, police mentioned in a courtroom affidavit. (2/8)


The Associated Press:
Judge Critical Of Mass. Mental Health Services For Children


A federal decide has criticized Massachusetts for being too gradual to supply psychological well being companies to low-income youngsters. The Boston Globe experiences U.S. District Choose Michael Ponsor in Springfield rebuked the state in an order Thursday and denied its request for these companies to be faraway from courtroom oversight. (2/9)


Los Angeles Times:
Orthodox Jewish EMT Service Faces Fight From L.A. Fire Department, And A Powerful Fire Union


It began with a number of bites of ice cream with cashew and ended with a experience in an ambulance run by an Orthodox Jewish emergency medical service. In 2017, 2-year-old Rus Amster was on her method dwelling together with her household after Shabbat lunch in Baltimore when she started throwing up. Inside minutes, her abdomen was swollen with puffy blotches, and she or he had issue respiratory. (Miller, 2/10)


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