In Congress, lawmakers are close to passing a major bill that would increase funding for the FDA, the NIH and the effort to fight opioid abuse. The measure would also introduce more flexible standards for drug approvals, reducing the need for costly clinical trials. Lisa Desjardins reports and Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Sydney Lupkin of Kaiser Health News and Ed Silverman of STAT News for more.
During the mid-20th century, groundbreaking efforts to combat narcotics addiction took place in Lexington, Kentucky, at a facility initially known as the U.S. Narcotic Farm and later the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. KET recently visited the Kentucky Historical Society to learn more about the nation’s first federal drug treatment center and its influence in the ongoing battle against addiction.
Dr. Mandy Ashley, DMD, was interviewed by KET about her practice, Sky Pediatric Dentistry, in Bowling Green. Dr. Ashley talks about her commitment to pediatric dental care and public service, and also some of the challenges in improving the oral health of Kentuckians. Part of KET's Inside Oral Health Care initiative, funded in part by Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Policy experts for women's health advise that a number of federally covered women’s health insurance benefits may be ended after Donald Trump becomes president in January. Provisions for maternity care, equality in premium charges, preventive screenings, and birth control, among other services, may be reduced or eliminated depending on what the Trump administration and Congress do with regards to the Affordable Care Act. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and Kaiser Health News.
Needle exchanges, long credited with helping to slow the spread of infectious diseases by public health experts, have made inroads in recent years, even in states traditionally opposed to them. New data released by federal health officials on Nov. 29 suggested that needle exchanges had contributed to a major reduction in new HIV infections among people who inject drugs. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and STAT,
As governor of Indiana, Mike Pence expanded that state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Now as vice president-elect, he wants to repeal and replace the health care law. PBS NewsHour's The Rundown and Kaiser Health News explore what could happen to Medicaid under the Trump-Pence Administration.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a comprehensive report warning Americans of the prevalence of substance abuse and the risks of not addressing it. His new report describes the lethal impact and widespread scope of addiction. PBS NewsHour'sWilliam Brangham speaks with Murthy for more on why so few people find effective treatment, the stigma around addiction and the corresponding medical and legal costs of the problem.
Dr. Tuckson speaks with Dr. Michael Bousamra, head of Thoracic Surgery, Baptist Health Floyd.
Cancer could surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death among Americans this year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, almost 601,000 people may die as a result of cancer, while more than 597,000 Americans may die from heart disease, said the study’s lead author. From PBS NewsHour’s The Rundown blog.