Many people don’t know about sepsis, which occurs when a body’s immune system mounts an overwhelming response to infection that can damage organs and lead to death. Health care providers struggle to identify it early. Now, a growing number of stakeholders are pushing to promote procedures that focus on prevention and early detection. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and Kaiser Health News.
Buried in the fine print of many marketplace health plan documents is language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services, many of which disproportionately affect women, a recent study found. The study, by researchers at the National Women’s Law Center, examined health coverage exclusions in marketplace plans offered by 109 insurers in 16 states in 2014 and 2015. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and Kaiser Health News.
Faced with a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists and nurse midwives, several states are considering proposals that advocates say would improve health care for women. These include easing restrictions on nurse midwives and offering financial incentives to encourage more medical professionals to specialize in maternal health care. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog.
About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. Medicare’s insolvency is two years closer, now projected in 2028. Every family has a stake. Here's a summary of health care policies from Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. From PBS NewsHour's The Rundown blog and the Associated Press.
A new pilot program at First Place Transition Academy in Phoenix is empowering adults with autism to overcome hurdles to independence. Special correspondent John Donvan, co-author with Caren Zucker of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, reports.
From syringe exchange programs to distributing naloxone kits, lawmakers across the South have crafted legislation to address the rising tide of opioid addiction. In July, the Southern Legislative Conference convened a panel at its meeting in Lexington to discuss the opioid epidemic and what still needs to be done to combat the crisis.
Spillover viruses like Zika, Ebola and Nipah can make the leap from animals to humans. Find out how human behaviors spread diseases and what science can do to anticipate and prevent epidemics around the world.
In the midst of political and financial crisis, Brazil is facing historic outbreaks of several mosquito-borne illnesses. One of the diseases, Zika, has infected an estimated 1.5 million in the country and is linked to severe birth defects in children. Racing to contain new infections, the government has deployed hundreds of thousands of health workers throughout the country to eradicate mosquitoes.
Bill and his guests discuss Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed revision of the state's Medicaid program that will be submitted to the federal government this month. Scheduled guests: State Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Human Resources; State Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, vice chair of the House Health and Welfare Committee; Cara Stewart, health law fellow for the Kentucky Equal Justice Center; and Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.
Experts estimate that about half of all people turning 65 today will need daily help as they age, with significant financial burdens. As Baby Boomers age, federal Medicaid spending on long-term care is widely expected to rise significantly, and both state and federal officials are scrambling to control the costs. From PBS NewsHour’s The Rundown blog.