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Does It Make Sense To Delay Children’s Vaccines?

The renewed squabble over vaccinations obscures a large group of parents who aren’t anti-vaxxers but spread out their children’s vaccines at a more gradual pace than doctors recommend. Pediatricians warn that could leave small children vulnerable to disease.

Botched Operation

Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong

The U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer and cheaper. Ten years and $36 billion later, the system is an unholy mess. Inside a digital revolution that took a bad turn.

Students With Disabilities Call College Admissions Cheating ‘Big Slap In The Face’

Parents of students with legitimate learning disabilities worry that a backlash against providing special accommodations in college admissions testing could make it harder for them to succeed.

Nursing Home Fines Drop As Trump Administration Heeds Industry Complaints

Inspectors are citing nursing facilities for violating health and safety more often than during the Obama administration. But the average fine is nearly a third lower than it was before President Donald Trump took office.

Broker Websites Expand Health Plan Shopping Options While Glossing Over Details

These direct-enrollment broker websites are “under-policed” and can steer consumers toward plans that may not be the best option for them, a new report concludes.

How To Zero In On Your Final, Forever Home While Skirting Disaster

Confronting changing health care needs, fixed incomes and problems created by climate change can be overwhelming when trying to pinpoint that dream location, but taking time and doing research makes it a dream come true, say these seniors.

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ The Karma Of Cutting Medicare

Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Alice Ollstein of Politico and Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Call join KHN’s Julie Rovner to discuss the suggested cuts to health programs in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, the latest on lawsuits challenging work requirements for Medicaid enrollees and the FDA’s crackdown on e-cigarettes. Plus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week.

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Special Coverage

‘Medieval’ Diseases Flare As Unsanitary Living Conditions Proliferate

Outbreaks of infectious diseases such as typhus and hepatitis A are resurging in California and around the country, particularly among homeless populations. Public health officials warn that such diseases could spread broadly.

Look Up Your California Hospital

Is it being penalized by Medicare?

Students With Addictions Immersed In The Sober Life At ‘Recovery’ High Schools

 

Two Crises In One

As drug use rises, so does syphilis.

What ‘Dope Sick’ Really Feels Like

Just as each person’s journey into addiction is unique, different approaches work for people trying to find their way out. For me, detoxing was nightmarish. And a long-held dream come true.

Tainted Drugs

When Medicine Makes Patients Sicker

A review of thousands of FDA documents reveals how drugs that are poorly manufactured or contaminated can reach consumers.

Rehabilitation Plus Rehab?

Jails dispense drugs to treat inmates’ addictions.

Students With Disabilities Call College Admissions Cheating ‘Big Slap In The Face’

 

Workers Overdose On The Job, And Employers Struggle To Respond

Despite the growing epidemic of Americans misusing opioids and overdosing on the job, many employers turn a blind eye to addiction within their workforce — ill-equipped or unwilling to confront an issue they are at a loss to handle.

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California’s Momentum on Measles Vaccinations Stalled

After rising sharply over three years, the percentage of kindergarten students at schools with vaccination rates of 95 percent and above — the level considered optimal for preventing outbreaks — stopped rising.

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