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Monthly Archives: July 2019

07.26.19

A Spotlight on the Rise of Hepatitis A Cases in the U.S. as we Recognize World Hepatitis Day on July 28

By Alexis Gbemudu

World Hepatitis Day is July 28th, and this year we highlight the recent surge in Hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreaks across the United States. HAV is a vaccine-preventable viral infection of the liver transmitted through the consumption of tiny amounts of feces or through contact with an effected person. HAV can cause mild to severe […]

07.25.19

Vaccines & Adolescent Decision-Making: Part 2

By Rebecca Reingold

States have grappled with the regulation of adolescent decision-making related to other health services, most notably “sensitive” or stigmatized health services. States have recognized that while parental involvement in adolescent medical decision-making is ideal, there are certain services that adolescents will not seek if they are required to inform or receive permission from their parents. […]

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07.22.19

Y2K Implicated in 2019: DATA to MATA, the Opioid Epidemic, and Buprenorphine

By Fabian Lucero

Drug overdoses in the U.S. cause more deaths annually than gun violence and motor-vehicle collisions combined. In 2017 alone 70,237 Americans died from drug overdose, 67.8% of those deaths are specifically attributed to opioids. Though we are in the midst of a public health crisis, there are possible solutions to reduce morbidity and mortality through Medication-Assisted […]

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07.19.19

Improving Laws to Support PrEP Access and HIV Prevention for Young People

By Sean Bland

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective method of HIV prevention. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that PrEP use among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) increased 500% from 2014 to 2017, although uptake among other groups remains lower and disparities among MSM continue to […]

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07.19.19

Maricopa County and Federal, State, and Local Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic

By Leigh Bianchi

Director Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) visited Maricopa County, Arizona Wednesday, July 18 to discuss strategies to end the HIV epidemic, which has hit the state’s most populous county particularly hard. President Trump has called for $291 million in Fiscal Year 2020 to implement Ending the HIV Epidemic: […]

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07.12.19

How Health Insurance is Providing a Not So Pleasant Surprise For Insured Patients Seeking Care

By Alexis Gbemudu

Surprise medical billing has become a reality for many Americans seeking treatment from the U.S. health care system, with 4 in 10 people saying they had received a surprisingly large medical bill during 2017. In a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 67 percent of people polled noted worry about surprise medical bills. This worry […]

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07.11.19

What I wish I knew 15 years ago about American Spirits cigarettes

By Darlene Huang

I used to wait tables. I started as a teen at my family’s restaurants before smoke-free workplace laws swept the nation. Like most restaurants at the time, we had a smoking section, and I oftentimes was assigned to it. I was thrilled when the city eventually adopted a clean indoor air ordinance, and a few […]

07.03.19

Moving Beyond the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate

By Jay Sastry

For a provision that dominated the health insurance reform debate for the past decade, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate barely made headlines when the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ended the tax penalty for uninsured individuals. It was an untimely end that everyone saw coming as the mandate’s popularity did not recover […]

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