KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: A(nother) Very Sad Week


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This week’s mass taking pictures of elementary schoolers in Texas (simply 10 days after a racially motivated mass taking pictures at a Buffalo, New York, grocery retailer) has reignited the gun debate in Washington, D.C., and across the nation. However the political disagreements over weapons and their acceptable function in American society are as insoluble as ever.

In the meantime, Oklahoma turns into the primary state to attempt to ban all abortions, because the nation awaits the Supreme Court docket’s ruling in a case it’s anticipated to make use of to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade choice.

And on Capitol Hill, lawmakers criticize the FDA for its dealing with of the toddler components scarcity, rekindling a debate over whether or not meals needs to be regulated by a separate company.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Public Well being and Politico, Anna Edney of Bloomberg Information, and Rachana Pradhan of KHN.

Among the many takeaways from this week’s episode:

  • Though a lot of the nation has been riveted by the Might 24 taking pictures in Uvalde, Texas, 1000’s of Individuals are killed every year in gun violence that doesn’t make headlines. Greater than half of these deaths are suicides and plenty of others consequence from remoted shootings.
  • Regardless of an epidemic of gun violence, the regulation of weapons within the U.S. has declined prior to now couple of a long time. Not solely did the federal assault weapons ban expire, however many states have moved to make weapons simpler to buy and personal.
  • For the reason that Columbine Excessive College taking pictures in Littleton, Colorado, in 1999, a whole technology has come of age with the prospect of violence hitting their colleges. The oldest of these individuals are sending their very own kids to colleges the place taking pictures drills are a truth of life.
  • Texas officers have mentioned that the Uvalde taking pictures demonstrates a necessity for extra safety in colleges however that including metallic detectors and extra guards don’t essentially make kids really feel secure, particularly in communities the place they could have motive to worry the police, too.
  • In a congressional listening to this week, lawmakers blasted the FDA for its sluggish response to experiences that an Abbott toddler components plant in Michigan had excessive contamination issues and its dealing with of the aftermath when that plant closed and components turned scarce. The problem factors up difficulties on the FDA when it was making an attempt to take care of the covid pandemic and was additionally with out a everlasting chief. The Biden administration was sluggish to appoint anybody to move the company; Dr. Robert Califf didn’t take the helm till earlier this 12 months.
  • The toddler components issues have renewed a debate about whether or not meals security needs to be positioned beneath the purview of a brand new, separate company for the reason that FDA is so busy dealing with drug and medical gadget points.
  • A report out this week from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention finds that 1 in 5 adults who get covid will develop longer-term issues that may embody neurological points and a few organ issues. The research of lengthy covid, nonetheless, has left many questions unanswered, together with whether or not vaccination reduces the variety of circumstances and the way lengthy the issues final.
  • The excessive variety of long-covid circumstances recognized within the report means that there might be a major improve within the inhabitants of individuals needing incapacity providers.
  • Because the nation awaits a choice by the Supreme Court docket on the way forward for entry to abortion providers assured by its 1973 Roe v. Wade choice, states proceed to enact restrictive legal guidelines. Oklahoma’s governor this week signed a regulation that bans abortion from the time of fertilization. Some corporations have pledged to assist staff journey to get abortion providers, however which will run afoul of states’ efforts. Texas lawmakers say they wish to cease companies from offering that profit.

Additionally this week, Rovner interviews Dr. Richard Baron, president and CEO of the American Board of Inner Drugs. Baron co-authored a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine about how the medical neighborhood ought to take care of medical doctors who unfold medical misinformation on social media.

Plus, for additional credit score, the panelists suggest their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they assume it is best to learn, too:

Julie Rovner: “Strangerville” podcast’s “Episode 203: Jacob,” by Jessica and Justin Van Wyen

Joanne Kenen: NBC Information’ podcast “Needle In/Tiffany Dover Is Dead*” by Brandy Zadrozny

Anna Edney: ProPublica’s “The Plot to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open During COVID-19,” by Michael Grabell

Rachana Pradhan: The Washington Submit’s “We’re Ignoring a Major Culprit Behind the Teen Mental Health Crisis,” by Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright

Additionally mentioned on this week’s podcast:

Vox.com’s “The School Shooting Generation Grows Up,” by Marin Cogan

Stat’s “Viruses That Were on Hiatus During Covid Are Back — And Behaving in Unexpected Ways,” by Helen Branswell

The New York Occasions’ “More Than 1 in 5 Adult Covid Survivors in the U.S. May Develop Long Covid, a C.D.C. Study Suggests,” by Pam Belluck

The Texas Tribune’s “Businesses That Help Employees Get Abortions Could Be Next Target of Texas Lawmakers if Roe v Wade Is Overturned,” by Zach Despart

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This story was produced by KHN (Kaiser Well being Information), a nationwide newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about well being points. Along with Coverage Evaluation and Polling, KHN is likely one of the three main working packages at KFF (Kaiser Household Basis). KFF is an endowed nonprofit group offering data on well being points to the nation.

KHN (Kaiser Well being Information) is a nationwide newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about well being points. Along with Coverage Evaluation and Polling, KHN is likely one of the three main working packages at KFF (Kaiser Household Basis). KFF is an endowed nonprofit group offering data on well being points to the nation.

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