Just before the end of its September session, Congress finally did what public health officials had been begging it to do for more than seven months and approved substantial funding for Zika response efforts. That delay has entailed serious costs for public health.
Worth reading: Antibiotic resistance, invisible workforce, and detectives dismissing rape allegations
Recent pieces adress how the UN plans to address antibiotic resistance; New Jersey's temp worker industry; Baltimore detectives' dismissals of rape allegations with insufficient investigation; and more.
Last summer, Nigeria celebrated having gone a year without a case of polio. But then last month, two children in Nigeria were diagnosed with polio paralysis, in Borno state (in northeastern Nigeria) in areas liberated from Boko Haram militants.
New estimates from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics show the uninsurance rate has continued to decline -- but actions in some states threaten Medicaid expansion gains.
Since Congress left for recess seven weeks ago without approving funding to address the Zika virus, the Obama administration has declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico and the Florida Health Department has identified two areas in Miami-Dade County with local transmission of Zika.
Two decades ago, President Bill Clinton signed the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” (PRWORA) and heralded the end of “welfare as we know it.” The law lived up to that promise, but the outcomes for families who depend on it have been problematic.
Recent pieces address Congress's failure to address Zika (by a pregnant Miami reporter), political parties' different approaches to public health, pregnancy-related deaths in Texas, and more.
A new study in MMWR reports that 25.7% of US adults have been diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions. Three of the states with the highest prevalence of multiple chronic conditions haven't accepted the Medicaid expansion, and one that expanded Medicaid may drop it.
A gene that makes bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotic colistin, mcr-1, has been found in 32 countries, and has been in the US since at least May 2015. Researchers in Belgium and Italy have additional alarming discoveries on related genes.
Recent pieces address racism, stress, and mortality; an interview with CDC Director Tom Frieden on Zika; why mocking environmental justice in Cleveland is especially inappropriate; and more.