Health

Disqualified for disabilities, railroad workers fight back

Union Pacific has already lost three lawsuits over the way it removes employees with health conditions because of safety concerns, and the prospect of hundreds more lawsuits looms over the railroad. The lawsuits were originally going to be part of a class-action case before a federal appeals court decided the cases must be pursued individually. The first few lawsuits have now been tried with verdicts over $1 million coming in all three cases, but more than 200 more discrimination complaints are still pending with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that are likely to turn into lawsuits. Union Pacific has vigorously defended its policy in court, and the railroad says it is designed to protect its workers and the public from significant injury risks.

Anne Heche's death ruled accidental after fiery car crash

The coroner's office says actor Anne Heche died from burns and inhalation injury after her fiery car crash and the death has been ruled an accident. The cause of her death was released on the Los Angeles County coroner's website Wednesday, although a formal autopsy report is still being completed. Heche was 53 when her car plowed into a Los Angeles home on Aug. 5 and caught fire. Her family has said she suffered a severe brain injury caused by lack of oxygen. The coroner's office says she died Aug. 11, but she was removed from life support on Sunday so that her organs could be donated.

Nevada gov vows to codify order protecting patients into law

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said that he would seek to codify in law an order he signed that protects in-state abortion providers and out-of-state patients next legislative session if he wins re-election. The announcement came in the side lounge of a Reno coffee and wine shop on Wednesday, where he hosted a panel of obstetrician-gynecologists, medical students and reproductive rights advocates to discuss their plans to protect abortion access, as reproductive rights have become central to his re-election campaign in the key swing state and that of Democrats nationwide. He said: “Governors are the last line of defense in protecting reproductive freedoms,” adding “The buck stops with us.”

49ers-Vikings practice: Cousins is back; Lance is back home

Kirk Cousins returned to practice with the Minnesota Vikings after staying home for five days with COVID-19. He was back for the first of two joint sessions with the visiting San Francisco 49ers. The absence for Cousins and the Vikings was far more convenient than the two times last year he had to sit out for virus protocols. He missed time in training camp after being deemed a close contact. Then he was sidelined for a critical game at Green Bay. For the 49ers, quarterback Trey Lance was enjoying being back in his home state.

Judge reinstates North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban

A federal judge has ruled that abortions are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina. U.S. District Judge William Osteen reinstated the abortion ban Wednesday after he said the June U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade erased the legal foundation for his 2019 ruling that placed an injunction on the 1973 state law. The ruling erodes protections in one of the South’s few remaining safe havens for reproductive freedom. His decision defies the recommendations of all named parties in the 2019 case, including doctors, district attorneys and the attorney general’s office, who earlier this week filed briefs requesting he let the injunction stand.

Carroll laments lost chance for Lock, Seahawks due to COVID

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team had no indication quarterback Drew Lock had COVID-19 symptoms until the end of practice a day earlier. Carroll says he was disappointed that Lock wouldn't get the chance to start Thursday's preseason game against Chicago. Carroll says Lock reported no symptoms prior to the start of Tuesday’s practice but by the end of the session was feeling worn down. Carroll said this is the second time Lock has contracted COVID-19 after getting it last year while playing for Denver. Lock is in a competition with Geno Smith to be Seattle's starting QB.

CDC Director Says Agency Needs Major Overhaul

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to respond quickly enough during the COVID-19 pandemic and needs a major overhaul, Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., said Wednesday. With her rebuke, she sketched out a plan to prioritize action on public health needs, The New York Times reported.

Too Few Psychiatric Beds: Psychiatrists' Group Takes Aim at Ongoing Crisis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Amid a stark shortage of psychiatric beds that only worsened for millions suffering from mental illnesses during the pandemic, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is rolling out a new model that can help communities determine exactly how many beds they need.

S.C. court blocks abortion law as Senate considers new one

The South Carolina “fetal heartbeat” law banning abortion around six weeks is no longer in effect after the state Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked it. For now, South Carolinians can access abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. In its order granting a preliminary injunction, the court said “at this preliminary stage, we are unable to determine with finality the constitutionality of the Act under our state’s constitutional prohibition against unreasonable invasions of privacy.” Meanwhile, lawmakers are considering additional restrictions. On Wednesday, the Senate Medical Affairs Committee held public testimony as they consider language for another proposal. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced a near-total abortion ban with no restrictions for rape or incest.

Comorbidities Up Among Patients With ESRD, Concomitant Psoriasis

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), those with concomitant psoriasis are younger and more often have cancer, diabetes mellitus, and coronary artery disease, according to a study published online July 26 in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.

Global Trends in Rates of IBD Hospitalization Examined

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For countries with compounding prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; stage 3), hospitalization rates are stable, while they are increasing for countries with accelerating incidence, according to a systematic review and temporal analysis published online July 18 in Clinical Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

Youth mental health is in crisis. Are schools doing enough?

This year’s back-to-school season will restore a degree of pre-pandemic normalcy. But many of COVID-19′s lasting impacts remain a troubling reality for schools. Among them: student mental health reached crisis levels last year. The pressure on schools to figure out solutions has never been greater. Districts across the country are using federal pandemic money to hire more mental health specialists, rolling out new coping tools and expanding curriculum that prioritizes emotional health.

Youth mental health is in crisis. Are schools doing enough?

This year’s back-to-school season will restore a degree of pre-pandemic normalcy. But many of COVID-19's lasting impacts remain a troubling reality for schools. Among them: student mental health reached crisis levels last year. The pressure on schools to figure out solutions has never been greater. Districts across the country are using federal pandemic money to hire more mental health specialists, rolling out new coping tools and expanding curriculum that prioritizes emotional health.

CDC Director Says Agency Needs Major Overhaul

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to respond quickly enough during the COVID-19 pandemic and needs an major overhaul, Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday.

Stocks slip on Wall Street, erasing weekly gains for S&P 500

Stocks closed lower on Wall Street, led by drops in big technology companies and erasing the S&P 500′s gains for the week. The S&P 500 fell 0.7% Wednesday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq also fell. Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market. Wall Street was absorbing a mix of retail updates that showed inflation pressure continues to affect businesses and consumers, but also shows that spending remains strong. Target fell after reporting a plunge in profits. The government reported that retail sales were flat in July.

Judge: Pharmacies owe 2 Ohio counties $650M in opioids suit

A federal judge in Cleveland has awarded $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart saying their opioid distribution policies created a public nuisance. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster released the award amounts in a ruling issued Wednesday.  A jury returned in November ruled in favor of Lake and Trumbull counties outside Cleveland after a six-week trial. Polster then conducted a hearing to determine how much the counties should receive. The damage awards are meant to help the counties abate a continuing opioid crisis. Their counties' attorneys said it would take $3 billion total for the counties to abate the crisis.

Medical groups, 20 states weigh in on Idaho abortion lawsuit

Medical groups and states across the U.S. are watching as a legal battle over abortion rights pits the deep-red state of Idaho against the Department of Justice. As of Wednesday, 20 states, the American College of Emergency Physicians and other medical groups have filed “friend of the court” briefs in the lawsuit over Idaho's near-total abortion ban. The Idaho law makes performing nearly any abortion a felony, but allows physicians to defend themselves in court by showing that the procedure was necessary to save a patient’s life. But federal health care law requires Medicaid-funded hospitals to provide “stabilizing” treatment to patients, and the Department of Justice says that includes some emergency abortions.

How Much Does a Vasectomy Cost?

Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Iy-TWFKDlH1LOeE1iLZ0RECn0JcejnvY1xT2owNfWr0/edit#heading=h.x3e99q7plw0t Asana card: https://app.asana.com/0/1202563287899634/1202563287899638/f

Burrow working on regaining strength after appendix surgery

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow says he's trying to gain back the weight and strength he lost after having surgery to remove his ruptured appendix three weeks ago. The goal is for the QB to be mobile and sharp by the time Cincinnati opens the regular season on Sept. 11 against AFC North rival Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old Burrow said he feels better every day, but doesn't expect to play in the two remaining preseason games. Coach Zac Taylor said the remaining team practices will be designed to get Burrow ready to go for Week 1.