Timely Mental Health Care Is a Key Factor in Strike by Kaiser Permanente Workers

[Editor’s note: KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.] A California law that took effect in July requires health plans to offer timely follow-up appointments for mental health and addiction patients. Whether that’s happening is a point of contention in an open-ended strike by Kaiser Permanente clinicians in Northern California who say staffing shortages saddle them with stifling workloads that […]

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Lishko named BJC Investigator

Polina V. Lishko, PhD, a noted molecular biologist and entrepreneur, has been named a BJC Investigator at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Lishko, whose innovative investigations of molecular mechanisms of bioactive lipid signaling has advanced scientific understanding in fields as varied as reproductive biology, vision and neurodegeneration, joins the Department of Cell Biology & Physiology. The BJC […]

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Can a Monthly Injection Be the Key to Curbing Addiction? These Experts Say Yes

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dr. Andrew Herring has a clear goal walking into every appointment with patients seeking medication to treat an opioid use disorder: persuade them to get an injection of extended-release buprenorphine. At his addiction clinic at Highland Hospital, a bustling public facility in the heart of Oakland, Herring promotes administering a shot of buprenorphine in the belly to […]

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: News You Might Have Missed

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. It’s been extra busy on the health policy beat lately, so a congressional recess provides a chance to explore some of the important stories that people might have missed, like Medicare’s decision […]

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Study: Two New Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease Identified

Hearing loss and epilepsy have been identified as two new, early signs of Parkinson's disease, according to new research published in JAMA Neurology. The newly uncovered features—along with other symptoms seen in the years before a diagnosis—may help health care providers recognize and treat the disease at earlier stages.  "Our results uncovered novel risk factors and early symptoms: epilepsy and […]

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Even Mild COVID-19 May Lead to Long-Term Mental Health Issues

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the global mental health crisis, all thanks to loneliness, financial uncertainties, and grief after bereavement. But new research, shows that the virus itself may be adding to the increase in mental health issues.  According to a recent study published in The BMJ, people who contract and survive the SARS-CoV-2 virus—even just a mild form—are at […]

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