Health care – Dems dig in their heels on abortion access

Today in Health, Senate Democrats reaffirmed their stance on working against Republican-led efforts to limit abortion access.

Meanwhile, the CDC is launching a series of organizational changes following waves of criticism about its actions, or lack thereof, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Senate Dem Set to Fight GOP Abortion Agenda

Senate Democrats marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on Tuesday by announcing they would not back down against Republican efforts to restrict or limit abortion.

A group of Democratic senators, including Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (NY) and Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (Michi.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.), gathered outside the Supreme Court to decide whether to overturn Roe. Over the past year as well as ongoing action by GOP lawmakers at both the state and federal levels to limit or block abortion access.

  • “America mourned what should have been a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Sunday,” Schumer said. “We mourn the fact that millions of women and girls now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers. We mourn the loss of individual liberty. We mourn the loss of a woman’s right to choose .
  • “The American people said the country’s efforts to reduce abortion access are hell no. As the last election showed, America is squarely on our side,” Schumer said.

Reproductive rights activists also voiced their criticism of the MPs. Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, accused Republicans of falling out of step with the majority of Americans who support abortion access.

“Despite how clear and unambiguous the Americans have made themselves, the GOP continues to ignore us. They would rather put our lives in danger than give up their selfish quest for power,” Timmaraju said. “Just a reminder, we are the majority.”

Earlier this month the new GOP majority in the House passed its first abortion-related bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires that babies born after an abortion attempt receive medical care.

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CDC informs staff of structural changes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed its staff on Tuesday that the agency will be making several changes to its internal structure, with some offices merging their responsibilities and new offices being created.

remember: This agency reorganization comes months after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said her agency “did not live up to expectations” during the COVID-19 pandemic and would result in an overhaul.

“For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and at our big moment, our performance fell short of expectations,” Walensky said in August. “As a longtime fan of this agency and a champion for public health, I want us all to do better, and that starts with CDC’s leadership.”

According to a CDC staff member familiar with the announcement, the majority of the organization will now report directly to the director’s immediate office, which he referred to as the “community of practice structure” that was previously planned.

  • The Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services and the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support will be combined into a new agency entity called the National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce.
  • The Center for Preparedness and Response will now be renamed the Office of Readiness and Response.
  • Several new offices will also be created, including the Office of Health Equity and the Office of Public Health Data, Surveillance and Technology. Regarding the latter, the CDC staffer said it was part of the agency’s objective “to build the data infrastructure needed to connect all levels of public health with the critical data needed for action.”

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Stubbe is recovering from serious injuries after the fall

Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) said last week in Sarasota, Fla. He suffered a fractured pelvis, a punctured lung, and several torn ligaments in his neck after falling 25 feet from a ladder on his property in 2007.

“I am blessed to have a great support team including my wife Jennifer, as well as many friends and family, as well as Steeb Puppies!” Stubbe said in a tweet, which featured a photo of the recovering Congressman and his dogs. “I am grateful for everyone’s prayers and well wishes as I recover.”

His office said Steube was trimming tree limbs at his Sarasota property last Wednesday when he fell off a ladder and fell approximately 25 feet. The Congress leader spent the night in the ICU and was finally discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

The Florida Republican said he would not be able to return to Washington for several weeks following his recovery.

“While I will be sidelined in Sarasota for several weeks, I will carry out as many of my congressional duties as possible, and our DC and district staff will remain readily available to assist Floridians at FL-17,” he added on Twitter. “I look forward to rejoining my colleagues in Washington as soon as possible!”

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Mental health top of parents’ worries about kids: survey

A Pew Research Center survey of 3,757 parents with children under 18 found that 4 in 10 parents are “extremely” or “very” worried that their child will suffer from anxiety or depression in the future .

The report found that mothers are more concerned about their children’s mental health than fathers. Nearly half of the moms surveyed, or 46 percent, said they are “extremely” or “very” concerned that their children will develop anxiety or depression at some point in their lives.

At the same time, 32 percent of the fathers involved in the survey also said the same thing.

Demographics Breakdown:

  • White and Hispanic parents are most likely to worry about their children’s mental health. Of all the parents surveyed, 42 percent of white parents and 43 percent of Hispanic parents said they are “extremely” or “very” concerned that their children may struggle with anxiety or depression.
  • Low-income parents were more likely to be concerned about their children developing mental health issues or being bullied.

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FDA wants to reduce lead exposure in baby food

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new proposed guidelines for the amount of lead in processed food for infants and young children under age 2, a move the agency says will lead to a significant reduction in risk. Toxic metal.

The new guidance includes a limit of 10 parts per billion of lead in fruits, some vegetables and yogurt, and 20 parts per billion in root vegetables and dry grains. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said the new standards could result in a 24 percent to 27 percent reduction in lead exposure from foods.

  • “The proposed action levels announced today, along with our continued work with our state and federal partners and with industry and producers to identify mitigation strategies, will result in long-term, meaningful reductions in exposure to this contaminant from foods.” And there will be a permanent shortage.” Calif. said in a statement announcing the new rules.
  • The agency explained in the announcement that these foods absorb important nutrients from the environment, which also means they absorb toxins such as lead that can be harmful to people. It is not possible to completely eliminate such contaminants from the food supply.

The agency’s new guidance comes as a 2022 study found that nearly all homemade and prepackaged baby foods contain some level of toxic heavy metals like lead and arsenic.

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what are we studying

  • Health systems costs too high, only better quality, new study finds (STAT)
  • Emailing Your Doctor May Cost a Fee (The New York Times)
  • Many women underestimate breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer, study suggests (CNN)

state by state

  • At OHSU, researchers test a promising Alzheimer’s drug — and discover a cause (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
  • Florida nursing home workers say they are not getting minimum wage (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Report Shows There Are Not Enough Mental Health Professionals for Children in Wisconsin (WSAW)

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