Weekly Reader - July 25, 2022

Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

Weekly Reader - July 25, 2022
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Welcome to Finestra’s Weekly Reader, wherein we recount intriguing, important, or infamous health care-related stories you may have missed over the past week.

  • “Can a Target gift card help you stay off meth? This L.A. program is trying it” (Los Angeles Times) - Although this approach to public health is uncommon in most parts of the United States, advocates believe that the research thus far has been promising in preventing people from returning to addictive illegal drugs.
  • “Biden’s FTC Has Blocked 4 Hospital Mergers and Is Poised to Thwart More Consolidation Attempts” (Kaiser Health News) - The Biden administration has already blocked a number of hospital consolidation efforts, and experts believe that the Free Trade Commission is likely to block more, as well.
  • “Fauci says he will retire from government post by the end of Biden’s term” (The Washington Post) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, who for many supporters and opponents alike became the face of the United States’ response to COVID-19, has announced his eventual retirement.
  • “Fighting Monkeypox, Sexual Health Clinics Are Underfunded and Ill-Equipped” (Kaiser Health News) - Although sexual health clinics are at the forefront of combatting the threat of monkeypox, they may not have the resources that are required.
  • “Scientific tips for staying cool in a heatwave” (British Broadcasting Corporation) - While many people avoid milk when exercising or in hot weather, the BBC argues that–among other things–it may be a good choice during a heat wave.
  • “As Big Pharma Loses Interest in New Antibiotics, Infections Are Only Growing Stronger” (Kaiser Health News) - While monkeypox and COIVD-19 have captured the public’s attention, the future of antibiotics have some experts concerned.
  • “Drug Overdoses Killed More Than 107,000 People In The US In 2021, Marking A New, Tragic, Record” (Buzzfeed News) - Last year, the United States hit an all-time record for the number of people who died due to drug overdoses.
  • “Critics Worry Government Surveillance of HIV May Hurt More Than It Helps” (Kaiser Health News) - Although people who are HIV-positive have been given new opportunities due to technological breakthroughs, some public policies may be doing real harm.
  • “8 Ultraviolet Wands Could Pose Danger of Radiation Injury, F.D.A. Warns” (New York Times) - During the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people purchased ultraviolet wands to disinfect items around their homes. However, warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, many of these may cause more harm than good.
  • “Parents Become Drug Developers to Save Their Children’s Lives” (Kaiser Health News) - Roughly half of all people with rare diseases are children, meaning that families are often open – and desperate – to find ways to mitigate the effects of these illnesses.