Weekly Reader - November 14, 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 - November 14, 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.

  • Don’t Drill Your Own Teeth! And Quashing Other Rotten Dental Advice on TikTok. (Kaiser Health News) "Dental care can be expensive, and orthodontic treatment is usually considered cosmetic and not covered by dental insurance — which 65 million Americans don’t have."
  • Big Tobacco Heralds a Healthier World While Fighting Its Arrival. (New York Times) “The industry continues to fight efforts to restrict certain products, like spending heavily to urge California voters to overturn a law banning tobacco flavors.”
  • As Links to MS Deepen, Researchers Accelerate Efforts to Develop an Epstein-Barr Vaccine. (Kaiser Health News) "Maybe you’ve never heard of the Epstein-Barr virus. But it knows all about you. Chances are, it’s living inside you right now. About 95% of American adults are infected sometime in their lives. And once infected, the virus stays with you."
  • Why aren’t there more ways to treat alcoholism? (The Washington Post) “Researchers explain the difficulties of getting promising new medications into the hands of doctors and their patients.”
  • Kids’ Mental Health Care Leaves Parents in Debt and in the Shadows. (Kaiser Health News) "There are too few therapists and psychologists in the U.S. — and fewer still who accept insurance. That compounds the financial toll on families."
  • Deadly listeria outbreak linked to deli meat and cheese. (CNN) “A deadly outbreak of listeria in six states has been linked to [contaminated deli] meat and cheese, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.”