Weekly Reader - November 7, 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 7, 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.

  • As Giant Hospitals Get Bigger, an Independent Doctor Feels the Pinch. (Kaiser Health News) “[…Some] physicians and experts say the trend also underlines how billions of dollars in federal aid at the beginning of the crisis favored large hospital systems, even as lawmakers vowed to fight consolidation.”
  • Covid uses our proteins against us. A new strategy seeks to block that. (The Washington Post) “Scientists are exploring treatments that would remain effective regardless of how the virus evolves.”
  • Will Covid Spike Again This Fall? 6 Tips to Help You Stay Safe. (Kaiser Health News) "Although we don’t know for sure that we’ll see another surge this winter, here’s what you should know about covid and the updated boosters to prepare."
  • Cholera Outbreaks Surge Worldwide as Vaccine Supply Drains. (New York Times) “A record number of outbreaks have been reported after droughts, floods and wars have forced large numbers of people to live in unsanitary conditions.”
  • Weight Loss Gadgets: They Provide Data to Help Consumers Achieve Diet Goals, but It Still Won’t Be Easy. (Kaiser Health News) "For people without diabetes, tracking the glycemic response to meals can pinpoint which foods significantly spike blood sugar, leading to a subsequent blood sugar crash and then lethargy. That excess insulin and glucose in the blood stream can also signal to the body to put the surplus sugar in storage, causing weight gain."
  • WHO says monkeypox remains global health emergency. (Reuters) “The monkeypox outbreak continues to represent a global health emergency, which is the World Health Organization’s highest level of alert, the UN agency’s Emergency Committee said on Tuesday.”
  • 5 Things to Know About Colorado’s Psychedelics Ballot Initiative. (Kaiser Health News) "Colorado could become the second state after Oregon to allow the use of certain psychedelic substances that are illegal under federal law."
  • Study reveals link between sleep problems and glaucoma. (The Guardian) “People with unhealthy sleep patterns have increased risk of developing eye disease.”
  • Say What? Hearing Aids Available Over-the-Counter for as Low as $199, and Without a Prescription. (Kaiser Health News) "Starting Monday, consumers will be able to buy hearing aids directly off store shelves and at dramatically lower prices as a 2017 federal law finally takes effect."
  • The health care cost wars may be coming to a head. (Axios) “All signs point to a crushing surge in health care costs for patients and employers next year — and that means health care industry groups are about to brawl over who pays the price.”
  • After Congress Fails to Add Dental Coverage, Medicare Weighs Limited Benefit Expansion. (Kaiser Health News) "Proposed changes in Medicare rules could soon pave the way for a significant expansion in Medicare-covered dental services, while falling short of the comprehensive benefits that many Democratic lawmakers have advocated."