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.
- Meet Mary Wakefield, the Nurse Administrator Tasked With Revamping the CDC. (Kaiser Health News) "CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has tapped Mary Wakefield — an Obama administration veteran and nurse — to helm a major revamp of the sprawling agency and its multibillion-dollar budget."
- Infographic: NYC abortion prices total hundreds of dollars. (Finestra) “Estimating the cost of abortion services can be a stressful process, and one made even more difficult when prices are not easily available. Providing information about abortion costs helps people assess their options in a timely manner and make decisions accordingly.”
- In the Rush to Curtail Abortion, States Adopt a Jumbled Stew of Definitions for Human Life. (Kaiser Health News) "Now, with the overturning of Roe v. Wade and dozens of states rushing to impose abortion restrictions, American society is engaged in a chaotic race to define the other pole of human existence: When exactly does human life begin?"
- The Quiet Cost of Family Caregiving. (New York Times) “Many employees reduce their hours or stop working to help ailing family members. But it may be years before they fully return to the work force, studies indicate.”
- Organ Transplants Are Up, but the Agency in Charge Is Under Fire. (Kaiser Health News) "The number of kidney transplants increased last year by 16% under a new policy implemented by UNOS that prioritizes sicker patients over those who live closest to a transplant center. Still, nearly 100,000 patients are waiting on kidneys and even more for other organs."
- U.S. plans to shift to annual coronavirus shots, similar to flu vaccine. (Washington Post) “White House coronavirus coordinator Ashish Jha said Tuesday the newly reformulated omicron-targeting boosters mark an ‘important milestone’ in the U.S. pandemic response, moving the country to a point where a single annual coronavirus shot should provide a ‘high degree of protection against serious illness all year.”
- ‘It’s Becoming Too Expensive to Live’: Anxious Older Adults Try to Cope With Limited Budgets. (Kaiser Health News) "Economic insecurity is upending the lives of millions of older adults as soaring housing costs and inflation diminish the value of fixed incomes."
- “Why are we asking for your email address?” (Finestra) “The only thing that happens when you submit your email address, is we send you an email asking you to create an account if you wish. We don’t spam you with daily/weekly emails, and we definitely don’t disclose your email address with any third parties.”