CNN – Scientists highlight deadly health risks of climate change
The future is expected to hold more deadly heat waves, the fast spread of certain infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages.
These events could cause premature deaths — and they’re all related to climate change, according to a panel of experts who gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Thursday for the Climate & Health Meeting.
Reuters – When it comes to our health, we have no time to waste (op-ed featuring APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin)
The evidence is clear that the climate crisis is a major threat to public health. Heat waves increase air pollution and illness. Severe changes in weather and drought threaten crops, water supplies, natural resources, and the very ability of people in some countries even to feed themselves. Yet the importance of this connection between the crisis and health already receives too little attention, and in the United States, we now face an emerging policy environment that is, at best, indifferent and, at worst, antagonistic to climate action.
Forbes – Zika Testing Mistakes Require Re-Testing Of Over 400 Specimens
Imagine being pregnant, getting tested for Zika and feeling relieved when you find out that the test is negative, but then months later hearing that your test actually should have been positive. Well, as the Washington, D.C., NBC affiliate reports, that’s now happened to at least two women. After Dr. Anthony Tran became director of the Washington, D.C., Public Health Laboratory in the latter half of 2016, he found an error in the laboratory’s Zika testing procedure. This meant that 409 specimens from July 14 to December 14, 2016 that had previously been deemed negative for Zika have had to be re-tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or CDC-approved labs. So far, according to the Washington Post of 62 re-tests, two have come back as positive.
Modern Healthcare – CMS nominee wants to protect states and rural providers, opposes vouchers for Medicare
Seema Verma, the nominee to lead the CMS, said during her confirmation hearing Thursday that she may claw back parts of a rule that overhauled managed Medicaid programs. She also opposes turning Medicare into a voucher program and thinks rural providers shouldn’t face risk in alternative payment models.
Verma told the Senate Finance Committee that one of her first priorities will be re-assessing a rule issued under the Obama administration that required states to more vigorously supervise the adequacy of plans’ provider networks and encouraged states to establish quality rating systems for health plans. Verma said she wanted to determine whether the rule would burden states.