Harvard Business Review – How the new U.S. tax plan will affect health care

The new Republican tax bill is complex, but what it will mean for health in the United States is simple: less. It will mean less health insurance for individuals; less coverage for elderly and poor Americans; less revenue for doctors, hospitals, and myriad health care businesses; and, quite possibly, a less-healthy, less-productive workforce.

The New York Times – EPA delays bans on uses of hazardous chemicals

The Environmental Protection Agency will indefinitely postpone bans on certain uses of three toxic chemicals found in consumer products, according to an update of the Trump administration’s regulatory plans. Critics said the reversal demonstrated the agency’s increasing reluctance to use enforcement powers granted to it last year by Congress under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

NPR – How racism may cause black mothers to suffer the death of their infants

“Black babies in the United States die at just over two times the rate of white babies in the first year of their life,” says Arthur James, an OB-GYN at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University in Columbus. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every 1,000 live births, 4.8 white infants die in the first year of life. For black babies, that number is 11.7.

Kaiser Health News – Too many older patients get cancer screenings

A growing chorus of geriatricians, cancer specialists and health system analysts say that for the best quality of life, she’d be better off skipping the screening. Such testing in the nation’s oldest patients is highly unlikely to detect lethal disease. It is also hugely expensive and more likely to harm than help, since any follow-up testing and treatment is often invasive.

STAT – Why men don’t care about the health care debate

Ana Fadich is the author of this op-ed on men and health care reform. She is the vice president of the Men’s Health Network and chair of the American Public Health Association’s Men’s Health Caucus.