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The White House has gone to extraordinary lengths to withhold critical information about Trump’s health, even after he contracted a deadly virus



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  • The White House has consistently lacked transparency when it comes to President Donald Trump’s health, especially since he contracted COVID-19.
  • Multiple officials have refused to say when the last time Trump tested negative for the virus was, raising questions as to what they could be hiding.
  • The White House has also been opaque about a mysterious trip Trump took to Walter Reed last November.
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There has been an extreme lack of transparency from the White House when it comes to President Donald Trump’s health, even after he contracted COVID-19. 

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The Trump administration has consistently dodged questions on when Trump’s last negative COVID-19 test was, which is vital information in terms of who the president may have exposed and precisely when he was infected. The White House has said Trump was diagnosed on October 1, but the administration’s refusal

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Asynchronous virtual health: 3 reasons it’s critical for now and foundational for the future

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One of the few silver linings of the Covid-19 crisis is the adoption and scale of virtual health solutions to reduce virus exposure, concerns, and impacts. Virtual visits have become mainstream, at scale: Medicare virtual visits increased more than 1000% and many health systems are now seeing 50% or more of their patients virtually.

Beneath these figures lie several noteworthy trends. First, while the virus surge drove unprecedented virtual visit increases, some drop off in virtual visits has already been experienced by many health systems as they move beyond the surge. Second, the vast majority of new virtual visits occurred using phone or video technology, a more comfortable but dated methodology that met critical needs but does not leverage newer technologies and modalities that deliver improved convenience and provider efficiency.

This is the time to advance to the next level of virtual health, not slide back. Health systems should embrace

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White House sows confusion about Trump’s condition as source tells reporters next 48 hours will be critical

An attempt by President Donald Trump’s doctor to reassure the public about Trump’s condition following his infection with Covid-19 only created widespread confusion and concerns about transparency on Saturday, as a source familiar with the President’s health told reporters that the next 48 hours will be critical in determining how he fares.

“The President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source told White House pool reporters after the briefing from his doctors.

Moments earlier on Saturday morning, the President’s physician, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley, had offered an upbeat assessment of the President’s condition stating that he was feeling well, that he had been “fever-free” for 24 hours and that his symptoms — which included an “extremely mild cough,” nasal congestion

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Why Historical Trauma Is Critical to Understanding Black Mental Health

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In a time when the United States is grappling with systematic racism, protests against police brutality and murders of Black people displayed on social media, concerns about the mental health of Black Americans has become a critical issue. In order to better understand the implications of current events, we must also explore the intersections of history and historical trauma and how that may be impacting community responses to current race-based traumatic events.

A historical trauma is an event, or a set of events, that happen to a group of people who share a specific identity and that results in the significant disruption of traditional ways of life, culture and identity. In this case we are specifically talking about the traumas experienced by Black Americans in the United States. Slavery, the Civil War, Jim Crow, and Segregation are all examples of historical traumas. Each individual event was profoundly traumatic

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Tobacco dependence treatment is critical to excellence in health care delivery

A UCLA-led report published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine exposes what the authors call a weakness in the high-profile “Best Hospitals Honor Roll” published annually by U.S. News and World Report.

The data used to compile the rankings are collected from multiple sources, including outcomes reported to the Joint Commission, an accreditation agency. Every three years, hospitals are required to complete a comprehensive review by the Joint Commission to earn or maintain accreditation.

None of the top 20 hospitals in the 2020-21 U.S. News rankings reported to the Joint Commission on how they deliver smoking cessation care and treatment for tobacco dependence — which the paper calls a significant disconnect.

The authors suggest that reporting on tobacco treatment should be a required measure, not an elective one, for accreditation and recognition.

An honor roll for best

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GetInsured Survey Reveals Many Millennials Lack Critical Information on Health Insurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A new poll by GetInsured, a health insurance marketplace platform provider, reveals that Millennials lack some critical information when it comes to purchasing health insurance, and uncovers the need for better education. According to GetInsured’s 2020 Millennial Health Insurance Survey, more than half of uninsured Millennials (53 percent) are not aware that they may qualify for tax credits to help lower the cost of health insurance premiums.

As states are gearing up for the 2021 Open Enrollment Period this November, people across the country appear to be suffering the consequences of reduced access to information on tax credits and affordability options, and have a lack of awareness when it comes to finding coverage. One-third (34 percent) of uninsured Millennials surveyed did not even know that they can obtain health insurance through ACA marketplaces. Meanwhile, of those who were aware of the

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School Closures Cut a Critical Line to Dental Care for Poor Students

Before the pandemic, it was not unusual for Tiffany Foy and a team of other dental hygienists to visit schools in rural and urban parts of Oregon to treat the teeth of thousands of children in a year.

Many of the children they examined had cavities, painful abscesses and “big holes” in their teeth, said Ms. Foy, who works at Advantage Dental, a nonprofit organization that provides oral health care regardless of a patient’s income or insurance.

In March, the program was abruptly suspended after the state shut down in-person learning to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Ms. Foy said she and her fellow hygienists had not been back in schools since then.

“They could have a mouthful of cavities and the parents aren’t even aware,” Ms. Foy said. “I worry about that. I worry about neglect.”

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Baker Act: Definitions, Relevant Statutes, Key Checklist Items and Critical Timeframes

The “Baker Act is the common name for The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971; (Chapter 394 – Mental Health Part 1- Florida Mental Health Act State Statutes 394.451-394.47891) which allows an individual to be involuntary examined and institutionalized.The Baker Act allows for involuntary examination and can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. The two criteria that must be present is that person:

• has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act).

• is a harm to self, harm to others, or there is evidence of self-neglect (as defined in the Baker Act).

Mental illness” means an impairment of the mental or emotional processes that exercise conscious control of one’s actions or of the ability to perceive or understand reality, which impairment substantially interferes with the person’s ability to meet the ordinary demands of living. For the purposes of this part, the … Read More