A summary of important health news from the past week.
Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion access law
In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled against Texas laws that placed restrictions on abortion clinics. The two main provisions at question were requirements that physicians have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and to upgrade clinics to hospital-like standards. The majority opinion focused on the health implications of these requirements.
WHO, governments and health agencies commit to advancing global health security
At a three-day meeting in Bali, titled ‘Advancing Global Health Security: From Commitments to Actions’, the World Health Organization (WHO) along with governments and other health agencies have committed to increasing assistance for disease outbreaks and other health emergencies. Only a third of countries have the abilities to detect and respond to health emergencies.
'Stigma' leaves many reluctant to seek Narcan, say Connecticut health officials
Despite state law allowing pharmacists with proper training to prescribe Narcan, or naloxone, to opioid users there are low rates of people requesting the overdose reversal drug. Professionals are suggesting that a lack of awareness about the drug's availability along with the stigma of drug addiction are contributing factors in the low usage rates.
States Offer Privacy Protection For Young Adults On Parents' Health Plan
In the wake of the Affordable Care Act provision allowing children to remain on their parent's health insurance until 26 years of age, many states are passing privacy protections for adult children. One protection is a request that the health insurance plan communicate with each individual at alternate locations or through alternate means.
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