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Health Homes For Foster Kids, Who The ACA Helped Most And More: Weekly Roundup

Nurses at Starlight Pediatrics try to distract 4-year old Daniel Atkinson as he gets his vaccines.
Michelle Faust
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

More than two years in, just who has benefited from the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and Medicaid expansion? The New York Times takes a look at the numbers. The opioid crisis has left sickle cell patients understandably frustrated. Suicide rates are up for teen girls.  And, Side Effects' Upstate New York reporter Michelle Faust takes us inside foster kids' health care. 

Immigrants, Unemployed Gained Most In ACA Exchanges' First Year

The New York Times crunched the numbers on 2014 new health insurance enrollment to find that some of society's most vulnerable saw the biggest increases in coverage come out of the health law. Did states' decision to expand Medicaid- or not - make a difference? Yup. Read the report


Specialized Professionals Needed To Keep Foster Kids Healthy

Foster parents may be the best therapy for kids in the system, but they still need professional help when it comes to their complex health needs. Side Effects reporter Michelle Faust reportsfrom a pediatric practice in Rochester, NY that's specially tailored to foster children. And what happens when they age out of care? Michelle's got a story about that too.

Did The Flu Kill Prince? We Don't Know For Sure, But It's Possible

Representatives for Prince say no information on the cause of the singer's death will be released before the full autopsy results are in. But he did cancel two shows earlier this month due to the flu. Influenza rarely kills people in middle age (Prince was 57), but it can happen. STAT News spoke with three leading flu experts.

When Cracking Down On Opioids Means Tougher Access For Sickle Cell Patients

People with sickle cell anemia aren't a high risk group for opioid addiction. Yet sickle cell patientssay they have a hard time getting pain meds when they show up at the hospital in a crisis. St. Louis Public Radio has more.

Suicide Rates Climb, Especially For Adolescent Girls

According to a CDC report out today, girls ages 10 through 14 have seen the biggest increase in suicides over the past fifteen yearsof any age group in the US. Reluctance of physicians to prescribe antidepressants and early puberty could be among the causes. NPR reports

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Andrea Muraskin manages the social media and website for Sound Medicine News, and contributes web and radio reporting. Prior to joining the Sound Medicine News team, she was a freelance reporter and producer, notably creating the radio feature series’ The Neighborhood Project, The Life Stories Project, and Constitution Indiana at 90.1 WFYI. Andrea was a radio coach for the Indianapolis-based youth media organization Y-Press, where she had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best teen journalists.