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How Neglect of Puerto Rico Sparked a National IV Bag Shortage 20.2.2018 American Prospect
(Britta Pedersen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, hospitals across the mainland United States already faced intermittent shortages of intravenous fluids. But the Category 4 hurricane severely damaged several manufacturing plants owned by Baxter International, one of the major manufacturers of the small IV bags that deliver those fluids, setting in motion a major national shortage. Nearly six months later, the scarcity of IV bags has reached crisis levels, illustrating what damage to a supply chain concentrated in Puerto Rico can do to one of the world’s most advanced health-care systems. This development underscores an inescapable reality: A strong sector may have great doctors, nurses, and hospitals, but if one link in the supply chain breaks, people suffer. IV bags, simple plastic bags that are used to mix and deliver a liquid medication or salt water to patients through an intravenous line, are involved in nearly every facet of patient care ...
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Hospitals Grapple with National IV Bag Shortage 20.2.2018 American Prospect
(Britta Pedersen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, hospitals across the mainland United States already faced intermittent shortages of intravenous fluids. But the Category 4 hurricane severely damaged several manufacturing plants owned by Baxter International, one of the major manufacturers of the small IV bags that deliver those fluids, setting in motion a major national shortage. Nearly six months later, the scarcity of IV bags has reached crisis levels, illustrating what damage to a supply chain concentrated in Puerto Rico can do to one of the world’s most advanced health-care systems. This development underscores an inescapable reality: A strong sector may have great doctors, nurses, and hospitals, but if one link in the supply chain breaks, people suffer. IV bags, simple plastic bags that are used to mix and deliver a liquid medication or salt water to patients through an intravenous line, are involved in nearly every facet of patient care ...
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The US Is Set to Execute Three People in a Single Day 19.2.2018 Mother Jones
After its 1996 high, when 315 people were executed in the United States, the death penalty has been steadily on the decline. Just 23 people were executed last year in 8 states—the second fewest executions in the last 25 years. And while 31 states have the death penalty on the books, only a handful actually carries them out.  There are […]
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Trump’s Budget Cuts Are Forcing Teachers and Nurses to Work as Federal Prison Guards 19.2.2018 Mother Jones
Twice in one week, Ray Coleman, a teacher at the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution, reluctantly had to drop his lesson plans and go to work as a guard. “You show up in the morning and they say, ‘Hey, by the way, here’s your keys and radio—you’re going to work the compound today,” he says. Because the […]
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The Green Movement Is Lily White. That’s a Problem. 17.2.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  It’s been 20 years since Esteban González Burchard took a trip to Chicago that changed his life. The asthma researcher had been to the Windy City before, so tourism wasn’t on his agenda. Rather, he was there to attend the American Thoracic […]
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Sheriff: At Least 17 Are Dead After Florida School Shooting 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
Update, 6:35 pm ET: At a press conference Wednesday evening, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that 17 are dead after a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Israel confirmed the perpetrator was Nicolas Cruz, 19, who was previously expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons. Update, 4:37 pm ET: […]
Trump’s Anti-Refugee Campaign Just Hit a New Low 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
More than 20 refugee resettlement offices are preparing to close across the United States, following a Trump administration order to downsize resettlement operations, Reuters reported Wednesday. More than 40 other offices will also cut back operations. The plans are currently being reviewed by the State Department for final approval, according to the report from Reuters, which saw a copy of […]
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Sheriff: Suspect Arrested in Florida School Shooting 15.2.2018 Mother Jones
Update, 4:37 pm ET: Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that at least 14 victims are being treated for injuries related to the shooting. Broward County Public Schools superintendent Robert Runcie told CBS News that there were “numerous fatalities,” calling the situation “horrific.” So far we have at least 14 victims. Victims have been and continue […]
Opioid Makers Funneled Millions to Patient Advocacy Groups 14.2.2018 Mother Jones
Opioid manufacturers funneled nearly $9 million to leading pain treatment advocacy organizations and industry groups that in turn promoted the painkillers, according to a report released Monday by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) as part of an ongoing investigation into opioid makers. The report examines payments between 2012 and 2017 from five pharmaceutical companies, including the makers of […]
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Under Obamacare, Mothers Have Better Prenatal Care and Fewer Preterm Births 13.2.2018 Mother Jones
The Affordable Care Act appears to have improved the health of young pregnant women and their babies. A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the effects of the ACA provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance through age 26. The researchers studied a group of […]
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Sheltering Muslim Domestic Violence Survivors 9.2.2018 American Prospect
DecemberDah/Shutterstock Asma Hanif approaches her email as if it were an emergency room triage system in a hospital. As the founder and director of Muslimat al Nisaa, one of the few domestic violence shelters in the United States open exclusively to Muslim women, she must quickly decide who to admit based on the severity of the danger they face. Although the Baltimore-based home has been taking in women in since 2007, Hanif reports a significant increase in women requesting a spot in her shelter, more so in the past year than ever before. Many report having suffered constant abuse and discrimination at the other domestic violence shelters they’ve lived in, patterns that prompted them to seek out a safe space where they can live and practice their faith without fear. Although some of the women and children living in the home have never been in other shelters before, the majority of residents at Muslimat al Nisaa, an Arabic phrase that loosely translates as “Muslim Women’s Organization,” are coming ...
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This New Company Wants You To Trade Your DNA Sequence for Cryptocurrency 9.2.2018 Mother Jones
After about a year of development, a new biotech company, the brainchild of Harvard genomics pioneer George Church, emerged from the darkness this week, STAT News reported. It’s called Nebula Genomics, and it lets you buy and sell your genomic data using cryptocurrency. The core idea powering the startup is to give individuals control over their own […]
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Drinking While Pregnant May Feel Empowering. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Hurting Your Baby 9.2.2018 Mother Jones
Neurological problems caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy might be much more common than previously thought. A new study suggests that as many as 1 in 10 American children may suffer from these disabilities—a rate far greater than that of autism, which affects 1.5 percent of children. “Messages around drinking during pregnancy can quickly become […]
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Jeff Sessions Says Marijuana Fuels the Opioid Epidemic. Study After Study Finds the Opposite. 9.2.2018 Mother Jones
At a Heritage Foundation event celebrating Ronald Reagan’s birthday this week, Jeff Sessions made a familiar argument: Easy access to marijuana is helping fuel the opioid epidemic. The Drug Enforcement Agency says that the vast majority of heroin addiction starts with prescription painkillers, he acknowledged, but “We think a lot of this is starting with marijuana and other drugs, […]
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The Obscure Law That Lets the Feds Ask for Your Papers Inside the United States 8.2.2018 Mother Jones
  Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown recently has been playing out in an unlikely location: Greyhound buses. Over the past month, Border Patrol agents have been spotted boarding buses and questioning passengers about their immigration status—and, in some cases, even detaining them. In late January, one encounter went viral when onlookers recorded agents escorting a Jamaican woman off […]
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The Senate Just Reached a Deal to Fund the Government 8.2.2018 Mother Jones
After months of stop-gap measures, Senate leaders say they’ve reached an agreement to fund the government for two years while raising spending levels. The budget deal would increase domestic and defense spending by about $300 billion, and provide an additional $90 billion of disaster relief, the Washington Post reports. Congress has until Thursday night to pass a funding bill to […]
The Flu Has Killed 37 Children So Far, But the Scientists Who Study it Are Short on Funds 2.2.2018 Mother Jones
We’re only about halfway through flu season, and the influenza virus has already done a number on the United States. As of last Friday, 49 states were reporting widespread illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 12,000 people had been hospitalized and at least 37 children had died. “If we had […]
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These Foreign Workers Say They Were Told to Pick Blueberries Unless They Were on Their “Death Bed” 1.2.2018 Mother Jones
Early last August, a blueberry picker at a farm in Washington named Honesto Silva Ibarra was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. According to a recent lawsuit, the heat and haze from nearby forest fires had caused the pickers at Sarbanand Farms to become dizzy and get headaches throughout the summer. But the workers were hesitant […]
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Thousands of Central American Kids Planned to Reunite With Family in the U.S. Trump Shut Them Out. 30.1.2018 Mother Jones
Jorge last saw his daughter Bany in 1998, when he left El Salvador to find work in the United States. His wife Silvia followed him a few years later, leaving Bany with Jorge’s parents until they could afford to bring her to their new home in Northern California. “The cost of coyotes started to get […]
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A Fabulous Failure: Clinton’s 1990s and the Origins of Our Times 29.1.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  Hillary Clinton’s loss of the industrial Midwest to Donald Trump sealed her fate on Election Day 2016. This defeat, both narrow and catastrophic, had many architects, but one of the most consequential occupied the White House nearly 25 years before, when her husband faced an America whose stagnant economy, rampant deindustrialization, and giant trade deficit cried out for structural reforms to decisively break with Reagan-style laissez-faire and renew the allegiance of hard-pressed voters with the party of Roosevelt, Truman, and Johnson. But this was precisely what Bill Clinton failed to do. Many recall the 1990s as a moment of economic triumph with increasingly low unemployment, 4 percent annual economic growth, a booming stock market, even a balanced federal budget by the end of the millennium. Economists Alan Blinder and Janet Yellen called those years the “Fabulous Decade” in 2001, while a 2015 opinion ...
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