Nevada Reveals Which 19 Healthcare Facilities Have Had Superbug Candida Outbreaks

In revealing which hospitals and skilled nursing facilities reported the Candida auris fungus this year, the state health department did not specify which was still suffering from an outbreak. Also: a violent murder at an Indianapolis nursing home, a mental health program for healthcare workers in Ohio, and more.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada hospitals with ‘superbug’ outbreaks identified

The state health department on Thursday night identified the 19 hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in southern Nevada that have reported cases of the drug-resistant “superbug” this year that can lead to serious illness and even death. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services did not specify which facilities had ongoing outbreaks of the Candida auris fungus, saying state and federal investigators are still making that determination, and nor did it specify how many cases had been identified at each facility. (Hynes, 05/19)

In other health news across the US –

Indianapolis star: Threats of sexual assault and violence preceded Indy nursing home murder

The man accused of raping and suffocating a resident of an Indianapolis nursing home threatened at least two other women with sexual assault or violence in the days leading up to the murder, according to a health inspection report from the state. The report reveals new details about how staff and administrators at Homestead Healthcare Center failed to protect its vulnerable residents, including Patricia Newnum, 80, who was killed at the facility in February. Homestead resident Dwayne Freeman, 60, is charged with her murder and rape. Police say a nursing assistant found Freeman on top of Newnum in his bed with a pillow over his face and a bottle of liquor nearby. (Cook, 5/20)

Columbus Dispatch: New service connects medical professionals to mental health resources

The Ohio State Medical Association has announced the launch of a free, anonymous service to help healthcare workers screen for mental and emotional health issues statewide. Brian Santin, vascular surgeon and president of the association, said on Wednesday that the emotional toll on medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic has strained the profession. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Santin said the medical association’s new Well-Being CARE service aims to help medical professionals normalize the conversation about mental and emotional health issues, empowering them to take action to get the support they need. (Behrens, 05/19)

WLRN 91.3 FM: DeSantis signs student mental health bill, approves $100 million for cancer research

Governor Ron DeSantis signed several bills into law this week, including a measure that will require school districts to notify parents of additional mental health resources if students are receiving services. DeSantis also announced that he would approve $100 million in the state budget next year for cancer research, $37 million more than the current year. DeSantis has not officially received the legislature’s proposed $112.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. . (5/19)

CNBC: Fighting the Atlantic City Smoking Ban: Workers’ Health for Profits

Legislation pending in the New Jersey State House would end Atlantic City’s long-held casino exemption from a statewide indoor smoking ban. . Around 2,500 casino workers united to lobby for the ban. And the governor of the state also supports it. “If a bill came to my desk, I would sign it,” Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said in December. The casino industry is fighting the effort, saying it is worried about the potential impact of a ban on jobs and profits. (Brewer and Golden, 5/19)

Bangor Daily News: Rising costs prompt communities in Old Town area to consider regional ambulance service

A spike in the cost of ambulance services for about half a dozen communities around the Old City has them discussing whether to create a regional ambulance service to minimize future cost increases. The town of Bradley, for example, is preparing for a more than 100% increase in what it pays Old Town for ambulance services for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The town of nearly 1,500 people will have to pay $88,125 in the next year, up from $40,207 this year. The increased costs are the result of Old Town having to add staff for another shift and their inability to recover enough costs from insurers of patients and past debts of those they took to the hospital. (Loftus, 05/19)

New Hampshire Bulletin: Program could help low-income NH residents shop at farmers’ markets

A food assistance program to help low-income mothers and children access fresh food at farmers’ markets is set to become law after a panel of House and Senate lawmakers agreed to make it happen. fund Tuesday. The provision was added to House Bill 1099 by Senator Becky Whitley, a Democrat from Hopkinton, who originally introduced the legislation. Whitley’s original version, Senate Bill 403, would have provided $300,000 for the program, but lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to spend only $30,000. SB 403 passed the Senate but languished in the House. (Gokee, 05/19)

KHN: Bison Pastrami, anyone? A preschool assistant makes sure the children learn about native foods

Buffalo pastrami isn’t a typical school lunch, but it’s a crowd favorite at a Minneapolis preschool. Fawn Youngbear-Tibbetts — the seemingly always-on-the-go Native Foods Coordinator of the Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Project — is often found tweaking recipes in the kitchen or offering homemade treats like flourless black bean brownies . (Gans and Huggins, 5/20)

In LGBTQ+ Health News –

Houston Chronicle: Texas CPS to Resume Child Abuse Investigations Regarding Medical Care for Trans Children

After the Texas Supreme Court last week allowed the state’s Child Protective Services agency to continue investigating parents of transgender children who seek gender-affirming care, it seems that the agency continue the investigations. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees child protective services, said in a statement Thursday that it “treats all reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation seriously and will continue to ‘investigate everyone to the fullest extent of the law’. (Goldenstein, 05/19)

Dallas Morning News: Doctor at heart of fight against trans youth care says she’s racing against time

In the first 24 hours after a court order allowed Dr. Ximena Lopez to temporarily resume gender-affirming medical care at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, her office received 50 phone calls from new patients rushing to get an appointment. -you. Lopez said the recovery, while it may be brief, has helped her feel upbeat for the first time in months. In her first interview since dismantling Genecis, the transgender youth program jointly run by Children’s and UT Southwestern through November, Lopez said she’s noticed a positive change in her team and the families she sees. “We have hope. Maybe the tide is turning. Maybe we can preserve that care,” Lopez, who once ran Genecis as a senior endocrinologist, told the Dallas Morning News on Thursday. (Wolf and McGaughy, 05/19)

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