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Pennsylvania still restricts nurses’ scope of practice, health care options

Though a majority of states allow nurse practitioners full authority to deliver care, Pennsylvania still requires oversight from a physician. A bill in the legislature could change it though, but it’s unclear... Read more »

We found a genetic link between routine blood test results and mental health disorders

Mental health disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and anorexia show links to biological markers detected in routine blood tests, according to our new study of genetic, biochemical and psychiatric data from almost a million people.... Read more »

Arizona ensures in-person clergy visitation to long-term care facilities

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law on Monday that requires the accommodation of in-person spiritual care visitations for residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and hospices. The... Read more »

Missouri nursing school gets CDC grant to fight vaccine hesitancy

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing will receive part of a $1 million grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Centers for Disease Control and... Read more »

Colorado lawmakers pledge $100 million for child care

With just over a year until Colorado begins providing free preschool to 4-year-olds statewide, state lawmakers want to inject $100 million into efforts to beef up the early childhood workforce and create... Read more »

Despite opposition, Pennsylvania Medicaid contracts keep unionization language

As Medicaid contracts are worked out to take effect in the summer, draft language remains unchanged that could compel unionization in some Pennsylvania health systems. As The Center Square previously reported, the HealthChoices... Read more »

Pennsylvania 42nd in COVID-19 policy response

A new paper measuring the economic and health trajectories of states during the pandemic calls into question the wisdom of more-restrictive policies to preserve public health. “A Final Report Card on the... Read more »

Illinois officials respond to the possibility of another mask mandate

Illinois officials are not discussing the possible return of a statewide indoor mask mandate, for now. City health officials in Philadelphia have announced a new mask mandate, including in schools, that takes... Read more »

Duckling sales continue in Missouri as avian flu increases

The tradition of baby ducklings for sale during early spring and the Easter season are exempt from Missouri’s suspension of all auctions of domestic waterfowl and waterfowl eggs, shows and swap meets... Read more »

Colorado bill banning flavored tobacco, nicotine products clears lengthy debate

A Colorado House committee advanced a bill late Monday that would largely ban flavored tobacco and nicotine products. The House Finance Committee heard over seven hours of testimony from dozens of opponents... Read more »