New York organization apologizes for role in Tuskegee syphilis study

The Milbank Memorial Fund covered funeral costs – up to $100 – for the black men who died as part of the US government’s research project. To get the money, AP reports, the widows had to agree to let doctors perform autopsies on the men. “It was wrong. We are ashamed of our role. We are deeply sorry,” Christopher F. Koller, chairman of the fund, publicly acknowledged on Saturday.

AP: New York Fund apologizes for role in Tuskegee syphilis study

For nearly 40 years from the 1930s, when government researchers deliberately let hundreds of black men die of syphilis in Alabama so they could study the disease, a foundation in New York covered funeral expenses of the deceased. The payments were vital for survivors of victims at a time and place wracked by poverty and racism. As altruistic as they may seem, the checks — up to $100 — weren’t just an act of charity: they were part of an almost unimaginable scheme. To get the money, widows or other loved ones had to agree to let doctors open the bodies of the dead for autopsies that would detail the ravages of a disease whose victims were accused of having “bad blood”. (Reeves, 6/11)

In the environmental news —

The New York Times: Heat wave persists in Southwest as high temperatures set records

Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings were in effect for more than 75 million people in the southern and central United States on Sunday, following a scorching heat wave that brought record temperatures Saturday to 16 cities from the southwest to the southern plains. , according to the National Weather Service. On Saturday, the temperature hit 114 degrees at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, tying a record set more than a century ago. (Chung, 6/12)

CIDRAP: 219 salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry in 38 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday and health officials in several states are investigating outbreaks of Salmonella linked to backyard poultry that have sickened 219 people, including 1 fatal, in 38 States. … Interviews with sick patients about possible exposures revealed that 70% had contact with backyard poultry before becoming ill. Others ate poultry eggs and two ate poultry meat. The states with the most cases are Minnesota (15), Wisconsin (13), Pennsylvania (12), Illinois (11), Texas (11) and Iowa (10). (6/10)

In other health news across the US –

The CT mirror: the demand for nurses is urgent. Colleges and universities in CT cannot track.

Graduates of this year’s nursing school enrolled before the pandemic took hold, and during their studies they have seen the profession go through upheaval. Waves of COVID-19 have delayed clinical rotations for students in patient care facilities. When they were allowed to return to hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities, the work was more intense than many had anticipated. (Phillips, 6/12)

AP: Troubled Iowa Center for Disabled fined over death of resident

A struggling Iowa center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities failed to monitor the fluid intake of a 30-year-old resident who died in February from dehydration, state inspectors said in a report. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals fined the Glenwood Resource Center $10,000 after inspectors found center staff failed to ensure the man received at least 101 ounces (3,000 milliliters) of fluids each day as ordered by her doctor. (Beck, 6/10)

AP: Judge: NC health plan must cover transgender treatment

North Carolina’s state employee health plan unlawfully discriminates by excluding treatment for transgender people by refusing to pay for hormone therapy and surgeries, as it once did briefly, a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs sided with several transgender people or their parents in saying that denying coverage of gender confirmation treatments violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and Title VII of the Constitution. civil rights law on the basis of gender. (6/10)

AP: Judge: Georgia County can’t deny deputy gender surgery

A federal judge has found that a Georgia sheriff’s office unlawfully discriminated by denying a deputy sex reassignment surgery. U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell ruled June 2 that Houston County cannot exclude transgender woman’s surgery from its health insurance plan, citing a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling finding that a Michigan funeral home couldn’t fire an employee for being transgender. (Amy, 6/11)

KHN: States are fighting student mental health crisis with days off

Linnea Sorensen falls into a funk every time her girlfriend of four years leaves for her six-month stints with the Marines, and the high schooler struggles to focus on her classwork. “I’m someone who struggles a bit with my mental health,” said the 17-year-old, who attends school in this suburb of about 77,000 people northwest of Chicago. “When you’re in school and you’re not completely there mentally, it’s like you really don’t understand anything anyway.” Now Illinois is giving Sorensen and students like her a new option to deal with mental health issues. The state allows K-12 students in public schools to have five excused absences per school year for mental health reasons, another example of the growing recognition among lawmakers that emotional and physical health are closely intertwined. linked. (Bruce, 6/13)

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Aubrey L. Morgan