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Today’s roundup of news stories related to health disparities, health care, health issues, direct service, social justice, animal welfare, environmentalism… basically, all things Schweitzer:

  • Early this morning, the U.S. Senate voted to end debate over proposed health care reform legislation; the legislation is expected to be put to a final Senate vote on Christmas Eve (BBC News)
  • Health Affairs‘ Timothy Jost offers a two-part analysis of the Senate health care reform bill (Health Affairs)
  • In an effort to address and reduce health disparities in LGBT populations, The Center for American Progress calls on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish an Office of LGBT Health (Center for American Progress)
  • According to new CDC estimates, nearly one percent of children in the U.S. suffer from autism, “with boys at least four times more likely than girls to suffer from the developmental disorder” (Boston Globe)
  • Health Care for All‘s “A Healthy Blog” points out a sobering New York Times article illustrating that many  “youth correctional facilities are dramatically unsuited to address mental health needs of inmates” (A Healthy Blog, New York Times)
  • Boston researchers have developed an online tool that helps to predict stroke recurrence in high-risk patients  (White Coat Notes)
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