November 22, 2022 | Volume XI | Issue 47

How Health-Related Ballot Measures Fared in the Midterms

Steven Ross Johnson reports for U.S. News & World Report:

The 2022 midterm elections featured not only high-stakes contests for congressional seats and governor's mansions, but tasked voters with deciding on dozens of state ballot measures linked to health and well-being.

Overall, states had more than 130 measures on their ballots to decide the fate of an array of important and highly contested topics. And while efforts to legalize recreational marijuana and to enshrine or undercut abortion rights drew much of the spotlight, other ballot measures dealt with expanding health care coverage, limiting medical debt, banning flavored tobacco, tightening controls on guns and funding affordable housing.

Here's a look at key results...

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To America's Permissive Addiction 'Fix,' Critics Just Say No

Leighton Woodhouse | RealClearInvestigations

After nine years as a homeless drug addict in Los Angeles, Jared Klickstein finally checked himself into a drug treatment center. Unlike the program he had gone to six years before, which had hot tubs, acupuncture, and trips to the beach, this one, in North Hollywood, was deadly serious about personal responsibility. Clients kept a strict schedule. They did chores. They scrubbed toilets. “No hot tubs,” Klickstein said.

Most important, they couldn’t use drugs. “If you use, they kick you out,” he said. “There’s consequences.”

It took him two attempts, but Klickstein, now 33, finally got clean. Four and a half years later, he’s independent, employed, and emotionally stable. “I was a person that you would see on one of these videos, screaming with blood and shit all over them,” he said. “And now I’m not.”

Klickstein attributes his success to the North Hollywood program’s emphasis on sobriety and accountability. “Without sobriety, there is no mental or emotional stability for me and most other drug addicts, meaning homelessness was inevitable,” he said. “Half measures and coddling do not work. Period.”

But tough-love centers like the one that turned Klickstein’s life around are becoming harder to come by. The idea that you have to quit drugs to recover from addiction has become old-fashioned, and treatment centers that insist on abstinence are disappearing. In California, changes in state law have made it virtually...

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Health tech companies weigh options as IPO market sags

Sydney Halleman reports for Healthcare Dive:

Cash-burning healthcare companies looking to go public may turn to alternative methods of funding to keep their businesses afloat amid a flagging market for initial share sales, industry analysts say.

The IPO market for healthcare tech companies is facing its worst year in two decades as the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s war in Ukraine, record-high inflation and rising interest rates...

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Chris Hemsworth talks learning about his risk of developing Alzheimer's disease | GMA.

Good Morning America

In the new National Geographic show, “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth,” the Thor actor discovered he has a risk of developing Alzheimer’s eight to 10 times higher than the general population.

Watch the video HERE.

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