HEALTH 06/05/2018 06:24 pm ET A recent study found that about one-third of deaths in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria were a result of interruption of medical care. These steps could help. By Carolina Moreno The 2018 hurricane season began Friday, a stressful time for communities most likely to be affected. In recent years, southeastern U.S. cities, like Houston and New Orleans, and Caribbean islands such as the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica have seen their infrastructure, economies and public health majorly affected by the high winds and heavy flooding that can accompany a major storm. The new season also puts in sharp relief the ways in which Puerto Rico has yet to recover from a cascade of natural disasters last year, culminating in the devastating Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, 2017. A recent Harvard study estimated that nearly 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Maria ― 70 times higher than the government’s official count. The study … [Read more...] about Hurricane Season Has Started. Here’s What Medical Experts Say Is Needed To Save Lives.
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Alarmed that the U.S. is the most dangerous affluent country in which to give birth, state and local lawmakers around the country are adopting a flurry of bipartisan bills aimed at reforming how maternal deaths are identified and investigated. In Indiana earlier this month, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill creating a maternal mortality review committee to scrutinize deaths and near-deaths among expectant and new mothers and make policy recommendations to improve maternal health. Oregon’s governor and Washington, D.C.’s mayor, both Democrats, are expected to sign similar legislation in the coming days. Proposals are pending in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey. Legislators from several of these states credited the ProPublica/NPR “Lost Mothers” series with raising their awareness and concern about the issue. Maryland Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins, who introduced a bill there, said that the series, especially articles looking at why black … [Read more...] about Here’s one issue blue and red states agree on: preventing deaths of expectant and new mothers