theNewsWorthy: Thursday, May 9th, 2019
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Trump Jr. Subpoena: President Trump is using his executive privilege for the first time to shield the full Mueller report from Congress and the public. But the House panel voted ‘yes’ to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not handing over the report in the first place. Now it moves to the full House, which the Justice Department calls unnecessary. Also: the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., has also been subpoenaed, this time by a Republican-led Senate committee. The committee wants to ask questions about his Russian contacts. Stay tuned.
Read more (Executive Privilege): NYT, AP
Read more (Contempt Vote): The Hill, CNN
Read more (Trump Jr. Subpoena): CNBC, NPR
Pregnancy-Related Deaths: Though the death from pregnancy is still very rare in advanced countries, a new CDC report found the rate of deaths in the U.S. has continued to rise for decades. Leading experts say providers need to better communicate risk factors and the signs and symptoms. Implicit racial bias in the health care system also needs to be addressed. Hear a bit more on this in today's podcast interview (after the news).
Read more: CBS News, Axios
Magic Mushrooms: Denver, Colorado will become the first U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. The unofficial results show the ballot measure passed in a very close vote, but it doesn’t actually mean ‘magic mushrooms’ are legal. The measure means use and possession by adults over 21 should be a very low priority for police. It’s still fully illegal under federal law.
Read more: Forbes, Denver Post
Drug Prices on TV: Drugmakers will soon be required to start putting prices in TV ads. If a drug costs more than $35, companies will have to tell consumers (just like they're required to do with drugs' side effects). Supporters of the new rule believe it’ll help drive down the cost of prescription drugs and give more power to patients. On the other hand, drug companies say putting prices in ads will confuse patients, since insurance and rebates usually help with costs.
Read more: ABC News, Bloomberg, NYT
Walmart Tobacco Age: Starting this summer, you’ll need to be 21 to buy tobacco from Walmart. The company is raising the minimum age in all of its stores.
Read more: CNBC, Reuters
Bitcoin Hackers: Hackers got into a cryptocurrency exchange and stole more than $40 million worth of Bitcoin. Binance (a major cryptocurrency exchange) says the hackers used phishing, viruses and other attacks to steal 7,000 Bitcoins in one transaction. They also got their hands on users’ information, including two-factor authentication codes. The losses are covered through emergency insurance and will reportedly be reimbursed.
Read more: CNN, Wired, Binance
Buy a Bird: If you’re sick of renting e-scooters, you can now buy a Bird scooter. The new 'Bird One' is for sale for $1,300. The scooters come in three different colors. The battery lasts twice as long. If you preorder it now, you can have it by summer.
Read more: Tech Crunch, The Verge
Tyra Banks SI Cover: Tyra Banks came out of modeling retirement to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue for the third time. She says she did it for everyone who’s been told they’re not good enough because of their body or their age. Banks is now 45. She made history in 1997 when she became the first black woman to have a solo cover.
Read more: CBS News, People
Royal Baby Name: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex named their baby boy Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. See pictures at the links below...
Read more: BBC, USA Today, People, Instagram
Thing to Know Thursday:
Pregnancy-Related Issues & Postpartum Care
CDC Report (U.S. News & World Report)
Postpartum Guidelines (ACOG)
FDA-Approved Drug (NYT)
Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, FABM
Dr. Stuebe is currently an Associate Professor and Board-Certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Distinguished Scholar of Infant and Young Child Feeding at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. In the clinical arena, she is Medical Director of Lactation Services at UNC Health Care. Her current research focuses on developing models for holistic and equitable care of families during the 4th Trimester. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Moms Rising North Carolina. She is president-elect of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. At the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, she is a member of the board of directors and of the SMFM Health Policy and Advocacy Committee. At the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, she is a member of both the Breastfeeding Expert Work Group and the Maternal Mental Health Expert Work Group, and she chaired the Task Force on Reinventing Postpartum Care.