Today’s NewsStand – May 8, 2019

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.

Iowa News

UI will require all new students to learn techniques to help suicidal peers
When the new batch of University of Iowa students comes to campus this fall, one of their first lessons will be a little unexpected: suicide prevention. All first-year and transfer students will need to complete the new module, which is part of an online course that teaches students information they need to adjust to life there. Students learn how to navigate the grounds and the surrounding city and how to find academic resources, and for the first next time next academic year, they will be trained in how to identify suicidal tendencies among their peers. (Inside Higher Ed)

Conference looks to ‘Elevate the Conversation’ around mental health
Mental health continues to get a lot of attention in Iowa. Siouxland Mental Health Center is looking to elevate that conversation at an upcoming conference. 2019 Elevate the Conversation Conference will take over the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center on May 9. The conference will provide cutting edge information about mental health and addictions to professional, clients and family advocates. A few main topics include an overview of teenagers focusing on their struggles with mental health and suicide, to provide education and awareness of human trafficking. (Siouxland Proud)

Researchers: West Nile risk could be higher in flooded Western Iowa
New research from Iowa State University scientists found western Iowa has the state’s largest presence of a type of mosquito that carries West Nile Virus. Scientists are watching to see whether standing water from March’s flooding will bring more mosquitoes and the risk of the virus to western Iowa this summer. Scientists looked at 15 years of mosquito data and found a species called Culex tarsalis that carries West Nile Virus is most common in Iowa’s counties along the Missouri River. (Iowa Public Radio)

National News

CMS interstate insurance idea rebuffed by payers, state regulators
Payers, providers and state officials are urging CMS to refrain from plans to build on the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1333, which allows for sale of health plans across state lines. The agency’s call for feedback drew a chorus of opposition from the groups, contending the policy would harm consumers, destabilize local markets and undermine state sovereignty. Virtually all stakeholders, including the American Hospital Association, said they were not on board. (Healthcare Dive)

Meth vs. opioids: America has two drug epidemics, but focuses on one
While public health officials have focused on the opioid epidemic in recent years, another epidemic has been brewing quietly, but vigorously, behind the scenes. Methamphetamine use is surging in parts of the U.S., particularly the West, leaving first responders and addiction treatment providers struggling to handle a rising need. Across the country, overdose deaths involving meth more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. (Kaiser Health News)

US measles cases continue to climb
As measles cases rose last week to a new high of 764 cases this year in 23 states, a battle is heating up in New York state over a proposal to tighten vaccination requirements for those attending schools. The new total is 60 cases more than a week ago, according to a weekly update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Wall Street Journal)