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ACA repeal might be back on the table, McConnell says

October 18, 2018


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says congressional Republicans could again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain larger majorities in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.

Another reason to avoid 'yo-yo dieting': It may double your risk of death, study finds

October 18, 2018


People who repeatedly lose and regain weight might be at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes, according to a new study.

US fertility rates are falling. These 3 charts show how.

October 18, 2018


U.S. fertility rates are falling, and new research suggests hospitals are responding by cutting obstetrician units, particularly those in rural areas.

FDA teams up with hackers, DHS to improve medical device safety

October 18, 2018


In an effort to improve medical device safety, FDA is collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security to better coordinate the agencies' responses to cybersecurity threats, and with ethical hackers to identify medical device vulnerabilities.

6 tips for breaking bad news, according to an oncologist

October 18, 2018


Telling patients that they need further treatment or that their cancer is progressing is a "core function" of an oncologist's job, but that does not make disclosing the unwelcome news any easier, Andrew Neuschatz, a physician and partner with Arizona Oncology, writes for Quartz's "Quartz at Work," but after 15 years on the job, Neuschatz says he has identified six "practical steps" for making bad news "less painful."

PCSK9 drugs can save lives—but a pricing 'battle' is undercutting patient access

October 18, 2018


PCSK9 inhibitors, a new class of drugs that help reduce cholesterol levels, can be life-saving for some patients—but many do not have access to the drugs because of their extremely high prices.

How Johns Hopkins transformed its 'culture of fear' into a 'culture of safety'

October 18, 2018


To encourage frontline staff to report compliance violations, Johns Hopkins University and Health System teamed up with the University of Cambridge to transform a "culture of fear" into a "culture of safety," according to Modern Healthcare.

Meet Mary Mayhew, CMS' new director of Medicaid and CHIP

October 17, 2018


Mary Mayhew, the former commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, is CMS' new deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP.

Can Apple Watch aid knee and hip replacement recovery? Researchers want to find out.

October 17, 2018


Apple is working with orthopedics company Zimmer Biomet to test a new app for the Apple Watch that will allow patients recovering from hip and knee replacement surgeries to monitor and share health data with their doctors.

Many people believe they're healthy enough to skip a flu shot (and that can be deadly)

October 17, 2018


Before nearly dying of influenza in early 2017, Latasha Haynes, then 34, had never received a flu shot—a story that experts say is all too common the United States, where vaccination rates remain low.

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