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How bad is this year's flu season? The answer, charted.

January 15, 2019


Between six million and seven million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this year—and American Health Line's interactive map reveals how hard the flu is hitting your state.

The doctor with up to 11 pseudonyms, a fake Social Security card—and 'no verifiable evidence' he attended med school

January 15, 2019


Court documents list 11 potential pseudonyms for the man known as Charles Akoda, but it is believed he was born in Nigeria as Oluwafemi Charles Igberase, and his medical career was founded on a sham.

'I'm in constant pain, 24/7': Meet the one-third of patients who regret knee replacement surgery

January 15, 2019


Knee replacement surgeries are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, but while the procedure generally is considered safe, some doctors say the surgery often is performed on patients who do not really need it.

Trump admin might put forth a proposal to overhaul VA's health system

January 15, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) is drafting a proposal to overhaul its health care system and shift billions of dollars in funding from VA-run health hospitals to private health care providers, according to the New York Times.

Hospital prices are now online. But can you decipher them?

January 14, 2019


CMS' new price transparency rule, which mandates that hospitals post their list of standard charges online, took effect on January 1st—and the initial data paint a confusing picture for patients. American Health Line breaks down the coverage to highlight the different ways providers have been responding to the rule and hints into how it might evolve.

Judge blocks rules allowing moral, religious exemptions to contraceptive coverage requirements

January 14, 2019


A federal judge in California on Sunday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a pair of federal rules that allow more employers to seek exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules based on moral or religious grounds.

The 10 best jobs in health care in 2019, according to US News

January 14, 2019


U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the best jobs in health care for 2019, with physician assistants topping the list, supplanting dentists, which topped the list last year.

Map: How many cancer cases in your state are linked to excess weight?

January 14, 2019


A recent study finds more than 7% of cancer cases among U.S. adults were associated with excess body weight.

Diagnosis coding changes might explain the decline in hospital readmissions, study finds

January 14, 2019


CMS' change in diagnosis coding might be responsible for over 50% of the reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions, a new study suggests.

This man was sentenced to prison for a cyberattack on a children's hospital. Here's why he did it.

January 14, 2019


Martin Gottesfeld, a computer engineer, was sentenced for crimes related to the 2014 denial-of-service attack against Boston Children's Hospital that disrupted service at the hospital for several days—and Gottesfeld says his "only regret" is that he did not act sooner.

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