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DeepMind's new AI system can predict 90% of severe kidney injuries—up to 2 days in advance

August 12, 2019


DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence tool that can predict the onset of acute kidney injury "with a lead time of up to 48 hours," according to a paper published in Nature.

Can 'authorized generics' actually raise Rx prices?

August 12, 2019


Drugmakers increasingly are creating generic versions of their own brand-name drugs, aiming in part to sustain revenue after patents expire, but some critics say these so-called "authorized generics" stifle competition and ultimately could increase prices.

FDA orders companies to stop selling flavored e-cigarette, hookah products

August 12, 2019


FDA on Thursday announced that it sent warning letters to four companies demanding that they stop selling 44 different flavors of e-cigarette liquids and hookah products, noting that the products have not received the agency's approval.

4 ways for hospitals to implement evidence-based practices (without a huge delay)

August 12, 2019


Margaret Luciano, an assistant professor at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and colleagues offer four ways hospitals can integrate evidence-based practices, which sometimes can take over a decade to catch on.

Weekly Line: There's finally an Ebola vaccine. So why isn't it stopping the latest outbreak?

August 9, 2019


The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has officially entered its second year, and much to public health workers' dismay, it's not slowing down.

This hospital was built to be hacked. (Really.)

August 9, 2019


Scores of medical devices that currently are in use have never been assessed by security researchers, so to build an understanding of security flaws, organizers of the BioHacking village at DefCon built a mock hospital equipped with both new and older devices for hackers to try to breach.

Older adults binge drink, too. Here's what it does to their health.

August 9, 2019


Binge drinking often is associated with college-aged adults, but new data show that drinking in excess also is a habit for almost 11% of seniors, who providers say are at increased risk of alcohol-related harms such as falls.

Short-term health plans pay out 39% of premiums on care, report finds

August 9, 2019


The top five short-term health plan insurers in 2018 spent only about 39% of premium dollars on medical care, well below the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio threshold, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' 2018 Accident and Health Policy Report published last week.

'A very big deal': New study will use CRISPR to treat sickle cell disease

August 9, 2019


Doctors are testing whether they can use CRISPR to treat patients with sickle cell disease, marking the first time doctors in the United States have used the gene-editing tool to treat a patient with a genetic disorder.

He was jailed as a 'fake doctor.' 20 years later, he's a real MD.

August 9, 2019


Adam Litwin has wanted to be a doctor since he was a child—so much so that, in 2000, he went to jail for impersonating one—and now, almost 20 years later, he has graduated from medical school.

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