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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.

Medicaid DSH payments vary widely by state, GAO finds

August 9, 2019

In four states, Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments in 2014 exceeded hospitals' aggregate uncompensated care costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report—but in 29 states, the payments covered less than half of such costs.

This blood test predicts Alzheimer's better than brain scans, research suggests

August 8, 2019

Researchers at Washington University have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that can detect the condition in asymptomatic patients and might be more sensitive than a PET brain scan, according to a paper published last week in Neurology.

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