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CDC: Most cases of mysterious lung illness are linked to vaping THC

September 30, 2019


Federal and state health officials last week said their investigations into a mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products show a majority of patients used products containing the marijuana compound, tetrahydrocannabinol—but investigators said they are not yet narrowing the scope of their probe.

FDA will not regulate fitness tracker apps, other healthy lifestyle software

September 30, 2019


FDA last week released guidelines clarifying how the agency will regulate digital health products, such as mobile apps and tools that use artificial intelligence to help doctors make clinical decisions.

Suicide rate has spiked among active-duty servicmembers, DOD finds

September 30, 2019


The U.S. military suicide rate among active-duty servicemembers rose by 34% from 2013 to 2018, according to the Department of Defense's first annual suicide report released last week.

Insurers are testing bundled payment models for maternity care. Are OB-GYNs on board?

September 30, 2019


Payers are testing bundled payments in maternity care as a way to reduce costs and improve outcomes, and while some obstetricians say the accountability is overdue, others are worried that the payment mechanism exposes them to financial risk unfairly.

NIH awards nearly $1B in funding for research to tackle the opioid epidemic

September 30, 2019


NIH last week announced the agency awarded nearly $1 billion to fund research to address the opioid epidemic by improving chronic pain treatments, reducing opioid use disorders, and helping patients achieve long-term recovery from opioid misuse.

Does your sick child need to stay home? Probably not, according to this pediatrician.

September 30, 2019


While minor ailments such as pink eye and sore throats seldom need prescription treatment, many day cares unwisely urge all sick kids to stay home and seek medical attention, Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

Weekly Line: You might not be the only one using your 23andMe test results

September 27, 2019


These days, it seems like genetic testing is everywhere. I frequently see television advertisements offering to uncover my family history with websites such as Ancestry.com and to pinpoint my heritage, disease risks, and more with services such as 23andMe.

Premiums, deductibles, and more: How employer-sponsored coverage changed in 2019

September 27, 2019


Annual premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored health coverage increased faster than both wages and inflation in 2019, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's annual Employer Health Benefits Survey.

The 'Best Companies' for working moms in health care, according to Working Mother

September 27, 2019


Working Mother this week released its annual list of the "100 Best Companies" for working mothers, and 23 of the companies are in health care.

Senate approves stopgap spending measure to avert federal shutdown

September 27, 2019


The Senate yesterday voted 82-15 to pass a stopgap spending bill (HR 4378) that would fund the federal government through Nov. 21, including funding extensions for community health centers, teaching hospital programs, and more.

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