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Doctors knew this boy had cancer. So why couldn't they prove it?

September 23, 2019


A 16-year-old boy visited multiple doctors over the course of a year after developing pain that started in his knee, and each scan suggested he had cancer, yet no blood test could prove it. Finally, a pathologist had an idea, New York Times Magazine reports.

Death in America, charted

September 23, 2019


In 2017, death rates for the five states with the highest rates of mortality were 49% higher than the five states with the lowest rates, according to a new CDC report. The discrepancy proves just how much impact location-based and race-based inequities yield at a population level, Ben Palmer writes for American Health Line.

Trump issues executive order to modernize flu vaccine development

September 23, 2019


President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order intended to promote the development of better vaccinations to protect against seasonal influenza and potential pandemic flu outbreaks.

NYU Langone's secret to improving care? (Hint: They borrowed it from Google and Amazon.)

September 23, 2019


Tech companies like Google and Amazon often use randomized continuous quality improvement projects to evaluate processes, and while the technique is not widespread in health care, NYU Langone Health recently adopted the practice to assess routine patient care processes, according to a report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Do you screen for all 5 key social determinants of health? Few providers do, CMS finds.

September 23, 2019


Few hospitals and physician practices screen for all five of what CMS considers five key social determinants of health, according to a study published last week in JAMA Network Open.

Weekly Line: Does Trump need a health care plan?

September 20, 2019


Health care once again is shaping up to be a major focus for both voters and candidates in the 2020 elections.

Pelosi unveils bill to lower Rx drug prices. But will it pass Congress?

September 20, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday unveiled a highly anticipated bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States by giving the HHS secretary the authority to negotiate Medicare payments for certain drugs and establishing a drug price ceiling for the negotiations based on the prices paid for the drugs in other countries.

CDC now reports more than 500 lung illness cases linked to e-cigarettes

September 20, 2019


CDC on Thursday said officials from 38 states and one U.S. territory have reported eight deaths and 530 confirmed and probable cases of lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products.

House approves stopgap spending measure to avert federal shutdown

September 20, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 301-123 to pass a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through Nov. 21, including funding extensions for community health centers, teaching hospital programs, and more.

17M Americans have survived cancer. Now, they're asking their doctors: What's next?

September 20, 2019


Advances in cancer treatment are leading to enormous increases in the number of cancer survivors, prompting providers to identify ways to help these patients navigate the physical and emotional burdens of survival, Laura Landro—who is herself a longtime cancer survivor—reports for the Wall Street Journal.

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