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Dopamine fasting is the latest trend in Silicon Valley—but is it backed by science?

November 26, 2019


The latest fad in Silicon Valley is so-called "dopamine fasting," in which an individual abstains from smartphones, computers, and even eye contact in order to supposedly curb "addiction" to technology—but experts are skeptical of whether the practice really works.

BYU-Idaho will no longer accept students with Medicaid coverage—and Medicaid expansion could be why

November 26, 2019


Brigham Young University-Idaho this month suddenly announced that it will no longer accept Medicaid as an adequate health insurance option for students, meaning students who are covered exclusively by Medicaid either must purchase additional coverage or leave the school.

FDA is approving more generic drugs than ever. So why can't consumers buy them?

November 26, 2019


FDA in recent years has approved a record number of generic drugs to treat cancer, heart conditions, and other diseases, but many patients do not have access to the lower-cost treatments and are forced to rely on higher-cost, brand-name drugs.

The 4 lessons AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw learned from his wife's car crash

November 26, 2019


When AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw's wife was hospitalized following a car accident, he encountered painful and frustrating challenges in navigating her care that ultimately inspired major changes at his own health system, Shaw writes on LinkedIn.

Medicaid work requirements are facing another legal challenge—this time, in Michigan

November 26, 2019


Three advocacy groups on behalf of four Medicaid beneficiaries last week filed a lawsuit seeking to block Michigan from implementing Medicaid work requirements that HHS approved last year.

Where employees are paying the most for health coverage, mapped

November 25, 2019


U.S. residents with employer-sponsored health plans are contributing an increasingly large portion of their incomes to deductibles and premiums, with those contributions rising at faster rates than the median income in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund.

Bloomberg has entered the Democratic presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

November 25, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) on Sunday announced that he has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and a video launching his campaign touched on his views regarding health care reform.

As vaping-related illness cases hit nearly 2.3K, Trump questions flavored e-cigarette ban

November 25, 2019


More public health experts and groups are calling on the Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes—an intensifying push that came just days before President Trump in a meeting with industry stakeholders voiced concerns about the effect of such a ban.

Google almost released 100,000+ chest X-rays. Then it discovered a big problem.

November 25, 2019


Two days before Google was set to publicly share over 100,000 images of chest X-rays obtained under a partnership with NIH, the federal health agency called Google and informed company researchers that some of the images included personal health data—leading Google to promptly cancel the project.

This computer can predict when you'll die. (Just don't ask how it works.)

November 25, 2019


Researchers at Geisinger recently announced that they have developed an algorithm that uses electrocardiogram data to determine whether a person will die within a year—but they are not sure how the algorithm works.

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