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This football player became a doctor—then had to quit because of a brain injury

November 12, 2019


T.J. Abraham worked as an OB-GYN at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for years, but at age 42, he had to end his career because of a brain injury he likely sustained from years of playing football.

Researchers now have access to new Medicaid, CHIP data

November 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced that the agency for the first time is releasing certain data on Medicaid and CHIP utilization and payments as part of an effort to improve health care research.

CDC's investigation into vaping-linked illness just had a 'breakthrough,' as cases exceed 2,000

November 11, 2019


CDC on Friday said it has identified a potential cause of a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as the number of cases of the illness has exceeded 2,000.

Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser, dies unexpectedly at age 60

November 11, 2019


Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly at age 60 early Sunday morning, the company announced in a statement, remembering Tyson as "[a]n outstanding leader, visionary, and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

A detective was granted a warrant to search a private DNA database. Is your genetic privacy at risk?

November 11, 2019


A Florida detective at a recent police conference announced that a judge had approved a warrant to search the genetic profiles of almost one million users on the genetic database GEDmatch—news that alarms privacy advocates, who fear that warrants like this could lead to all genetic databases becoming open to law enforcement.

Will lawmakers again suspend the ACA's health insurance tax?

November 11, 2019


A group of 51 House lawmakers have signed a bipartisan letter calling for another suspension of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, which is scheduled to take effect next year.

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes

November 11, 2019


Juul on Thursday announced that, effective immediately, the company is no longer selling mint-flavored e-cigarette cartridges, after two studies published last week showed the flavor is popular among adolescents.

This woman's genetics left her at great risk for Alzheimer's—so why didn't she develop it?

November 11, 2019


A Colombian woman's family history and genetic profile indicated she would develop Alzheimer's disease by the time she was 50, but researchers say an extremely rare genetic mutation staved off cognitive decline until her 70s, opening up the possibility for a new approach to Alzheimer's treatment.

How this 'obscure' pricing model is helping lower Rx drug prices

November 11, 2019


An old pricing model called quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, puts a dollar value on the benefits a drug can have for a patient—and it is increasingly being used by Harvard Medical School's Institute for Clinical and Economic Review to nudge drugmakers into lowering prices.

The state of US health, in 7 charts

November 8, 2019


The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country.

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