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This woman just became the world's oldest mom (at age 74)

September 10, 2019


Erramatti Mangayamma at age 74 gave birth to twins in India last week after becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization, making her the oldest person to ever give birth, according to her doctors, and reigniting debate over so-called geriatric pregnancies.

'Walmart Health' is opening this week. Here's what you need to know.

September 10, 2019


Walmart this week is opening a new, standalone health clinic in Georgia called Walmart Health, marking the company's latest push into the primary care market.

First, she had a heart transplant. Then, a debt collector added her on LinkedIn.

September 10, 2019


Tens of millions of U.S. residents owe medical debt, and it is not uncommon for collections agencies to pursue aggressive tactics to recoup the balance.

Mallinckrodt reaches settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

September 10, 2019


Drugmaker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced that it has reached a "settlement in principle" with two Ohio counties in a lawsuit scheduled to go to trial next month that claims opioid drugmakers, distributors, and others contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Why it's so hard for patients to access their medical records

September 10, 2019


There is a great emphasis in health care today on amassing large databases of patient medical records, but for many patients, the process of accessing their own records can be challenging—and it is completely "at odds with your federal rights," Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, writes for NPR's "Shots."

As vaping illness deaths rise, public health officials are giving conflicting advice

September 9, 2019


Public health officials on Friday reported more deaths likely caused by a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as federal health agencies issued conflicting warnings about vaping and e-cigarette use.

How insurers are moving to cover multimillion-dollar gene therapies

September 9, 2019


Major insurers are eyeing and developing new strategies to help employers cover the cost of gene therapies priced at millions of dollars per treatment.

Are diet sodas dangerous? New research deepens the debate.

September 9, 2019


Drinking soft drinks every day—including sugar-free diet sodas—is associated with a greater risk of premature death, according to a study of over 450,000 people published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine, though some experts warn that observational studies like this fail to answer the question of whether drinking diet sodas causes harm or is simply associated with unhealthy behavior.

CMS finalizes rule bolstering its authority to combat fraud

September 9, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized a rule that provides the agency with more authority to prevent fraud by rejecting or revoking a provider's or supplier's enrollment in CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid if they are affiliated with organizations that have had their enrollment revoked because of fraud, waste, or abuse.

Medical imaging rates are climbing—despite efforts to bring them down

September 9, 2019


Physician groups for years have sought to curb rates of unnecessary imaging, but these rates are still on the rise, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

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