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Is the US measles outbreak almost over?

September 17, 2019


Public health officials last week reported no new cases of the measles, suggesting the United States might not lose its World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated measles, as officials have feared.

Medical expenses are 'the largest contributor' to poverty, Census report finds

September 17, 2019


Health care expenses were "the largest contributor" to growing U.S. poverty levels from 2017 to 2018, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released this month.

FDA finds cancer-causing chemical in another US drug

September 17, 2019


FDA on Friday announced that it has found low levels of a chemical that could cause cancer in some batches of medications commonly used to treat heartburn, but it has not issued recalls of the drugs at this time.

Weill Cornell will offer tuition-free education to financial aid students

September 17, 2019


Weill Cornell Medicine on Monday announced that, starting in the 2019-2020 school year, it will provide a "full ride" scholarship that covers tuition as well as room and board, books, and other expenses to all students who qualify for financial aid.

OxyContin maker Purdue files for bankruptcy. What does that mean for opioid lawsuits?

September 17, 2019


Purdue Pharma on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as part of a tentative settlement the drugmaker reached with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories that are suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Why are nurses hiding drugs in ceiling tiles? Blame the US' health care 'workarounds.'

September 17, 2019


When Theresa Brown, a clinical faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, heard about nurses hiding patients' drugs in the ceiling to work around their hospital's slow pharmacy, she "wasn't surprised," and Brown in a New York Times opinion piece explains why these workarounds are all too common in the U.S. health system.

Is private equity the key to physician practice growth—or 'a risky national experiment'?

September 17, 2019


Beacon Orthopaedics recently partnered with Revelstoke Capital Partners to launch a new network of orthopedics groups to help the practices compete in a more consolidated marketplace—a partnership that observers warn could have both beneficial and detrimental results.

Why CDC is reporting fewer lung illness cases linked to e-cigarettes

September 16, 2019


CDC on Thursday revised its tally of cases of a lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products to 380 based on a narrower definition CDC issued late last month.

Does pizza prevent cancer? The results of this year's Ig Nobel awards.

September 16, 2019


The Annals of Improbable Research on Thursday awarded the Ig Nobel Prizes to 10 "improbable" research projects, including studies into how dirty money really is, whether clickers can help train budding surgeons, and more.

What's driving up the cost of employer-sponsored health benefits? Specialty drugs, chronic conditions, and more.

September 16, 2019


Chronic health conditions and specialty drugs are projected to drive up the overall cost of employer-sponsored health benefits in 2020, according to a report released last week by the consulting firm Aon.

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