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Was your hospital stay :) or :(? Penn Medicine wants to know.

September 16, 2019


Color-coded buttons featuring "emojis" that reflect a range of sentiments could be an effective way to get real-time patient and provider satisfaction data, according to a study published this month in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Sperm donors have been promised anonymity for a century. Then came 23andMe.

September 16, 2019


Sperm banks have long promised donors that they can donate anonymously—but the rise of consumer genetic testing has made it difficult for clinics to make such a guarantee.

Could a blood test help identify PTSD? Maybe, new study finds.

September 16, 2019


A new blood test has been shown to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat troops with a high level of accuracy, according to a study published last week in Molecular Psychiatry, which might help identify PTSD in troops who try to hide their symptoms.

5 ways hospitals can make childbirth safer

September 16, 2019


When it comes to preventing maternal childbirth-related deaths, the United States still has a "long way to go," according to Amy Compton-Phillips, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, who shares five ways her health system ensures safer outcomes for maternal care.

Weekly Line: The 3 biggest vaping myths I've seen this week, busted

September 13, 2019


News about e-cigarettes and vaping dominated headlines this week. But as I was scrolling through my Facebook and Twitter feeds over the past few days, I was particularly struck by the amount of misleading and flat-out false information I came across.

What your income means for your life expectancy

September 13, 2019


Americans with lower incomes are less likely to live into their 70s and 80s than those with comparatively higher incomes, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday.

Democratic debate round 3: Leading candidates still at odds over 'Medicare for All'

September 13, 2019


Democratic candidates vying for the 2020 presidential nomination sparred over health care in Thursday's primary debate, but did voters learn anything new?

CRISPR shown to be safe to target HIV (but unsuccessful so far)

September 13, 2019


A patient with HIV/AIDS who received transplanted stem cells edited with CRISPR to have a mutation that blocks HIV is living without side effects, providing evidence that the gene-editing technology can safely target HIV, according to a case study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

For-profit dialysis center patients less likely to receive a transplant, study finds

September 13, 2019


Patients with renal failure who get dialysis at for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to receive a kidney transplant than patients who get dialysis at nonprofit centers, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, but the researchers said this does not mean for-profit centers are purposefully skimping on transplants.

VA must pay for non-VA emergency care even if veterans have other insurance, court rules

September 13, 2019


A federal appeals court this week ruled Veterans Affairs (VA) must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care provided at non-VA facilities—a decision that plaintiff's lawyers estimate could cost VA billions of dollars.

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