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An incessant itch left this nurse in 'agony'—until one doctor dug deep into her medical past

July 9, 2019

Leslie Lavender, a 60-year-old retired nurse practitioner, was devastated by an unceasing itch that irritated her for over a year, until a specialist thought to look to Lavender's liver, where she had undergone surgery years before.

Pricing tools can save patients thousands of dollars. So why do so few providers use them?

July 9, 2019

While many health systems struggle to implement price transparency tools, Allina Health in Minnesota has successfully implemented a tool that gives physicians real-time information about how much patients' prescriptions will cost.

10 big medical myths, busted

July 8, 2019

A meta-analysis recently published in the journal eLife identified nearly 400 routine medical practices that have been debunked by studies in leading journals, and the New York Times' Gina Kolata rounded up 10 "of the most notable findings."

Here's how Facebook, YouTube plan to limit the spread of fake health news

July 8, 2019

Facebook and YouTube are taking new steps to reduce the spread of misleading health claims, after a Wall Street Journal investigation found the websites are being "flooded" with misinformation.

The boy 'was quickly running out of options.' Then, researchers brought in the zebrafish.

July 8, 2019

A boy living with a rare genetic condition was running out of treatment options when a genetically engineered zebrafish saved his life—a medical feat that his doctors say demonstrates precision medicine's potential to treat disorders beyond cancer.

1 in 7 unresponsive brain injury patients experience 'hidden consciousness.' Could it predict their odds of recovery?

July 8, 2019

Doctors for years have known brain injury patients who are otherwise unresponsive can experience so-called "hidden consciousness," and now, researchers believe those signs of consciousness could be used to predict patient recovery.

Trump says admin will continue fight to add citizenship question to census

July 8, 2019

President Trump on Wednesday said his administration will move forward with a plan to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census survey, which states and cities fear could threaten federal Medicaid funding, even though the Department of Commerce last week announced that it had started printing census surveys without the question.

Does the media ignore nurses? A recent study suggests it does.

July 8, 2019

It has been more than 20 years since a landmark study found nurses were severely underrepresented in news coverage—and a recent replication found that nurses are still sources for just 2% of quotes in health news stories, freelance journalist Kerry Dooley Young writes in a Medscape perspective.

Cancer patients keep winding up in the ED. Should they have their own urgent care centers instead?

July 8, 2019

Urgent care centers specifically designed for patients with cancer might reduce patients' emergency department utilization in the first six months of diagnosis, helping them avoid the risks associated with a hospital visit and lowering the overall cost of care, according to a new study.

Non-publication notice

July 3, 2019

American Health Line's "Daily Line" and "Weekly Line" will be taking a publishing break for the Fourth of July holiday. We’ll resume publication on Monday, July 8.

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