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DOD approves plan to bar most transgender individuals from serving in military

March 14, 2019


The Department of Defense on Tuesday approved a new policy that will bar many transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.

Meet Ned Sharpless—the next acting FDA commissioner

March 13, 2019


HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday announced that Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, will become the acting commissioner of FDA when FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb departs.

Two major BCBS insurers want to merge… sort of. Here's what you need to know.

March 13, 2019


Two large operators of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans on Monday announced that they plan to merge their administrative, management, and other functions to create one combined structure.

FDA approves first-ever immunotherapy for breast cancer

March 13, 2019


FDA on Friday approved Roche's Tecentriq to treat patients with locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer who have the PD-L1 molecule that can block T cells from attacking a tumor.

An unvaccinated 6-year-old's fight against tetanus took 8 weeks and $800K

March 13, 2019


In the first case of its kind in more than 30 years, a six-year-old boy from Oregon who had never been vaccinated entered an eight-week long fight for his life after falling ill with tetanus in 2017, according to a CDC report published last week.

Sanders to release a more expansive Medicare-for-All proposal

March 13, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the coming weeks plans to introduce a new version of his so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation that would expand benefits under the bill to include long-term care coverage.

Flu activity is 'widespread' in 48 states, CDC says

March 13, 2019


Between 22.8 million and 26.3 million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to the latest reports.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019


The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

For these smartwatch users, their devices were lifesavers (literally)

March 12, 2019


There is a growing list of individuals who say wearable devices, like Apple Watch and Fitbit, are going beyond fitness tracking and actually are saving lives.

This man was told he didn't have long to live—via video screen, family says

March 12, 2019


Ernest Quintana was rushed to the hospital due to labored breathing, and once he was there, a doctor on a video screen told Quintana he did not have long to live—leaving his family upset that the message had not come from an in-person caregiver, and highlighting potential ethical issues with telemedicine.

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