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An immune-disorder drug is in a shortage. Here’s how it's affecting patients.

August 13, 2019


U.S. hospitals and infusion clinics are rationing a medicine approved to treat immune disorders and suspending treatment for many patients who use the drug amid a nationwide shortage.

‘Heroics in the face of violence’: Inside University Medical Center of El Paso after the mass shooting

August 13, 2019


For staff at University Medical Center of El Paso, the hours after the recent mass shooting in their city were a time of "heroics in the face of violence," according to the New York Times, which recounts the team's efforts to save 14 victims who had been gunned down at a Walmart.

HHS releases guidance for providers on new Title X requirements

August 13, 2019


HHS in guidance released Friday said it will not use rigid standards to determine whether providers who receive Title X family planning funds are complying with a final rule that bars such entities from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Are Republicans eyeing another ACA repeal push?

August 12, 2019


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last week said Republican lawmakers would again seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain control of the House and President Trump is re-elected in 2020.

Why an iron infusion could cost $412—or $4,316

August 12, 2019


Experts say the common brand-name products used for IV iron infusions in many cases are medically interchangeable—yet providers increasingly are administering the most costly products, leaving patients facing unexpectedly high bills.

What it's like to get 'devastating' health news from 23andMe

August 12, 2019


Like millions of others, journalist Dorothy Pomerantz decided to have her DNA analyzed by 23andMe, but she "was devastated" when her results showed a significantly increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, she writes in a STAT News opinion piece.

DeepMind's new AI system can predict 90% of severe kidney injuries—up to 2 days in advance

August 12, 2019


DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence tool that can predict the onset of acute kidney injury "with a lead time of up to 48 hours," according to a paper published in Nature.

Can 'authorized generics' actually raise Rx prices?

August 12, 2019


Drugmakers increasingly are creating generic versions of their own brand-name drugs, aiming in part to sustain revenue after patents expire, but some critics say these so-called "authorized generics" stifle competition and ultimately could increase prices.

FDA orders companies to stop selling flavored e-cigarette, hookah products

August 12, 2019


FDA on Thursday announced that it sent warning letters to four companies demanding that they stop selling 44 different flavors of e-cigarette liquids and hookah products, noting that the products have not received the agency's approval.

4 ways for hospitals to implement evidence-based practices (without a huge delay)

August 12, 2019


Margaret Luciano, an assistant professor at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and colleagues offer four ways hospitals can integrate evidence-based practices, which sometimes can take over a decade to catch on.

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