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US fertility rates are falling. These 3 charts show how.

October 18, 2018


U.S. fertility rates are falling, and new research suggests hospitals are responding by cutting obstetrician units, particularly those in rural areas.

FDA teams up with hackers, DHS to improve medical device safety

October 18, 2018


In an effort to improve medical device safety, FDA is collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security to better coordinate the agencies' responses to cybersecurity threats, and with ethical hackers to identify medical device vulnerabilities.

Meet Mary Mayhew, CMS' new director of Medicaid and CHIP

October 17, 2018


Mary Mayhew, the former commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, is CMS' new deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP.

The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018


From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Trump admin wants drugmakers to disclose prices in drug ads—but PhRMA has its own idea

October 16, 2018


CMS under a newly proposed rule would require prescription drugmakers to include their products' list prices in direct-to-consumer television advertisements, but Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says the proposed rule raises legal questions, and its members instead will direct consumers to company websites with pricing information for their products.

Medicare Part A, Part B premiums will increase slightly in 2019, CMS says

October 16, 2018


CMS says premium rates and deductibles for seniors enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B will be slightly higher in 2019 than they were this year.

Anthem agrees to record $16M settlement over largest health data breach in US history

October 16, 2018


Anthem under a settlement with HHS' Office for Civil Rights will pay $16 million to settle potential privacy and security violations related to a 2015 data breach, but the company says it is unaware of any fraud or identity theft related to the breach and did not admit to any liability as part of the settlement.

What’s hiding in your dietary supplements? Viagra, steroids, and more, study finds.

October 16, 2018


Many supplements marketed for muscle growth, sexual enhancement, and weight loss contain unapproved or recalled pharmaceuticals that have "the potential to cause serious adverse health effects," according to a new study.

FDA is investigating whether 40+ e-cig products are being marketed illegally

October 16, 2018


FDA last week sent warning letters informing 21 electronic cigarette manufacturers and importers that some of their products are being targeted under the investigation.

More US children aren't receiving recommended vaccinations, CDC finds

October 15, 2018


Two CDC reports show vaccinations rates among U.S. children ages 19 to 35 months and those in kindergarten remained high, but both the share of unvaccinated infants and the share of kindergarten-aged children with vaccine exemptions rose slightly.

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