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Meet 'Milasen': The first-ever drug designed for just one patient

October 15, 2019


Eight-year-old Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal neurological disorder in 2016, but now—thanks to a drug that researchers developed specifically for her—many of Mila's symptoms have been halted or reversed, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Should hospitals help a patient regain mobility—or protect them from falls? Sometimes, it's a tough choice.

October 15, 2019


Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, but hospitals seeking to prevent falls are facing a conundrum over whether patients should remain bedbound to avoid dangers or move to regain their mobility.

Judges temporarily block Trump admin's 'public charge' rule

October 14, 2019


Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked a final rule issued by the Trump administration that would allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

New HIV-prevention drug gets FDA approval—but not for cisgender women

October 14, 2019


FDA earlier this month approved Gilead Science's Descovy to prevent HIV infection in men and transgender women, and some critics are taking issue with the agency's decision to approve the drug before Gilead tested it on a large scale in cisgender women.

New FDA guidance outlines how drugmakers can co-develop cancer drugs with a diagnostic device

October 14, 2019


FDA on Wednesday took another step toward advancing so-called "precision medicine" by finalizing guidance detailing how drugmakers developing cancer drugs can incorporate risk assessments from unapproved diagnostic tests into their clinical trial applications.

What it's like to survive the mysterious, vaping-linked lung illness

October 11, 2019


After vaping for years, 18-year-old Piper Johnson spent a week in the intensive care unit with a lung illness officials say is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and now, as cases of the illness continue to rise, she is warning other teenagers of the risks and urging them to kick their vaping habit.

Colorado unveils its plan for a state public option—and it could cut provider payments

October 11, 2019


Colorado officials on Monday released a draft report outlining a proposed state public health insurance option, but the plan is drawing criticism from health care providers who would receive lower reimbursements under the proposal.

Nuns ask SCOTUS to review block on Trump contraceptive coverage rules

October 11, 2019


The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of nuns, last week asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling by a federal appeals court that blocks the Trump administration's exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage rules.

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

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