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Men are missing out on 'lifesaving' breast cancer therapies—and FDA wants that to change

September 12, 2019


FDA recently released draft guidance that calls on researchers to include more male patients in clinical trials for breast cancer therapies in response to concerns that men are missing out on lifesaving treatments.

The uninsured rate is up for the first time in nearly a decade, Census data shows

September 11, 2019


New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the country's uninsured rate increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018, marking the first year-to-year increase reflected in Census data since 2008 to 2009, when the United States was at the highest point of the Great Recession.

FDA warns Juul for marketing products as safer than traditional cigarettes

September 11, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has warned e-cigarette maker Juul Labs for illegally marketing its nicotine pods as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, and for doing so in a presentation to youth at a U.S. school.

Google to ban ads for unproven cell, gene, and stem cell therapies

September 10, 2019


Google on Friday announced a new policy banning advertisements for "unproven or experimental medical techniques," including most cellular, gene, and stem cell therapies.

Why it's so hard for patients to access their medical records

September 10, 2019


There is a great emphasis in health care today on amassing large databases of patient medical records, but for many patients, the process of accessing their own records can be challenging—and it is completely "at odds with your federal rights," Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, writes for NPR's "Shots."

As vaping illness deaths rise, public health officials are giving conflicting advice

September 9, 2019


Public health officials on Friday reported more deaths likely caused by a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as federal health agencies issued conflicting warnings about vaping and e-cigarette use.

CMS finalizes rule bolstering its authority to combat fraud

September 9, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized a rule that provides the agency with more authority to prevent fraud by rejecting or revoking a provider's or supplier's enrollment in CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid if they are affiliated with organizations that have had their enrollment revoked because of fraud, waste, or abuse.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Is the US wasting donated kidneys? New study sparks debate.

September 5, 2019


There are 93,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, and kidney disease kills about 5,000 U.S. residents on the kidney waiting list annually—yet a study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated the United States throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

Medicare paid twice for about $161M in hospice drugs, report finds

September 5, 2019


Medicare Part D in 2016 unnecessarily spent an estimated $161 million on drugs that already were covered under Medicare Part A, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

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