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Patients at this hospital can text their doctors after surgery—and almost 80% said it improved their care

August 22, 2019


The orthopedics and sports medicine practice affiliated with Goshen Health in Indiana last year piloted a secure text messaging system that allows patients to contact doctors during recovery, and almost 80% of patients who test the system said the system improved their care.

For 26 years, doctors couldn't diagnose her disease. Then she found the answer—and helped create a cure.

August 21, 2019


For 26 years, Jasmin Barman-Aksözen experienced inexplicable severe pain when exposed to sunlight—until one day on Google she came across an article about a rare disease called erythropoietic protoporphyria, which a doctor later determined she had. In an editorial published in Medicine Access @ Point of Care, Barman-Aksözen details how she helped develop the cure to her disease and her battle to get it approved.

VA launches a one-stop-shop mobile app for veterans' health care

August 21, 2019


Veterans Affairs last week unveiled a new mobile application intended to streamline veterans' access to health care by storing and organizing their health information and services in one location.

Planned Parenthood will no longer participate in Title X program

August 20, 2019


A federal appeals court on Friday again allowed a final rule that bars clinics that receive Title X funding from providing abortions or referring patients to non-emergency abortion care to take effect, prompting Planned Parenthood on Monday to announce plans to officially exit the program.

What it's really like to get dialysis at home

August 20, 2019


The Trump administration wants to shift most dialysis care to patients' homes—a practice that providers say can improve quality of life, but also can present hardships for older patients.

Uber, Lyft want to help older patients get to their appointments. But will it work?

August 20, 2019


Uber and Lyft are betting big on the health care sector to expand their businesses, but they are having to adopt new approaches to attract older U.S. residents.

Planned Parenthood will exit Title X family planning program unless court intervenes

August 16, 2019


Planned Parenthood on Wednesday announced it will formally withdraw from the Title X federal family planning program by Aug. 19 unless a federal court blocks a Trump administration rule that bars clinics that receive Title X funding from abortions providing or referring patients to non-emergency abortion care.

Are big employers on board with ‘Medicare for All’?

August 15, 2019


A survey by the National Business Group on Health of 147 large employers that cover more than 15.6 million people revealed that employers are sharply divided on so-called “Medicare-for-All” proposals—and are planning to implement their own ideas to lower health care costs.

Are we nearing an Ebola cure? 2 new treatments dramatically improve survival.

August 14, 2019


Health officials on Monday announced that two experimental treatments appear to have improved the survival rates of patients infected with the Ebola virus, and the treatments now will be offered to all patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have contracted the virus.

Where you live could determine how your heart attack is treated

August 14, 2019


A patient's geographic region is strongly correlated with whether he or she receives a high-intensity statin after a heart attack, according to a study recently published in JAMA Cardiology.

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