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For 30 years, a UPMC nurse saved patients' lives. In her death, she saved even more.

June 13, 2019


When Mary Desin, who served as a nurse at UPMC Hamot Hospital for more than 30 years, was pronounced brain dead last month, over 100 hospital staff lined the hospital halls to honor her decision to be an organ donor.

This new treatment model significantly reduced blood pressure among patients with mental health conditions

June 11, 2019


Health care providers are continuously working to find efficient ways to treat some of the United States' most vulnerable populations, and a new study suggests individuals with severe mental health conditions saw overall improvements to their health under a new treatment model called "reverse co-location."

There are 1M new cases of these 4 STIs each day, according to WHO

June 10, 2019


More than one million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis are contracted daily around the globe, according to data released by the World Health Organization on Thursday.

'Three-parent IVF' is banned in the US (and some experts want that to change).

June 10, 2019


The House Appropriations Committee by voice vote last week adopted an amendment to prohibit FDA from allowing scientists to conduct research involving gene-edited embryos and so-called three-parent in vitro fertilization.

New rules fund private care for up to 30% of veterans

June 7, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday finalized rules to implement the new Veterans Community Care Program and provide veterans with greater access to VA-funded care at private health care providers.

How bots could change health care

June 7, 2019


"It seems nearly everyone believes U.S. health care needs some transformative change to improve quality, expand access, or lower costs," but efforts to bolster access to primary care doctors is "the wrong path," David Asch and colleagues write for the Harvard Business Review, arguing that the right answer is bots.

Is there a looming palliative and home health care crisis?

June 6, 2019


Research suggests that the United States could soon face crises related to palliative and long-term home health care, as a palliative care provider shortage continues to mount and U.S. residents struggle to cover home health care costs.

Does being highly educated increase your longevity?

June 5, 2019


Pinpointing the causal effects of education on mortality is "tricky," but a few studies have "teased out" its impact, according to health economist Austin Frakt.

FDA unveils pilot program to help cancer patients access experimental drugs

June 5, 2019


FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence on Monday announced a new pilot program that will serve as a single point of contact for oncology health care professionals working to help their patients access experimental drugs under FDA's Expanded Access, or "compassionate use," pathway.

Did Medicaid expansion cut racial disparities in cancer care?

June 4, 2019


The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion nearly eliminated a key disparity in cancer care access for white and black U.S. patients, according to a study unveiled Sunday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting.

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