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USPSTF expands recommendation for BRCA mutation screening

August 21, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday finalized new recommendations broadening the number of women primary care providers should assess for BRCA gene mutations that increase the risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers.

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.

FDA approves Roche's cancer drug for personalized treatment

August 21, 2019


FDA on Thursday approved Roche's cancer drug designed to target a tumor's genetic driver rather than the tissue where the tumor originated.

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.

E-cigarette makers take FDA to court over 'arbitrary' product review deadline

August 21, 2019


The Vapor Technology Association, an e-cigarette and vaping industry group, and Vapor Stockroom last week filed a lawsuit that argues FDA set an "arbitrary" deadline for e-cigarette makers to submit premarket authorization applications for their devices.

Why CMS is revamping its star ratings (and why hospital groups aren't pleased)

August 20, 2019


CMS on Monday announced the agency in early 2020 will update hospital star ratings using its current methodology, despite pushback from providers who say the methodology is flawed. CMS also said by 2021 it will release a proposed rule aimed at changing the methodology.

A mysterious lung illness leads to new concerns about vaping

August 20, 2019


CDC on Friday announced federal and state health officials are investigating nearly 100 cases of a severe lung illness believed to be linked to e-cigarette use and vaping.

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.

How one hospital skewed CDC's 2015 non-fatal gun injury estimate

August 19, 2019


The inclusion of data from a single hospital added 22,000 non-fatal gun injuries to CDC's national estimate for 2015, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight and The Trace, shining light on sensitivities in CDC's statistical model that can result in unreliable data.

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