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'Don't drink while pregnant': Could this common warning actually backfire?

May 15, 2019


State policies that warn against drinking while pregnant and those aimed at helping women who drink while pregnant actually might be backfiring and harming babies, according to a study published last week.

Democrats want to know why DOJ isn't defending the ACA

May 15, 2019


Five Democratic lawmakers are asking White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Attorney General William Barr to turn over documents related to the Department of Justice's decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit that seeks to strike down the law.

$25,175 for a single stitch? Why plastic surgeons drive so many 'surprise' medical bills.

May 14, 2019


Meghan Candee, a pediatric neurologist, was stunned to learn that a plastic surgeon had charged her insurer more than $25,000 for placing a single stitch to treat a small cut under her daughter's eyebrow—but plastic surgery often leads to so-called "surprise" medical bills, and lawmakers are cracking down.

Bullock has entered the 2020 presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

May 14, 2019


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who has advocated for affordable health care in the United States, on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

FDA finalizes long-awaited guidance on biosimilar interchangeability

May 14, 2019


FDA on Friday released long-awaited final guidance on how the agency will determine whether biosimilar drugs can be interchanged with their brand-name biologic counterparts.

Chinese citizen indicted for stealing health data of 79M US residents

May 14, 2019


The Department of Justice on Thursday announced that a federal grand jury has indicted a Chinese citizen, Fujie Wang, and unnamed accomplices for cyber intrusions into U.S. companies, including the 2015 Anthem data breach that affected nearly 79 million U.S. residents.

44 states allege 20 drugmakers conspired to fix generic drug prices

May 13, 2019


A group of 44 state prosecutors on Friday filed a lawsuit alleging that 20 drugmakers conspired to hinder generic drug competition and inflate drug prices.

Hospitals are paid twice as much (or more) by private insurers than Medicare, study finds

May 13, 2019


Employer-sponsored private health plans in 2017 paid more than double the amount Medicare paid for identical health care services, according to a report from RAND released Thursday.

When a 'John Doe' enters the ED, a high-stakes game of detective begins

May 13, 2019


Hospital staff must do a bit of sleuthing when unidentified patients arrive at the emergency department, all while providing care without the patients' medical histories.

Trump admin, Gilead strike deal to increase access to PrEP

May 13, 2019


President Trump on Thursday announced that his administration has reached a "historic" agreement with Gilead Sciences, under which the drugmaker will donate its HIV-prevention drug Truvada to millions of U.S. residents.

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