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The 10 leading causes of death for US children, charted

December 21, 2018

Injury is the leading cause of death among U.S. children, and the injury-related death rates are far outpacing those of other developed countries, according to a study published Thursday.

This year's federal open enrollment period has ended, and the (initial) signup total is in

December 20, 2018

CMS says the number of U.S. residents who signed up for federal exchange plans reached about 8.5 million this year, down by about 4% from the approximately 8.8 million who signed up during last year's open enrollment period.

Why baby boomers are the loneliest generation—and what that means for their health

December 20, 2018

Baby boomers are now the loneliest generation in U.S. history—and that designation comes with its own unique set of health risks.

These lawmakers want HHS to start manufacturing generic drugs

December 20, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (R-Mass.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) have introduced legislation that would direct HHS to manufacture generic drugs in instances where generic competition is lacking in the U.S. market.

Veterans still face long wait times as costs for VCP soar, investigation finds

December 20, 2018

Veterans Affairs (VA) four years ago launched the VA Choice Program to expand veterans' access to private health care providers and cut down appointment wait times, but VA claims data show veterans continue to experience long wait times, a ProPublica/PolitiFact investigation finds.

The 5 things this reporter learned about hospital pricing after reviewing 1,182 ED bills

December 20, 2018

Over the past year, Vox reporter Sarah Kliff has read 1,182 emergency department (ED) bills as part of a project to examine ED prices, and she offers five key takeaways on what she has learned about ED billing in the United States.

How NHS is (finally) killing the fax machine

December 20, 2018

While fax machines have become a technological relic in most industries, they have endured in the health care industry—but the United Kingdom's National Health Service is taking more aggressive measures to phase out fax machines.

Teen e-cigarette use is now an 'epidemic,' surgeon general warns

December 19, 2018

Data released this week show the percentages of high school seniors and sophomores who reported using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) nearly doubled from 2017 to 2018, prompting the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams to issue an advisory calling teen e-cigarette use an "epidemic."

FDA withdraws proposal to overhaul generic drug labeling requirements

December 19, 2018

FDA says it will not move forward with a proposed rule that would have required generic drugmakers to update their products' labels as health risks are discovered.

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