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Pharmacy identifies another cancer-causing chemical in US heart drugs

June 20, 2019

Valisure, an online pharmacy, in a filing to FDA last week said it discovered the carcinogen dimethylformamide in the common heart drug valsartan—marking the fourth carcinogen found in the drug.

Almost 200 people got expired flu vaccines last season, according to CDC

June 19, 2019

About 169.1 million doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine were administered last flu season, and about 200 patients received expired vaccines—though the real figure might be higher, according to a CDC report published Friday.

Are AMCs worth the price? 3 experts weigh in.

June 19, 2019

Despite some experts' calls to divert patients away from costly academic medical centers (AMCs), research demonstrates that AMCs might produce better patients outcomes—and might not cost as much as some policymakers fear, a trio of prominent health care experts argue.

The 'Best Children's Hospitals' of 2019, according to US News

June 18, 2019

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings, naming the 10 best children's hospitals in the country, as well as the top 50 children's hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties.

Fecal transplants carry potential life-threatening risks, FDA warns

June 18, 2019

FDA on Thursday warned providers and patients of the potential life-threatening risks of fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), after a patient who received an FMT was infected with a drug-resistant bacteria and died.

Could the problem with US health care be the patients?

June 17, 2019

Critiques of the U.S. health care system often focus on systemic issues, but that focus overlooks the important role patients play in health outcomes and spending, according to David Freedman, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of "Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them."

Apology laws lead to more—not fewer—lawsuits, study finds

June 17, 2019

Many experts believed that so-called "apology laws"—which allow doctors to apologize to patients for an error without that admission being used against them in court—might help reduce malpractice lawsuits, but an analysis published earlier this year shows they could have the opposite effect.

HHS OIG: Elder abuse often goes unreported in nursing facilities

June 14, 2019

Nursing facilities often fail to report serious cases of potential abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries, according to two new reports from HHS' Office of Inspector General.

Is it easier for small hospitals to land a 5-star patient experience rating?

June 12, 2019

Patients are more likely to give a five-star rating for patient experience to hospitals that do not offer common services such as emergency care and intensive care, according to a new study.

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