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Trump's FDA nominee faces questions on drug prices, e-cigarettes, and more

November 21, 2019


Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, on Wednesday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.

Nursing Home Compare now warns consumers about abuse violations

November 21, 2019


CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.

CRISPR is effectively treating blood diseases, new data shows

November 21, 2019


Two patients with different blood diseases who were treated with CRISPR in the summer are showing significant improvements, according to new data released Tuesday.

FDA approves an easier-to-clean duodenoscope

November 20, 2019


FDA on Friday granted Pentax approval to market a duodenoscope with a sterile, disposable elevator—an innovation that reduces the number of parts that need to be cleaned and therefore could lower the odds of transmitting dangerous superbugs.

Hospital groups threaten to sue Trump admin over price transparency rule

November 19, 2019


Hospitals and health insurers are criticizing the Trump administration's new rules that aim to increase price transparency in the U.S. health system—and four major hospital groups have threatened to file a lawsuit challenging the regulations.

A major new study casts doubt on surgery for heart disease

November 19, 2019


A large, federally funded study found bypass surgeries and stents are not more effective than cholesterol-lowering drugs or healthy habits at preventing heart attacks and deaths, researchers announced Saturday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting—findings that call into question the care of thousands of patients with blocked coronary arteries.

FDA just approved the first pig-to-human tissue transplant

November 18, 2019


FDA for the first time has approved an experiment that involves temporarily transplanting pig tissue into humans, a move that experts say could lead to further developments in animal-to-human donations.

From 'embryo glue' to 'assisted hatching': Do these costly IVF add-ons actually work?

November 18, 2019


As demand for in vitro fertilization has grown, fertility clinics have developed supplementary procedures, or "add-ons," that are purported to increase the odds of success—but there is little evidence these add-ons actually work.

Hospital acquired conditions are declining—so why are pressure injuries on the rise?

November 14, 2019


The rate of hospital-acquired pressure injuries has continued to rise while other hospital-acquired conditions have fallen, prompting some providers to question whether federal regulators are taking the right approach to reduce incidence rates.

Leapfrog just graded 2,633 hospitals on safety. How did they fare?

November 12, 2019


The Leapfrog Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A," but giving more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

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