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No, infusions of 'young blood' won't reverse aging, FDA says

February 21, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday warned consumers and health care providers against the unapproved and unproven use of blood plasma infusions from young donors to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia, heart disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

There's little proof cough medications work. Here's what you should take instead.

February 20, 2019

U.S. residents spend almost $8 billion per year on over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, but despite their popularity, there is little-to-no evidence that the products can cure or shorten the duration of a cough.

The 10 healthiest (and unhealthiest) US cities, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2019

All but two of the 10 healthiest cities in the United States are on the West Coast, and three of the top cities are in California, according to an analysis by WalletHub released Monday. See how your city fared on American Health Line's interactive map.

Big hospital mergers lead to better patient care, right? Maybe not.

February 15, 2019

While many health care stakeholders argue that big, merged health systems "can offer better care at lower costs," research suggests that rates of mortality and serious complications might rise after a merger, according to Austin Frakt, a professor and director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

Should small hospitals team up with a 'big name' like Mayo or Cleveland Clinic?

February 14, 2019

Small community hospitals increasingly are joining forces with larger health systems to give patients access to more specialized care, but experts say it is important to fully evaluate these agreements—as a big name does not automatically mean better quality.

The 250 'Best Hospitals,' according to Healthgrades

February 13, 2019

Healthgrades on Tuesday released its 2019 list of "America's 250 Best Hospitals," which recognizes the 250 top hospitals in the country.

Could an AI system be as accurate as a doctor?

February 13, 2019

A new artificial intelligence system diagnosed patients roughly as accurately as human doctors, according to a new study—but it could be years before the technology is deployed in the United States.

FDA aims its fire at 'bad actors' in the dietary supplement industry

February 13, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement on Monday announced the agency plans to strengthen its oversight of the dietary supplement industry—starting with a series of warnings and advisory letters to companies making unapproved claims to cure, prevent, or treat Alzheimer's disease and other serious health conditions.

HHS wants to bolster patients' access to their electronic health data. Here's how.

February 12, 2019

HHS on Monday proposed two new rules that aim to give patients greater access to their electronic health information—and call out health care providers who impede health data sharing.

Can a surgeon be 'too old to operate'? Here's how top hospitals are making the call.

February 12, 2019

The medical workforce is aging, but to date, there is no clear guidance surrounding when a physician is too old to practice—leaving the often uncomfortable task to hospitals and the physicians themselves to self-evaluate.

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