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5 'ambitious' ways Google wants to change health care (that you've likely overlooked)

February 11, 2019

Google grabbed headlines last week with a patent suggesting it secretly might be working on electronic health record technology, but that is far from the only way Google and its parent company Alphabet are aiming to transform health care.

Hundreds of cancer cases likely linked to breast implants, FDA warns

February 11, 2019

FDA on Wednesday warned that breast implants are linked to hundreds of confirmed cases of a rare cancer, and at least nine patients have died from the disease since 2010.

'More parlor trick than medicine': Why the NYT is warning consumers about 23andMe—and how the company is fighting back

February 11, 2019

In an unusual broadside, the New York Times editorial board recently warned consumers that 23andMe's genetic screening tests are "more parlor trick than medicine"—and now 23andMe's CEO is pushing back against the media giant, defending the tests' accuracy and potential to increase access to genetic screening.

A transplant surgeon needed a new heart—fast. So he took the leap many of his patients feared.

February 11, 2019

Robert Montgomery, director of NYU Langone's Transplant Institute, for years has been advising transplant patients to opt for hepatitis C-infected organs, and now he is a living example of how successful procedures with such organs can be.

Medical scribes could cut costs by up to $31.15 per hour, according to a first-of-its-kind study

February 8, 2019

A large, randomized study of Australian emergency departments suggests medical scribes could help physicians see more patients and save hospitals up to $31.15 per scribed hour—with no significant risk to patient safety.

The 3 ways AI could worsen health disparities (and how providers can fight back)

February 7, 2019

While artificial intelligence "holds tremendous potential to improve medicine," the technology threatens to worsen existing health disparities, Dhruv Khullar, a physician and researcher, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

4 doctors self-reported errors that didn't harm any patients. Now they're facing subpoenas.

February 7, 2019

At least four emergency department doctors at Rhode Island Hospital are facing allegations of medical misconduct from the state's Department of Health after they self-reported mistakes, including "wrong-side" X-rays, that did not harm any patients—and the move has alarmed experts, who say officials are inappropriately targeting individual doctors rather than trying to resolve systemic problems.

Generic drug approvals are up—but FDA inspections are down, Bloomberg finds

February 6, 2019

A Bloomberg investigation found FDA's approval of generic drugs has increased to record levels, but the agency's inspections have declined, raising concerns over the quality and safety of FDA-approved generic products.

It's safe to give hospitalized patients a flu vaccine, a new study suggests

February 6, 2019

While some doctors might hesitate to vaccinate an already sick patient against influenza, a new study finds receiving a flu shot in the hospital does not make patients more likely to develop a fever or require additional hospital visits.

How pharmacists can end the 'risky pileup of prescribed medication'

February 5, 2019

Many older adults are taking "a risky pileup of prescribed medication," and while efforts to address the issue have focused on physician intervention, research suggests that the solution might involve a different health care provider, according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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