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Charted: Racial disparities in cancer are narrowing—but gaps persist

February 18, 2019


Disparities in cancer incidence and mortality between blacks and whites have significantly narrowed since 1990, but blacks continue to "bear a disproportionate share of the cancer burden," according to a report by the American Cancer Society published Thursday.

Youth tobacco use is up—reversing decades of declines, CDC finds

February 14, 2019


Youth tobacco use in 2018 increased by the largest margin ever recorded by CDC in a single year—driven largely by an increase in the number of adolescents who reported using e-cigarettes, according to a CDC report released Monday.

Coming to iPhones: Veterans' medical records

February 14, 2019


Apple on Monday announced that it is working with Veterans Affairs to allow veterans to access their medical records on iPhones.

A 'really big shift': USPSTF recommends counseling for pregnant, postpartum women at risk of depression

February 14, 2019


The United States Preventive Services Task Force for the first time is recommending that women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth receive counseling if they have risk factors for depression.

These teens want to get vaccinated—whether their parents like it or not

February 13, 2019


Across the country, unvaccinated teenagers are calling into question their parents' decisions to avoid vaccinations and seeking out advice on how to get vaccinated.

Where Democratic presidential hopefuls Delaney, Klobuchar stand on health care

February 13, 2019


Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, recently discussed the details of his proposal to implement a universal health care system in the United States, as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week announced she is joining the swath of Democrats seeking the nomination.

2019 flu season on track to be milder than 2018, CDC data suggest

February 13, 2019


Between 13.2 million and 15.2 million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to CDC, with flu activity "widespread" in 47 states and Puerto Rico.

Did Trump's 'Mar-a-Lago Crowd' have undue influence at VA? This House panel wants to find out.

February 12, 2019


House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Friday launched an investigation into the alleged influence of an informal team of Trump advisors, known as the "Mar-a-Lago Crowd," on Veterans Affairs policies.

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.

SCOTUS temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion requirements

February 8, 2019


The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 to temporarily block a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and set certain building and equipment standards for facilities where abortions are performed.

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