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CDC now reports more than 500 lung illness cases linked to e-cigarettes

September 20, 2019


CDC on Thursday said officials from 38 states and one U.S. territory have reported eight deaths and 530 confirmed and probable cases of lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products.

17M Americans have survived cancer. Now, they're asking their doctors: What's next?

September 20, 2019


Advances in cancer treatment are leading to enormous increases in the number of cancer survivors, prompting providers to identify ways to help these patients navigate the physical and emotional burdens of survival, Laura Landro—who is herself a longtime cancer survivor—reports for the Wall Street Journal.

'Teen nicotine vaping is not going away': New survey data raises concerns

September 20, 2019


The percentage of teens who reported vaping nicotine in the past 30 days continued to rise in 2019, according to preliminary data published Wednesday.

In the states: New York bans flavored e-cigarettes, North Carolina sues Sackler family, and more

September 20, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

'I'm a drug addict,' a columnist wrote. Then the backlash began.

September 19, 2019


David Lazarus, a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, last week wrote a column detailing his struggles quitting antidepressants, but his articletitled, "Hi, I'm David. I'm a drug addict"received backlash from some critics for conflating substance use disorders and physical dependence.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

How Northwell created a 'culture of inquiry' among its nurses

September 19, 2019


In an interview with HealthLeaders Media's Jennifer Thew, two nursing leaders at Northwell Health explain how establishing a "culture of inquiry" improved care delivery, patient outcomes, and nurse engagement at the system.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

Is the US measles outbreak almost over?

September 17, 2019


Public health officials last week reported no new cases of the measles, suggesting the United States might not lose its World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated measles, as officials have feared.

FDA finds cancer-causing chemical in another US drug

September 17, 2019


FDA on Friday announced that it has found low levels of a chemical that could cause cancer in some batches of medications commonly used to treat heartburn, but it has not issued recalls of the drugs at this time.

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