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How one hospital skewed CDC's 2015 non-fatal gun injury estimate

August 19, 2019


The inclusion of data from a single hospital added 22,000 non-fatal gun injuries to CDC's national estimate for 2015, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight and The Trace, shining light on sensitivities in CDC's statistical model that can result in unreliable data.

The case against using 'battle' language with cancer patients

August 19, 2019


Many doctors who work with patients with incurable conditions often seek to champion their patients by referring to them as "fighters" in a "battle" against their diseases, but a study recently published in Health Communication finds that using war metaphors when talking about cancer might be more harmful than beneficial.

Four more states sue over Trump admin's 'public charge' rule

August 19, 2019


Four more states and Washington, D.C., on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

The health benefits of a single vacation day

August 19, 2019


People who use their vacation days are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to a study published in Psychology & Health.

Weekly Line: The drug epidemic that's largely flown under the radar

August 16, 2019


The U.S. opioid epidemic has received widespread attention as public health officials direct more resources to combat the drugs' deadly outcomes.

See the 13 graphic cigarette warning labels FDA just proposed

August 16, 2019


FDA on Thursday unveiled 13 proposed graphic warning labels about the health risks of smoking that, if finalized, would appear on the packaging of all cigarettes sold in the United States. See the proposed warning labels—and what experts are saying about their effectiveness.

13 states take Trump admin to court over ‘public charge’ rule

August 16, 2019


Thirteen states and two California counties this week filed lawsuits against the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

See the human brain in 'unprecedented detail,' as revealed by Mass Gen. researchers

August 16, 2019


Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in a paper that is awaiting publication say they have produced ultra-high-resolution MRIs of a human brain that represent some of the most detailed three-dimensional images of an intact human brain ever to exist.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019


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

Is morning exercise really better for weight loss? Here's why you should be skeptical.

August 15, 2019


While recent headlines proclaimed that exercising in the morning could lead to greater weight loss than exercise at other times in the day, Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and health care economist, warns that one may want to think twice before overhauling one's workout routine.

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