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Where you live could determine how your heart attack is treated

August 14, 2019

A patient's geographic region is strongly correlated with whether he or she receives a high-intensity statin after a heart attack, according to a study recently published in JAMA Cardiology.

Trump admin finalizes 'public charge' rule (and doctors are raising concerns)

August 13, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday finalized a 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—a move health care leaders have said could affect immigrants' health.

What's the secret to being 110 years old? Bad record-keeping, paper finds.

August 13, 2019

According to a working paper, bad record-keeping might be the secret to why certain areas of the world seem to have such large concentrations of people who live past 110 years old.

What sugar really does to your body (and why it's so hard to kick the craving)

August 13, 2019

Numerous studies show that the regular consumption of free sugars, particularly in sweetened drinks, can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and premature death—and Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biology researcher at the University of California, says the peculiar way the body handles fructose might be a driving factor behind people's "sweet tooth."

An immune-disorder drug is in a shortage. Here’s how it's affecting patients.

August 13, 2019

U.S. hospitals and infusion clinics are rationing a medicine approved to treat immune disorders and suspending treatment for many patients who use the drug amid a nationwide shortage.

‘Heroics in the face of violence’: Inside University Medical Center of El Paso after the mass shooting

August 13, 2019

For staff at University Medical Center of El Paso, the hours after the recent mass shooting in their city were a time of "heroics in the face of violence," according to the New York Times, which recounts the team's efforts to save 14 victims who had been gunned down at a Walmart.

What it's like to get 'devastating' health news from 23andMe

August 12, 2019

Like millions of others, journalist Dorothy Pomerantz decided to have her DNA analyzed by 23andMe, but she "was devastated" when her results showed a significantly increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, she writes in a STAT News opinion piece.

DeepMind's new AI system can predict 90% of severe kidney injuries—up to 2 days in advance

August 12, 2019

DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence tool that can predict the onset of acute kidney injury "with a lead time of up to 48 hours," according to a paper published in Nature.

FDA orders companies to stop selling flavored e-cigarette, hookah products

August 12, 2019

FDA on Thursday announced that it sent warning letters to four companies demanding that they stop selling 44 different flavors of e-cigarette liquids and hookah products, noting that the products have not received the agency's approval.

4 ways for hospitals to implement evidence-based practices (without a huge delay)

August 12, 2019

Margaret Luciano, an assistant professor at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and colleagues offer four ways hospitals can integrate evidence-based practices, which sometimes can take over a decade to catch on.

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