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CDC data shows significant slowdown in new vaping-linked illness cases

December 9, 2019


CDC data updated last week shows the number of reported hospitalized cases of a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping, dubbed EVALI, reached 2,291 as of Dec. 3—an increase of just one new case since CDC's Nov. 20 update.

After hospitals experience a data breach, more patients might die of heart attacks, study shows

December 9, 2019


Hospitals that have experienced a data breach might see their cardiovascular-related death rates rise following the incidentand the culprit driving the increase might be stronger cybersecurity controls, according to a study recently published in Health Services Research.

More teens are using tobacco. See the rise, charted.

December 9, 2019


More than six million middle and high school students reported recently using tobacco in 2019, marking the highest prevalence of youth tobacco use since 2000, according to new data from CDC's annual National Youth Tobacco Survey—and e-cigarette use was a key driving factor.

The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019


Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

Nearly 700,000 adults could lose food stamps under new rule

December 6, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that will strengthen work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—a move that experts say could eliminate SNAP benefits for 688,000 adults.

Duke performs America's first adult heart donation after circulatory death

December 6, 2019


Doctors at Duke University Hospital have performed the country's first-ever adult heart transplant through a process called donation after circulatory death, and one of the surgeons involved says the process could expand the heart transplant donor pool by as much as 30%.

HHS launches program to provide no-cost PrEP to uninsured US residents

December 5, 2019


HHS on Tuesday unveiled a new program called Ready, Set, PrEP, which will provide uninsured U.S. residents with HIV-prevention medication at no cost as part of the Trump administration's goal to nearly eliminate new transmissions of HIV in the United States.

How Pete Buttigieg wants to tackle health care disparities

December 5, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Tuesday released a plan intended to combat inequality in the U.S. health care system.

Are plant-based meats healthy? Here's what the science says.

December 5, 2019


Spurred by the growing popularity of plant-based meat substitutes, stakeholders in the meat industry have released a series of ads decrying what they call "ultra-processed imitations"—and health experts are cautioning against any quick endorsements of the new products.

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