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See the top 10 drugs involved in overdose deaths, charted

October 29, 2019

Methamphetamine caused more fatal drug overdoses in the western United States than the synthetic opioid fentanyl in 2017, according to a report released Friday by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics—though fentanyl was tied to the most drug-related overdose deaths nationwide.

Did your period-tracking app say you have a disorder? Here's why some experts are skeptical.

October 29, 2019

Period-tracking apps like Flo and Clue are releasing assessments that help determine users' risk of hormonal disorders—but experts say the assessments often are inaccurate and might cause unnecessary worry.

FDA warns hospitals could face medical device shortages. Here's why.

October 29, 2019

FDA on Friday warned that hospitals could face medical device shortages after a number of sterilization facilities that use a gas called ethylene oxide have closed.

What happens when a passenger dies midflight?

October 28, 2019

It is rare for airplane passengers to experience a fatal medial emergency midflight, but that is what happened on board medical journalist Kate Johnson's flight, and Johnson in the New York Times' "Well" recalls the harrowing effort by medical professionals on the plane to revive the passenger—and the crew's "calm" response.

FDA approves new therapy to treat cystic fibrosis in patients 12 and older—and it will cost $311,503

October 28, 2019

FDA on Monday announced that it has approved Trikafta, the first-ever triple combination therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients ages 12 and older who have a genetic mutation that affects the vast majority of CF patients.

Why homeopathy is 'just a big illusion'

October 28, 2019

Homeopathy has grown increasingly popular in the United States, with homeopathic remedies being sold at large retailers like Walmart and Whole Foods, but the practice is not based in accepted clinical evidence—though some say that does not mean mainstream medicine cannot learn something from it.

The 5 keys to value-based care, according to Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison

October 28, 2019

As the health care industry moves toward value-based payment models, Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison writing in Harvard Business Review offers his five principles to implementing a successful value-based care program.

Why a popular algorithm showed bias toward white patients (and how it can be fixed)

October 28, 2019

A widely used algorithm is more likely to classify white patients as needing follow-up care than comparably ill black patients, according to study in the journal Science—and the study's senior author said it is "inconceivable" that other common algorithms do not have similar flaws.

CMS delays new primary care, kidney care value-based payment models

October 28, 2019

CMS on Thursday announced it is delaying the start of several new voluntary value-based payment models, but it continued to encourage Medicare providers to apply to participate in the payment models.

Weekly Line: Overwhelmed by all the multi-million dollar opioid settlements? Here's everything you need to know.

October 25, 2019

If you've been following the news this week, you likely saw there were a lot of big developments in ongoing litigation tied to the opioid epidemic. 
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