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Sperm donors have been promised anonymity for a century. Then came 23andMe.

September 16, 2019


Sperm banks have long promised donors that they can donate anonymously—but the rise of consumer genetic testing has made it difficult for clinics to make such a guarantee.

Could a blood test help identify PTSD? Maybe, new study finds.

September 16, 2019


A new blood test has been shown to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat troops with a high level of accuracy, according to a study published last week in Molecular Psychiatry, which might help identify PTSD in troops who try to hide their symptoms.

Groupon is now selling CT scans. Is that 'bonkers'?

September 11, 2019


As the debate around health care prices continues, some providers are turning to Groupon to get new patients in the door with deals on health care services—a trend that has persisted despite the industry's efforts to move away from volume-driven care.

Medical imaging rates are climbing—despite efforts to bring them down

September 9, 2019


Physician groups for years have sought to curb rates of unnecessary imaging, but these rates are still on the rise, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

FDA says hospitals should transition to duodenoscopes with disposable parts

September 4, 2019


FDA in a safety statement released Thursday advised health care facilities and manufacturers to transition to duodenoscopes with disposable endcap components to help reduce the spread of infection between patients.

The 16 health care companies 'changing the world,' according to Fortune

August 26, 2019


Fortune last week released its fifth annual Change the World list, which recognizes for-profit companies that are "doing well by doing good," and 16 health care companies made the list.

'Fertility fraud': At-home DNA tests are revealing physicians who replaced donor sperm with their own

August 26, 2019


At-home DNA tests are revealing cases in which fertility doctors secretly used their own sperm to impregnate patients, leading some states to criminalize so-called "fertility fraud"—and sparking a debate over whether it should be considered a form of sexual assault.

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.

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.

This hospital was built to be hacked. (Really.)

August 9, 2019


Scores of medical devices that currently are in use have never been assessed by security researchers, so to build an understanding of security flaws, organizers of the BioHacking village at DefCon built a mock hospital equipped with both new and older devices for hackers to try to breach.

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