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An 18-year-old was on the verge of death. The culprit? A toothpick.

February 18, 2019

Over the course three weeks, an 18-year-old professional athlete experienced severe symptoms and nearly died—all thanks to a toothpick he did not know he had swallowed, according to a report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The 10 healthiest (and unhealthiest) US cities, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2019

All but two of the 10 healthiest cities in the United States are on the West Coast, and three of the top cities are in California, according to an analysis by WalletHub released Monday. See how your city fared on American Health Line's interactive map.

Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019

HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

CVS has been teasing its new, in-store 'HealthHUBs' for months. Here's what's inside.

February 15, 2019

CVS Health recently launched three of its newly remodeled concept stores, called "HealthHUBs," which include spaces for patients to meet with clinicians, labs for blood testing, and more.

Big hospital mergers lead to better patient care, right? Maybe not.

February 15, 2019

While many health care stakeholders argue that big, merged health systems "can offer better care at lower costs," research suggests that rates of mortality and serious complications might rise after a merger, according to Austin Frakt, a professor and director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

'Hot tears and pure terror': What happens when patients remember surgeries they were supposed to forget?

February 15, 2019

Conscious sedation is an anesthetic technique intended to leave patients in a so-called "gray zone" between consciousness and unconsciousness, but little is known about how often patients remember painful procedures that occurred while they were sedated—or how damaging such memories might be.

A 'really big shift': USPSTF recommends counseling for pregnant, postpartum women at risk of depression

February 14, 2019

The United States Preventive Services Task Force for the first time is recommending that women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth receive counseling if they have risk factors for depression.

Should small hospitals team up with a 'big name' like Mayo or Cleveland Clinic?

February 14, 2019

Small community hospitals increasingly are joining forces with larger health systems to give patients access to more specialized care, but experts say it is important to fully evaluate these agreements—as a big name does not automatically mean better quality.

The 250 'Best Hospitals,' according to Healthgrades

February 13, 2019

Healthgrades on Tuesday released its 2019 list of "America's 250 Best Hospitals," which recognizes the 250 top hospitals in the country.

These teens want to get vaccinated—whether their parents like it or not

February 13, 2019

Across the country, unvaccinated teenagers are calling into question their parents' decisions to avoid vaccinations and seeking out advice on how to get vaccinated.

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