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The national suicide prevention-hotline is closer to getting a 3-digit dialing code

December 17, 2019


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to approve a proposal to create a three-digit dialing code for the United States' suicide-prevention hotline.

FDA approves 1st fully disposable duodenoscope

December 17, 2019


FDA on Friday approved the first fully disposable duodenoscope, which is designed to eliminate the potential risk of infection that is tied to reusable scopes.

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

December 17, 2019


Between 2.6 million and 3.7 million people have contracted influenza so far this season, according to CDC data updated Friday.

House approves Pelosi's Rx pricing bill, rejects GOP alternative

December 13, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.

More people are dying at home than in hospitals. Is that a good thing?

December 13, 2019


More U.S. adults are dying at home than at the hospital for the first time in at least 50 years, according to a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save feds a net $5B—and slow down drug development

December 12, 2019


A provision in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drug pricing bill that would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate prescription drug prices would save the federal government about $456 billion from 2020-2029, but the bill would raise federal spending in other areas, according a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

How to break your bad habits, in 3 steps

December 12, 2019


Whether a person is trying to give up midnight snacking or surfing Instagram at work, "[b]reaking habits is hard," Judson Brewer of Brown University's Schools of Public Health & Medicine writes in Harvard Business Review—but Brewer shares three ways to overcome bad habits in one's personal and professional life.

1 in 4 Americans have delayed care due to cost. (But many are still happy with their health care.)

December 11, 2019


A record number of U.S. adults say they have put off receiving medical care due to cost, yet many say they are satisfied with their overall costs for health care, according to Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare poll.

Why drugmakers aren't happy with the US' newly announced trade deal

December 11, 2019


The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday announced that Congress and the Trump administration have agreed on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico that does not include a 10-year exclusivity period for biologic drugs that was backed by pharmaceutical companies.

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