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He finally quit cigarettes after smoking for 50+ years. But vaping might have killed him.

October 16, 2019


John Steffen had been smoking traditional cigarettes since the 1960s and turned to e-cigarettes about five years ago to help kick his habit, but he died this spring—and doctors believe e-cigarettes are to blame.

Was the Salt Lake City cop who arrested a nurse over a blood draw just a 'fall guy'?

October 16, 2019


When a video of a Salt Lake City police officer handcuffing a University of Utah Hospital nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient went viral, the department fired him for his conduct—but now, the officer is suing the department and the city, saying he was following his supervisor's orders when he arrested the nurse.

CDC gives vaping-linked illness a new name

October 15, 2019


CDC on Friday released new guidance for clinicians to use to evaluate and treat patients with a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and gave the illness a new name.

Meet 'Milasen': The first-ever drug designed for just one patient

October 15, 2019


Eight-year-old Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal neurological disorder in 2016, but now—thanks to a drug that researchers developed specifically for her—many of Mila's symptoms have been halted or reversed, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Should hospitals help a patient regain mobility—or protect them from falls? Sometimes, it's a tough choice.

October 15, 2019


Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, but hospitals seeking to prevent falls are facing a conundrum over whether patients should remain bedbound to avoid dangers or move to regain their mobility.

How Denver Health is finding homes for patients—without 'stranding' them in the hospital

October 15, 2019


Health systems across the country are testing ways to help patients who are healthy enough to leave the hospital but lack a safe place to go after discharge.

How nurses get paid, in 5 charts

October 14, 2019


Medscape on Wednesday released its annual RN/LPN Compensation report, and this year's report shows that 49% of registered nurses and 58% of licensed practical nurses do not feel fairly compensated.

If your DNA test reveals you're at risk of an untreatable condition, would you want to know?

October 14, 2019


As DNA sequencing becomes more common, providers face a dilemma over how much information they should reveal to their patients about their risks for untreatable conditions.

The US' biggest public health crisis, according to 4 former US surgeons general

October 14, 2019


The number of dementia cases in the United States is "exploding," but the country has yet to come up with a plan to tackle the condition, a group of former U.S. surgeons general write for the Orlando Sentineland they offer ways the nation can address the crisis.

The right way to taper patients off of opioids, according to HHS

October 14, 2019


HHS on Thursday released a guide outlining the steps clinicians should take to taper patients off of opioid prescriptions without causing patients harm.

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