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DeepMind's new AI system can predict 90% of severe kidney injuries—up to 2 days in advance

August 12, 2019


DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence tool that can predict the onset of acute kidney injury "with a lead time of up to 48 hours," according to a paper published in Nature.

4 ways for hospitals to implement evidence-based practices (without a huge delay)

August 12, 2019


Margaret Luciano, an assistant professor at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and colleagues offer four ways hospitals can integrate evidence-based practices, which sometimes can take over a decade to catch on.

Older adults binge drink, too. Here's what it does to their health.

August 9, 2019


Binge drinking often is associated with college-aged adults, but new data show that drinking in excess also is a habit for almost 11% of seniors, who providers say are at increased risk of alcohol-related harms such as falls.

'A very big deal': New study will use CRISPR to treat sickle cell disease

August 9, 2019


Doctors are testing whether they can use CRISPR to treat patients with sickle cell disease, marking the first time doctors in the United States have used the gene-editing tool to treat a patient with a genetic disorder.

He was jailed as a 'fake doctor.' 20 years later, he's a real MD.

August 9, 2019


Adam Litwin has wanted to be a doctor since he was a child—so much so that, in 2000, he went to jail for impersonating one—and now, almost 20 years later, he has graduated from medical school.

Medicaid DSH payments vary widely by state, GAO finds

August 9, 2019


In four states, Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments in 2014 exceeded hospitals' aggregate uncompensated care costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report—but in 29 states, the payments covered less than half of such costs.

This blood test predicts Alzheimer's better than brain scans, research suggests

August 8, 2019


Researchers at Washington University have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that can detect the condition in asymptomatic patients and might be more sensitive than a PET brain scan, according to a paper published last week in Neurology.

CMS releases national coverage policy for CAR T-cell therapies

August 8, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced that Medicare will cover FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies nationwide at health care facilities that meet certain requirements, but the agency did not change Medicare's payment rates for the treatments.

Naloxone prescriptions are booming—but still lag far behind opioid prescriptions, CDC finds

August 8, 2019


The number of U.S. pharmacies dispensing prescriptions for the opioid reversal drug naloxone doubled from 2017 to 2018, but there still is only one naloxone prescription dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

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