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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.

The top 10 (preventable) patient-safety concerns for 2020

October 11, 2019


ECRI Institute has released its annual list of the 10 biggest patient-safety concerns in 2020, with misuse of surgical staplers ranking No. 1.

What it's like to survive the mysterious, vaping-linked lung illness

October 11, 2019


After vaping for years, 18-year-old Piper Johnson spent a week in the intensive care unit with a lung illness officials say is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and now, as cases of the illness continue to rise, she is warning other teenagers of the risks and urging them to kick their vaping habit.

Colorado unveils its plan for a state public option—and it could cut provider payments

October 11, 2019


Colorado officials on Monday released a draft report outlining a proposed state public health insurance option, but the plan is drawing criticism from health care providers who would receive lower reimbursements under the proposal.

A new study examined vitamin C to fight sepsis. The results are… complicated.

October 11, 2019


Providers in recent years have turned to vitamin C to treat sepsis based on limited evidence, and a study recently published in JAMA that sought to demonstrate whether the treatment is effective has left providers with no clear answers.

Only half of pregnant women received flu vaccines last year, survey shows

October 11, 2019


Only about one-third of pregnant women received both the influenza and tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccines last year, even though CDC strongly recommends the vaccines for every pregnancy, according to CDC survey results published Tuesday.

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

Map: The best (and worst) states for aging, according to US News

October 10, 2019


U.S. News & World Report last week released its "Best States for Aging" list, which ranks all 50 states on how they address the needs of older adults. See how your state fared on our interactive map.

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