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'Three-parent IVF' is banned in the US (and some experts want that to change).

June 10, 2019


The House Appropriations Committee by voice vote last week adopted an amendment to prohibit FDA from allowing scientists to conduct research involving gene-edited embryos and so-called three-parent in vitro fertilization.

New rules fund private care for up to 30% of veterans

June 7, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday finalized rules to implement the new Veterans Community Care Program and provide veterans with greater access to VA-funded care at private health care providers.

How bots could change health care

June 7, 2019


"It seems nearly everyone believes U.S. health care needs some transformative change to improve quality, expand access, or lower costs," but efforts to bolster access to primary care doctors is "the wrong path," David Asch and colleagues write for the Harvard Business Review, arguing that the right answer is bots.

Is there a looming palliative and home health care crisis?

June 6, 2019


Research suggests that the United States could soon face crises related to palliative and long-term home health care, as a palliative care provider shortage continues to mount and U.S. residents struggle to cover home health care costs.

Does being highly educated increase your longevity?

June 5, 2019


Pinpointing the causal effects of education on mortality is "tricky," but a few studies have "teased out" its impact, according to health economist Austin Frakt.

FDA unveils pilot program to help cancer patients access experimental drugs

June 5, 2019


FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence on Monday announced a new pilot program that will serve as a single point of contact for oncology health care professionals working to help their patients access experimental drugs under FDA's Expanded Access, or "compassionate use," pathway.

Did Medicaid expansion cut racial disparities in cancer care?

June 4, 2019


The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion nearly eliminated a key disparity in cancer care access for white and black U.S. patients, according to a study unveiled Sunday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting.

A wildfire nearly destroyed this California hospital. Is this a chance to 'rethink' care?

June 4, 2019


After the Camp Fire last year destroyed Paradise, a remote town in California, the town is now taking on the enormous task of rebuilding its entire health care system.

The US had 'eliminated' measles. Now it's on the verge of losing that designation.

May 31, 2019


CDC on Thursday announced that the total number of reported measles cases in the United States has reached 971, marking the highest number of measles cases reported in the country in more than 25 years and threatening the United States' World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated the disease.

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