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In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

FDA is planning to ban unauthorized flavored e-cigarettes

September 12, 2019

The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that FDA intends to finalize a compliance policy that will clear the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors, in response to growing numbers of children using e-cigarettes.

The uninsured rate is up for the first time in nearly a decade, Census data shows

September 11, 2019

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the country's uninsured rate increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018, marking the first year-to-year increase reflected in Census data since 2008 to 2009, when the United States was at the highest point of the Great Recession.

FDA warns Juul for marketing products as safer than traditional cigarettes

September 11, 2019

FDA on Monday announced that it has warned e-cigarette maker Juul Labs for illegally marketing its nicotine pods as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, and for doing so in a presentation to youth at a U.S. school.

Medical imaging rates are climbing—despite efforts to bring them down

September 9, 2019

Physician groups for years have sought to curb rates of unnecessary imaging, but these rates are still on the rise, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

Many hospitals aren't ready to handle pediatric emergencies, study finds

September 6, 2019

A new study finds critically ill children have higher mortality rates when hospital emergency departments are not prepared for pediatric patients—but Jeremy Kahn, a fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and the study's senior author, says there are steps hospitals can take to better prepare for pediatric emergencies.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Michigan will become first US state to ban flavored e-cigarette sales

September 5, 2019

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Wednesday ordered a statewide ban on flavored e-cigarette sales, after the state's Department of Health and Human Services determined youth e-cigarette use constitutes a public health emergency.

A drug labeling mix-up left 17 children with 'werewolf syndrome'

September 4, 2019

At least 17 children in Spain have been diagnosed with hypertrichosis, also known as "werewolf syndrome," after a drug labeling error that led parents to accidentally buy drugs for hair loss, thinking they were drugs to treat acid reflux in children.

US is on the verge of losing its measles elimination status, CDC warns

September 3, 2019

A CDC official last week said there is a "reasonable chance" the United States will lose its World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated measles.

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