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Jury orders J&J to pay patient $8B over antipsychotic Risperdal

October 10, 2019

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday ordered New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a Maryland man who claimed J&J failed to properly warn patients and providers that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could spur breast growth in boys.

SCOTUS to hear case challenging Louisiana abortion requirements

October 8, 2019

The Supreme Court on Friday announced that it will hear a case challenging a Louisiana law that would impose new requirements on abortion providers, marking the first major abortion-related case the high court will hear since President Trump's conservative-leaning justice nominees were confirmed.

Meet the nurse who calms anxious parents in Boston Children's waiting room

October 8, 2019

At Boston Children's Hospital, surgical liaison Kathy Delaney, a nurse by training, serves as an emissary between the operating room and the surgical waiting room, keeping anxious parents updated on the status of their children during their procedures.

Trump admin will deny visas to those without health insurance

October 7, 2019

President Trump on Friday issued a proclamation that could deny immigrants' visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

HHS reallocates Planned Parenthood funding to other Title X participants

October 2, 2019

The Trump administration has reallocated federal funding totaling $34 million that became available when Planned Parenthood and other providers exited the Title X program because of new restrictions regarding abortion.

What does it take be a 'good parent?' A pediatrician sheds light.

October 2, 2019

Today's parents often worry that they are not achieving the "idealized" style of intensive, hands-on parenting, but experts say that ideal is unrealistic, and even just a few minutes of stimulating activity can benefit children, Perri Klass, a pediatrician, writes in the New York Times' "The Checkup."

Suicide rate has spiked among active-duty servicmembers, DOD finds

September 30, 2019

The U.S. military suicide rate among active-duty servicemembers rose by 34% from 2013 to 2018, according to the Department of Defense's first annual suicide report released last week.

NIH awards nearly $1B in funding for research to tackle the opioid epidemic

September 30, 2019

NIH last week announced the agency awarded nearly $1 billion to fund research to address the opioid epidemic by improving chronic pain treatments, reducing opioid use disorders, and helping patients achieve long-term recovery from opioid misuse.

Does your sick child need to stay home? Probably not, according to this pediatrician.

September 30, 2019

While minor ailments such as pink eye and sore throats seldom need prescription treatment, many day cares unwisely urge all sick kids to stay home and seek medical attention, Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

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