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Does pizza prevent cancer? The results of this year's Ig Nobel awards.

September 16, 2019


The Annals of Improbable Research on Thursday awarded the Ig Nobel Prizes to 10 "improbable" research projects, including studies into how dirty money really is, whether clickers can help train budding surgeons, and more.

Sperm donors have been promised anonymity for a century. Then came 23andMe.

September 16, 2019


Sperm banks have long promised donors that they can donate anonymously—but the rise of consumer genetic testing has made it difficult for clinics to make such a guarantee.

Could a blood test help identify PTSD? Maybe, new study finds.

September 16, 2019


A new blood test has been shown to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat troops with a high level of accuracy, according to a study published last week in Molecular Psychiatry, which might help identify PTSD in troops who try to hide their symptoms.

5 ways hospitals can make childbirth safer

September 16, 2019


When it comes to preventing maternal childbirth-related deaths, the United States still has a "long way to go," according to Amy Compton-Phillips, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, who shares five ways her health system ensures safer outcomes for maternal care.

VA must pay for non-VA emergency care even if veterans have other insurance, court rules

September 13, 2019


A federal appeals court this week ruled Veterans Affairs (VA) must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care provided at non-VA facilities—a decision that plaintiff's lawyers estimate could cost VA billions of dollars.

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.

Men are missing out on 'lifesaving' breast cancer therapies—and FDA wants that to change

September 12, 2019


FDA recently released draft guidance that calls on researchers to include more male patients in clinical trials for breast cancer therapies in response to concerns that men are missing out on lifesaving treatments.

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.

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