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Judge temporarily blocks policy to deny visas to immigrants without health coverage

November 5, 2019


A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

The ingenious way a doctor freed this boy's tongue from a bottle

November 5, 2019


When a seven-year-old boy from Germany went to the hospital with his tongue stuck in a bottle, a doctor relied on his wine bottle opening skills to help the boy, according to a case study published Thursday in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.

The rate of uninsured US children is still rising, 2 new analyses find

November 4, 2019


The uninsured rate among U.S. children rose for the second year in a row in 2018 due to children losing Medicaid and CHIP coverage, according to new analyses from the New York Times' "The Upshot" and Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families.

Trump admin faces lawsuit over policy to deny visas to immigrants without health insurance

November 1, 2019


Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization this week filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration's recent decision to deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

The scariest Halloween health hazard? (It's not poisoned candy.)

October 31, 2019


Each October, stories circulate of children eating poisoned Halloween treats, but research shows that tainted candy is not the Halloween-night danger parents should worry about, Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

Federal judge blocks Alabama law that seeks to make abortion care a felony

October 30, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked an Alabama law that would make it a felony for doctors to provide abortion care under almost any circumstances.

Weight-loss surgery could be right for some kids, pediatrician group says

October 30, 2019


Children and adolescents with severe obesity should be considered candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery, which has been found to lead to long-term weight loss and better overall health for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement issued Sunday.

Did your period-tracking app say you have a disorder? Here's why some experts are skeptical.

October 29, 2019


Period-tracking apps like Flo and Clue are releasing assessments that help determine users' risk of hormonal disorders—but experts say the assessments often are inaccurate and might cause unnecessary worry.

FDA approves new therapy to treat cystic fibrosis in patients 12 and older—and it will cost $311,503

October 28, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has approved Trikafta, the first-ever triple combination therapy to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients ages 12 and older who have a genetic mutation that affects the vast majority of CF patients.

Why a popular algorithm showed bias toward white patients (and how it can be fixed)

October 28, 2019


A widely used algorithm is more likely to classify white patients as needing follow-up care than comparably ill black patients, according to study in the journal Science—and the study's senior author said it is "inconceivable" that other common algorithms do not have similar flaws.

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