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Where EMS providers take patients might depend on race, study suggests

September 11, 2019

Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries are less likely to be transported to the same emergency departments as white Medicare beneficiaries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

This woman just became the world's oldest mom (at age 74)

September 10, 2019

Erramatti Mangayamma at age 74 gave birth to twins in India last week after becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization, making her the oldest person to ever give birth, according to her doctors, and reigniting debate over so-called geriatric pregnancies.

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.

Trump admin ends 'deferred action' policy for undocumented immigrants undergoing life-saving medical care

September 3, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this month quietly eliminated a policy that allowed undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their family members are receiving life-saving medical care—though the agency yesterday said it is reviewing whether to continue "a very limited" version of the policy.

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.

Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019

Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

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