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US health spending growth accelerated last year. Here's why.

December 6, 2019


U.S. health spending growth increased at a faster rate in 2018 when compared with 2017, in part because the net cost of health insurance rose more quickly due to the return of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, according to a CMS report released Thursday.

The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019


Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

The 25 best health care inventions of 2019, according to TIME

December 2, 2019


TIME recently released its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 based on factors including creativity, effectiveness, influence, and originality—and 25 health care inventions made the list.

Is there a MacGyver onboard? When a patient started hemorrhaging midflight, this doc and NP had to get creative.

November 22, 2019


In an emergency department, a gushing nosebleed like the one Jay Wellons, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, encountered midflight would be treated with special glue and a microcatheter, but writing for the New York Times, Wellons describes how he and a nurse practitioner managed to "essentially" stop the midflight hemorrhaging with over-the-counter nasal spray and two tampons.

In the states: California, New York sue Juul for allegedly targeting teens; South Dakota launches 'Meth. We're On It' campaign; and more

November 22, 2019


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

Improper Medicare payments dip to 9-year low, HHS says

November 20, 2019


HHS on Monday announced the rate of improper Medicare fee-for-service payments in fiscal year (FY) 2019 was at the lowest point since FY 2010.

FDA approves an easier-to-clean duodenoscope

November 20, 2019


FDA on Friday granted Pentax approval to market a duodenoscope with a sterile, disposable elevator—an innovation that reduces the number of parts that need to be cleaned and therefore could lower the odds of transmitting dangerous superbugs.

The 9 'Best-Performing' health care CEOs in the world, according to Harvard Business Review

November 15, 2019


Harvard Business Review recently released its annual ranking of the 100 "Best-Performing CEOs in the World"—and the list includes nine CEOs in the health care industry.

A detective was granted a warrant to search a private DNA database. Is your genetic privacy at risk?

November 11, 2019


A Florida detective at a recent police conference announced that a judge had approved a warrant to search the genetic profiles of almost one million users on the genetic database GEDmatch—news that alarms privacy advocates, who fear that warrants like this could lead to all genetic databases becoming open to law enforcement.

Trump will nominate MD Anderson CMO to lead FDA

November 4, 2019


President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Stephen Hahn, CMO of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to serve as FDA commissioner—and Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, has replaced Ned Sharpless as FDA's acting commissioner until Hahn is confirmed.

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