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CDC's investigation into vaping-linked illness just had a 'breakthrough,' as cases exceed 2,000

November 11, 2019


CDC on Friday said it has identified a potential cause of a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as the number of cases of the illness has exceeded 2,000.

This woman's genetics left her at great risk for Alzheimer's—so why didn't she develop it?

November 11, 2019


A Colombian woman's family history and genetic profile indicated she would develop Alzheimer's disease by the time she was 50, but researchers say an extremely rare genetic mutation staved off cognitive decline until her 70s, opening up the possibility for a new approach to Alzheimer's treatment.

The state of US health, in 7 charts

November 8, 2019


The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country.

HHS files lawsuit claiming Gilead infringed on its patents for PrEP

November 8, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Gilead Sciences claiming the drugmaker's sales of the HIV-prevention drugs Truvada and Descovy violate HHS patents.

Childhood trauma is linked to millions of cases of heart disease and depression, according to CDC

November 8, 2019


Traumatic childhood experiences are associated with higher odds of developing some of the leading causes of death later in life, according to a CDC report published Tuesday.

How Geisinger's home-care program reduced ED visits—and saved money

November 8, 2019


Geisinger implemented a home-care program, called Geisinger at Home, to better manage care for older patients with complex needs, and the program has helped the health system save money and reduce emergency department visits and hospital admissions.

Hospital-acquired conditions are down, but did CMS' penalty program play a role?

November 7, 2019


Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have decreased nationwide, according to a recent CDC report, but a new study published in Health Affairs suggests CMS' HAC Program is not behind the decrease.

Meet the 'Double Donors': The 47 remarkable Americans who've donated an organ twice

November 7, 2019


Living donors continue to be rare in the United States, but there is a more exclusive population of donors who take on great risk for the reward of helping a family member, or even a stranger.

Why did FDA wait 6 weeks to tell the public about an E. coli outbreak?

November 6, 2019


An E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce infected 23 people between July and September of this year, and while CDC and FDA learned the source of the outbreak in early October, FDA did not announce the outbreak publicly until last week.

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