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Romney, Merkley unveil bill to ban flavored e-cigarettes

September 23, 2019


Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) last week introduced a bill that would ban flavored e-cigarette products.

Doctors knew this boy had cancer. So why couldn't they prove it?

September 23, 2019


A 16-year-old boy visited multiple doctors over the course of a year after developing pain that started in his knee, and each scan suggested he had cancer, yet no blood test could prove it. Finally, a pathologist had an idea, New York Times Magazine reports.

Trump issues executive order to modernize flu vaccine development

September 23, 2019


President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order intended to promote the development of better vaccinations to protect against seasonal influenza and potential pandemic flu outbreaks.

Do you screen for all 5 key social determinants of health? Few providers do, CMS finds.

September 23, 2019


Few hospitals and physician practices screen for all five of what CMS considers five key social determinants of health, according to a study published last week in JAMA Network Open.

17M Americans have survived cancer. Now, they're asking their doctors: What's next?

September 20, 2019


Advances in cancer treatment are leading to enormous increases in the number of cancer survivors, prompting providers to identify ways to help these patients navigate the physical and emotional burdens of survival, Laura Landro—who is herself a longtime cancer survivor—reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

Is the US measles outbreak almost over?

September 17, 2019


Public health officials last week reported no new cases of the measles, suggesting the United States might not lose its World Health Organization designation as a country that has eliminated measles, as officials have feared.

FDA finds cancer-causing chemical in another US drug

September 17, 2019


FDA on Friday announced that it has found low levels of a chemical that could cause cancer in some batches of medications commonly used to treat heartburn, but it has not issued recalls of the drugs at this time.

Why CDC is reporting fewer lung illness cases linked to e-cigarettes

September 16, 2019


CDC on Thursday revised its tally of cases of a lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products to 380 based on a narrower definition CDC issued late last month.

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