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After Fla. mass shooting, Trump says he's 'committed' to addressing 'difficult issue of mental health'

February 16, 2018

President Trump in remarks following a mass shooting at a Florida High School says his administration is "committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health"—but some mental health advocates are raising concerns about tying the shooting to mental health.

FDA approves first blood test to help diagnose concussions

February 16, 2018

Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, says, "A blood test to aid in concussion evaluation is an important tool for the American public and for our servicemembers abroad who need access to quick and accurate tests."

This Oregon woman had 14 worms in her eye, perplexing doctors

February 16, 2018

CDC researchers in a case study give details on the first known case of Thelazia gulosa infection in humans.

Aetna pushes back against reports that medical directors do not review patient records

February 16, 2018

Aetna in a statement says its "medical directors review all necessary available medical information for cases that they are asked to evaluate," and a former medical director for the insurer says "certain misinterpretations" had arisen from his prior testimony on the insurers prior-authorizations practices.

Inside 'the war' between UPMC and Highmark for the Pittsburgh market

February 16, 2018

A battle between two major health care players in western Pennsylvania could be a harbinger of what is to come nationwide, as forces of consolidation bring providers and insurers into each other's domains.

CMS: US health care spending hit $3.5T in 2017

February 15, 2018

CMS' Office of the Actuary says spending growth projections for 2017 through 2026 are largely fueled by the aging baby boomer population, increased prices for medical goods and services, and growth in disposable personal income.

The 10 healthiest cities in the US, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2018

San Francisco tops WalletHub's list of the healthiest cities in the United States, followed by Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Opioid misuse cost US economy more than $1T since 2001, report finds

February 15, 2018

Researchers say the U.S. opioid misuse epidemic's greatest financial costs stemmed from lost earnings and productivity as a result of opioid drug-related overdose deaths.

Walgreens reportedly in talks to acquire all of AmerisourceBergen

February 15, 2018

Walgreens Boots Alliance is in tentative talks to take full ownership of AmerisourceBergen, which is one of the largest drug distributors in the United States.

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