Healthcare

Uber, Lyft Launch Competing Health Transportation Services

Uber, Lyft Launch Competing Health Transportation Services

During the first week of March, ride sharing platforms Uber and Lyft both announced transportation services to help patients attend their medical appointments.

New HHS Division to Protect Health Workers with Moral Objections

Some stakeholders say the new division is actually a tool to restrict healthcare for women and minority groups, such as transgender people.

State Medicaid Services Can Now Implement Work Requirement

States now allowed to implement Medicaid work requirements for healthy adults to gain eligibility.

FDA Approved a Record 46 New Drugs in 2017

The FDA approved 46 new drugs in 2017, which is a 21-year high. The FDA also approved 1,000 new generic drugs, another record.

20% of Older Chronic Disease Patients Face Bias in Health Care

A new study found 20% of patients with chronic diseases aged 54+ reported discrimination during their interactions with healthcare providers.

FDA Proposes Regulations on Potentially Harmful Homeopathic Drugs

This week, the FDA released new enforcement guidelines that would ban potentially harmful, unproven homeopathic treatments.

Dismantling of Net Neutrality May Affect Online Health Services

The FCC decision to end net neutrality could impact online health services, such as telemedicine appointments and access to electronic health records.

Congressional Inaction Threatening Health Coverage for Children

Congress has failed to authorize funding for CHIP, the government healthcare program that covers almost 9 million children in the US.

Flu Season Has Arrived Early, CDC Reports

With the CDC reporting an early start to the 2017-2018 flu season, find out what you need to know about the flu shot and other ways to prevent getting the flu.

Open Enrollment for ACA Health Insurance Cut Short

The deadline to sign up for ACA health insurance, AKA Obamacare, this year is Dec 15. Here are answers to five big questions about choosing a healthcare plan.

New Migraine Prevention Drugs Could Help Treat Painful Headaches

The first ever drugs to treat migraine headaches could be available as early as next year.

CVS, Aetna Deal Could Lead to Cheaper, Easier Healthcare

A planned merger between CVS and Aetna could make it easier and more affordable to get your healthcare needs treated.

Half of U.S. Adults Have High Blood Pressure Under New Guidelines

30 million more Americans were added this week due to the new definition of high blood pressure that lowers the entry point for being diagnosed.

Energy Drinks Pose Dangerous Health Risks, Study Shows

New research shows that energy drinks pose numerous physical and mental health risks to consumers, such as high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety, and stress.

Endo Pharmaceuticals Set to Profit as Opioid Crisis Worsens

The drugmaker is set to profit off a drug they once claimed was too risky to be widely available on the market.

Trump to End Obamacare Subsidies. What Does This Mean for You?

Without the subsidies, insurance markets could unravel and insurance premiums could increase significantly.

FDA Could Approve Gene Therapy Cure for Hereditary Blindness

Patients with blindness caused by the disease would potentially need only one dose of the drug to regain eyesight.

CHIP Faces Uncertainty after Congress Fails to Renew Funds

8.9 million children across the U.S. could lose coverage if the Children's Health Insurance Program isn't renewed or replaced.

Senate Republicans Will Not Vote on Graham-Cassidy Bill

The health-care bill lacks the 60 votes required to pass the Senate after three Republican senators voiced their opposition.

FDA Warns That Pfizer Failed to Investigate Faulty EpiPens

The malfunctioning Pfizer EpiPens could be linked to patient deaths and severe injuries.

New Class of Drugs Could Prevent Aging Conditions Like Dementia

The new drug type has already proven effective in extending the lifespan of mice and will potentially head to human trials soon.

Aetna Sued for Breaching Privacy of 12,000 HIV Patients

Patients’ personal and HIV-related information was made visible through a large, clear window on the front of the unopened envelope.

Shady Stem-Cell Clinics Under FDA Investigation

The crackdown comes as more and more stem-cell clinics pop up around the U.S. using unapproved treatments and vaccines.

FDA Approves Breakthrough Drug for Rare Form of Leukemia

A new treatment could help combat the effects of the rare and vicious form of blood cancer leukemia.

Red Cross Calls for Donations Due to Critical Blood Shortage

Patients could suffer from delays in care if the need isn't met soon.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Teens on the Rise

Overdoses in older teens, both male and female, are at epidemic levels.

NH Sues Oxycontin Producer Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing

The suit claims that Purdue Pharma spent millions deceiving customers, making the growing opioid epidemic even worse.

Senate Moves Toward Bipartisan Healthcare Bill

The only way forward for a healthcare bill may be a bipartisan agreement between the right and left.

Senate Votes on Healthcare Legislation

Today's Senate healthcare vote could impact millions of Americans. Learn about the different plans under consideration and the effect each would have.

What You Need to Know About John McCain's Brain Cancer

The highly malignant and aggressive brain cancer will be John McCain's toughest battle yet.

DOJ Charges Hundreds of Providers in $1.3B Medicare Fraud Case

The DOJ has charged hundreds of licensed medical professionals for their alleged participation in fraudulently billing government healthcare programs.

New Heroin Vaccine Could Revolutionize Opioid Treatment

The heroin-trapping vaccine could be the answer to the opioid epidemic.

New Bill Could Lead to Accessible Low-Cost Hearing Aids

Hearing aids currently cost upwards of $2400 per ear and require visiting a doctor. A new bill aims to change that.

How the Senate Healthcare Bill Would Affect Medicaid

Senate Republicans recently unveiled a new healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Changes to Medicaid are expected, but what will be the effect?