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Texas Is Latest State To Attack Surprise Medical Bills

This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Texas is now among more than a dozen states that have cracked down on the practice of surprise medical billing. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed legislation Friday shielding patients from getting...

Miracle Machine Makes Heroic Rescues — And Leaves Patients In Limbo

This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). The latest miracle machine in modern medicine — whose use has skyrocketed in recent years — is saving people from the brink of death: adults whose lungs have been ravaged by the flu; a trucker who was trapped underwater...

Democratic Voters Want To Hear Candidates’ Views On Health, But Priorities Vary

Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). With the first Democratic debates a week away, health care is the top issue the party’s voters say they want candidates to address, according to a poll released Tuesday. But what they mean by that varies widely. Nearly 9 out of 10 Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said...

Report: 22M cancer survivors by 2030

As caregivers and clinicians navigate the various phases of cancer survivorship, it spotlights the ever-present need for resources that optimize care. (For Spectrum Health Beat) More Americans are surviving cancer and their numbers could top 22 million in another decade, the American Cancer Society says.Currently, thanks to better screening and treatment, more than 17 million...

Oxford VR establishes first-of-kind VR-enabled mental health solutions in Asia

Oxford VR, an Oxford University spinout company, has announced the launch of its leading-edge treatment for common mental health conditions through a unique partnership with AXA HK and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dubbed ‘Yes I Can’, the initiative will offer a ground-breaking treatment using virtual reality (VR) technology. It will be free...

Testing reveals PFOA chemicals in US food supply

Per- and polyfluoroalykyl substances1,2 (PFAS) are widely used chemicals that make products water-, oil-, grease- and stain-resistant. The chemicals are also used in firefighting foam. One type, perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, is commonly found in older nonstick cookware. PFOA and its cousin perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) are associated with a wide array of health problems, including...

Why mosquitoes develop resistance to pesticides

Despite their tiny size, mosquitoes have been called the world's most dangerous creature because they spread deadly diseases. More than half the people on Earth live in an area where disease-carrying mosquitoes are present and, every year, mosquitoes cause millions of deaths from diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever.1 Insecticides are considered to be...

Genetically edited babies might die young

In 2018, He Jiankui, a Chinese scientist, claimed to have created the world's first gene-edited babies. He modified the DNA of human embryos during in vitro fertilization by disabling a gene called CCR5, which could potentially make the babies resistant to infection with HIV.1 The babies, twin girls known as Lulu and Nana, were born...

Building a future of safe and drug-free alternatives to painkillers

Pain is usually an indication something wrong with the body and the typical approach to pain is to take appropriate medicine that will help alleviate that pain. However, taking painkillers will have some side effects and it is more complicated, or even life-threatening for those who are allergic to certain painkillers. Imagine a future where...

Aidoc, Zebra Medical Vision announce 510(k) clearances for AI image analysis software

The past week has seen two FDA clearances awarded to Israeli companies building artificial intelligence analysis tools for medical imaging. The first, announced last Tuesday, was Aidoc’s tool for triaging cervical spine fractures. Much like the company’s prior offerings, the new product analyzes images to prioritize high-risk cases for review by a radiologist, and does...

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