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Germany introduces Digital Supply Act to digitalise healthcare

The Digital Supply Law (DVG), which was proposed by minister of health Jens Spahn earlier this year, was passed by the parliament on 8 November. Under the new legislation, doctors will be able to prescribe digital health apps to patients, which can be reimbursed by the country’s statutory health insurance. App providers will have to prove...

Supreme Court Denies Bid To Block Sandy Hook Relatives’ Lawsuit Against Gun Maker In Closely Watched Case

The Supreme Court announced it wouldn't take up Remington’s appeal of a ruling by Connecticut’s top court to allow the lawsuit proceed, despite a federal law that broadly shields firearms manufacturers from liability when their weapons are used in crimes. The New York Times: Supreme Court Allows Sandy Hook Relatives To Sue Gun MakerThe...

Fallout From Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Revelation: A Federal Inquiry, Lawmakers’ Criticism And Patient Privacy Fears

The Wall Street Journal reporting revealed that a Google health initiative is amassing millions of patients' data without their knowledge. The fallout from the investigation reverberated through both Washington, D.C., and the rest of the country. The Wall Street Journal: Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal InquiryGoogle’s project with the country’s second-largest health system to...

‘This Is An Evil That I Haven’t Faced Before’: Doctors Who Performed Double-Lung Transplant Beg Teens To Stop Vaping

A 17-year-old from Michigan faced "certain death" after coming down with the vaping-linked lung illness regulators recently tied to vitamin E acetate oil. Patients who have double lung transplants have a median survival of seven years after surgery, but the boy's doctors anticipate he may be able to beat those odds. The New York...

A Look Back At The Legacy Left Behind Following Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson’s Death

Kaiser Permanente Chief Executive Bernard Tyson, one of a few top black executives of major U.S. for-profit or nonprofit corporations, is remembered as an influential voice on issues of race relations and health policy. But his tenure at Kaiser Permanente wasn't without strife. In other health industry news: a canceled merger, a promotion...

Rare Group Of Active NFL Players Lines Up Against Their Employers, Speak Up About Their Health Concerns

Stigmas over discussing health and injuries or questioning team doctors are changing according to a story by The New York Times. “This is the age of empowerment, they feel emboldened, and you’ll see more and more veterans standing up for themselves,” said James Acho, a lawyer who has represented NFL players. More public...

Planned Parenthood Unveils Online Tool To Combat Rampant Confusion Over States’ Abortion Restrictions

Planned Parenthood's acting president, Alexis McGill Johnson, says that as states passed laws to limit abortion access, Planned Parenthood’s clientele became increasingly desperate for information. “Restrictions have just been coming so fast and furious,” she said. The new tool will direct patients to the closest Planned Parenthood facility that is able to accommodate...

Total Number Of Hate Crime Murders Hits A Record In 2018, FBI Reports, While Crimes Of Bias Also Remain High

While the number of crimes dipped slightly compared to 2017, Brian Levin, co-author of the report said, "We're seeing a leaner and meaner type of hate crime going on.'' The majority of hate crimes were motivated by bias against race and ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. CBS News: FBI Hate Crimes Data Released Today:...

USC Officials Try To Quell Rumors Of Suicide Cluster As Total Number Of Student Deaths This Year Climbs To 9

While three of the deaths on the University of Southern California campus were suicides, officials still haven't determined some of the causes. School administrators have faced a balancing act, trying to share adequate information with students without overloading them with unnecessary details. The Associated Press: USC Campus Left Shaken By 9 Student Deaths Since...

State Highlights: Civil Trial Begins For Arizona Body Donation Facility Accused Of Fraud; Experts Link High Lung Cancer Rates In Missouri, Kentucky With Smoking

Media outlets report on news from Arizona, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and New Hampshire. The Associated Press: Case Of Former Phoenix Body Donation Facility Goes To JuryJurors have started deliberations in the civil trial involving a now-closed body donation facility in Phoenix. The relatives...

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