Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

Opioid Deaths Among ICU Patients on the Rise

Forbes contributor CJ Arlotta writes that research suggests “the opioid epidemic is not only impacting households across the nation; it’s also placing an additional unnecessary burden on the country’s healthcare system, particularly stretched-too-thin intensive care units (ICUs).” Researchers found that “opioid-related … Continue reading

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FDA Suspends Clinical Trial for Leukemia Treatment After Three Patient Deaths

The Wall Street Journal reports that Juno Therapeutics Inc. announced that the Food and Drug Administration placed a clinical hold on the Phase II clinical trial of JCAR015, an experimental leukemia treatment, because two patients died last week. Bloomberg News reports that three … Continue reading

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Theranos CEO Banned from Owning or Operating Medical Lab for Two Years

The New York Times reports that CMS “banned Elizabeth Holmes, the chief executive of Theranos, from owning or operating a medical laboratory for at least two years, in a major setback for the embattled blood-testing firm and its once widely lauded founder.” In … Continue reading

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Humana Sued for Denying Payment for Colorectal Cancer Tests

The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal reported that “the maker of a new test for colorectal cancer is suing Louisville-based Humana Inc., alleging its denial of payment for screenings performed on more than 4,600 patients violates state and federal law.” Exact Sciences Corp. and … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Against Anthem and Express Scripts for Overcharging Patients for Prescription Drugs

Kaiser Health News reported that a recently-filed lawsuit accuses Anthem and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts of overcharging tens of thousands of patients with employer-based insurance for prescription drugs. The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of “people with ERISA-governed insurance … Continue reading

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Duodenoscopes, Linear Echoendoscopes Remained Contaminated with Bacteria After Cleaning

The Seattle Times reported that duodenoscopes and linear echoendoscopes “used at 21 Providence Health & Services hospitals in Washington and four other states remained contaminated with bacteria even after cleaning.” Hospital officials pointed out, however, that “no infections were detected and no … Continue reading

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Pfizer Agrees to Disclose Risk of Opioid Addiction in Marketing Material

On its front-page, the Washington Post reports that Pfizer “has agreed to disclose in its promotional material that narcotic painkillers carry serious risk of addiction — even when used properly — and promised not to promote opioids for unapproved, ‘off-label’ uses such … Continue reading

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Many Lawsuits Filed Over E-Cigarette Explosions

The Wall Street Journal reported many lawsuits have been filed throughout the US accusing e-cigarette vendors and manufacturers of negligence because of instances in which e-cigarettes exploded sometimes injuring users. Many of the lawsuits claim that the explosions were caused by low-quality … Continue reading

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The Main Differences Between Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin Summed Up In One Chart

Business Insider has a nifty chart that shows which painkiller is best for different symptoms. Take a look — you’ll probably learn something new. You probably have at least three kinds of painkillers in your bathroom medicine cabinet, but they’re not … Continue reading

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FDA Asks Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Manufacturers to Provide Data on Safety and Effectiveness

The CBS Evening News reported that the Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers of antiseptic hand sanitizers to provide new studies showing “how well they work against germs.” The ABC World News Tonight added that federal health officials are requesting that companies release safety information … Continue reading

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