What’s New in Health Care Reform

Top highlights include: How hospitals are fighting burnout, U.S. health spending hits $3.5T but growth slows, why states might start taxing opioids, telemedicine in reverse. and health care providers are teaming with chatbots to assist patients.

By Andy Tofilon • December 12, 2018

Top highlights include: Minnesota OKs medical marijuana to treat Alzheimer’s, U.S. life expectancy declines again, polio-like disease in U.S. kids appears to have peaked for 2018, methamphetamine use by pregnant women, and the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency.

By Andy Tofilon • December 5, 2018

Top highlights include: Minnesota faces challenge in halting deadly colon infection’s spread, FDA is revamping clearance procedures for medical devices, FDA to review its human testing protocols, millions left behind as diabetes drives surge in insulin demand, and use of telemedicine increasing in U.S. but still uncommon.

By Andy Tofilon • November 28, 2018

Top highlights include: FDA seeks restrictions on teens’ access to flavored e-cigarettes and a ban on menthol cigarettes, suicide rates increasing among American workers, rapid cure approved for sleeping sickness, how much do you know about the common cold, and experts chase the cause of a paralyzing childhood disease spiking this year.

By Andy Tofilon • November 21, 2018

Top highlights include: Mayo Clinic gets its largest gift ever, FDA to crackdown on e-cigarettes, risk factors added to U.S. heart guidelines, CDC confirms 90 cases of rare polio-like illness affecting children in 27 states, and new government guidelines say you can get your exercise in small doses.

By Andy Tofilon • November 14, 2018

Top highlights include: FDA approves powerful new opioid despite warnings of likely abuse, Type 2 diabetes, new spinal cord therapy helps paralyzed patients walk again, societies publish new guidance for the treatment of slow, irregular heartbeats, and morning people are less likely to develop breast cancer.

By Andy Tofilon • November 7, 2018

Top highlights include: facing an overdose epidemic, some ERs now offer addiction treatment; why peanut reactions have become almost epidemic; advice from health care’s power users; premature birth rates rise again, but a few states are turning things around; and heart failure stem-cell trial to be paused after calls for retraction.

By Andy Tofilon • October 31, 2018

Top highlights include: overdose deaths have fallen for six months, measles outbreak raging in Europe could be brought to U.S., herpes may account for 50% of Alzheimer’s cases, researchers detect microplastics in human waste, and Mayo Clinic addresses opioid epidemic in national health checkup.

By Andy Tofilon • October 24, 2018

Top highlights include: growing number of U.S. children not vaccinated against any disease; how climate change will affect your health; rate of C-sections is rising at an alarming rate; breastfeeding moms who pump at work fear long-term career consequences; and CDC confirms 62 cases of polio-like illness, mostly affecting kids.

By Andy Tofilon • October 17, 2018

Top highlights include: the exciting new idea hospitals have to bring down drug prices, HPV vaccine expanded for people 27 to 45, tech breakthrough offers early warning system for heart attacks, vitamin D supplements don’t improve bone health, and EpiPen shortage is keeping some kids out of school.

By Andy Tofilon • October 10, 2018

Top highlights include: Flu vaccination rates for Minnesota children drop with age, everything you ever wanted to know about coffee and your health, the risk of alternative cancer treatments, providers are going digital to meet increased demand, and doctors deliver blunt message about record 80,000 flu deaths.

By Andy Tofilon • October 3, 2018

Top highlights include: tiny device is a huge advance for treatment of severe heart failure, breastfeeding better for babies’ weight gain than pumping, excessive drinking killed more than 3 million people in 2016, physician burnout taking center stage, and could senolytic therapies cure aging?

By Andy Tofilon • September 26, 2018

Top highlights include: cancer expected to kill more than 9 million people globally this year; with daily low-dose aspirin use, risks may outweigh benefits; extra folic acid taken during pregnancy doesn’t prevent pre-eclampsia; physician burnout; and four people get cancer from donated organ in “extraordinarily rare” case.

By Andy Tofilon • September 19, 2018