What’s New in Health Care Reform

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

Top highlights this week: Ken Burns Mayo Clinic film debuts in Rochester, doctors explore lifting barriers to living organ donation, research shows saunas can be good for your health, rapid tumor growth tied to immunotherapy in lung cancer, and Crohn’s disease patients test experimental stem cell treatment.

By Andy Tofilon • September 12, 2018

Top highlights this week: Fake, low quality drugs come at high cost, health coverage steady but costs are a concern, experts eliminate age limit for kids in rear-facing car seats, dietary supplement could be used to treat breast cancer, and ancient treatment may help fight superbugs.

By Andy Tofilon • September 5, 2018

Top highlights this week include: almost one in 20 U.S. adults now use e-cigarettes, life expectancy declines seen in U.S. and other high-income countries, breastfeeding linked to lower stroke risk, there’s no safe level of alcohol major new study concludes, and sexually transmitted diseases surge for the fourth straight year.

By Andy Tofilon • August 29, 2018

Top highlights this week include: NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to students; FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen; why hospitals are getting into the real estate business; moderate bad cholesterol levels tied to early death for healthy people; and vaping can damage DNA, but will it cause cancer?

By Andy Tofilon • August 22, 2018

Top highlights this week include: new estimates show overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017; CVS launches program targeting expensive new drugs; FDA weighing a ban on flavored e-cigarette liquids; Mayo Clinic names its next CEO; and CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video.

By Andy Tofilon • August 15, 2018

Top highlights this week include: Medicare approves $4.8 billion raise for hospitals, use of prescription opioids in U.S. remains high, some bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers, teens with depression may benefit from collaborative care treatment, and belly fat linked to cognitive decline.

By Andy Tofilon • August 8, 2018

Top highlights this week: how the medical community is working to prevent suicides; surgeon general, hospitals team up to combat opioid abuse; a promising drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s was just unveiled; alcohol in breast milk may lead to lower cognition in kids; and scientists warn new Ebola strain found in West Africa has potential to infect humans.

By Andy Tofilon • August 1, 2018

Top highlights this week include: hospitals gear up for new diagnosis: human trafficking; health care industry branches into fresh meals, rides to gym; why tech developers are trying to tackle mental health; doctors raise alarm about shortages of pain medications; and deaths from liver disease are surging, and drinking is to blame.

By Andy Tofilon • July 25, 2018