One hundred years ago this month, the “mother of all pandemics was sweeping the world. The flu pandemic, caused by an airborne H1N1 virus, killed an estimated 1% to 2% of the world's population, primarily young and often healthy adults in 1918 and 1919.
The Senate passed its opioids legislation, laying the groundwork for a final bicameral deal. The upper chamber also cleared a stand-alone healthcare bill to target insurer gag clauses on pharmacists.
A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens.
Up to 6 million Americans could have opioid use disorder, nearly three times higher than government estimates, according to a new analysis.
Puerto Rico's long-term public health challenges after Hurricane Maria have also hindered many providers' preparations for the current hurricane season, raising concerns over what harm another major storm would wreak to a health system that hasn't fully recovered.
The U.S. is losing ground on its efforts to combat heart disease, and federal officials found that more than 80% of heart attacks and strokes in middle-aged Americans are preventable.
Researchers say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain is associated with an acceleration in the decline of such prescriptions.
More hospitals are looking at the role of social determinants of health as a way to improve patients' overall well-being. But there's little evidence of the returns hospitals get from their investments.
Some innovative health insurers and states are tackling social determinants of health in a sustainable, scalable business model that goes beyond isolated pilot projects and community benefit dollars.
OhioHealth's Riverside Family Medicine Center in Columbus addresses social determinants of health in the community by providing free fresh food to food-insecure patients to help manage diabetes.
Health Leads started as a project that sent volunteers to connect patients with social resources. Founded in 1996, the program is now available in six cities. Health Leads recently promoted Jennifer Valenzuela to the new position of managing principal of people and equity.
The FDA's Dr. Scott Gottlieb is set to tell the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee how the agency is protecting public health while spurring medical innovation.