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06/14/2018 - 7:30am

By Dorit Reiss, Stanley A. Plotkin, Paul A. Offit A new tactic has emerged in a few recent family law vaccination cases: using arguments created by the anti-vaccine movement. Lack of familiarity with anti-vaccine claims can trip up even the … Continue reading →

06/14/2018 - 7:02am

By Mason Marks and Tiffany Li An earlier version of this article was published in STAT. The National Institutes of Health wants your DNA, and the DNA of one million other Americans, for an ambitious project called All of Us. … Continue reading →

06/13/2018 - 6:52pm

by Craig Klugman

A new JAMAarticle reports on a US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against routine ECG in patients without symptoms of heart disease: “For asymptomatic adults at low risk of CVD events (individuals with a 10-year CVD event risk less than 10%), it is very unlikelythat the information from resting or exercise ECG (beyond that obtained with conventional CVD risk factors) will result in a change in the patient’s risk category….”The report states that over-screening can lead to harms such as “invasive procedures, overtreatment, and labeling.”Such advice follows with recent suggestions against many preventive screenings that were de rigueur just a few years ago for prostate cancer, breast cancerand more (the one exception is a recent expansion of colon cancer screening).…

06/13/2018 - 11:53am

By Ameet Sarpatwari, Michael S. Sinha, and Aaron S. Kesselheim Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed medical literature to identify interesting empirical studies, policy analyses, and editorials on health law and policy issues relevant … Continue reading →

06/13/2018 - 10:57am

Efforts to place the patient at the center of medical research, spurred by the Affordable Care Act’s founding of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, have begun to change the way clinical research is conceptualized and conducted. Such efforts hold … Continue reading →

06/13/2018 - 9:22am

What began as a tete-a-tete about a community tennis center is now poised to potentially reshape how we think about who owns our DNA and the information it encodes.

06/13/2018 - 9:14am

“I sort of feel like we’ve been left in the dark,” says one patient’s wife, who learned from a reporter — and not the Houston hospital — about the program’s temporary suspension. An expert says it will likely take much longer than 14 days to fix

06/13/2018 - 9:02am

There is a general shortage of information about the safety of medications used during pregnancy—largely because any woman who is pregnant, was recently pregnant, or might get pregnant is barred from participating in most of the clinical trials that evaluate drug safety and efficacy

06/13/2018 - 8:55am

Why are they invisible in the media? Nurses have made vital contributions to health and health care for generations and are essential players today. Nurses outnumber doctors by almost 3 to 1. So why are nurses missing in action when it comes to health news stories?

06/13/2018 - 8:42am

Global health officials say, ‘They did it all wrong’