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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Why hospitals underreport the number of patients they infect

Would hospitals lie? It's an important question for patients, certainly, but also for insurers, regulators, and policymakers interested in containing medical costs.

Surgery

Helping patients shop around for health care could control costs better than current system

Most consumers haven't shopped around for standard medical procedures such as a knee replacement, but reference pricing could open that possibility for many services and lower health care costs at the same time.

Oncology & Cancer

The declining impact of federal funding on cancer innovation

Cancer research is a field that has been especially dependent on public funding. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), an independent institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1937 to provide ...

Health

Sharing fitness data with insurance companies

From the Fitbit to Apple's smartwatch, wearable tech is becoming increasingly popular across the globe. Compared to other nations like US, which has seen higher adoption of fitness trackers, uptake in Australia is still less ...

Health

How might Medicare for All reshape health care in the U.S.?

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll indicates that support for a single-payer health system is increasing among American consumers, but many people are confused about how a program like "Medicare for All" would actually ...

Pediatrics

California took on anti-vaxxers, and won

(HealthDay)—California's crackdown on childhood vaccination exemptions cut in half the percentage of kindergartners who didn't have their required immunizations, a new study shows.

Medications

PBS restrictions result in outdated and unsafe care

Prescribing restrictions for anti-epileptic drugs expose flaws in the review process of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), a University of Queensland researcher proposes.