Americans are becoming “primed” for heroin addiction through the growing use and abuse of prescribed opioid painkillers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
Modern Healthcare's 11th annual ranking of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in many ways reflects the transformation of healthcare over the past several years.
The continued overuse of antibiotics is associated with a majority of the nearly half million cases of Clostridium difficile infection that occurred in 2011, which in turn were linked to an estimated 29,000 deaths, federal health officials said Wednesday.
For the first time this year new cases of Ebola increased last week in all three affected West African countries hit hard by the outbreak. The setback comes after weeks of signs suggesting the outbreak was beginning to wane.
While fewer Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke than a decade ago, the high rates of exposure among children, blacks and low-income groups highlight continuing disparities among certain groups for certain health risk factors.
High prescription rates for opioid medications among reproductive-age women are raising concerns about the risks associated with their use and the development of adverse pregnancy outcomes.
U.S. hospitals made significant strides in the past several years in reducing the number of infections acquired within their facilities but fell short of the Obama administration's targets, according to a new federal report.
Health providers should not hesitate to treat flu patients with antivirals, CDC says, and other news
Providers should not hesitate to treat hospitalized patients suspected of having influenza with antiviral medications, given the severity of the current flu season, health officials said Friday.
Many of the biggest healthcare events of the year, such as Ebola's arrival in the U.S. and the VA's waitlist scandal, were not kind to the people and organizations swept up in them.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lauded progress made in recent months toward slowing the pace of the spread of Ebola among the West African countries hardest hit by the virus, but he warned more work would be needed before the outbreak comes to an end.
Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.
Two House subcommittees will host Ebola-related hearings this week. The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a session Nov. 18 examining the public health response to the Ebola outbreak.