After last year's devastating flu season, which hospitalized the largest number of seniors in the U.S. ever recorded, public health officials have had to assure providers that the flu vaccines they're getting right about now will work.
In today's 24/7 media cycle, yesterday's news quickly fades as the press moves on to the next story. But sometimes those forgotten stories leave behind important unresolved issues. That's certainly the case with Ebola.
The general public may have wondered why it was worth announcing last week that Kaiser Permanente and 105,000 of its union employees had agreed that staff would either get a flu shot or wear surgical masks in patient-care areas during flu season.
Data Points for the week of Oct. 5, 2015, covered the following topics: Healthcare workers getting the flu vaccine, healthcare insurance premiums, Planned Parenthood, obesity rates, collision injuries in Major League Baseball.
Five Americans came down with an unusual illness after traveling to Germany for a controversial treatment involving injections with sheep cells, health officials reported Wednesday.
Lisa McGiffert is the director of the Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project, which engages in advocacy and education on patient-safety issues. McGiffert discusses hospital efforts to reduce infections, the prevalence of other types of medical errors, and congressional legislation to speed drug and...
Most work analyzing medical errors to date has focused on problems that occur after treatment, such as wrong-side surgeries, rather than diagnostic errors. That's why expectations are high for a National Academy of Medicine report on the harm and costs associated with diagnostic mistakes.
Data Points for the week of Sept. 21, 2015, covered the following topics: Substance abuse, heroin overdoses, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, prescription painkiller abuse
Health officials expect to avoid a repeat of the misery last winter, when flu immunizations weren't a good match for a nasty surprise strain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendations Tuesday to help nursing homes combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The CDC says up to 75% of antibiotics prescribed in nursing homes are given incorrectly.
The U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual health insurance report this week, and it likely will mirror other studies and surveys that show that the number of uninsured Americans continues to drop.
Hospital communication failure cited in review of care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, and other news
The Texas hospital that treated the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola stumbled because of communication failures, an independent review released last week found.