Families who qualified for the most financial aid also reported the biggest drop in trouble paying medical bills during the first six months of subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
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.
The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.
Federal health officials are investigating the emergence of a virus new to the United States that they say may have contributed to the 2014 death of a previously healthy Kansas man.
Data Points for the week of Feb, 16, 2015, covered the following topics: Alzheimer's disease, Medicare, long-term care, geriatric care
Lawmakers Tuesday offered bipartisan endorsement for vaccines as safe and effective protection against preventable infectious diseases in an effort to alleviate concerns raised in recent years by anti-vaccine parents, even as a major proponent of parent choice was not heard from.
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.
A Senate panel this week will examine the causes of the recent rise in measles cases and other infectious diseases that are preventable through vaccine use.
Comments by prominent Republicans questioning government-mandated measles vaccinations for children signal the public's declining trust in government, the healthcare system and the scientific establishment.
The death rate among black people living with HIV fell by 28% over the past few years, but the annual number of deaths within this group remains much higher compared with other racial groups, according to a government report released this week.
Seventeen states have a measles vaccination rate below 90% for preschool children, raising questions about policies that allow exemptions for nonmedical reasons in light of the measles outbreak spreading across the country.
Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.