Women (and men) on social media are lashing out at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accusing the federal health agency of overstepping its boundaries. The agency warned women of child-bearing age who are not currently using birth control about the risks of drinking alcohol.
Data Points for the week of Feb. 1, 2016, covered the following topics: Zika virus and vector-borne diseases.
Two Latin American countries are investigating whether outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are behind a rise in a rare and sometimes life-threatening nerve condition that can cause paralysis and leave victims on life-support.
Eight more destinations have been added to the list of areas that federal health officials are urging pregnant women to avoid over concerns about transmission of the Zika virus and the risk of birth defects associated with the disease.
While millions of Americans are suffering financially from out-of-pocket medical bills, the data suggest the problem is getting better, not worse.
As providers consider the opioid prescribing guidelines being proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the issues is whether labeling them as voluntary means doctors would not be bound to them.
Last year ushered in a bevy of new rules and regulations that are already affecting the healthcare industry. But 2016 is expected to be just as eventful.
As opioid overdoses continue to rise across the country, providers are battling large insurers and pharmacy benefit managers that argue coverage of treatments for people with opioid addictions should be left up to the payers' discretion.
The CMS is taking steps to combat the growing problem of opioid addiction by planning to more closely track adult use of the drugs, as well as antipsychotic drug use among children and adolescents.
The clock is ticking on new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to regulate opioid pain-medication prescriptions. The CDC has been receiving some harsh feedback on its strategy as the country faces a growing number of overdose deaths.
High prescription drug prices pushed aside the never-ending wrangling over the Affordable Care Act as healthcare's No. 1 political and policy issue in 2015.
Maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are on the rise, and many women are dying from pre-existing health conditions, according to a report by Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.