Birth rates are falling dramatically for black and Hispanic teenagers, but they continue to be much higher than the birth rate for white teens.
The latest annual report card on the nation's health shows there's been progress in narrowing the gap in health disparities between blacks and whites, while Hispanics continued to have better outcomes than both.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday took an election-year swipe at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers.
New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.
Middle-aged white people now account for one-third of all suicides in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24% in 15 years.
The Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee on Wednesday will discuss and vote on the definition of treatment-resistant depression and advise the CMS on coverage.
Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections in an effort to reduce the number of medically unnecessary cesarean births, which can be costly and carry higher risks for mother and baby.
On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there's enough evidence now to declare Zika the cause of a birth defect called microcephaly and other brain abnormalities.
The sequencing of the human genome—an achievement that capped a 13-year, $3 billion international effort funded by the federal government—represents the most significant breakthrough in healthcare over the past 40 years, according to Modern Healthcare readers.
Data Points for the week of March 21, 2016 covered the emergency department.
Data Points for the week of March 21, 2016 covered lung cancer.
In an effort to cut back on prescription-drug errors and misuse, providers in New York will be required to issue prescriptions electronically.