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.
A major California health provider, spurred on by the rising number of measles cases in the state, is taking the offensive to encourage unvaccinated patients to get the vaccine.
Researchers and cost-control advocates are increasingly questioning drugs, devices and procedures that proved effective in clinical trials but don't achieve the same outcomes once widely deployed. Sometimes they perform worse than cheaper alternatives already on the market.
The current measles outbreak is raising questions as to whether physicians should take a stronger stance against parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.
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.
Long-awaited trials to test two potential vaccines against the Ebola virus will begin in West Africa within the next few weeks, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Data Points for the week of Jan. 19, 2015, covered the following topics: Unexpected medical expenses, Medicaid, diabetes, uninsured adults, alcohol poisoning
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.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its arrival in the U.S. placed a renewed focus on state and local public health departments' preparedness for handling infectious disease threats. But some experts say the country is far from ready for the next outbreak.
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.
Federal health officials are calling for an increased effort to reduce the rate of excessive drinking in the U.S. that they say contributes largely to the more than 2,200 alcohol poisoning deaths that occur each year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to appoint a high-level official to oversee lab safety following several mishaps in its laboratories over the past decade.