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THE HILL – American hospitals are reportedly looking to increase their prices by up to 15 percent, in line with historical trends that have seen them raise rates by roughly double the prevailing inflation rate.
Hospital prices are already outrageous, regularly throwing patients into bankruptcy and financial ruin.
Significantly increasing hospitals’ prices and negotiated rates will further burden healthcare consumers — including patients,...
MEDICAL EXPRESS – According to new research from Boston Medical Center and Stanford University School of Medicine, almost a quarter of physicians who responded to a survey at Stanford Medicine experienced workplace mistreatment, with patients and visitors being the most common source.
The research, published in JAMA Network Open, found mistreatment was common among all physicians, but there were disparities in mistreatment by gender and race.
Women were twice more likely to report mistreatment than men....
AP – Researchers trying to learn what killed the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig have discovered the organ harbored an animal virus but cannot yet say if it played any role in the man’s death.
A Maryland man, 57-year-old David Bennett Sr., died in March, two months after the groundbreaking experimental transplant. University of Maryland doctors said Thursday they found an unwelcome surprise — viral DNA inside the pig heart....
Moderna Is Developing 2 New Vaccines—And 1 Could Protect Against the Common Cold
The two vaccines aim to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses on public health, especially among older adults.
HEALTH – Biotechnology company Moderna is expanding its mRNA technology.
The makers of the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine are now working on two more vaccines: one to protect against SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); and another for the four endemic human coronaviruses, which can cause...
PLUS: Black Vaccine Hesitancy Rooted in Mistrust, Doubts
CONTX – Court documents unsealed during the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) talcum powder litigation reveal that the company funded a 1971 study in which Pennsylvania prisoners, most of them African American, were “injected subcutaneously with asbestos.”
Knowledge of the experiments has been public for some time, but J&J’s involvement has only just been recognised, according to Bloomberg.
This news comes after unsealed documents were released in recent J&J lawsuits,...
INSIDER – Heidi Richard, a 47-year-old elementary school teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a lifelong runner who'd always been healthy.
So she knew something was wrong in spring 2019 when she started experiencing severe stomach pains, vomiting, and night sweats.
At the doctor, though, she was told her symptoms were just stress or anxiety. She was given an antacid and sent on her way, she wrote for Today.com.
Richard's pain and vomiting didn't subside, and she unintentionally...
KAISER HEALTH NEWS – Korra Elliott has tried to avoid seeing a doctor while waiting to get on Medicaid. She worries she can’t afford more bills without any insurance coverage.
But in early March — five months, she said, after applying and with still no decision about her application — a suspected case of the flu sent her blood pressure soaring and landed her in the emergency room.
The 28-year-old mother of four from Salem, Missouri,...
KAISER HEALTH NEWS – Earlier this year, the World Health Organization announced a global campaign to combat ageism — discrimination against older adults that is pervasive and harmful but often unrecognized.
“We must change the narrative around age and ageing” and “adopt strategies to counter” ageist attitudes and behaviors, WHO concluded in a major report accompanying the campaign.
Several strategies WHO endorsed — educating people about ageism, fostering intergenerational contacts, and changing policies and laws to...
New Hampshire Union Leader – More and sicker patients, fewer people to care for them and a highly contagious virus that makes everything less predictable: This is the “new normal” in New Hampshire hospitals.
The delta wave of COVID-19 may be waning, but hospital leaders expect the virus to be here for a long time.
The virus complicates underlying problems — an aging population that needs more health care, people delaying needed treatment because of...
AP – Scientists temporarily attached a pig's kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants.
Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but among the hurdles: A sugar in pig cells, foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection. The kidney for this experiment came from a gene-edited animal,...
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