The use of a drug called spice--a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of marijuana--has sparked a troubling rise in visits to emergency departments and calls to poison control, the New York Times reports.
In a report that puts hard numbers behind a danger many health workers have long spoken out against, the Occupational Health Safety Network found that injuries associated with workplace violence increased overall from 2012 to 2014 and "nearly doubled for nurse assistants and nurses."
Congressional Republicans are mulling whether to allow individuals to keep their Affordable Care Act federal subsidies until 2017.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., called for improving public health by creating a "prevention-based society" in an interview with the Washington Post.
As controversy continues to swirl around superbug outbreaks in U.S. hospitals, a new study sounds the alarm that shortages of key antibiotics could make drug-resistant bacteria an even bigger threat to patients.
The federal government pays providers in Puerto Rico a fraction of what their counterparts in the United States receive--about 70 percent lower for Medicaid providers, creating a fiscal crisis.
If lawmakers want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, their main challenge is piquing the interests of health insurers who seem to have mastered the healthcare reform law.
Olympus Corp. warned hospitals in Europe about the risk of patient infections associated with a certain type of gastrointestinal scope two years before the devices were linked to a deadly superbug outbreak in California, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Earlier this month, a handful of Republican lawmakers unveiled their alternative plan to the Affordable Care Act. In part, the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act aims to completely restructure Medicaid. Even though its terms appear "sketchy," as the New England Journal of Medicine put it, the proposal deserves recognition.
Colleges are rethinking their relationships with their teaching hospitals as they become less profitable, according to the Wall Street Journal.