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The devicemaker modified the scope’s design to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria, but an FDA report shows that five patients treated with the same device were infected. In other patient safety news, a doctor’s new treatment for sepsis holds promise and an ex-compounding pharmacy exec is acquitted of murder allegations, but found guilty of fraud and racketeering in meningitis outbreak case.
Husband-and-wife economists find links between the job market and the mortality-rate jump among middle-aged, less-educated white Americans from drugs, alcohol-related diseases and suicide.
In other public health news around California, a 17-year-old girl in San Diego County dies of influenza.
House Republicans’ latest plan to repeal Obamacare would give states flexibility in managing their Medicaid programs, but also some difficult decisions to make.
The federal health law made it feasible for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program to expand its efforts and help patients buy marketplace insurance plans to cover drugs and other health care.
Researchers, who detail the women’s experiences in the New England Journal of Medicine, say it exposes the need for better regulation of clinical trials.
For patients killed or maimed by medical errors, doctors and hospitals still often deny wrongdoing. But newer programs offering prompt disclosure of medical errors, an apology and compensation for them or their families are growing.
The federal government’s budget experts estimate that the Republican plan would reduce the deficit but dramatically drive up the number of uninsured.
Under the current statute, kids are tested for lead only if they’re on certain government programs or live in older buildings. That leaves many other California children at risk, lawmaker says.
Today’s other public health news stories cover gestational surrogacy costs, employers’ rights to demand genetic testing, a link between Zika and heart troubles, bird flu worries and contaminated groundwater.