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Ethicists, patients, doctors and courts are wrestling with that question as efforts grow to expand care through better data and technology. Also, Stat offers a guide to CRISPR, and Madrigal Pharmaceuticals says one of its drugs has shown progress treating fatty liver disease.
The number of opioid prescriptions in the U.S. dropped 22 percent between 2013 and 2017, leading to an estimated 55 million fewer scripts, according to the doctors’ group. These numbers are part of the American Medical Association’s argument against proposed federal clinical practice legislation. Also in the news, an exposé on the marketing techniques used by some corners of big pharma regarding these medicines. Meanwhile, updates on California’s experiment in distributing fentanyl tests.
In other health industry news, Allergan announced it will sell its women’s health, infectious-disease units, as well as a voluntary recall of nearly 170,000 birth control packs because of a packaging error that could lead to unintended pregnancy.
The prominent cancer organization changes its guidelines to encourage Americans to undergo colorectal cancer screening starting at 45 instead of waiting until 50. Since 1994, there has been a 51 percent increase in the rate of the disease among those younger than 50, and the death rate also has started to rise.
Machines — programmed with experiences from at times millions of humans — are providing doctors new insights into identifying and treating disease and predicting health problems.
Media outlets also report on California STD rates, the changing zeitgeist about the dangers of mothers sleeping with their infants and how barbershops may offer a teaching opportunity regarding heart disease, among other topics.
While Sutter Health executive officer Sarah Krevans says everyone was provided “high-quality, safe patient care,” during the outage, patients, doctors and nurses describe a different picture.
The effort aims to build out the infrastructure necessary to attract patients to the city for surgeries and other medical treatment.
ProPublica continues its investigation of unnecessary medical treatments and their role in driving up the cost of health care. And Stat looks at how the “value” movement is reshaping the health industry, and a New Hampshire doctor raises questions around electronic record keeping.
“There’s been a revolution in machine learning,” says Jim Brase, the deputy associate director for computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In other news impacting the California medical landscape: the benefits of a nursing Ph.D.