CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald's resignation comes after Politico on Tuesday reported that it had obtained documents showing Fitzgerald traded tobacco company stocks while she was in office, adding to conflict-of-interest concerns.
A six-month pilot program among several Colorado hospitals and health care facilities to reduce opioid prescriptions by 15% has been a success, with every participating facility cutting opioid prescriptions by at least 30%—and some by nearly 50%, according to a study released last week.
Writing in New York Times Magazine, Siddhartha Mukherjee, a physician and author, explores the difficulty of predicting patient death by recounting the "death-sniffing skills" of a nursing home cat—and the potential of a new algorithm designed to help doctors identify the palliative care "sweet spot."
Many people believe that investing more money in preventive care can reduce overall health care spending by averting costly health problems down the road. Unfortunately, research suggests that just isn't true, Aaron Carroll writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."
President Trump said in 2018 his administration will prioritize efforts to address the opioid misuse epidemic, reduce prescription drug prices, and expand right-to-try laws—but made no mention of new bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.