Why are we all so obsessed with step counts, anyway?

Writing for the New York Times, Kim Tingley explores how step-counting became such an exercise fad, whether it's truly an effective way to measure physical activity—and how many daily steps you really need to take to gain health benefits.

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Before surgery, don't eat. Don't drink. And ... don't use marijuana?

It's long been medical advice for patients to avoid food and drink before they receive anesthesia, but with the rising popularity of cannabis, doctors have a new pre-surgical precaution: Avoid marijuana beforehand—and tell your doctor if you use it, Naomi Martin reports for the Boston Globe.

HHS proposes changes to substance use disorder data sharing rules

HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Thursday released a proposed rule intended to make it easier for providers to share the medical records of patients being treated for substance use disorders.

NIH to share genetic data with 25,000 study participants

NIH on Wednesday announced that it will give the 25,000 participants of its All of Us precision medicine project their genetic testing results, marking the first time a government study has shared individualized genetic data with participants.

Around the nation: Off-duty nurse saves highway motorcycle crash victim

RN Laura Miller was driving home from her shift at Hartford Hospital when she came upon the accident scene, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, Indiana, and Georgia.

Nearly 40% of cancer drug approval trials lack data on race. Here's why that matters.

More than one-third of clinical trials that led to the approval of new cancer drugs between 2008 and 2018 did not include data on participants' race, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.

Teva's generic EpiPen Jr. is about to hit the market for $300

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Tuesday released a generic version of Mylan's EpiPen for children who weigh between 33 and 66 pounds, which will be available in the majority of retail pharmacies for $300 for a two-pack.

Weekend reads: Do you wash your chicken before cooking? You might want to read this.

Twitter erupts over an Energy Star recommendation to keep your thermostat at 82 degrees, new evidence on whether you really need to practice something for 10,000 hours to get good at it, and more.