The best time to get your flu vaccine? Now, according to research.

The flu season officially kicked off on Oct. 1, and while most states are reporting only sporadic flu activity, experts say now is the best time of year to get vaccinated to ensure the highest level of protection.

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Death at 30,000 feet: What really happens during an inflight medical emergency

It's rare for airplane passengers to experience a fatal medical emergency midflight, but that's what happened on board medical journalist Kate Johnson's flight. In the New York Times' "Well," Johnson recalls the harrowing effort by medical professionals on the plane to revive the passenger—and the crew's "calm" response.

Amid blackouts, California hospitals face wrenching choices: Power their EHRs? Refrigerate vaccines? Keep the lights on?

As wildfires rage in California, utility plants are taking precautionary measures and scheduling planned power outages that force many medical providers to make difficult decisions, revealing shortcomings in U.S. hospitals' emergency response.

Federal judge blocks sweeping Alabama abortion law

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked an Alabama law that would make it a felony for doctors to provide abortion care under almost any circumstances.

Around the nation: Kaiser Permanente launches initiative to increase access to healthy food

As part of the initiative, called Food for Life, Kaiser will explore providing patients and families with in-home meal services that are specifically tailored for medication management, allergies, or medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

Weight-loss surgery could be right for some kids, pediatrician group says

Children and adolescents with severe obesity should be considered candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery, which has been found to lead to long-term weight loss and better overall health for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement on Sunday.

Overwhelmed by all the multi-million dollar opioid settlements? Here's everything you need to know.

If you've been following the news lately, you likely saw big developments in ongoing litigation tied to the opioid epidemic. But tracking each new development and settlement can quickly become overwhelming—so Daily Briefing's Ashley Fuoco Antonelli has put together a roundup of the latest details.

New York's solution for 'surprise' medical bills is increasing health care costs, analysis finds

New York's arbitration process for addressing so-called "surprise" medical bills has resulted in higher payments to health care providers, and higher health care costs for state residents, according to an analysis released Thursday by the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy.