The state of America's health, in 7 charts

Life expectancy in the United States has decreased, while rates of obesity, drug overdoses, and health care costs overall have steadily increased, according to a new report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the country's state of health.

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The 'sexy nurse' costume is a Halloween favorite. Is it time for that to end?

The "sexy nurse" costume is one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time, but real-life RNs warn that the costume perpetuates stereotypes about the profession and can contribute to workplace harassment, Allana Akhtar reports for Business Insider.

CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

Juul shipped 1M tainted e-cigarette pods (and never alerted the public), former employee claims

A former Juul executive in a lawsuit filed this week alleged the company shipped one million "contaminated" mint-flavored e-cigarette nicotine pods to retailers, and then failed to recall the products and warn consumers.

Around the nation: Google is buying FitBit

Google on Friday announced that it will buy wearables maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia.

Why hospitals shouldn't overlook sports medicine

Providers have long sought to differentiate their sports medicine programs through sport-specialty clinics or programs tailored to particular demographics. However, new Advisory Board research shows that those approaches are not always effective at meeting intended goals. Here's when—and how—providers should aim for differentiation.

In June, FDA announced a patient died from a fecal transplant. Now the doctors are speaking out.

Doctors on Wednesday shared a case study in the New England Journal of Medicine, providing more details on the case of a patient who died at their hospital after a fecal microbiota transplant, as well as a separate case in which a patient became severely ill from the procedure.

Weekend reads: His parents brushed off his story about a stranger in the kitchen. Later, they found a body in the vents.

How the Mediterranean diet could help alleviate depression symptoms, an unusual pick-me-up snack for marathoners, and more.