Do we have to age and die? Here's what science says.

Early research supports the theory that humans age as a result of primeval genetic mechanisms intended to regulate and repair our aging cells. But could there be ways to "turn off" these mechanisms to slow or even reverse aging? David Sinclair and Matthew LaPlante dig into the science in the Wall Street Journal.

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Why doctors need to be leaders (and how to cultivate leadership)

While doctors are typically thought of as "scientists, caregivers, or educators, … we must also understand [them] as leaders," Dhruv Khullar, a physician and assistant professor of medicine and health care policy at Weill Cornell, writes for the New York Times' "Well," noting that both doctors and patients stand to benefit from more physician leadership in U.S. health care.

Bad debt is rising again at nonprofit hospitals, Moody's finds

The amount of bad debt nonprofit hospitals experience increased in 2018 for the first time since 2014, in part because of changes to insurance benefit design that are placing greater financial responsibility on patients, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

Weekly review: 10 must-read books this winter

This computer can predict whether you'll die this year; TIME names the 25 best health care inventions of the year; and more.

'There's something terribly wrong': Why more Americans are dying in middle age

Americans for decades had seen improvements in average life expectancy, but the trend reversed in 2014—with more U.S. residents dying at middle age from drug overdoses, diseases, obesity, suicide, and dozens of other causes, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Around the nation: Nurse-midwife delivers 5,000th baby

Dianne Quadros, who has been a nurse-midwife for 30 years, says she's hoping to deliver at least 1,000 more babies, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Louisiana, and Massachusetts.