The cold and flu season has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, as the Daily Briefing team in Washington, D.C., can attest. Here's what you need to know about this year's vaccine—and the push to create a "universal" flu vaccine.
A growing body of research suggests that college students perform worse when they use laptops during class, and "it's not a leap to think that the same holds for middle and high school classrooms, as well as for workplace meetings," Susan Dynarski, a professor at the University of Michigan, writes for the New York Times' "Economic View."
The number of physicians and advanced practitioners serving as "nursing home specialists" increased by more than a third between 2012 and 2015—but it's still too early to know the long-term effects of this trend, according to a study published in JAMA.
Given the current rates of childhood obesity in the United States, 57% of children today will be obese by the time they're 35 years old, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Our side-by-side chart shows how the conference version of the GOP tax bill, which will likely pass Congress this week, compares to the House and Senate versions—including how the bills could affect insurance, executive compensation, hospital construction, Medicare, academic medical centers, and even alcohol-related deaths.
Kate Goodrich, director of CMS' Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, says the list of quality and cost measures under consideration for Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs includes 32 measures focused "on clearly defined, meaningful measure priority areas that safeguard public health and improve patient outcomes."