Preliminary data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services show opioid deaths in the state fell by 5% in 2018, the first decline the state has recorded in five years, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Kansas, and North Carolina.
As a palliative care physician, Richard Leiter has "struggled with the complex realities of dying at home"—and the issue took a personal turn for him recently as he navigated the end of his grandmother's life, he writes in the New York Times' "Well."
Health care providers increasingly are becoming social media influencers—people who promote products in their pictures to their followers—but some critics worry the practice blurs the line between harmless social media and medically unethical practices, Rebecca Jennings reports for Vox's "The Goods."
FDA in a safety statement released Thursday advised health care facilities and manufacturers to transition to duodenoscopes with disposable endcap components to help reduce the spread of infection between patients.
CDC and FDA on Friday warned e-cigarette users against using vaping ingredients purchased from unauthorized vendors and modifying vaping products, citing an increase in cases of a mysterious lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping.
At least 17 children in Spain have been diagnosed with hypertrichosis, also known as "werewolf syndrome," after a drug labeling error led parents to accidentally buy drugs for hair loss, thinking they were drugs to treat acid reflux in children.