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  1. FDA OKs label changes for popular antibiotics to help limit use

    After issuing an initial safety warning in May, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved safety labeling changes for fluoroquinolone antibiotics to help limit their use in patients who don't need them.  By Heather Punke -
  2. Pregnant women need better counseling to understand risks, benefits of elective C-sections, study says

    Many pregnant women may be opting for cesarean sections that aren't medically necessary without understanding the implications of doing so, according to new research.   By Max Green -
  3. CDC backs away from using controversial insecticide to fight Zika in Puerto Rico

    The CDC will not move forward with a proposal to conduct aerial spraying across Puerto Rico in order to eliminate mosquitoes and limit the spread of the Zika virus. The agency acquiesced to the wishes of island Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla two days after he opposed the plan and the city of San Juan filed an oppositional lawsuit, according to STAT. By Brian Zimmerman -

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  1. Texas Children's to open first Zika clinic in the state

    Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in Houston announced the launch of the state's first Zika clinic to provide at-risk pregnant women with pregnancy monitoring and up-to-date Zika testing. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. 4 steps to implement a program to reduce medication errors, readmissions

    A new care transition model developed by the University of Tennessee Health and Sciences Center in partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis helped reduce 30-day readmissions by 44 percent at the Health and Sciences Center over a six-month span by improving medication adherence. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Where are the 102 hospitals that received 5 stars from CMS?

    The 102 hospitals that received a five-star rating from CMS' new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating are sprinkled throughout 29 states. By Heather Punke -
  4. The 102 hospitals with 5 stars from CMS

    CMS released its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program in full Wednesday, revealing 102 hospitals with five-star ratings.  By Molly Gamble -

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  1. CMS' first 5-stars: Which 102 hospitals come out on top?

    Here are the 102 hospitals that received five-star ratings from CMS' new Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating, which combines 64 measures that are already public on Hospital Compare into one consumer friendly rating.  By Molly Gamble -
  2. CMS releases overall hospital star ratings: 12 things to know

    After a three-month delay and negative chatter from many stakeholder groups, CMS released its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program in full Wednesday on its Hospital Compare website.  By Heather Punke -
  3. Travel eliminated as potential cause of Florida's 2 suspected local Zika cases

    Epidemiologists in Florida investigating two potential cases of locally acquired Zika infections have ruled out travel as a potential cause, according to the Miami Herald. The two cases — one in Miami-Dade County and another in Broward County — could, upon official confirmation, become the nation's first instances of Zika infections transmitted by local mosquitoes.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. 4 risk factors for pneumonia infection after heart surgery

    An analysis of data derived from thousands of coronary artery bypass graft surgery patients revealed prominent pre-operative risk factors associated with post-operative pneumonia infections, according to a new study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. By Brian Zimmerman -
  1. Flu vaccine may reduce hospitalizations for diabetic patients

    Diabetic patients vaccinated for influenza may have a reduced risk of hospitalization, according to a new study published in CMAJ. By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Amid hepatitis C outbreak, inmates file suit claiming denial of treatment

    Two inmates have filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Corrections, accusing the state organization of systematically denying prisoners treatment for hepatitis C amid a widespread outbreak of the virus across the prison, according to Nashville Public Radio. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Cognitive testing can predict medication errors

    Testing an individual's perception and memory regarding potentially confusing medication names can predict real-world medication errors, according to a study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety. By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Protein from breast milk reduces staph infection risk in premature infants

    Administering manufactured lactoferrin — a protein found in breast milk — to preterm infants unable to nurse can greatly reduce the risk of staph infection in the otherwise vulnerable infants, according to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. By Brian Zimmerman -
  5. Health system in Indiana launches patient blood management program

    Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind., has partnered with Accumen — a San Diego-based healthcare transformation company specializing in laboratory improvements — to implement a patient blood management program. By Brian Zimmerman -
  6. Nurse suspended after stabbing autistic boy with hypodermic needle

    A nurse on the psychiatric unit at AtlantiCare Regional Health Care's City Campus in Atlantic City, N.J., has been suspended after being caught on video stabbing an autistic boy repeatedly with a hypodermic needle. The registered nurse, Naomi Derrick, agreed to surrender her license while she is under investigation. By Brian Zimmerman -
  7. Zika infection threatens 1.6M women of childbearing age

    Up to 1.65 million women of childbearing age in Central and South America could be infected by the Zika virus before the epidemic is over, according to research by scientists in the U.S. and United Kingdom. By Heather Punke -
  8. New bill would delay CMS overall hospital star ratings at least a year

    Two House members introduced a bipartisan bill on Monday that would delay the release of CMS' Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating program for at least one year. By Heather Punke -
  9. 54% of adults, 44% of children misuse medications

    Many patients continue misusing prescription drugs, suggests a study released Monday by Quest Diagnostics.  By Kelly Gooch -


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