Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Cancer patient reports unsanitary conditions at Memorial Health

    A breast cancer patient at Savannah, Ga.-based Memorial Health said hospital staff neglected to clean her room and didn't provide basic supplies like toilet paper, reports NBC affiliate WSAV. 
  2. Arthritis drug may help severely ill COVID-19 patients if given early, study finds

    Tocilizumab, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, may help reduce mortality in critically ill COVID-19 patients if given within the first two days of admission to an intensive care unit, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
  3. CentraState Healthcare to join Atlantic Health

    CentraState Healthcare System, a single-hospital system based in Freehold, N.J., has signed a definitive agreement to join Atlantic Health System, a seven-hospital system based in Morristown, N.J. 

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  1. White House looks at cutting COVID-19 aid in 4 'anarchist' cities

    The White House is considering cutting millions of dollars for COVID-19 aid, HIV treatment, screenings for newborns and other programs in New York, Portland, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, four cities President Donald Trump has deemed "anarchist jurisdictions," according to Politico. 
  2. Bassett Healthcare Network names 1st chief people and diversity officer

    Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Bassett Healthcare Network has selected Corey Heller as its first senior vice president and chief people and diversity officer.
  3. 4 recent hospital, health system CEO moves

    The following hospital and health system CEO moves were reported in the last week.   
  4. CHI Health offering premium pay to nurses for extra shifts

    CHI Health in Omaha, Neb., is offering premium pay to nurses who pick up extra shifts during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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  1. Universal masking lowers COVID-19 infections among healthcare workers, Harvard study finds

    Universal masking at a Massachusetts health system led to a decrease in COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers, even as the virus spread increased in the surrounding community, according to a study published Oct. 21 by Occupational Medicine.
  2. Participant in AstraZeneca's Brazil COVID-19 trial who died didn't get vaccine

    A participant in AstraZeneca's Brazil COVID-19 vaccine trial who died did not receive the vaccine, an anonymous source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
  3. West Virginia court orders Walmart to turn over opioid documentation

    A West Virginia court ordered Walmart to turn over all documents related to its opioid dispensing practices to state and federal authorities, according to court documents.
  4. Children's National Hospital lands $5M gift from Boeing for innovation campus

    Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., received $5 million from Boeing for its new research and innovation campus, the hospital announced Oct. 20.
  1. Widespread vaccine distrust is uniquely American, study finds

    Residents in other countries are generally more accepting of a potential COVID-19 vaccine than Americans, according to survey results published Oct. 20 in Nature Medicine.
  2. Purdue Pharma to dissolve, pay $8.3B for role in opioid epidemic

    Purdue Pharma on Oct. 21 agreed to shut down its company, pay roughly $8.3 billion and plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating and exacerbating the nation's opioid epidemic.
  3. Americans have lost 2.5 million years of life to COVID-19, Harvard researcher finds

    COVID-19 has cost Americans an estimated 2.5 million years of life, and nearly half of that number comes from the deaths of middle-aged patients, according to research published in the preprint server medRxiv. 
  4. Dry winter air will fuel COVID-19's spread, health experts say

    Studies show that dry air encourages the spread of COVID-19, and health experts are sounding the alarm as temperatures start to cool, STAT reported. 
  5. Half of patients get cost estimates before treatment, TransUnion finds

    Fifty-three percent of patients said they receive clear cost estimates before seeing a provider for treatment, according to a new report from consultant TransUnion Healthcare. 
  6. 5 risk factors for long-term COVID-19: Study

    There are five main risk factors that may increase the chance people experience long-term COVID-19 symptoms, according to findings published by medRxiv. 
  7. Massachusetts hospital to remain closed for 1 year to repair flood damage

    Norwood (Mass.) Hospital will need at least a year to repair damage incurred from a flood this summer, the hospital's owner confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.
  8. Hospital deaths 5 times higher for COVID-19 than flu, CDC finds

    Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are at a higher risk for death and health complications than those hospitalized with influenza, according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Oct. 20. 
  9. Hall of Fame Health, 12 providers to offer medical services to former NFL players

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame's new entity, Hall of Fame Health, has partnered with 12 U.S. healthcare providers to offer medical services to any former NFL player or team employee, and their families.

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