Today's Top 20 Healthcare News Articles
  1. Tennessee hospital to end partnership with Vanderbilt

    Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tenn., is not renewing its pediatric care contract with Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center next year, according to The Tennessean. 
  2. 10 hospitals seeking CFOs

    Below are 10 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking CFOs.
  3. 10 hospitals seeking pharmacy leaders

    Ten hospitals and health systems posted job listings seeking pharmacy leaders in the last week.

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  1. Florida's plan to import cheaper drugs from Canada hits setback

    Florida's plan to become the first state to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada has hit a setback after no private firms bid on the state's $30 million contract to set up and operate the drug importation program, the Miami Herald reported. The bids were due by the end of September. 
  2. HCA East Florida campus appoints new CEO: 4 notes

    JFK Medical Center North Campus in West Palm Beach, Fla., has selected Ashley Vertuno as the next CEO, hospital officials said Oct. 25. 
  3. HHS scraps $250M COVID-19 Santa-themed ad campaign: 5 details

    HHS canceled a $250 million public service COVID-19 advertising campaign that would have offered early access to vaccines for Santa Claus performers in exchange for promoting the benefits of the vaccination, according to an Oct. 25 Wall Street Journal report.
  4. Email phishing attack on Georgia health department exposes 45,732 individuals' info 

    The Georgia Department of Human Services began notifying 45,732 individuals in October of an email hacking incident that exposed their personal information.

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  1. 5 states with highest flu shot rates in 2019-20

    Rhode Island had the highest flu vaccination rate in the U.S. during the 2019-20 flu season, according to a ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  2. Families of COVID-19 patients in intensive care may face own health challenges

    Some critical care physicians say they're concerned that long intensive care unit stays will not only have physical and mental health consequences for COVID-19 patients, but also their family members, according to a Kaiser Health News article published in The Washington Post.
  3. Pew offers 10 questions to test your health literacy

    The Pew Charitable Trusts recently published a 10-question health literacy quiz, which features questions on cancer, infectious diseases and gut health, among other topics.
  4. MRIs may be safe for patients with implanted heart devices, small study finds

    MRI examinations can improve care and are safe for patients with implanted heart devices, according to a study published in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging. 
  1. Astrazeneca releases more COVID-19 vaccine data: 5 things to know

    AstraZeneca released an interim analysis of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine Oct. 26 that showed positive results in older populations, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
  2. Thousands of long-term care facilities have signed up for free COVID-19 vaccines given by CVS, Walgreens

    Thousands of long-term care facilities have opted into a free HHS program with CVS Health and Walgreens to administer COVID-19 vaccines to high-priority groups at the long-term care facilities, CNBC reported. 
  3. New biomarker can help detect stomach cancer earlier, study finds

    The biomarker MiR130, a microRNA associated with ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter pylori can be detected through a blood test and may help identify early cases of gastric cancer, according to a study published in Gut.
  4. Aspirin may reduce death risk in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, study finds

    A low daily dose of aspirin is linked to lower complications and a 47 percent decrease in death risk in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, according to a study published Oct. 21 in Anesthesia and Analgesia.
  5. Director of MIT's cancer research center to step down

    Tyler Jacks, PhD, will step down from the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. after serving as director for over 19 years. 
  6. Bayer acquires gene therapy company for $4B

    Bayer bought gene therapy company Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, commonly known as AskBio, Oct. 26 in a deal totaling $4 billion.
  7. How Maryland's #FightFlu campaign is engaging residents, encouraging vaccination

    The Maryland Department of Health extended its flu vaccination campaign by introducing #FightFlu Fridays, the department announced Oct. 25.
  8. 4 marketers using pandemic-specific data dashboards

    Marketing teams for some of the world's biggest brands are leading the charge to use COVID-19-specific data analytics platforms for determining how to use their budgets most effectively during the pandemic, according to an Oct. 25 The Wall Street Journal report.
  9. Vermont psych hospital to cut 85 jobs, close 5 programs

    Brattleboro Retreat, a psychiatric and addiction treatment hospital in Vermont, will implement a financial sustainability plan that includes layoffs for 85 workers and service terminations, according to the VT Digger. 

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