Category Archives: News

Measles risk if born in these dates

Australia was declared free of measles in 2014, yet this year alone 92 people have been diagnosed with the contagious viral illness. The National Centre for Immunisation Research (NCIRS) has warned that those born between 1966 and 1994 are at greater risk of contracting measles. “While we’ve had the measles vaccine in Australia since 1968,… Read More »

A final report card from 3,200+ systematic reviews of health care news stories & PR releases

In 2005, as I began building, I got permission from Dr. David Henry of the Media Doctor Australia project to adopt their news story review criteria. In the ensuing 13 years, no one has ever placed in front of me a solid, specific suggestion for a better set of criteria for reviewing stories about… Read More »

UnitedHealthcare, AMA ask ICD-10 for 23 new codes for SDoH

UnitedHealthcare and the American Medical Association have joined forces to enable healthcare organizations and payers to use ICD-10 codes for social determinants of health. The two organizations say they are working together to standardize how data is collected, processed and integrated when it comes to the factors that contribute to a patient’s overall health. As… Read More »

Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Reproductive eAge Women: Valproic Acid and Topiramate Common

There have long been concerns regarding the safety of the anticonvulsant valproic acid (Depakote) during pregnancy.  Back in 2009, the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society recommended against the use of valproic acid in women of childbearing age because of the various risks associated with prenatal exposure, citing significantly increased risk of congenital… Read More »

6 provider organizations to use data to trim low-value care in Virginia

Sentara and its affiliate insurance arm, Sentara Health Plans, are among six health systems and three clinically integrated networks joining forces to reduce medical waste in Virginia. Announced March 13 by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and funded by a $ 2.2 million grant from Arnold Ventures, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) will launch… Read More »