HHS has jumped into the fray over the ongoing investigation into e-cigarettes amid more than 200 lung disease injuries associated with vaping. As of Aug. 27, 215 possible cases of pulmonary illnesses, including one death, have been reported across 25 states. 

Pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer packaged goods company Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572 million to the state of Oklahoma after a judge found the company downplayed the dangers of its opioid painkillers and contributed to the opioid overdose epidemic in the state.


A death in Illinois from pulmonary illness has been linked to the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, according to the CDC. The Illinois patient is the first death reported amid an outbreak of lung illness that is somewhat mysterious but tied to vaping.

Medical mistakes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and patients can experience harm when they are seeking care at hospitals. Knowing how patients are being harmed is crucial for healthcare providers to improve quality of care and outcomes.

Customs and Border Protection will not administer flu vaccines to migrants held in border detention facilities, CBS News reported. The decision comes just weeks before the flu season in the U.S. is expected to hit.

The CDC is helping a handful of Midwest states investigate a “cluster” of lung diseases related to e-cigarette use, the agency announced Aug. 17.

Various sources publish annual or semi-annual rankings of top-performing hospitals, but those lists can actually be misleading, especially when they offer conflicting results, according to an article published in NEJM Catalyst.

Illinois became the first state to require insurance companies to pay the costs of EpiPen injection medicines for children 18 and younger.

Employees at Humana were more likely to make better health choices and have a reduced risk for chronic disease by taking part in the company’s wellness program. In addition, those in the program had lower healthcare costs.


In the first six months of 2019, 32 million patient records have been breached in data security events, compared to roughly 15 million in all of 2018.

Online daters likely aren’t the only ones guilty of making themselves look better through a curated profile—authors of clinical studies spin their findings in certain sections of their reports in more than half of psychiatry trials, according to research published in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.


Nearly half of healthcare providers aren’t sure how to manage their reputation online, but more than 75% are worried about receiving negative reviews from patients, according to a recent survey.