Alcohol-related liver deaths have increased sharply

Deaths from liver disease have increased sharply in recent years in the United States, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, the study said. [Read More...]

How long will my hip or knee replacement last?

For people considering hip or knee replacement surgery, it’s something they want — and need — to know. In the US alone, surgeons perform more than 600,000 knee replacements and about 330,000 hip replacements each year. These operations can provide a major improvement in quality of life and function for those with … [Read More...]

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Drug Prices And Unicorns

Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie's Stories Joanne Kenen Politico @JoanneKenen Read Joanne's Stories Erin Mershon STAT @eemershon Read Erin's Stories Margot Sanger-Katz The New York Times @sangerkatz Read Margot's Stories A trio of court actions provide news for this week’s “What… [Read More...]

California’s ACA Rates To Rise 8.7% Next Year

Premiums in California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 8.7 percent next year, marking a return to more modest increases despite ongoing threats to the Affordable Care Act. The state marketplace, Covered California, said the rate increase for 2019 would have been closer to 5 percent if the federal penalty … [Read More...]

HPV jab ‘should be offered to boys’

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended a “gender-neutral” national vaccination programme to protect against sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus . The HPV vaccination is routinely offered to girls aged 12 to 13 at secondary school and is free on the NHS up until their 18th birthday, but there have … [Read More...]