A summary of important health news from the past week.
Feds open talks on growing human organs in animals
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has proposed a new policy that could allow chimera research. Chimeras involve using human stem cells with animal embryos. This work could be used to create human organs for transplants. The NIH says revisiting their 2009 policy is possible because of rapid advances in the field.
Asthma pill 'promising' for people with severe symptoms
Research on a new medication, Fevipiprant, has shown positive effects on inflammation in the airways in a study of 60 participants, half of whom received the new pill for three months and the other half continued with their regular treatment. This could lead to a new and more effective treatment for adults with severe asthma.
Medicare's New Hospital Ratings Draw Immediate Ire
New hospital ratings that apply to 3,662 hospitals across the country are meant to be consumer friendly and focus on 64 measures of safety and performance, including death rate and patient satisfaction. Hospital performance experts are saying the ratings are inaccurate and penalize teaching hospitals and those that provide care to very sick patients with current technology.
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