Trends in emergency room visits and costs for patients with shingles

From Science Daily:

A new study suggests that while emergency room visits for shingles has decreased for those vaccinated against either the chicken pox (18 to 19 years old) or the shingles (60 years and older), the patient population in-between (ages 20-59 years old) has experienced increased visits for the disease.

Drug overdoses kill as many Americans as three wars combined

From Axios:

In a new column from NYT’s Nick Kristoff, harrowing stats about America’s opioid epidemic: “About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.” Kristoff explores how “drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50,” and what America is doing about it.

U.S. sues to stop Sanford from buying clinics

From Reuters:

U.S. antitrust enforcers have filed a complaint aimed at stopping a big hospital system in the western United States from buying a series of clinics.

The lawsuit is aimed at stopping Sanford Health, which has more than 40 hospitals and 250 clinics, from buying Mid Dakota Clinic, which has eight facilities primarily in Bismarck, North Dakota, the Federal Trade Commission said.