Morning Break: Cruise Cases Back in U.S.; Flu Deaths Hit 12K; Stingy Non-Profit Hospitals

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More than 300 Americans quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan returned home on Monday, with 14 confirmed coronavirus cases among them. (NBC News)

Shanghai doctors are reporting promising early results treating infected COVID-19 patients with the blood of those who recovered from the illness. (Reuters)

The FDA wants everyone to know just what it’s doing about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Last coronavirus item for the day: disease modelers are estimating at least half a million cases worldwide — and potentially upwards of 4 million — before all is said and done. (STAT)

Okay one more … Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) appeared to give weight to a fringe theory that the virus originated in a Wuhan biochemical lab, saying “we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says,” but later walked it back. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, another contagious virus is sweeping across the country, as 22 million people in the U.S. have contracted the flu, including 210,000 cases requiring hospitalization and 12,000 deaths. (Washington Post)

Topical diclofenac gel (Voltaren) for arthritis pain and two formulations of olopatadine drops for itchy eyes from allergies (Pataday) will soon be available over the counter, the FDA said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines aimed at preserving fertility for childhood cancer patients.

Non-profit hospitals with the healthiest balance sheets appeared to be the stingiest when it came to charity care for the un- and under-insured. (JAMA Internal Medicine)

Medical errors are not the third leading cause of death, the Skeptical Scalpel writes on KevinMD.

Doctor-patient confidentiality? Not with detained migrants. (Washington Post)

Insulin prices are rising in the U.S. and globally, but the World Health Organization has a plan to drive down costs. (NPR)

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