Kenneth Alltucker, USA TODAY

Kenneth Alltucker


Springfield, VA, United States

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Past articles by Ken:

'Really astonishing': Average cost of hospital ER visit surges 176% in a decade, report says

The average emergency room visit cost $1,389 in 2017, up 176%, according to a report by the Health Care Cost Institute. Billing codes are part of it. → Read More

Virginia Beach mass shooting that killed 12 puzzles law enforcement; 4 critical at hospitals

Four victims are in critical condition following Friday's shooting that killed 12. Law enforcement still searching for answers. → Read More

CDC: 1.1 million more Americans lost health insurance coverage in 2018

A CDC survey shows that 1.1 million more Americans were uninsured in 2018, an increase fueled by changes to the Affordable Care Act. → Read More

Yet another lot of blood pressure medication recalled — this time for a possible carcinogen

Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging will recall one more lot of the heart and blood pressure drug losartan sent to Kroger Co. pharmacies. → Read More

Feds issue new warning to doctors: Don't skimp too much on opioid pain pills

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said many physicians were guilty of a "misapplication" of 2016 opioid prescribing guidelines. → Read More

Do 'the right thing': People who can't get vaccinated during a measles outbreak rely on the healthy

Children and adults who can’t vaccinate because of a age, a weakened immune system or a medical treatment are vulnerable during measles outbreaks. → Read More

Challenge to Obamacare could leave 20 million people without health insurance

If GOP states' court challenge to eliminate the Affordable Care Act succeeds, nearly 20 million Americans could lose health insurance. → Read More

Struggling to stay alive: Rising insulin prices cause diabetics to go to extremes

The escalating cost of insulin has desperate diabetics rationing medication, acquiring the drug from friends or getting it from Canada or Mexico. → Read More

FDA approves new valsartan generic to counter shortages of the blood pressure drug

The FDA approved a new generic version of valsartan to address the drug's shortage. → Read More

Doctors might have found a cure for HIV. But is it worse than the disease?

Doctors are hailing a potential breakthrough on a condition that has killed some 35 million worldwide. But they're not ready to recommend it. → Read More

Luke Perry: For middle-aged adults, stroke is particularly dangerous

The risk of stroke increases with age. But It can be particularly dangerous for adults in middle age and younger. → Read More

Senators grill Big Pharma CEOs over rising prescription drug prices

Senators are questioning top executives of seven pharmaceutical companies on the spiraling cost of prescription drugs. → Read More

Legionnaires' disease reports up more than fivefold since 2000; oversight is lacking

Legionnaires' disease kills one in 10. The legionella pneumophila bacteria can be found in building water systems. Officials say oversight is lacking. → Read More

Measles spreads as vaccination rates dip: 'People don't realize how sick it can make you'

Measles outbreaks in Washington state and New York raise concerns about clusters of unvaccinated children → Read More

A 'one-off opportunity:' Drug company hikes price of blood pressure drugs after competitors' drugs recalled

An India-based pharmaceutical company tripled the price of its valsartan after competitors were forced to take theirs off the market. → Read More

FDA: Blood pressure drug carcinogens went undetected for four years, cancer risk small

The FDA said blood pressure drug impurities stemmed from a manufacturing change. The factories that make these drugs are subject to new testing standards → Read More

Blood pressure drug recalls: FDA inspection reports reveal issues before impurities found

FDA increased inspections of foreign drugmakers. Problems remain at Chinese and Indian plants that made blood pressure meds recalled for cancer risk. → Read More

Blood pressure drug recalls: FDA plant inspections in China and India revealed flaws

FDA has increased inspections of foreign drugmakers. Problems remain at Chinese, Indian plants that made blood pressure meds recalled for cancer risk. → Read More

Blood pressure medication recall: Indian company recalls eight more lots of losartan

Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of losartan potassium tablets, the latest of more than one dozen recalls of blood pressure drugs. → Read More

A medical rarity: Two patients get back-to-back, triple-organ transplants

Two patients received a transplanted heart, liver and kidney in rare triple-organ transplants at the University of Chicago Medicine. → Read More