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The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008.

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Investors Smell Money in Urgent Care

Valued at an estimated $14.5 billion, urgent care walk-in clinics represent one of the fastest-growing segments of American health care. And Wall Street has noticed.

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Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins on Its Drug Program

Medicare gives itself the power to ban physicians if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a series of articles by ProPublica documenting inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud in its popular drug program.

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Pig Bladder Implant Helps Regrow Lost Muscle

People who lost large amounts of muscle in wars or accidents were able to regrow it with the help of a pig bladder implant.

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Not Vaccinating Your Kids Puts Children All Over the World at Risk (Video)

Brazil is now suffering the consequences of anti-vaxxers’ selfish actions.

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This Researcher Devised His Own Low-Cost Cancer Treatment and Won

Michael Retsky wasn’t your typical cancer patient. His own research showed the problems with existing treatments, so he helped model a new one.

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Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going

Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades, but at least one doctor isn’t willing to give up on work that could save lives.

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Medicaid Programs Drowning in Backlog

With open enrollment over for private health insurance claims, states are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of Medicaid applications.

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Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Second U.S. Baby Is HIV-Free After Early Treatment

A baby treated for HIV within hours of birth is free of the virus nearly a year later, in the second case that has raised hopes about early treatment, doctors said.

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As Full Disclosure Nears, Doctors’ Pay for Drug Talks Plummets

As transparency increases and blockbuster drugs lose patent protection, drug companies have dramatically scaled back payments to doctors for promotional talks. This fall, all drug and medical device companies will be required to report payments to doctors.

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The Bleached Bones of the Dead

Slave ships were floating laboratories, offering researchers a chance to examine the course of diseases in fairly controlled, quarantined environments.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants to Keep Your Child From Overdosing on Medicine

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is calling on federal regulators to require that all liquid children’s medications be equipped with safety devices called flow restrictors, following an investigation by ProPublica and testing by Consumer Reports showing that the devices can help prevent accidental overdoses.

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Medicare Wants to Ban Doctors Guilty of ‘Abusive’ Prescribing, but What Exactly Does That Mean?

When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program—perhaps banning them—it raised an interesting question.

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Say Goodbye to Your Antibiotics

We’ve reached the limits of medicine’s effectiveness. Thanks to overmedication and the abuse of antibiotics in the agriculture industry, there are infections that can no longer be treated with antibiotics. And there’s nothing left to do except maybe hope for the best.

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How to Grow a Nose (Video)

Money may not grow on trees, but in China noses can be grown on foreheads.

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Anti-Depressants May Increase Diabetes Risk

Scientists in the U.K. have found evidence to link type 2 diabetes with anti-depressants, but there’s still no proof of causality. With one in 10 Americans estimated to be on these medications, and nearly a tenth of the nation suffering from diabetes, the possible correlation should prompt concern.

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CDC Sounds the Alarm on How Medicine and Agriculture Are Killing Us

Drug-resistant bacteria are causing the deaths of at least 23,000 Americans a year, a problem exacerbated by injudicious use of antibiotics in treatment of patients—and their pervasive use in agriculture.

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Antibiotics Could Cure 40 Percent of Chronic Back Pain Patients

Danish scientists have discovered that many cases of chronic back pain are caused by bacterial infections, which means they could be cured cheaply with antibiotics rather than surgery.

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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

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Health Website’s Cosmetic Makeover

WebMD, the popular medical and health advice site, was “nailed for servicing Big Pharma” after a 2010 online questionnaire was shown to diagnose depression and suggest “a river of pills” no matter how the quiz was answered. The site has since tried to give itself an “ethical makeover,” but the industry ties remain.

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L.A. Sued Over Ban on Medical Pot Dispensaries

The battle between the city of Los Angeles and medical marijuana advocates is intensifying again after a group representing hundreds of pot shop owners and patients sued the city in an effort to overturn a ban on dispensaries.

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Hospitals Performed Unnecessary Heart Procedures

Internal inquiries have revealed that cardiologists at several hospitals operated by HCA, the United States’ largest for-profit hospital chain, performed unnecessary and potentially dangerous heart procedures, and made misleading statements in medical reports to make it appear the measures were needed.

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Train Doctors and Nurses, Not Soldiers

Some days, I feel I have seen it all. Other days, I just don’t want to get out of bed. Over eight years my family has been hit with lung cancer, brain cancer, strokes and various other medical calamities.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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L.A. Moves to Ban Marijuana All Over Again

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban all medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. A fig leaf provision designed to honor California’s 16-year-old legalization of marijuana for medical use would allow patients and caregivers to grow a small amount of their own supply.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Will Wonders Never Cease?

What once was sorcery maybe now is science, but the wonders technological of which I find myself in full possession, among them indoor plumbing and electric light, I incline to regard as demonstrations magical.

Posted on Jun 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Doctors Get a Clue About How Shock Therapy Works

It’s long been a subject of controversy, as well as a few dramatic movie scenes, but electroconvulsive therapy, aka shock therapy, also appears to work when other treatments don’t in some persistent cases of depression. Now the medical community has a little more insight into how it helps patients.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Birth Control Recall: Pfizer Warns of Unintended Pregnancies

The pharmaceutical manufacturer says the million packets of mis-packaged birth control pills it is recalling won’t harm women’s health, but it acknowledges that they could fail to prevent users from becoming pregnant.

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California Medical Assn. Says Pot Should Be Legal

With the Obama administration threatening to seize medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the state, the California Medical Association voted Friday to support the decriminalization of marijuana. The association, the state’s largest physician organization, originally opposed California’s 15-year-old medical marijuana initiative. (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. Deliberately Infected Guatemalans With Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The United States conducted experiments on unsuspecting Guatemalans in the 1940s in order to test the effectiveness of penicillin on STDs. According to the BBC, “some 1,300 prisoners, psychiatric patients and sex workers were deliberately infected with syphilis, gonorrhea” and other diseases. (more)

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Get Ready for Medicinal MDMA

A team of scientists in Britain is championing the cancer-fighting properties of Ecstasy, the touchy-feely party drug that makes you feel great whether or not it’s punching holes in your brain.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE


Circumcision Gadget Is Easier and Safer, but Does It Hurt?

It has been shown that heterosexual men are significantly less likely to spread HIV when they are circumcised. Rwanda hopes to circumcise 2 million men across the spectrum of ages using a new device that promises to be cheaper, safer and easier than alternatives.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt.

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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Scientists Find the ‘Holy Grail of Heart Research’

Researchers in the U.K. have found a way to make the hearts of mice repair themselves—a feat that the British Heart Foundation calls the “holy grail” (when applied to humans, we’re guessing). (more)

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



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R.I.P., Dr. Death

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, crusading physician for the cause of assisted suicide, died Friday in a hospital in his home state of Michigan. It was, relatively speaking, a natural death for the 83-year-old, who had been suffering from heart and kidney troubles in recent weeks.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 READ MORE


Japan Killing 410,000 Chickens Over Bird Flu Fears

Japanese authorities aren’t waiting for test results, although it will take days to cull the animals. A strain of flu was identified at a poultry farm, prompting a series of safety precautions.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Getting High on Bath Salts

Apparently America’s latest drug craze is a chemical powder that is marketed as bath salt. AP reports the horrific story of one man who abused the substance and then attacked himself with a skinning knife. A quick Google search tells us this might not be the widespread phenomenon AP suggests, but we’ll keep our ears open.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Aspirin: Cancer-Fighting Wonder Drug?

Aspirin has been touted as a potential heart helper, and Tuesday, the British medical journal The Lancet released some evidence that the humble analgesic might also reduce the risk of dying from various forms of cancer, and by an impressive percentage in some cases.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Health Care Bill Might Make ‘the Pill’ Free

Catholic groups are less than thrilled at the prospect that Uncle Sam might get into the contraception business. Nonetheless, a panel set to convene this month could decide that preventing unwanted pregnancies qualifies as the kind of complementary preventive care for women required by Obamacare.

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