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Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE

Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Limit Affordable Drugs, World Health Organization Chief Says

“If these agreements open trade yet close the door to affordable medicines, we have to ask the question: Is this really progress at all?” said Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, at a health care conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

Would Washington’s FDA Fix Cure the Patients or the Drug Industry?

A bill that would speed up approval for medications and medical devices shows how a major initiative can get traction even in the midst of Washington gridlock — but critics say all the lobbying is drowning out some warnings about patient safety.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America’s Third Leading Cause of Death

Each year in the U.S., a quarter of a million deaths are attributable to medical error. This exclusive excerpt from a new book by James B. Lieber examines how, in the fourth quarter of the 20th century, a series of medical errors captured public attention and drove change in unprecedented ways.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

CEO Who Raised HIV Drug Price by 5,000% Also Hiked Cost of Pill for Children With Incurable Disease

Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is being called the most hated man in America for raising the price of the HIV drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Now his earlier pricing decisions are being examined. It is being reported that one such decision led to a 2,000 percent price increase for a medication taken by children suffering from a rare kidney disease.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

Ebola Vaccine Proves 100 Percent Successful in Small Trial

A vaccine to fight the deadly Ebola virus has been shown to be 100 percent successful in a trial conducted in Guinea. Experts say the drug is likely to put an end to the West African epidemic.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

Scientists Find Drug That Appears to Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers appear to have made a breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease, announcing test results for a drug that seems to slow the pace of mental decline.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

Dr Oz

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

Vaccination Zombie Apocalypse

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

British M.D.: Privatization Compromises the Quality of Health Care

A year spent working as a doctor in India taught Hannah Fox “how a publicly funded healthcare system creates an optimal environment for ethical decision-making,” especially in end-of-life care.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Mysterious ‘Sleeping Disease’ Perplexes Scientists and Doctors

Residents of a village in Kazakhstan are being relocated because of a mysterious illness that has been causing people’s brains to “switch off” and go into comas.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE

Being Mortal

Surgeon and public health expert Atul Gawande writes in his book on facing the final phase of life that “as people’s capacities wane ... making their lives better often requires curbing our purely medical imperatives. ... When should we try to fix and when should we not?”

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Big Pharma Is Robbing Us Blind and We’re Letting It Happen

America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth, even though Americans are no healthier than the people of other advanced nations.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE

Ebola Troops

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

A New Way Insurers Are Shifting Costs to the Sick

By charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illnesses, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

Medicine Is Racist Too

The medical field has “race corrected” measurements that just go to show there are inherent biases that run through many threads in everyday life, despite our trust in seemingly objective science.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE

Vaccine Advice

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE

Hospital Bills

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE

Inflated Hospital Bills

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE


How to Grow a Nose (Video)

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

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE

HIV Cure

Posted on Mar 5, 2013 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE

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