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July 8, 2014
[Forbes] Merck says that it “regrets” using legal threats to push a leading Italian researcher to muffle his public critiques of one of the company’s cholesterol drugs. Merck spokesman Steve Cragle writes: Merck is committed to the open and transparent exchange of scientific information. We believe this exchange should take place in medical meetings and […]
July 1, 2014
[The New York Times] The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, a dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.” The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to two companies owned by Christian families, opened the door […]
June 27, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease.…
June 24, 2014
[TheEconomicTimes] Pharmaceutical companies having more than a 1% market share for any essential drugs may find it difficult to stop manufacturing those products. Since May, when the government brought into force a new drug-pricing system after a gap of 18 years, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has denied such requests whenever the market share of […]
June 19, 2014
by Nuriel Moghavem
A New York Times article published this week describes a clinical trial in Pittsburgh where incapacitated and rapidly exsanguinating gunshot victims have their blood replaced by cold saline for up to an hour in an effort to preserve neurological function and life.…
June 16, 2014
[San Francisco Chronicle] Dr. Pamela Munster‘s colleagues viewed the mammogram results and then played out a scene she knows well: the furrowed brow, the intense look of concern, followed by the composed, reassuring face for the patient’s benefit. They weren’t looking at her patient’s mammogram. These were Munster’s results. They were acting the same way she did […]
June 13, 2014
[The New York Times] Over the past few decades, changes in the treatment of breast cancer amount to a revolution in patient care. And it’s not over yet. There was a time when the standard approach was a radicalmastectomy, which involved removal of not just the breast, but all the lymph nodes in the armpit and […]
May 22, 2014
[The New York Times]Many men with an early sign of a prostate cancer relapse can safely wait before starting hormone therapy, avoiding side effects without shortening their lives, according to the results of a study released on Wednesday. Dr. Clifford A. Hudis, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, said the study “certainly does […]
May 16, 2014
[The New York Times]Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it.If broadly followed, the advice could transform AIDS prevention in the United States — from reliance on condoms, which are effective […]
April 30, 2014
[New York Times] The abuse of prescription painkillers has reached epidemic proportions in America. Nearly half of the nation’s 38,329 drug overdose deaths in 2010 involved painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These narcotics now kill more adults than heroin and cocaine combined, sending 420,000 Americans to emergency rooms each year. […]
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July 16, 2014 7:06 pm
A federal judge Wednesday struck down California’s death penalty, saying the “dysfunctional” system that makes prisoners wait decades to be executed violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
July 15, 2014 2:20 pm
Children raised by same-sex couples have better health and well-being in comparison to their peers, according to a groundbreaking new study which is being billed as the largest of its kind.
July 9, 2014 2:11 pm
San Francisco lawmakers approved a law late on Tuesday allowing the forced treatment of mentally ill patients under certain conditions, drawing swift criticism from patient advocacy groups who say the measure tramples civil rights.
July 1, 2014 1:35 pm
In total, gynecological screenings cost the U.S. $2.6 billion every year. And yet, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that there is no established medical justification for the annual procedure.
June 25, 2014 5:52 pm
The average American adult spends about four and a half hours a day watching TV — and that’s more than enough to take a toll on their health and longevity.
June 24, 2014 1:04 pm
A plasticizer commonly substituted for bisphenol A (BPA) may cause similar endocrine-disrupting effects as the original chemical, researchers reported here.
June 16, 2014 4:37 pm
Even though it’s the most expensive, the United States’ health care system ranks last among 11 industrialized nations in a new study that examines factors such as quality, efficiency and access to care
June 10, 2014 1:35 pm
A new poll reveals that unemployed adults in the United States were more than twice as likely to have been treated for depression than those who are currently employed.
June 9, 2014 6:19 pm
A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million.
June 2, 2014 8:04 pm
Young adults with cancer are far more likely to recover or live longer if they have health insurance, a new study on the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act shows.
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