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Thursday, March 03, 2016
Republican front-runner Donald Trump released a seven-point plan to change the country's health care system that includes several familiar GOP proposals and one that puts him in agreement with, believe it or not, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Right off the bat, Trump calls for the elimination of the Affordable Care ...
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Medical researchers are in a constant search for truth. Each study is supposed to be another step toward that goal. But it's pretty obvious that many studies just don't hold up. Think about the contradictory advice about what you should eat or drink. We've heard that coffee is bad for ...
Monday, November 09, 2015
In early September, the National Institutes of Health halted a study that aimed to figure out the right blood pressure goal for people with hypertension and other risks for heart disease and stroke.
The accepted target has been to get patients' systolic pressure (the first number in the pair ...
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
A majority of Americans say electronic cigarettes should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration the same way the agency handles cigarettes containing tobacco, according to results from the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.
Overall, 57 percent of people said the FDA should regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products. ...
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
A deal struck between drugmakers AbbVie and United Therapeutics Wednesday set a record price for a voucher that can be redeemed for a fast-track review of a new medicine by the Food and Drug Administration.
AbbVie, marketer of Humira and AndroGel, has agreed to pay $350 million to United ...
Friday, July 24, 2015
Anthem finally bagged its prey.
The Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem reached an agreement Thursday to pay $54 billion for rival Cigna, based in Bloomfield, Conn. Cigna rejected a lower Anthem bid in June, calling it inadequate.
"We believe that this transaction will allow us to enhance our competitive position ...
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Medical residents are the tweeners of health care.
They've got their medical degrees but still haven't finished the training they need to go forth and practice their chosen specialties.
Talking to residents is one way to get a bead on where medicine may be headed. Medscape, an online news source ...
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Consumer Reports, the granddaddy of advice-givers on what to buy, won't recommend laundry pods containing liquid detergent anymore. The risks to small kids are just too high, the magazine says.
In its latest tests, eight different single-use packets were rated very good at cleaning. That wasn't a strong enough showing ...
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
One of the great successes in the war on cancer has been the steep decline in the death rate from colorectal cancer.
Since 1970, the colorectal cancer death rate per 100,000 Americans has been cut in half, falling to 15.1 in 2011 from 29.2 in 1970.
Increased screening, improvements ...
Monday, June 15, 2015
Play ball! Fore! Swish!
Americans love sports — watching them and playing them.
But as participants, Americans' relationship with sports changes as we grow older. About three-quarters of adults say they played sports when they were younger. By the time people are in their late 20s, however, only 26 percent ...
Thursday, May 28, 2015
For about as long as there have been humans, it seems there have been tattoos.
Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy discovered in the Alps in 1991, had 61 tattoos covering his body. And a quick look around the local coffee shop reveals they're just about as popular today. ...
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
There's no getting around the strangeness of a map that shows the most distinctive cause of death in each of our 50 states and the District of Columbia.
In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, it's the flu. And in Nevada, it's the ominous "legal intervention."
But what does it mean ...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Creatures that venture out into the daylight can be damaged by the sun's ultraviolet rays. Humans produce melanin, a dark pigment, to help protect our skin. And now many of us slather on sunscreen, too.
Bacteria, algae and fungi make their own chemicals that sop up UV rays. And there's ...
Friday, May 08, 2015
A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has exposed gaps in immunization against the highly infectious disease.
All told this year, 169 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia were reported sick with measles through May 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Childhood vaccination ...
Thursday, May 07, 2015
When it comes to cancer, the right screening test at the right time can go a long way toward catching the disease while it can be stopped.
But many Americans aren't getting recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast and cervical cancer. In fact, there's been a notable lack of progress ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn't been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there.
But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin? In case of an overdose, ...
Friday, March 20, 2015
Whatever lands you in the hospital or nursing home also puts you at risk for acquiring an infection, possibly one that's resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Staph infections are common problems in health care facilities, and many Staphylcoccus aureus bacteria are now resistant to drug treatment.
Chances are you've heard ...
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
When you hear about dementia, the chances are you think about memory problems.
But other common symptoms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, can be even more troublesome to patients and their families: aggressiveness, agitation, delusions and hallucinations.
More than 90 percent of patients with dementia will experience some of those symptoms ...
Monday, March 16, 2015
California has been dealing with a big measles outbreak since December, when cases emerged among visitors to Disneyland in Orange County.
Measles spread quickly afterward. As of Friday, the state had confirmed 133 measles cases among residents since December.
Of the people who got sick and for whom the ...