Scott Hensley

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In Illinois Deal, The Onion Will Promote Health Insurance (Really)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, has hired Onion Labs, The Onion's in-house ad team, to develop banner ads, a video and other online material to persuade young people to sign up for insurance coverage.


Stomach Bug Closes Landmark New York Resort

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y., closed Friday afternoon so that cleaning crews from a company that specializes in disaster responses can scour the place after an outbreak of intestinal illness. Norovirus appears to be the culprit.


By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The drugstore chain says halting the sale of tobacco products could reduce revenue by $2 billion a year. CVS says it's looking for ways to make up for the lost business. But the value of the good public relations from the move could easily surpass the costs.


Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks

Sunday, February 02, 2014

An NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport. But 44 percent of those surveyed said equipment and safety need to be improved.


Failing To Get Off The Couch May Contribute To Heart Failure

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Researchers focused on the activities outside business hours. And they found that your behavior beyond whatever you're doing to make a living appears to affect your chances of heart failure. To minimize the risk, walk when you can and sit only when you must.


FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Acetaminophen overdoses, many of which are inadvertent, are a leading cause of acute liver failure. People taking several kinds of drugs may not realize that more than one of them can contain acetaminophen.


Why The Youth Gap On Obamacare Exchanges Could Be A Yawner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people signed up for health insurance during the first three months that the new exchanges were open. Younger people are generally healthier, and their premiums tend to balance out insurers' outlays for older, sicker people.


Where The Smokers Are Now: Bulgaria, Greece And Macedonia

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

While the proportion of the world's population that smokes has shrunk, the total number of smokers on the earth continues to rise. In 2012, nearly a billion people smoked daily, compared with 721 million in 1980.


Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Keep the dog away when you're shoveling snow. Some can't resist jumping toward the flying flakes, and a dog is no match for a shovel blade. The sweet taste of antifreeze can be enticing for pets, but ethylene glycol, the main antifreeze, is also quite toxic. Clean up spills and drips.


Drugmaker Names Pill After CEO Who Sought Daughter's Cure

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration just approved United Therapeutics' Orenitram, a pill for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Martine Rothblatt founded the company to develop treatments for life-threatening illness that afflicted her daughter.


Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors are effective pitchmen. A doctor's dinner speech or chat over lunch with colleagues can go a long way toward changing his or her colleagues' prescribing habits. But increasing scrutiny has led to a reconsideration of the practice.


23andMe Bows To FDA's Demands, Drops Health Claims

Friday, December 06, 2013

While the company tries to work things out with regulators, it won't be telling people who buy its test if their genetic profiles predispose them to particular illnesses or predict their responses to prescription drugs.


Medical Journal Goes To The Dogs

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The august medical journal JAMA created a kitsch masterpiece for the cover of its annual issue dedicated to medical education. A group of seven canine healers, some apparently in training, hover around a sick mutt sucking on a thermometer in a hospital bed. They look an awful lot like some poker-playing dogs from yesteryear.


FDA Tells 23andMe To Stop Selling Popular Genetic Test

Monday, November 25, 2013

People's genes can affect how they'll respond to blood thinners and cancer drugs. But inaccurate results can lead to bad medical decisions. Regulators are pushing back against a company that has been among the most aggressive in marketing personal genetic testing directly to consumers.


Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2.2 Billion In Marketing Settlement

Monday, November 04, 2013

A company subsidiary pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the promotion of antipsychotic Risperdal for the treatment of dementia in elderly patients. The Food and Drug Administration never approved the drug for that use.


Unlikely Multiple Sclerosis Pill On Track To Become Blockbuster

Monday, October 28, 2013

A hot-selling drug for multiple sclerosis was derived from an old chemical that is used industrially to make foods sour. The twice-a-day pill called Tecfidera comes at a lofty price, despite its humble origins.


Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn't Save Much

Friday, October 25, 2013

The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023. As Medicare spending grows, contributing to the federal deficit, some policymakers have suggested that raising the age of eligibility to 67 could help the budget should be an option.


FDA Asks Dog Owners For Help With Illnesses Linked To Jerky

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The agency still doesn't know what's inside jerkies, tenders and strips that have sickened thousands of dogs and killed hundreds. An ongoing investigation is focused on treats imported from China. Pet owners should watch for loss of appetite, listlessness and vomiting.


How Expansion Will Change The Look Of Medicaid

Monday, September 09, 2013

When many states ease eligibility rules for Medicaid in January, the new enrollees are likely to include more men, whites and people in generally good health.


CDC: One-Fourth Of Heart Attack And Stroke Deaths Preventable

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

If you have health coverage, you're more likely to go to the doctor. And that's one reason to think that the rollout of the federal health law could help bring down death rates from cardiovascular disease.