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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
They drink. They dance. And they love the Sasquatch Music Festival, an annual phenomenon in Washington state. But will young people sign up for insurance on the state's health exchange?
The folks who run the exchange were sponsors of the music festival's launch party last month, reminding people they ...
Friday, February 28, 2014
Concerns about drug risks have led 28 state attorneys general to ask the Food and Drug Administration to reverse its approval of Zohydro, a long-acting narcotic painkiller, before the medicine is even put on the market.
The risks for addiction and overdose from the potent opioid outweigh the benefits ...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
If you're taking vitamins to guard against cancer or a heart attack, you've got plenty of company.
Nearly half of American adults take a vitamin of some kind each a day. About a third take a multivitamin.
But are they worth it?
For people in good health and without ...
Thursday, February 20, 2014
If you're looking to go out for dinner, see a movie or plunk down big bucks on a new TV, chances are you'll look online for help with the decision.
Lots of people are now checking out potential doctors that way, too. Online ratings are becoming part of how many ...
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In a story that you'd think was ripped straight from the headlines of America's foremost made-up-news website, The Onion said it's coming up with ads to promote health insurance for young people in Illinois.
But it's true.
Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, has hired Onion Labs, The ...
Friday, February 07, 2014
Norovirus isn't just a problem for cruise ships.
The Mohonk Mountain House, a historic resort on the edge of Catskills in New York, 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. The ...
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
When drugstore chain CVS said Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products by October, the company also told investors that the move would probably cost it $2 billion a year in lost sales.
CVS says it has figured out unspecified ways to help make up for the profits from ...
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Making sure that children are active often means getting them interested in sports. But parents have to weigh the health risks of those sports, including hits that can cause concussions.
Concussions are brain injuries. Most people, including kids, recover from a concussion. But concussions, particularly repeated ones, can lead ...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The more we learn about sitting, the more perilous it seems to be.
Flabby muscles, fuzzy thinking and all manner of cardiovascular disease can get started or get worse when we're hanging out on the couch, stuck in traffic or just parked in a chair for too long.
Now there's ...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The pain reliever acetaminophen is easy on the stomach. But at high doses, the drug can be hell on the liver.
Now the Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to refrain from prescribing drugs that contain high doses of acetaminophen to minimize the risk of liver damage.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The dust is settling a bit after the administration released details Monday about who signed up for health insurance on the exchanges during the chaotic three months after they launched Oct. 1.
Just about everybody was watching to see how many young people piled in. Younger people are generally ...
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Since the surgeon general's report laid bare the health hazards from smoking 50 years ago, the proportion of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically.
Smoking has become less prevalent in other countries, ...
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Here I sit shivering, wishing I were a dog or cat to get through this cold snap.
A built-in fur coat, no commute and maybe some quality time by the fireplace. What could go wrong?
Quite a few things, it turns out.
The friendly animal lovers at the University of ...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It's not every day that the Food and Drug Administration approves a drug three months ahead of schedule. Or approves a pill that could take the place of injections. Or gives the OK to a medicine named for the CEO who started a company to help her sick daughter....
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Doctors talking up drugs to other doctors has been quite lucrative for pharmaceutical companies — and the physicians who moonlight as their salesmen.
Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors were effective pitchmen. A doctor paid by a company to give a dinner speech or to chat over lunch ...
Friday, December 06, 2013
The maker of a $99 personal genome test blinked.
Silicon Valley's 23andMe said late Thursday that it would comply with the Food and Drug Administration's demand that the company stop marketing health-related genetic tests.
People will still be able to pay 23andMe to have their DNA analyzed to learn ...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
For a half-century, JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, adorned its cover with works of fine art. You could have easily mistaken an issue of the august medical journal on your doctor's desk for a stray copy of ARTnews.
But a JAMA redesign this summer put the table ...
Monday, November 25, 2013
You don't need to be an expert in the regulations covering medical tests to know that the Food and Drug Administration has just about had it with Silicon Valley's 23andMe.
The agency told the seller of a personalized genomic test to knock it off in a sternly worded warning ...
Monday, November 04, 2013
Like professional baseball, the drug industry may need to slap asterisks next to some of its standout sales accomplishments.
Johnson & Johnson became the latest drugmaker to reach a costly agreement with the federal government over charges of improper marketing. The widely anticipated settlement, unveiled Monday, covers Natrecor, a drug ...
Monday, October 28, 2013
There aren't very many drugs that are also, essentially, industrial chemicals available in railroad-car volumes, pharmaceutical chemist Derek Lowe noted on his blog, In The Pipeline, this spring.
But there are a few. One is lithium carbonate, a staple of glassmaking and ceramic glazes and also the active ...