Scott Hensley

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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.


Sleeping Pills Most Popular With Older People, Women

Friday, August 30, 2013

About 9 million American adults have taken sleeping pills in the past month. Their popularity generally increases with age and is highest among people 80 and older.


Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dengue fever was commonplace in Florida until the 1930s. Air conditioning, window screens and better mosquito control helped break the dengue cycle. Now the mosquito-borne illness is back.


Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say

Friday, August 23, 2013

An analysis allays concerns that Medicare beneficiaries may have trouble getting in to see doctors. Access has been stable and is on par, or a little better, than for people with private health insurance.


Popularity Of Circumcision Falls In U.S., Especially Out West

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Back in 1979, about two-thirds of boys out West got circumcised in the hospital soon after they were born. By 2010, only 40 percent were. Nationwide, rates of circumcision have dropped about 10 percent over the past 30 years.


Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

People who had taken LSD, psilocybin or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health treatment or to have symptoms of mental illness, a Norwegian study finds.


After These Docs Saw The Farm, They Didn't Want The City

Friday, August 16, 2013

Missouri medical students who spent a summer working with country doctors were more inclined to pick primary care specialties later on. Nearly half of those who tried a summer in rural practice wound up working in rural areas in their first jobs after finishing medical training.


Strange Bedfellows Among Groups Helping Insurance Buyers

Friday, August 16, 2013

The federal government is divvying up $67 million among more than 100 groups that applied for grants to help people navigate new health insurance options. Insurance health exchanges open for business in October.


Industry Ties Raise Questions About Expert Medical Panels

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An analysis of 16 recent medical guidelines found evidence of financial ties between key experts and industry. Most of the recommendations expanded the definitions of common illnesses, lowering the threshold for treatment.


Redefining Cancer To Reduce Unnecessary Treatment

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Sometimes the condition a doctor labels as cancer isn't much of a health threat. Some cancer specialists are now looking at whether it's time to rethink what gets called cancer to lower anxiety and cut waste.


If You Could Live To 120, Would You Really Want To?

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Even though most people don't want to live radically longer lives, they figure their neighbors do. A majority say they aren't interested in medical treatments that would let them live to see 120. But more than two-thirds of people polled by the Pew Research Center say others probably would.


Data Dive Finds Doctors For Rent

Monday, August 05, 2013

Doctors in states where corruption is more common appear more likely to be influenced by drug company payments than those in states with fewer corruption-related crimes. Male doctors, overall, appear more likely to be swayed by drug industry payments than their female colleagues.


Doctors' Questions About Guns Spark A Constitutional Fight

Friday, July 19, 2013

Health care providers are fighting a Florida law that would ban them from asking patients about the presence of guns in the home. In an NPR poll, a third of Americans agree with those doctors, while 44 percent support such measures, despite the health risks guns carry.


Who's Watching When You Look For Health Information Online?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

More than half of health-related websites checked by a health policy researcher used trackers that could provide data about visitors to third parties. Some also shared search terms that could be linked to a visitor.