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Thursday, September 11, 2014
There's another pill to help people lose weight.
After years of study and lots of questions from the Food and Drug Administration questions, a pill called Contrave finally got the agency's OK Thursday.
It's the third diet medicine to get the regulatory go-ahead in recent years. But the other ...
Monday, September 08, 2014
If you have old or unused narcotic painkillers in the medicine cabinet, your main choices for getting rid of them have been to toss them in the trash, flush them down the toilet or drop them off at the police station.
But soon it will be possible to take ...
Thursday, September 04, 2014
All of a sudden there's some movement in the development of vaccines against Ebola.
Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that the company is speeding up work on its part of an experimental two-shot vaccine being developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. J&J's Crucell unit ...
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
CVS Caremark has pulled cigarettes from its shelves a month ahead of schedule.
In February, CVS, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, said it would stop selling tobacco products by October, despite the profits they brought the company. Now cigarettes in the company's stores are history.
Why are they ...
Thursday, August 28, 2014
An Ebola vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is going to get a try in healthy people starting next week.
The number of Ebola cases and deaths continues to climb in Western Africa, underscoring the need for a vaccine to protect people from ...
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.
Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a survey conducted by the Sports & Fitness ...
Monday, July 07, 2014
Everyone seems to talk about feeling stressed out. But what's the reality of stress in America these days?
NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll in March and early April to find out.
Our questions zeroed in on the effect ...
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Perhaps we should have expected that the contradictory stories about a middle-aged man's heart attack would lead to a vigorous conversation about whether the doctors and nurses or the patient and his wife were right in their descriptions.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Prescriptions for narcotic painkillers have surged in recent years. Fatal overdoses and abuse of the drugs have risen, too. Doctors and patients are grappling with how to balance the need for pain relief with the potential for trouble.
In April, Judy Foreman, author of A Nation in Pain,
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Bike-sharing is taking cities by storm.
Rental stations across town give people a quick way to get around — and get some exercise.
But there's a catch.
When you pick up a bike, you usually have to bring your own helmet or go without one. If you ride with your ...
Thursday, June 05, 2014
OK, so now we know for sure that camels can, in fact, transmit the virus that causes the Middle East respiratory syndrome to humans.
DNA tests found that the virus that infected a 44-year-old Saudi Arabian man sickened with MERS matched a virus found in a camel on his ...
Friday, May 16, 2014
When the Food and Drug Administration gave the OK to a new treatment for a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis in late March, the Canadian company that owns the medicine got something that's quite likely to prove even more valuable than U.S. sales of the drug will ever be.
After all, ...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Among the states that looked to expand health coverage to nearly all their citizens, Massachusetts was an early front-runner.
The state passed its own health care law back in 2006 mandating near-universal insurance coverage. That law became a model for federal action. And after the Affordable Care Act went through ...
Monday, April 28, 2014
Pfizer finally fessed up and told the world that it wants to buy British drugmaker AstraZeneca. It wasn't a very well-kept secret.
The New York-based drugmaker confirmed publicly that it approached AstraZeneca in January about getting together. AstraZeneca, based in London, rebuffed the New Yorkers.
Pfizer executives said Monday ...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The launch of Sovaldi, the $1,000-a-day pill for hepatitis C, is shaping up as the most successful ever.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the pill in December. And then Gilead Sciences was off to the races. The company said it sold $2.27 billion worth of Sovaldi in the quarter ...
Monday, March 31, 2014
One of the world's largest drugmakers says it will invest more than $200 million in Africa over the next five years in a push for better treatment of noncommunicable diseases there.
GlaxoSmithKline said the funding would be focused on sub-Saharan Africa, where the company already employs about 1,500 people and ...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
You had better not cuddle up with the My Sweet Love/My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll from Wal-Mart.
First of all, she gets sick on cue. The battery-powered doll coughs and babbles. Her cheeks flush, too.
You can make her better with a medical kit that includes a ...