Scott Hensley

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FDA Approves New Diet Pill That's Made Of Old Medicines

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 ...


New Option For Getting Rid Of Old Drugs: The Pharmacy

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 ...


Johnson & Johnson Pushes Ahead With Ebola Vaccine

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 ...


Drugstore Chain CVS Kicks Tobacco Habit A Month Early

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 ...


Experimental Ebola Vaccine Will Be Put To Human Test

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 ...


Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The human toll of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is becoming clearer by the day. The virus has killed at least 1,350 people, making this the largest outbreak of the disease ever.

There's no Ebola cure, and only a few experimental treatments are in the works.

One called


As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus

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 ...


Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives

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 ...


State Of The Painkiller Nation: Wide Variation In Prescription Rates

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There's no getting around the fact that the abuse of prescription painkillers is a huge problem in the U.S. Prescription drug overdoses now kill more people each year than car crashes.

But the overdose risks vary quite a bit depending on where in the country you live. One ...


Clashing Accounts Of Heart Attack Case Spark Reader Debate

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.

The piece by Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician, about ...


Americans Weigh Addiction Risk When Taking Painkillers

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,


Brain Injury Rate Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out

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 ...


Saudi Arabia To Test Camels And Livestock For MERS

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 ...


FDA Dangles Golden Ticket To Spur Drugs For Neglected Diseases

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, ...


Drug Industry Moves To Cut Costs, Banks On Future Big Sellers

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Bayer has announced it is buying Merck's consumer drugs business, and Pfizer is trying to take over AstraZeneca. Why is this reorganization happening now, and what does it mean for drug development?


Big Ambitions And Flawed Technology Tripped Up State Exchanges

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 ...


Tax Breaks Could Be Biggest Prize In Pfizer Deal For AstraZeneca

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 ...


Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record

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 ...


British Drugmaker Funds Research On Chronic Disease In Africa

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 ...


Wal-Mart Recalls 'Cuddle Care' Dolls Because They Can Burn

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 ...