Scott Hensley

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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, ...

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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?

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Scientists Search For Toxins In Cigarette Smoke Residue

Monday, March 17, 2014

Everybody knows smoking is hazardous. Being around someone who smokes isn't such a good idea either. "There's no safe amount of secondhand smoke," the surgeon general has said.

Now thirdhand smoke is getting scrutiny. What's thirdhand smoke? It's the residue from smoke that settles onto clothes, hair, furniture or ...

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Electronic Headband Prevents Migraines With Tiny Jolts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The latest treatment to prevent migraines is a headband that looks more like something you'd expect to see in Star Trek than the doctor's office.

But don't let the slick design fool you. The basic pain-stopping technology inside the Cefaly headband has been around for decades.

The battery-powered headband ...

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Questions Remain About Whether Doctors Can Curb Children's Drug Use

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What can doctors do to help kids stay away from drugs?

There's not much evidence to say one way or the other, it turns out.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which issues guidelines on what doctors should and shouldn't do, said there aren't enough reliable studies around to come ...

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Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance

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 ...

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Just One Dose Of Many Common Medicines Can Kill A Child

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 ...

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Scant Evidence To Support Vitamins Against Cancer, Heart Disease

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 ...

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Online Doctor Ratings About As Useful As Those For Restaurants

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Stomach Bug Closes Landmark New York Resort

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 ...

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By Dropping Cigarettes, CVS Gives Its Reputation A Boost

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 ...

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Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks

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 ...

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Failing To Get Off The Couch May Contribute To Heart Failure

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 ...

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FDA Asks Doctors To Stop Prescribing High-Dose Acetaminophen

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.

Acetaminophen ...

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