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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...