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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, ...
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Here I sit shivering, wishing I were a dog or cat to get through this cold snap.
A built-in fur coat, no commute and maybe some quality time by the fireplace. What could go wrong?
Quite a few things, it turns out.
The friendly animal lovers at the University of ...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
It's not every day that the Food and Drug Administration approves a drug three months ahead of schedule. Or approves a pill that could take the place of injections. Or gives the OK to a medicine named for the CEO who started a company to help her sick daughter....
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Doctors talking up drugs to other doctors has been quite lucrative for pharmaceutical companies — and the physicians who moonlight as their salesmen.
Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors were effective pitchmen. A doctor paid by a company to give a dinner speech or to chat over lunch ...
Friday, December 06, 2013
The maker of a $99 personal genome test blinked.
Silicon Valley's 23andMe said late Thursday that it would comply with the Food and Drug Administration's demand that the company stop marketing health-related genetic tests.
People will still be able to pay 23andMe to have their DNA analyzed to learn ...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
For a half-century, JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, adorned its cover with works of fine art. You could have easily mistaken an issue of the august medical journal on your doctor's desk for a stray copy of ARTnews.
But a JAMA redesign this summer put the table ...
Monday, November 25, 2013
You don't need to be an expert in the regulations covering medical tests to know that the Food and Drug Administration has just about had it with Silicon Valley's 23andMe.
The agency told the seller of a personalized genomic test to knock it off in a sternly worded warning ...
Monday, November 04, 2013
Like professional baseball, the drug industry may need to slap asterisks next to some of its standout sales accomplishments.
Johnson & Johnson became the latest drugmaker to reach a costly agreement with the federal government over charges of improper marketing. The widely anticipated settlement, unveiled Monday, covers Natrecor, a drug ...
Monday, October 28, 2013
There aren't very many drugs that are also, essentially, industrial chemicals available in railroad-car volumes, pharmaceutical chemist Derek Lowe noted on his blog, In The Pipeline, this spring.
But there are a few. One is lithium carbonate, a staple of glassmaking and ceramic glazes and also the active ...
Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Food and Drug Administration has a mystery on its hands.
Thousands of dogs and at least 10 cats have become sick after eating various forms of jerky for pets over the past few years. Some 580 animals have died, the agency says. But it's not sure why.
Some of ...
Monday, September 09, 2013
Starting in January, it will get a lot easier for millions of people across to the country to qualify for Medicaid.
Adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($15,856 in 2013) will be able to sign up for Medicaid, under an expansion paid for entirely ...
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
If you've had problems sleeping and have taken a pill to help, you're not alone.
About 9 million American adults had taken sleeping pills in the past month, according to findings from a detailed nationwide survey conducted between 2005 and 2010.
Overall, about 4 percent of people 20 and older ...
Monday, August 26, 2013
Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne illness, is back in Florida.
A handful of cases have been confirmed in Martin and St. Lucie counties in the past week. The cases there prompted a public health alert. Another case was seen in Miami-Dade, where officials issued a mosquito-borne disease advisory.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Boys born in the West are more likely to skip circumcision than they are to have the once common procedure.
It's a dramatic change over the past 32 years. Back in 1979, about two-thirds of boys out West got circumcised in the hospital soon after they were born. By 2010, ...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
How risky are psychedelic drugs to mental health? Not nearly as much as you might have imagined.
People who had taken LSD, psilocybin (the brain-bending chemical in magic mushrooms) or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental ...
Friday, August 16, 2013
Finding doctors to work in the countryside isn't easy.
About 20 percent the U.S. population lives in rural areas, but only about 11 percent of doctors practice there. The lure of cities and suburbs has been hard to overcome. And doctor shortages, already acute in some rural areas, are ...