Scott Hensley

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Why The Youth Gap On Obamacare Exchanges Could Be A Yawner

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 ...

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Where The Smokers Are Now: Bulgaria, Greece And Macedonia

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.

About 19 percent of American adults smoke these days, compared with about 42 percent in 1965.

Smoking has become less prevalent in other countries, ...

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Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

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 ...

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Drugmaker Names Pill After CEO Who Sought Daughter's Cure

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.

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Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

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 ...

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23andMe Bows To FDA's Demands, Drops Health Claims

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 ...

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Medical Journal Goes To The Dogs

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 ...

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FDA Tells 23andMe To Stop Selling Popular Genetic Test

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 ...

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Johnson & Johnson To Pay $2.2 Billion In Marketing Settlement

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 ...

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Unlikely Multiple Sclerosis Pill On Track To Become Blockbuster

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 ...

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Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn't Save Much

Friday, October 25, 2013

Americans are living and working longer than ever. And Medicare, the health plan that's supposed to help senior citizens, is facing budget problems sooner rather than later.

By 2023, about 70 million people will get health care paid for by Medicare, and their tab is expected to hit ...

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FDA Asks Dog Owners For Help With Illnesses Linked To Jerky

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 ...

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How Expansion Will Change The Look Of Medicaid

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 ...

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CDC: One-Fourth Of Heart Attack And Stroke Deaths Preventable

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Could health insurance be the remedy for 200,000 deaths a year from heart attacks and strokes? It might be a big part of the cure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-quarter of the 800,000 deaths from those causes could be avoided, according to a

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Sleeping Pills Most Popular With Older People, Women

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 ...

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Dengue Fever Pops Up In Florida

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.

Dengue ...

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Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say

Friday, August 23, 2013

Are doctors so fed up with Medicare's stagnant pay and bureaucratic rules that they're bailing out of the program?

Short answer: Yes, some are. Long answer: Not as many as you might have thought.

The Wall Street Journal reported recently, the number of doctors who opted out of ...

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Popularity Of Circumcision Falls In U.S., Especially Out West

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, ...

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Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

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 ...

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After These Docs Saw The Farm, They Didn't Want The City

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 ...

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