Stories tagged: Medicine
Tue., July 11, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
First gene therapy – ’a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval
When doctors saw the report on Bill Ludwig’s bone-marrow biopsy, they thought it was a mistake and ordered the test repeated. But the results came back the same: His lethal …
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 6:01 p.m.
Providence Health planning layoffs; Spokane impact unclear
Providence Health & Services plans layoffs after posting an operating loss.
Mon., July 10, 2017, 7:30 a.m.
Trump presses Congress on health care bill: Get it done
President Donald Trump pressed Congress on Monday to get health care done before leaving for its long August recess, even as Republican senators say the GOP effort so far to …
UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Coffee drinkers live longer, have lower risk of disease, studies find
Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies released Monday that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
GOP leader says he’ll rework health bill, but offers Plan B
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to produce a fresh bill in about a week scuttling and replacing much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But he’s …
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
FDA approves first new drug in 20 years for sickle cell
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere
Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion
Insurance companies in Oregon would be required to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity under a …
Thu., July 6, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
GOP lawmakers launch fight against Oregon’s new health tax
Three Republican lawmakers have set the stage for a possible ballot fight next year that could overthrow Oregon’s new multimillion-dollar health care tax before it can take effect.
Wed., July 5, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Brit prime minister declines to intervene in baby Charlie case
Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday declined to intervene in the case of a sick British 10-month-old whose parents were legally blocked from taking him to a treatment trial in …
Tue., July 4, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Popular stomach acid blockers linked to higher death rates
A higher risk of death is associated with long-term use of popular stomach acid reducers known as proton pump inhibitors, according to a study of prescribed drugs published Monday.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 8:46 a.m.
State audit: Benefits of state-run health clinics unclear
Montana opened its first government-run health clinics five years ago. It was touted as a bold experiment and a possible national model in providing low-cost health care to government workers. …
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 8:18 p.m.
GOP may keep some Obama tax increases to save health bill
Senate Republican leaders considered keeping one of former President Barack Obama’s big tax increases on wealthier Americans and using the money to fatten proposed subsidies for the poor in a …
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 7:16 p.m.
Walgreens scraps Rite Aid takeover, will buy stores instead
Walgreens Boots Alliance is scrapping its deal to buy all of rival Rite Aid and instead will buy a smaller piece of the drugstore chain, after the original takeover effort …
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Senate leaders scramble for deal on health care bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explored options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill Wednesday but confronted an expanding chorus of GOP detractors, deepening the uncertainty over whether the …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 6:35 a.m.
Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal
Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects …
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it
Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 9:49 a.m.
U.S. could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases, study suggests
Alzheimer’s disease begins years before mental deterioration is detected, suggests a new study that could result in doubling the estimated number of people with the neurodegenerative disease.
Mon., June 12, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
High court ruling speeds up generic biotech drug approval
The Supreme Court is speeding up the time for generic biotech drugs to become available to the public. The court’s unanimous ruling Monday means a loss of billions in sales …
Tue., June 6, 2017, 5:56 a.m.
AMA tackles sexual abuse – of doctors, by doctors
The American Medical Association will no longer tolerate sexual misconduct by physicians – at least if their victims are other doctors, and if the abuse occurs at an AMA event.
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Blood tests may have significantly underestimated lead levels, FDA and CDC warn
Federal officials are warning that some blood tests may have “significantly” underestimated lead levels, and they are urging the retesting of some children, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Wed., May 17, 2017, 2 p.m.
Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men
The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 5:14 a.m.
Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many U.S. drugs
Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Avoid fake ‘miracle’ cancer treatments sold on internet, FDA warns
U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer.
Wed., April 12, 2017, 5:56 a.m.
Doctors once treated alcoholism with heroin. Now, they want to treat heroin addiction with marijuana.
A new drug treatment program says it has a cure for heroin addiction: marijuana. The claim has attracted national attention, but the history of analogous miracle cures is as long …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 5:39 a.m.
CDC backs breast-feeding, despite false story
A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 6:09 p.m.
GOP proposal could shrink health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions
A White House push to let states waive mandatory coverage and rate requirements under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize health insurance gains for millions of adults with pre-existing medical …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 5:51 a.m.
Zika poses even greater risk for birth defects than was previously known, CDC reports
About 1 in 10 pregnant women infected with Zika in the United States last year had a baby or fetus with serious birth defects, according to a study released Tuesday …
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:32 p.m.
White House effort to revive health bill gets mixed reaction
A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to …
Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Vaccinations significantly reduce flu death risk, CDC study finds
Children who were vaccinated in recent years significantly lowered their chances of dying from the flu, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.