Stories tagged: Medicine
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016
Consumer Confidential: Same drug, wild cost difference
As sky-high EpiPen costs show, price gouging of patients by greedy drug companies is one part of our dysfunctional health care system. Another is what may appear to be the …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016, 12:41 P.M.
U.S., Canadian buildings to be illuminated for cancer event
More than 90 historic buildings and landmarks across the United States and Canada are being illuminated in colors representing a big cancer fundraiser.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016, 11:43 A.M.
FDA warns of fatal risks from mixing opioids and sedatives
Health officials are warnings doctors and patients about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and popular sedatives like Valium and Xanax, which can lead to breathing problems, coma …
TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2016, 2:09 P.M.
Spiked EpiPen prices has lawmakers calling for FTC investigation
Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price for lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed.
MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016, 12:45 P.M.
Pfizer to pay $14 billion for Medivation
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is paying $14 billion to buy Medivation Inc., a San Francisco biotech company that sells a high-priced prostate cancer medication discovered by UCLA.
TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2016, 2:10 P.M.
Four new Zika cases in Miami, Florida governor announces
Florida’s governor has announced four new cases of Zika virus infection that health officials believe were spread by mosquitoes in a Miami neighborhood.
TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016, 1:36 P.M.
Too much lead: Water shut off at 2 Medford grade schools
Drinking water has been shut off at two Medford schools after officials said tests revealed it contained too much lead.
SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016, 11:33 A.M.
Thousands cross Venezuela border shopping for scarce food
SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela – Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for …
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016, 2:13 P.M.
Woman found to spread Zika through sex for 1st time
A New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016, 12:06 P.M.
Juno being sued over leukemia drug study
Juno Therapeutics and its CEO, Hans E. Bishop, are being named in a lawsuit over whether the biotechnology company misled investors about the death of a patient in a key …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 1:39 P.M.
Pfizer agrees to note addiction risks in opioid marketing
The city of Chicago and Pfizer announced an agreement Wednesday committing the drugmaker to disclosing the serious risks of addiction in its marketing of prescription opioid painkillers.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 6:31 A.M.
More opioid abusers now can get medication help
More Americans will now have access to a drug that could help treat their opioid addiction, Sylvia Burwell, U.S. secretary of health and human services, announced Tuesday, even as she …
MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016, 2:39 P.M.
Insider Q&A: A model for more rational drug prices
Rising drug prices are creating anxiety for patients, politicians and physicians across the country, with little relief in sight.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016, 10:27 A.M.
Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion law
A federal judge blocked a new Indiana law Thursday that bans abortions sought because of a fetus’ genetic abnormalities.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016, 11:18 A.M.
FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C
Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of …
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016, 4:27 P.M.
Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says
Accidental overdoses aren’t the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers – the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016, 1:46 P.M.
FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment
A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are digested.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016, 7:31 P.M.
Pregnant ‘Today’ anchor Savannah Guthrie to skip Olympics because of Zika concerns
“Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie is pregnant and as a result will bow out of covering the Olympic Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro because of concerns over the Zika …
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016, 12:24 P.M.
VP Joe Biden unveiling public database for clinical data on cancer
Vice President Joe Biden is unveiling a public database for clinical data on cancer on Monday that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to individuals.
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016, 8:36 A.M.
Breast cancer diagnoses could be prevented or delayed, study shows
Ask almost any health-conscious woman who’s mustered under a giant pink ribbon, and she’ll tell you what an American woman’s chances are of getting breast cancer in her lifetime: 1 …
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
Study: Rise in oncologists working for hospitals spurs higher chemo costs
If you have cancer, chances are your outpatient chemotherapy treatment costs are higher if your oncologist works for a health care system than if she has her own practice, a …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 10:11 A.M.
Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline
Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease – and those tangles may …
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 5:49 A.M.
When Zika hits, a push for birth control and abortion?
There’s little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects – and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception.
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016, 9:03 A.M.
Age, gender and nationality affect how much sleep you get, study finds
What constitutes a “normal” night’s sleep? That all depends, says Danny Forger, a biological mathematician at the University of Michigan and an expert in circadian clocks.
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, 9:15 A.M.
U.N. establishes a trust fund to help combat the Zika virus
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a U.N. trust fund to help finance urgent priorities in combatting the Zika virus.
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016, 5:55 A.M.
Obamacare implementation not big factor on frequency of doctor visits, study says
The odds that you’ve seen a doctor in the last year vary quite a bit depending on where you live – but so far, the way your state has implemented …
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 3:39 P.M.
Oregon Supreme Court limits damages in lawsuits against state
The Oregon Supreme Court voted 5-2 to uphold a $3 million cap on damages injured people can collect in lawsuits against the state or its employees.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 6:38 A.M.
Zika virus exposes need for greater public health funding, experts say
Government funding cuts are helping to fuel wide variations in states’ ability to detect and respond to public health threats such as the Zika virus.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 5:26 A.M.
Early embryo development seen with aid of new lab techniques
New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.
THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 5:19 A.M.
European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging
The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the …