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No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

No, combination vaccines don’t overwhelm kids’ immune systems

Combination vaccines mean kids need fewer injections overall. By adding several antigens (the part of the germ that stimulates the immune system) together in one vaccine, we can protect kids against up to six diseases in a few shots.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter.

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Since the discovery of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and the Mycenaean civilization on the Peloponnesian peninsula of mainland Greece, there have been many theories about where these people came from and whether they were related.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — To the tune of $5 billion

When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — To the tune of $5 billion

Carol Emanuele has open diabetic wound on the bottom of her foot that leaves her unable to walk and prone to deadly infection. Doctors at a Philadelphia clinic have prescribed a dizzying array of treatments: freeze-dried placenta, penis foreskin cells, high doses of pressurized oxygen. “I do everything, but nothing seems to work,” she says.

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

In April, Gundy’s child, who is on private insurance, began getting the drug Spinraza, which costs $750,000 for the initial year of treatment. Chaffin’s child — a Medicaid enrollee — was not receiving the drug, as his state regulators debated whether to offer it to children like him who use ventilators to breathe.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

In the past several years, advances in genome sequencing have begun to shed light on the beginnings of viral evolution, deep within individual infections. Could a single person’s flu infection tell us about how the virus changes across the world? As it turns out, a surprising amount.

July 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
As surrogacy surges, new parents seek legal protections

As surrogacy surges, new parents seek legal protections

In 2015, 2,807 babies were born through surrogacy in the U.S., up from 738 in 2004, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Women are often paid at least $30,000 to carry a baby created from the egg and sperm of others. But in many places, once the baby arrives, outdated state laws fail to answer an important question: Who are the parents?

June 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Precision Medicine: The promise vs. the reality

Precision Medicine: The promise vs. the reality

Scientists find great potential in using genetic sequencing to help direct targeted cancer therapy, but practicing oncologists see some important limitations.

June 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

Vimovo was created using two readily and cheaply available generic, or over-the-counter, medicines: naproxen, also known by the brand Aleve, and esomeprazole magnesium, also known as Nexium.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More