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How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

As a psychiatrist, I find that one of the hardest parts of my job is telling parents and their children that they are not to blame for their illness. Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to suffer considerable stigma. But dramatic advances in brain imaging, genetics and other technologies are helping us objectively identify the neurological causes of mental illness.

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged he was flouting Food and Drug Administration regulations in the consent forms they signed. He would be injecting them with a live, though weakened, herpes virus without U.S. safety oversight.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August. But the total costs of Kymriah and the 21 similar drugs in development — known as CAR T-cell therapies — will be far higher than many have imagined, reaching $1 million or more per patient.

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Chilled proteins and 3-D images: The cryo-electron microscopy technology that just won a Nobel Prize

Chilled proteins and 3-D images: The cryo-electron microscopy technology that just won a Nobel Prize

Cryo-electron microscopy – or cryo-EM – is an imaging technology that allows scientists to obtain pictures of the biological “machines” that work inside our cells. Most amazingly, it can reconstruct individual snapshots into movie-like scenes that show how protein components of these biological machines move and interact with each other.

October 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Inventing, testing and launching a drug costs $2.6 billion, calculates the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. But industry substantially finances the center’s work. An independent study found the median cost of developing 10 cancer drugs was $648 million, while the median revenue per drug was $1.7 billion.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Despite often-fierce industry opposition, a variety of bills are working their way through state governments. California, Nevada and New York are among those joining Maryland in passing legislation meant to undercut skyrocketing drug prices.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Failing medical implants are causing hundreds of thousands of people misery

Failing medical implants are causing hundreds of thousands of people misery

Thousands of women across the world have been left in terrible pain after being implanted with transvaginal mesh – a device to treat urinary incontinence or prolapse. How did a medical implant that has caused so much damage to these women’s bodies and lives come to be sold?

September 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prevention experts propose easing advice on number of cervical cancer screenings

Prevention experts propose easing advice on number of cervical cancer screenings

Instead of getting both a Pap test and an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer, many women should get just one or the other at regular intervals, according to a draft recommendation published this week by a panel of prevention experts.

September 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Breakthrough’ leukemia drug also portends ‘quantum leap’ in cost

‘Breakthrough’ leukemia drug also portends ‘quantum leap’ in cost

The treatment, CTL019, belongs to a new class of medications called CAR T-cell therapies, which involve harvesting patients’ immune cells and genetically altering them to kill cancer. The drug has the potential to be one of the most expensive drugs ever sold

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
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