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A spoonful of kid’s medicine makes the profits go up

A spoonful of kid’s medicine makes the profits go up

Laws designed to encourage companies to do more in terms of testing and developing medicines for children are allowing companies retain the market for theres drugs without facing competition for a longer period of time. As a result, the treatments cost a lot more.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers help turn patients with rare diseases into D.C. lobbyists

Drugmakers help turn patients with rare diseases into D.C. lobbyists

National polls identify high drug prices as Americans’ No. 1 health care complaint. But these behind-the-scenes partnerships between the pharmaceutical industry and rare disease advocacy groups may work against lowering the price of high-price drugs.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons

Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons

Researchers in the U.S. and around the world, including here at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design, are developing the tools needed to quickly and safely destroy nerve agents – both in storage facilities and in the human body.

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tracking air quality block by block

Tracking air quality block by block

A local environmental advocacy group last week launched a first-of-its kind monitoring project, installing air quality sensors in the densely packed neighborhoods near this city’s port to give the people who live and work there on-the-ground readings of pollutants that can seriously injure their health.

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Allen Institute’s web portal allows you to explore stem cells in 3-D online

Allen Institute’s web portal allows you to explore stem cells in 3-D online

The Allen Institute for Cell Science today launched a website were anyone can explore the 3-D structure of human stem cells online. The site, called the Allen Cell Explorer, will provide scientists a new way to study how diverse human stem cells are structured and organized, which should provide insight into what makes human cells healthy and what […]

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
IVF has little effect on health of the child

IVF has little effect on health of the child

  By Jordana Bell, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London; Jeffrey Craig, Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and Juan Castillo-Fernandez, PhD candidate, King’s College London The rate of IVF births has risen dramatically in recent years as fertility rates continue to fall worldwide. To date, over 5m babies have been born with the help of […]

April 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women with coverage for IVF more likely to have procedure again, give birth

Women with coverage for IVF more likely to have procedure again, give birth

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Women whose health insurance covered in-vitro fertilization were more likely to repeat the procedure if necessary, boosting their likelihood of having a baby, compared with women who had to pay out-of-pocket for the pricey reproductive procedure, a new study found. The study, published this week in JAMA, analyzed the probability that […]

April 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Prescription drug costs are on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them.

Prescription drug costs are on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them.

By Bruce Horovitz and Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Laura Ries was moved to action when she saw a TV commercial that portrayed a woman enjoying time with her grandchildren after taking Lyrica, a prescription medication for diabetic nerve pain. Ries’ elderly mother suffered from just that problem. “The ad showed someone who was enjoying […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON — For the first time, research shows that a pricey new medication called Repatha not only dramatically lowers LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol,” it also reduces patients’ risk of dying or being hospitalized. Repatha, a man-made antibody also known as evolocumab, cut the combined risk of heart attack, […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News An experimental treatment — which blinded three women after stem cells from abdominal fat were injected into their eyes — was advertised on a government-run clinical trial website but lacked proper safeguards, researchers reported Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that the procedures were […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More