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As states target high drug prices, pharma targets state lawmakers

As states target high drug prices, pharma targets state lawmakers

With federal officials seemingly unwilling or unable to come up with legislation to control skyrocketing drug prices, that task is increasingly moving to the states. But so is pharma muscle and money opposing the measures, regulatory disclosures and corporate filings from the last two years show.

February 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

Scientists discovered some bacteria can cut the DNA of invading viruses as a defense mechanism. They realized they could use this to cut human DNA.

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren’t My Genes Italian?

My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren’t My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You’ve sent off your awkwardly collected saliva sample, and you’re awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic “switched at birth” kind, but results that are really different from what you expected.

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Big pharma greets hundreds of ex-federal workers at the ‘revolving door’

Big pharma greets hundreds of ex-federal workers at the ‘revolving door’

Nearly 340 former congressional staffers now work for pharmaceutical companies or their lobbying firms. On the flip side, the analysis showed, more than a dozen former drug industry employees now have jobs on Capitol Hill — often on committees that handle health care policy.

January 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
States face costly conundrum: How to treat inmates with hepatitis C

States face costly conundrum: How to treat inmates with hepatitis C

In 2013, Gilead Sciences introduced Sovaldi, the first of a new generation of drugs called direct-acting antivirals that can cure hepatitis C and with fewer side effects than the previous treatments. But the excitement was dampened by the drug’s price. A full course of treatment carried an $84,000 price tag.

January 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

New test can detect eight types of cancer in a drop of blood

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

January 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

Should you get a 3-D mammogram?

A growing number of women are being asked if they want to have a three-dimensional (3-D) mammography in addiction to the standard to the two-dimensional (2-D) screening. What’s not yet clear is whether this newer, more expensive technology is better at catching cancers that are likely to kill.

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Why finding new HIV targets takes so long: Some basics about basic research

Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus(HIV) , leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the virus, significant problems remain. Why? The virus has a high mutation rate, which makes it possible for the virus to quickly develop resistance to antiretroviral therapies.

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is gene therapy? How does it work?

What is gene therapy? How does it work?

In gene therapy, scientists can do one of several things to treat a disease: They can replace a gene that causes a medical problem with one that doesn’t, add genes to help the body to fight or treat disease, or turn off genes that are causing problems.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More