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Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News When Donna Helen Crisp, a 59-year-old nursing professor, entered a North Carolina teaching hospital for a routine hysterectomy in 2007, she expected to come home the next day. Instead, Crisp spent weeks in a coma and underwent five surgeries to correct a near-fatal cascade of medical errors that […]

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

By Carrie Feibel, KQED Kaiser Health News In the past three years, 33 U.S. states have passed laws aimed at helping dying people get easier access to experimental treatments. Supporters say these patients are just looking for the “right to try” these treatments. Such laws may sound compassionate, but medical ethicists warn they pose worrisome […]

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

  By Andrew McGee, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia In Australia, the Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. That follows the South Australian Parliament’s decision to knock back a voluntary euthanasia bill late last year, and the issue has also cropped up […]

March 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

By Emily Kopp Kaiser Health News High-profile advocacy groups for patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV and other diseases almost always accept funding from pharmaceutical firms, and many fail to report any contributions, new research shows. At least 83 percent of the nation’s 104 largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from the drug, medical device and […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Big pharma quietly enlists leading professors to justify $1,000 per day drugs

Big pharma quietly enlists leading professors to justify $1,000 per day drugs

By Annie Waldman ProPublica Over the last three years, pharmaceutical companies have mounted a public relations blitz to tout new cures for the hepatitis C virus and persuade insurers, including government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, to cover the costs. That isn’t an easy sell, because the price of the treatments ranges from $40,000 […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Right-to-die fight hits national stage

Right-to-die fight hits national stage

By Melissa Bailey Kaiser Health News Opponents of aid-in-dying laws are claiming a small victory. They won the attention of Congress this week in their battle to stop a growing movement that allows terminally ill patients to get doctors’ prescriptions to end their lives. The Republican-led effort on Capitol Hill to overturn the District of Columbia’s […]

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
HHS pick Price made ‘brazen’ stock trades while his committee was under scrutiny

HHS pick Price made ‘brazen’ stock trades while his committee was under scrutiny

By Marisa Taylor and Christina Jewett Kaiser Health News Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Price showed little restraint in his personal stock trading during the three years that federal investigators were bearing down on a key House committee on which the Republican congressman served, a review of his financial disclosures shows. Price made […]

February 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

Should scientists ask your permission to study your blood and tissues?

The privacy debate over research with your blood and tissue – Viewpoint Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Research Investigator, Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Michigan Many people don’t realize that their leftover tissue, blood or other samples – otherwise known as “biospecimens” – taken during a visit to the doctor or hospital might be stripped of identifying information […]

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug distributors penalized for turning blind eye in opioid epidemic

Drug distributors penalized for turning blind eye in opioid epidemic

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica As the toll of the opioid epidemic grows, scores of doctors have lost their licenses and some have gone to prison. Pharmacies are being sued and shuttered. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are under investigation and face new rules from regulators. But penalties against companies that serve as middlemen between drug companies and pharmacies […]

January 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s HHS Choice: First a letter to Medicare. Then a campaign contribution.

Trump’s HHS Choice: First a letter to Medicare. Then a campaign contribution.

By Christina Jewett and Marisa Taylor Kaiser Health News Tom Price, the Georgia congressman tapped for the nation’s top health job, pressed Medicare officials on a funding change that led to a windfall for the small biotech company run by one of his top campaign contributors, according to a document released under an open records […]

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More