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When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

When study cast doubt on heart pill, the drug company turned to Tom Price

By Robert Faturechi ProPublica, Jan. 19, 2017 The $3 pill known as BiDil was already a difficult sell when a Georgia-based pharmaceutical company bought the marketing rights a few years ago. A treatment for African Americans suffering from heart failure, BiDil had never really caught on, forcing the drug company that developed it to take […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
A dying man’s wish to save others hits hospital ethics hurdle

A dying man’s wish to save others hits hospital ethics hurdle

By Karen Shakerdge, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News At 44 years old, Dave Adox was facing the end of his two year battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He needed a ventilator to breathe and couldn’t move any part of his body, except his eyes. Once he started to struggle […]

January 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
A low-price drug cocktail will reduce death with dignity cost in Colorado

A low-price drug cocktail will reduce death with dignity cost in Colorado

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News As Colorado’s aid-in-dying law takes effect this month, proponents say they’ll make sure terminally-ill patients have access to a new, affordable drug concoction that will avoid the $3,000 cost of a common lethal sedative that has skyrocketed in price. Officials with Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group, are reaching […]

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cryonics: hype, hope or hell?

Cryonics: hype, hope or hell?

By Neera Bhatia, Deakin University and Julian Savulescu University of Oxford A 14-year-old dying girl has won the right to have her body cryonically preserved immediately after she died, according to a recent UK High Court decision. The girl, known as JS, hoped that sometime in the future, when doctors found a cure for her cancer, […]

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification

The next frontier in reproductive tourism? Genetic modification

By Rosa Castro Postdoctoral Associate in Science and Society Duke University The birth of the first baby born using a technique called mitochondrial replacement, which uses DNA from three people to “correct” an inherited genetic mutation, was announced on Sept. 27. Mitochondrial replacement or donation allows women who carry mitochondrial diseases to avoid passing them on to […]

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Will a study save victims of violence or gamble with their lives?

Will a study save victims of violence or gamble with their lives?

By Aaron Moselle, WHYY Kaiser Health News Dr. Zoe Maher has never been busier. In addition to being a trauma surgeon and a new mom, she’s spent the last year and a half talking to hospital patients and community groups across Philadelphia about a study she’s confident will save more adult gunshot and stab wound […]

October 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

By Marshall Allen ProPublica Almost two decades ago Dr. Lars Aanning sat on the witness stand in a medical malpractice trial and faced a dilemma. The South Dakota surgeon had been called to vouch for the expertise of one of his partners whose patient had suffered a stroke and permanent disability after an operation. The […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

By Jessica Huseman ProPublica Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are continuing to pay doctors as promotional speakers and expert advisers even after they’ve been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica. One such company is medical device maker Stryker Corp. In June 2015, New York’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct accused orthopedic […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died — and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family. Should she apologize? How much […]

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Explainer: what is gene doping – and will any athletes at Rio 2016 have tried it?

Explainer: what is gene doping – and will any athletes at Rio 2016 have tried it?

Colin Moran Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition, University of Stirling TheConversation.com Gene doping is simply gene therapy in people who don’t need it. The aim of gene therapy is to permanently cure sick individuals of their conditions by altering their genetic makeup. The aim of gene doping, meanwhile, is to artificially enhance an individual – […]

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More