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The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

The technology used by Facebook, Google and Amazon to turn spoken language into text, and recognize faces could help doctors combat one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals.

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

Ultimately, we believe right to try is poised to give the Trump administration a political win on a popular public policy but will do little to change the status quo for terminally ill patients. Some opponents say, if anything, it could give terminally ill patients false hope for new access to drugs they already can obtain through existing FDA policy.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
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