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How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

In the past several years, advances in genome sequencing have begun to shed light on the beginnings of viral evolution, deep within individual infections. Could a single person’s flu infection tell us about how the virus changes across the world? As it turns out, a surprising amount.

July 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
As surrogacy surges, new parents seek legal protections

As surrogacy surges, new parents seek legal protections

In 2015, 2,807 babies were born through surrogacy in the U.S., up from 738 in 2004, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Women are often paid at least $30,000 to carry a baby created from the egg and sperm of others. But in many places, once the baby arrives, outdated state laws fail to answer an important question: Who are the parents?

June 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Precision Medicine: The promise vs. the reality

Precision Medicine: The promise vs. the reality

Scientists find great potential in using genetic sequencing to help direct targeted cancer therapy, but practicing oncologists see some important limitations.

June 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

Vimovo was created using two readily and cheaply available generic, or over-the-counter, medicines: naproxen, also known by the brand Aleve, and esomeprazole magnesium, also known as Nexium.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bodybuilding products can be risky, FDA warns

Bodybuilding products can be risky, FDA warns

Bodybuilding products that contain steroids or steroid-like substances are associated with potentially serious health risks, including life-threatening reactions such as kidney damage, heart attack, and stroke.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Interactive medical drones: No longer science fiction

Interactive medical drones: No longer science fiction

By combining the two technologies, drones and telemedicine, a medical supplies could be flown into a disaster area and doctor miles away could instruct a layman at the scene in how to provide rudimentary, but perhaps life-saving, medical care.

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tom Price bought drug stocks. Then he pushed pharma’s agenda in Australia.

Tom Price bought drug stocks. Then he pushed pharma’s agenda in Australia.

Price’s lobbying abroad is another example of how his work in Congress could have benefitted his investment portfolio. He traded hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of shares in health-related companies while taking action on legislation and regulations affecting the industry.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stem cells show promise – but they also have a darker side

Stem cells show promise – but they also have a darker side

While some types of stem cells are already being used in treatment – for treating diseases of the blood and leukaemia, for example, multiple sclerosis and problems in the bone, skin and eye – there’s still a lot of hype and exaggeration, with some even selling empty promises to seriously ill or injured patients.

May 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
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