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Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

San Diego is experiencing a large outbreak that began last fall, and more than 400 people have gotten infected by mid-September of this year. Two-thirds of the ill people have had to be hospitalized, and unfortunately, at least 16 people have died. While hepatitis A is not an uncommon illness, an outbreak of this size is unusual.

October 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time. To many, it looks like the constant search for pleasure.

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Latest scandal too much for HHS secretary Tom Price. He’s out.

Latest scandal too much for HHS secretary Tom Price. He’s out.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday, amid controversy over his use of private jets for official and personal business.

September 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

So far, all GOP health proposals would mean more decisions, less money for states

Republicans want states to remake the health insurance marketplaces within their borders with less federal money to do it.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

Despite often-fierce industry opposition, a variety of bills are working their way through state governments. California, Nevada and New York are among those joining Maryland in passing legislation meant to undercut skyrocketing drug prices.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Years after silently combating sexual trauma, female veterans seek help

Years after silently combating sexual trauma, female veterans seek help

The research has found that the association between sexual trauma and its negative effects on health — such as cardiovascular disease, substance abuse and other physical and mental illnesses — was most pronounced among female veterans ages 45-64.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress’ cold shoulder sends shivers through community health centers

Congress’ cold shoulder sends shivers through community health centers

With four days left in the government’s fiscal year, Congress has not voted on reauthorizing billions of dollars now going to community health centers and other health programs for the 2018 budget year that starts Sunday.

September 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Will Arizona’s off-label drug law spur changes elsewhere?

Will Arizona’s off-label drug law spur changes elsewhere?

When the Food and Drug Administration gives its OK for a new drug to be sold, it specifies the diseases or conditions for which the medicine has been approved. That does not mean doctors can’t prescribe that prescription drug for other diseases and conditions. They do. All the time. And it’s perfectly legal.

September 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?

An ethical dilemma for doctors: When is it OK to prescribe opioids?

America’s opioid crisis is getting worse. The role of prescription opioids has both the medical establishment and the government justifiably worried.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

Analysis: Everyone says we must control exorbitant drug prices. So, why don’t we?

The White House has long been expected to issue an executive order on drug costs. But leaked documents show that deliberations have focused on things the industry wants, such as extending overseas patents and changing a drug-discount program for hospitals, and not so much on lowering prices.

September 25, 2017 | By | Reply More