Health

  • New study shows that the savings from 'tort reform' are mythical

    "Tort reform," which is usually billed as the answer to "frivolous malpractice lawsuits," has been a central plank in the Republican program for healthcare reform for decades.  The notion has lived on despite copious evidence that that the so-called defensive medicine practiced by doctors merely to…

    Los Angeles Times
  • How to rearrange your environment to lose weight

    The design of a food label, the size of a package, the name of a restaurant item: for more than two decades, Cornell professor Brian Wansink has been studying how these little things add up to shape the decisions we make about our food — and reshape our bodies. Over the years, Wansink has become…

    Vox.com
  • Drugstores, retailers dive deeper into vaccines

    Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles.CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. In fact, nearly half of all flu vaccines provided to adults are now administered in non-medical settings like…

    USA TODAY
  • Ayatollah Khamenei’s Cancer Scare

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, 75, was hospitalized for a week earlier this month following prostate surgery, and inevitably rumors surfaced that he has cancer (which may be true) and is dying (which may not be). What is certain is that Iran’s ultimate decisions on everything from…

    The Daily Beast
  • 7 facts anyone taking birth control should know

    1) Birth control pills prevent pregnancy through two different mechanisms All birth control pills use hormones to prevent pregnancy. In a way, birth control mimics the body's response to pregnancy. "There is some truth to the idea that birth control pills trick your body into thinking you're…

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  • Tanaka starts Sunday, 1st game since July injury

    Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is set to start Sunday, his first game since going on the disabled list in early July because of a partial tear in his right elbow. New York manager Joe Girardi said Friday that Tanaka is ready to face Toronto. Tanaka was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA when he made his last start…

    Associated Press
  • Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

    Editor’s note: Dr. Kaveh Safavi is the global managing director of Accenture Health. Sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States are among the more active practitioners of disease self-management. It involves, among other disciplines

    TechCrunch
  • Kings' Drew Doughty misses 1st workout with injury

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty missed the first practice of training camp Friday with an upper-body injury. Doughty was injured during an offseason workout back home in Ontario, but has skated in recent days. Kings coach Darryl Sutter wouldn't provide specific details about Doughty's…

    The Associated Press
  • Covidien Sonicision Line Expands, 3 Devices Gain FDA Nod

    Covidien plc (COV) recently announced the expansion of its Sonicision Cordless Ultrasonic Dissection Device portfolio, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (:FDA) clearance for three additional device lengths − 13 cm, 26 cm and 48 cm. Covidien

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  • Rooms with water damage may be linked to skin problem in children

    By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Water damage in living rooms or children’s bedrooms, as confirmed by infrared cameras, could be associated with worse eczema in children, says a new study. It often affects children, especially during the first year of life.

    Reuters
  • Suicide Contagion: How the Media Can Help Fight It (Op-Ed)

    Brian Dyak is president, CEO and co-founder of the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), and executive producer of EICnetwork.tv. Dyak contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. It is an extremely powerful force in American culture, one that creates awareness and…

    LiveScience.com
  • Doctors wanted to extend life. Instead they extended death.

    In a powerful essay for the Atlantic, Ezekiel Emanuel, head of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Pennsylvania University, says that he hopes to die at age 75. Ezra Klein: You hold two positions here that seem to be in tension with each other. On the other hand, you are loudly…

    Vox.com
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  • Ignorance Kills

    We learned recently that eight health care workers combating the Ebola epidemic were killed by an angry mob who believed the doctors and nurses were infecting people with the virus. The population most in need of help murdered the only people who could

    Huffington Post
  • NFL releases details of new drug policy

    DUI and PED discipline has been ramped up, and marijuana policy is more lax. The NFL and NFLPA passed a new drug policy earlier this week, but it was not until Friday afternoon, after the release of joint statement between the league and its players union, that we saw the details of the new…

    SB Nation
  • Bristol-Myers' (BMY) Yervoy Label Expanded in Canada

    Yervoy is one of the most promising drugs in Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMY) portfolio. Metastatic melanoma is the most severe form of skin cancer. Yervoy is now approved in more than 40 countries across the globe.

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  • Salix' s Xifaxan 550 sNDA Under Review, Response by Feb 28

    Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.’s (SLXP) supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for Xifaxan 550 has been accepted for review by the FDA. The company is looking to expand the use of Xifaxan 550 for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea

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  • DOH Chronicles: Imminent Health Hazard Shuts Down Shaanxi Gourmet

    Shaanxi Gourmet [Photo] Shaanxi Gourmet, the Chinese restaurant that was a food critic darling last year, was shut down by the Southern Nevada Health District on Sept. 16 with an imminent health hazard coupled with 39 demerits. SNHD inspectors found

    Eater Vegas
  • Eli Lilly's Trulicity Approved by FDA for Type II Diabetes

    Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) received good news when the FDA approved its new injectable diabetes treatment, Trulicity, for adults suffering from type II diabetes. Trulicity, a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor, has been approved as an adjunct

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