Wednesday, March 29, 2017

F.D.A. Nominee Details Drug Industry Ties


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health F.D.A. Nominee Details Drug Industry Ties
Scott Gottlieb made millions of dollars doing work for more than 20 health care companies in the private sector. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

F.D.A. Approves First Drug to Treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health F.D.A. Approves First Drug to Treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis
The drug, Ocrevus by Genentech, can also be used to treat patients with the more common form of the disease. Read more article at hafana

Severe Eczema Drug Is Approved by F.D.A.; Price Tag Is $37,000 a Year


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Severe Eczema Drug Is Approved by F.D.A.; Price Tag Is $37,000 a Year
The drug makers Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi made a rare move, negotiating with insurers in advance over the price for Dupixent. Read more article at hafana

Monday, March 27, 2017

Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot


By MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health Addiction Specialists Ponder a Potential Aid: Pot
Some clinicians think marijuana may help ease the transition out of addiction, while critics say substituting one drug for another is no solution. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Watching My Surgeon Cut Into My Knee


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Watching My Surgeon Cut Into My Knee
A reporter finds that being operated on without general anesthesia has its benefits, but that her surgeon’s taste in music is not one of them. Read more article at hafana

Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open
More people are rejecting general anesthesia for procedures, prompting doctors to narrate their steps as they deal with alert patients asking questions. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

As Rivals Stand Silent, One Health Insurer Protests G.O.P. Plan


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health As Rivals Stand Silent, One Health Insurer Protests G.O.P. Plan
Dr. J. Mario Molina, one of the few insurance executives to criticize the House bill publicly, says it could harm insurers and patients alike. Read more article at hafana

Monday, March 20, 2017

Popular Prostate Cancer Therapy Is Short, Intense and Unproved


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Popular Prostate Cancer Therapy Is Short, Intense and Unproved
Researchers hope a study will shed some light on a cancer treatment, using radiation, that is growing in popularity and surrounded by questions. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, March 19, 2017

G.O.P.’s Health Care Tightrope Winds Through the Blue-Collar Midwest


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and JONATHAN MARTIN from NYT Health G.O.P.’s Health Care Tightrope Winds Through the Blue-Collar Midwest
Undoing and replacing the Affordable Care Act means bridging a vast gulf between the expectations of many working-class Trump voters and party orthodoxy. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trump Plan Eliminates a Global Sentinel Against Disease, Experts Warn


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Trump Plan Eliminates a Global Sentinel Against Disease, Experts Warn
The Fogarty International Center funds an worldwide network of researchers on the lookout for viral threats, many of which could reach America. Read more article at hafana

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cholesterol-Slashing Drug Can Protect High-Risk Heart Patients, Study Finds


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Cholesterol-Slashing Drug Can Protect High-Risk Heart Patients, Study Finds
Patients who took the drug, Repatha, were significantly less likely to have heart attacks or strokes, researchers concluded. But its high cost will be an issue. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells Are Injected Into Their Eyes


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Patients Lose Sight After Stem Cells Are Injected Into Their Eyes
Three women suffered severe eye damage at a Florida clinic, exposing gaps in protections for people seeking unproven treatments. Read more article at hafana

Cutting Planned Parenthood Would Increase Medicaid Births, C.B.O. Says


By KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health Cutting Planned Parenthood Would Increase Medicaid Births, C.B.O. Says
Defunding Planned Parenthood for a year would increase Medicaid spending by $21 million, and $77 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office said. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zika Warning Is Issued Over Sperm Banks in the Miami Area


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health Zika Warning Is Issued Over Sperm Banks in the Miami Area
Women who are considering trying to become pregnant should consider the possibility that sperm collected in some areas might be infected with the Zika virus, officials said. Read more article at hafana

Monday, March 13, 2017

Vaccine Makers Ranked on Pricing and Research


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Vaccine Makers Ranked on Pricing and Research
GSK and Sanofi supply the most vaccines worldwide, a Dutch foundation found, but the Serum Institute of India sells the most at a discount. Read more article at hafana

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?


By MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?
The use of smartphones and tablets has exploded over the same period that drug use has declined among American teens. Researchers say the correlation is worth exploring. Read more article at hafana

Cardiovascular Deaths Linked to Poor Dietary Choices


By STEPH YIN from NYT Health Cardiovascular Deaths Linked to Poor Dietary Choices
More than 400,000 such deaths in the United States in 2015 were linked to unhealthy eating, a new analysis has found. Many could have been prevented. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Zika Tale in a Favela


By PAM BELLUCK and TANIA FRANCO from NYT Health A Zika Tale in a Favela
A baby named Eduarda, troubled by the afflictions of Zika, lives with her parents in a Recife slum. The family lives on less than $300 a month from the government. Read more article at hafana

Want to Help Those Coping With Zika?


By Unknown Author from NYT Health Want to Help Those Coping With Zika?
Here is a list of organizations that extend aid to prople in need in Latin America, or that contribute to stopping the spread of the virus. Read more article at hafana

For Brazil’s Zika Families, a Life of Struggle and Scares


By PAM BELLUCK and TANIA FRANCO from NYT Health For Brazil’s Zika Families, a Life of Struggle and Scares
In the impoverished northeast, devoted parents live around the needs of children whose grave disabilities are only beginning to be understood. Read more article at hafana

Friday, March 10, 2017

New Guideline Will Allow First-Year Doctors to Work 24-Hour Shifts


By GINA KOLATA and JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health New Guideline Will Allow First-Year Doctors to Work 24-Hour Shifts
Until July, the current maximum shift is 16 hours for first-year residents. The maximum workload will remain 80 hours per week. Read more article at hafana

How Healthy Are You? G.O.P. Bill Would Help Employers Find Out


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health How Healthy Are You? G.O.P. Bill Would Help Employers Find Out
The bill would also significantly increase the financial penalties for employees who do not join workplace wellness programs. Read more article at hafana

Republican Health Plan Could End Insurance Coverage of Abortion


By KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health Republican Health Plan Could End Insurance Coverage of Abortion
The replacement for the Affordable Care Act would bar people from using federal tax credits to buy health insurance plans that cover abortion. Read more article at hafana

Scott Gottlieb Said to Be Trump’s Nominee for the F.D.A.


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Scott Gottlieb Said to Be Trump’s Nominee for the F.D.A.
He was a top official at the agency under George W. Bush, and has longstanding ties to the drug and biotech industries. Read more article at hafana

Pressed Into Caregiving Sooner Than Expected


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Pressed Into Caregiving Sooner Than Expected
The burdens of elder care can be particularly difficult when they come years before expected, in what researchers call “off-time events.” Read more article at hafana

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tanning Industry, Taxed Under Obama, Cheers G.O.P. Health Bill


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Tanning Industry, Taxed Under Obama, Cheers G.O.P. Health Bill
An industry that blames the Affordable Care Act for putting salons out of business looks forward to planned Republican repeal of the “tan tax.” Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

American Medical Association Opposes Republican Health Plan


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health American Medical Association Opposes Republican Health Plan
The doctors’ group, which backed the Affordable Care Act, said it was concerned that too many people would lose health coverage under the House bill. Read more article at hafana

Dr. George Blackburn, Who Worked to Help You Eat Better, Dies at 81


By SAM ROBERTS from NYT Health Dr. George Blackburn, Who Worked to Help You Eat Better, Dies at 81
Dr. Blackburn, a pre-eminent scholar on nutrition and obesity, advocated lower-fat diets and was a pioneer in developing gastric bypass surgery and nutritional liquid diets. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Millions Risk Losing Health Insurance in Republican Plan, Analysts Say


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and REED ABELSON from NYT Health Millions Risk Losing Health Insurance in Republican Plan, Analysts Say
Americans in their 50s and 60s would be especially likely to find coverage unaffordable in a system providing tax credits of $2,000 to $4,000 per year based on age Read more article at hafana

Friday, March 3, 2017

In Red-State Utah, a Surge Toward Obamacare


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health In Red-State Utah, a Surge Toward Obamacare
Despite uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act’s future, Utah had one of the biggest increases of any state in residents who signed up for its coverage this year. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Birth Defects Rise Twentyfold in Mothers With Zika, C.D.C. Says


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Birth Defects Rise Twentyfold in Mothers With Zika, C.D.C. Says
The agency estimated that 60 of every 1,000 pregnancies involved some type of severe defect caused by infections from the mosquito-borne virus. Read more article at hafana

After Scare, Air Hoses at C.D.C. Germ Lab Are Found to Be Safe


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health After Scare, Air Hoses at C.D.C. Germ Lab Are Found to Be Safe
After concerns arose about air safety at a government lab that handles deadly pathogens, tests have found no risk, officials said. Read more article at hafana

More Than 80 Percent of Patient Groups Accept Drug Industry Funds, Study Shows


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health More Than 80 Percent of Patient Groups Accept Drug Industry Funds, Study Shows
About 80 percent of the top advocacy organizations received funds from industry sources, and sometimes failed to disclose their ties publicly. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

China’s Bird Flu Surge Is a Low Epidemic Threat, W.H.O. Says


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health China’s Bird Flu Surge Is a Low Epidemic Threat, W.H.O. Says
But the virus’s division into two strains will probably force development of a second small stockpile of emergency vaccine to be introduced if the virus becomes more transmissible. Read more article at hafana