October 31, 2011 A Food and Drug Administration analysis shows a drop in heart attacks and strokes among people taking Vytorin in the early stages of chronic kidney disease, before they need dialysis.
October 31, 2011 President Obama signed an executive order Monday afternoon to target shortages in certain prescription medications. The order instructs the FDA to address the shortages with more reporting about drug shortfalls, faster approval of new production, and added investigation of possible price gouging. It's one in a series of initiatives the White House is undertaking to highlight congressional inaction.
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A pharmacy buyer at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City holds a tray of magnesium sulfate, a drug in short supply.
October 31, 2011 The president's executive order asks companies to speed up production of key drugs when shortages occur. Companies will also be asked to report potential supply problems more often.
October 28, 2011 A study in The Lancet finds that people with Lynch syndrome, a hereditary predisposition to cancer of the digestive tract, who took aspirin twice a day for a up to 4 years were about 60 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer those who got a placebo. But
October 28, 2011 U.S. News & World Report's ratings count when it comes to marketing to prospective medical students and fundraising, med school deans acknowledge. But they take the rankings less seriously as a scientific gauge of what actually goes on at their schools.
October 28, 2011 Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins, the FBI's prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks, died before his trial in an apparent suicide, and the case is now closed. John Dankosky and guests discuss new investigations that question whether scientific evidence against Ivins was conclusive enough to hold up in court.
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October 28, 2011 A new report in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases says evidence that the flu shot offers protection in adults aged 65 years or older is lacking. Host John Dankosky and guests discuss the report, the upcoming flu season, and whether seniors should get the flu vaccine.
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October 28, 2011 For the first time since President Obama signed it into law in March 2010, more than half of those polled — 51 percent — told researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation they had an unfavorable view of the measure overhauling health care. Only 34 percent said they viewed the law favorably, a post-passage low.
October 27, 2011 Willpower will only take you so far, in case you haven't run that experiment yourself. Turns out our bodies have a fuel gauge, not entirely unlike the gas gauge in our cars, that tell us when it's time to tank up on food. Dieting can make the gauge go haywire.
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October 27, 2011 The window to change coverage plans for roughly 40 million Americans covered under the federal health plan comes early in 2011. In addition to the usual questions, the new health care law brings a number of changes, and many expect the deficit debate to further affect Medicare recipients.
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October 27, 2011 The vaccine helps protect men against anal and throat cancers that can occur after sexual activity. It may also protect women, indirectly, by reducing transmission of HPV. Public health officials have been trying since 2006 to get parents to have their daughters vaccinated, but rates remain low.
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October 27, 2011 Medicaid, the health program funded jointly by the feds and the states, was devised to cover the poor. But if a provision in last year's federal health law isn't changed, even people with pretty healthy incomes could qualify for Medicaid.
A chest X-ray of a cigarette smoker's lungs.
October 26, 2011 Yearly chest X-rays to look for lung cancer aren't worth doing because they don't save lives, according to a federally funded study. More than 150,000 people took part in the research.
President Barack Obama greets people outside the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn., on the Aug. 15, during a Midwest bus tour. The same day he said he likes the term "Obamacare."
October 26, 2011 Two nonprofit advocacy groups in Colorado are trying to take back the moniker as something to be proud of. The president has said he likes the term, which has been used derisively by opponents of the health overhaul.
October 25, 2011 Except for businesses that employ almost exclusively low-paid workers, it won't make economic sense to stop offering health coverage, an independent analysis of the financials factors finds.
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