May 30, 2010 Ever hear that large doses of Vitamin C can cure the flu? Or that gingko biloba juice can fight cholesterol? The Government Accountability Office investigated these and other claims about herbal supplements and found that many were misleading -- and that some of the supplements contained trace contaminants, such as lead or pesticides. Host Guy Raz talks about the findings with one of the authors of the GAO report, Greg Kutz, and to Bruce Silverglade, from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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May 27, 2010 Rebate checks for Medicare beneficiaries in the drug plan's coverage gap will start arriving in June.
May 27, 2010 Manhattan and Munster, Ind., top the list for growth in Medicare services provided by doctors.
May 27, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration claims the pharmaceutical giant used a contractor to buy up supplies of the painkiller, under orders not to use the word "recall" to stores.
It may be time to rethink drugs like Prilosec for mild heartburn.
May 26, 2010 Popular drugs like Nexium and Prilosec will now carry warnings about risks for bone fractures that may be linked to long-term or heavy use.
May 26, 2010 A drug called telapravir dramatically improved the cure rates for patients with hepatitis C by curbing the reproduction of the virus inside their cells.
May 25, 2010 When computers tell doctors that scans may not help diagnose patients much, the orders for the tests are often dropped.
May 23, 2010 Tomorrow night, HBO will broadcast a new documentary about the transformative effects of low-cost anti-retroviral drugs in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Eight years ago, such medication would have cost $10,000 per person, per year. Since then, global health groups and private organizations have worked to reduce that cost. Host Liane Hansen speaks to filmmaker Lance Bangs about his new documentary, The Lazarus Effect.
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May 23, 2010 After learning that her grandfather and brother suffered from a genetic disorder that they inherited from their mothers, Bonnie Rough began wondering whether she was a carrier of the disorder and might pass on that gene to her future children. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Rough about her new book, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA.
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May 21, 2010 Scientists working with mice are reporting success in using stem cells to regrow cells related to hearing loss. Three researchers join host Ira Flatow to discuss the latest adult and embryonic stem cell research news, and explain how the research may be used in humans.
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May 21, 2010 An experimental Ebola vaccine works against a recently discovered species of the virus found in Uganda. In a surprise, the protection occurs without antibodies.
May 19, 2010 Growth in children's use of prescription medicines outpaced increases for all other age groups last year, a new report says.
May 17, 2010 Whistleblowers helped the federal government get more than $9.4 million back from hospitals that allegedly billed Medicare too much for back treatments.
May 13, 2010 Placebos, or sugar pills, are one of the building blocks of good science. For decades they've played a major role in medical experiments and drug trials. In some cases, placebos work as well as or even better than the real treatments -- for things like pain, nausea, depression and Parkinson's.
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May 13, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration wants more information on a battery of tests for genes related to health that were supposed to go on sale at Walgreens this week.
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