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Addicts' Lives Matter: Here's Why We Need a Hashtag -- and a Total Change of Attitude

Johann Hari | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Johann Hari

There will be some people reading this who shrug when members of this minority die, and say they brought it on themselves. I am talking about addicts. I would like to propose today the hashtag #AddictsLivesMatter, because we need to change how we think about them.

Pot Doesn't Even Rank in U.S. Poisonings, But Pills Do

The 420 Times | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
The 420 Times

Marijuana, that scourge of America, didn't even earn a mention in the National Poison Control Center's new research paper on poisonings in the United States.

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

You Probably Don't Know If You're Allergic To This -- And It Could Kill You

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

When people think of fatal allergy attacks, they usually think of bee stings, shellfish or peanut allergies. But a new nationwide study has found that...

REPORT: Medicare Bought Drugs For Dead People

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it drugs for the departed: A quirky bureaucratic rule led Medicare's prescription drug program to pay for costly medications ...

Is Your Doctor on Big Pharma's Dole?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

An elite few who take large sums from Big Pharma very likely sway decision making by countless other physicians, who might not even know they are getting a choreographed, yet subtle, sell-job.

Jeffrey Young

Why We Won't Have An Ebola Cure Or Vaccine For Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business

The world has known about Ebola for almost 40 years, yet there's no cure or vaccine on the market. That could change amid worldwide attention to t...

Time to Let the Sunshine In

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

While not all relationships between health care providers and drug and medical device manufacturers are problematic, the implementation of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act will help ensure that provider-industry relationships finally receive appropriate scrutiny.

The Dark Secret Haunting One In Four Teens

Posted 09.24.2014 | Teen

The ugly side of prescription painkillers—and how you could get hooked. By Elizabeth Foy Larsen The afternoon of her grandmother’s funer...

The Scary Secret He's Helping To Expose

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.19.2014 | Teen

Seventeen-year-old Cyrus Stowe saw a dangerous trend happening at his Dallas high school. His classmates were abusing prescription drugs and nobody wa...

Ryan J. Reilly

DEA Official Reportedly Accused Lawmakers Of 'Supporting Criminals' For Backing This Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Drug Enforcement Administration official reportedly accused sponsors of a prescription drug bill that unanimously passed the House...

What You Won't See in the Media Coverage of a New Weight-Loss Drug

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 11.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made headlines for its approval of another obesity drug. News outlets worked hard to translate the meaning of this story, but they left out something important: heads.

Generic Drugs Offer Seniors Big Savings

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which ...

Yagana Shah

These Common Drugs May Increase Risk For Alzheimer's

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

Users of sleep and anxiety drugs may unknowingly be increasing their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. A study published in the British Med...

Thank You, CVS Health and Walgreens

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Although national news has reported on CVS's decision to discontinue selling cigarettes, the national news should also be highlighting CVS and Walgreens in their efforts to save a life and reduce overdose deaths.

20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.

Matt Ferner

Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living

States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not, new resear...

Jeffrey Young

How Your Health Insurance Company Can Still Screw You, Despite Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business

No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But ...

Samantha Lachman

McCain And Klobuchar Want You To Be Able To Get Your (Prescription) Drugs From Canada

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have revived a congressional effort to allow individuals to import cheaper prescription drugs ...

The Pharmacologics of Exercise: Yes, Exercise Is Medicine!

Nicholas DiNubile, MD | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas DiNubile, MD

As health care is reformed in the United States, comprehensive strategies must be included to encourage more individuals of all ages to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, a cornerstone of personal health care reform.

9 Things Your Doctor Wants To Tell You

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Andrea Atkins | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Become an ace in the exam room and get more from your visits with these doctor-approved tips. Read more from Gr...

Expensive New Hepatitis C Drug Raises Alarms

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

This is a joint blog post by Leigh Purvis and Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that results from infection with the hep...

Rebuilding the Floor for Women

Kate Schmier | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Kate Schmier

I was grateful that Hillary had chosen to highlight this troubling issue -- and I wanted to know more about the decline in women's life expectancy.

Good Programs Survive Only If We Pay Attention

Howard Dean | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Howard Dean

If the public does not see that people are directly benefiting from the program, support will erode and the program's future will be in doubt. Fortunately, the enrollment success and direct patient benefits of the ACA, makes it well-suited to build long-term public support. Unfortunately, not all public health care programs are on such solid footing.

Your Partner's Low T Rx: What Women and Children Should Know and Do

John La Puma M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
John La Puma M.D.

Prescription testosterone is unnecessary and dangerous for women and children, not just most men. Very few medical prescriptions given to a man affect a female partner and family so intimately and affect desired intimacy and passion in just the wrong way.