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EpiPen Price Gouging Affects Us All

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Skyrocketing prescription drug prices could translate into higher premiums, deductibles, even higher taxes as Medicare, Medicaid struggle to pay bills...

The Surprising Victims Of Opioid Addiction

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 08.20.2016 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Older adults are not immune to the problems of abuse and addiction, and signs point to a growing problem.

The Addiction That's Killing Women Over 50 | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Americans all over the country are becoming addicted to opioids, a class of drug that is killing them in record numbers. In fact, ...

A Story About Play And Recovery

Connor Kozlov | Posted 06.10.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Connor Kozlov

Last week a friend shared a story about a man we'll call Jeremy. Growing up with Aspergers syndrome and ADD, there wasn't much hope for him to avoid p...

Rising Prescription Pricing Has Dire Consequences

Lisa Chau | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Chau

The relentless hyperinflation of drug prices needs to end, but it won't happen without major changes in policy. Some actions or proposals have included (but are definitely not limited to):

Prescription Overkill: Are Americans Taking Too Many Pills?

AJ Agrawal | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
AJ Agrawal

Americans take pills for everything including increased energy, weight loss, pain and medical conditions. Roughly 59-percent of Americans, or 3 in 5, ...

Hawaii's Mental Health Patients Struggle To Get The Medication They Need | Posted 04.18.2016 | Hawaii

Being a state of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean carries with it many challenges, and a big one is ensuring access to critical health care ...

Do No Harm: CDC Guideline for Opioids and Chronic Pain

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Many in the United States struggle day in and day out with chronic pain. Yet while the amount of pain reported by Americans has not changed since 2000, we now see four times the amount of opioids prescribed.

Prescription Nation

Annie Negrin MD | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Annie Negrin MD

America is #1 -- that is, in terms of the number of people on prescription medications. We outrank the rest of the word in terms of how many people t...

7 Medical Conditions That Affect Women More Than Men | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM You knew that there were some illnesses that affect more women than men; breast cancer and osteoporosis, for example, are two dise...

Mom Accused Of Poisoning Son With Prescription Drugs For A Year

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 11.07.2015 | Crime

A mother is charged with poisoning her 9-year-old son for nearly a year with a toxic mix of prescription medication that she allegedly obtained from t...

Majority Of Americans Take Prescription Drugs

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living

If you pop a pill every morning for high blood pressure or inject insulin to treat diabetes, you are very much not alone. A new study finds that more ...

Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Mitigate the Destruction They Cause

Tessie Castillo | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

The pharmaceutical industry's marketing of prescription painkillers to doctors is a driving force behind the nation's current opioid addiction crisis. Given the role that the pharmaceutical industry has played in creating the crisis, they should play an equally large role in resolving it.

Are Generic Drugs As Good As The Real Thing?

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 08.28.2015 | OWN

It's one of healthcare's greatest bargains: Nearly 88 percent of prescriptions written in the U.S. in 2014 were for knock-offs of brand-name drugs, so...

Top 3 Highlights From the New CDC Report on Naloxone Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

This week the CDC released its long-awaited report on overdose prevention programs providing naloxone to laypersons. The detailed report, which surveyed 136 naloxone distribution programs nationwide, confirms some of what overdose prevention advocates already knew, but also holds a few surprises.

Should Doctors Write Exercise Prescriptions?

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

This doesn't mean physicians shouldn't write exercise prescriptions. Instead there needs to be a comprehensive approach that's not just focused on physicians. Simply writing a prescription isn't going to solve the obesity problem.

Exercise Is Medicine: An Rx for a Better America

Joe S. Moore | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe S. Moore

Doctors do hold tremendous power. The key to unleashing it lies in that critical moment when they have the rapt attention of their patients -- and importantly, within the prescription pad that only they hold.

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...

How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Nations that take far fewer drugs than we do are healthier. Why?

Dependence Through Denial and Deception: How Health Insurance Companies Keep Your Premiums High

David Belk | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

If these medications don't cost very much, if they don't cost the insurance companies anything, why the denials? And what does this tell us about the role of health insurance in our lives?

Drugmaker To End Controversial Practice

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business

* GSK scrapping doctor payments for speaking engagements * Ending sales reps' targets globally following U.S. move * Com...

6 Tips to Simplify Your Choices of Insurance on a Health Care Exchange

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Everyone is questioning what type of insurance should they pick. And they not only are confused, they also have become angry and distressed. Some even get sick thinking about how to prevent sickness. Is this logical?

Does Medicare Eliminate Waste? Not With Popular Diabetes Drugs

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Martha Rosenberg

"There can't be a medical reason that so many more patients on Medicare need brand name drugs compared to those than at the VA."

It's Time to End Trial and Error Prescriptions for Mental Illnesses

George Carpenter | Posted 02.18.2013 | Technology
George Carpenter

In recent years, U.S. physicians and entrepreneurs have seen some success with the development of a powerful set of personalized medicine tools to help give physicians some of the objective information they need.

Practice Safe Rx

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While Americans never have enjoyed access to so many pharmaceutical products with such life-sustaining and lifesaving properties, these drugs also have proven to be expensive -- prohibitively so for many -- and subject to shortages.