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Dying In Their Sleep: The Invisible Plague Attacking U.S. Soldiers

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

I came to know many military family members from the support group Home of the Brave. The group's goal is to help one another gain information and justice in the noncombat related deaths of their loved ones.

GE Ignored Omniscan Safety Advice And May Have Hid Evidence From FDA, Documents Show

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

GE Healthcare ignored the advice of its own safety experts to "proactively" restrict use of its imaging drug, Omniscan, after reports in Europe linked...

Dispelling the Lies: What Health Reform Actually Means for Seniors

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

For seniors now, Medicare is actually stronger, you can keep your same doctor, and your benefits will improve -- with no co-pay for preventative services and with a $250 rebate for the donut hole.

Worried About Popping Pills If You're a Superwoman?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

There's no doubt that prescription drug abuse is a major problem in America, and it's escalating in epic proportions. Prescription drug abuse affects men, women and teens.

Health Care Advocates: We Can't Let Up Now

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Important change does not come easily. But it marched forward in Washington on Sunday. The vote in the House of Representatives in favor of health c...

Drug Companies Shrug Off Criminal Penalties As Profits Balloon

Washington Post | David Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On the morning of Sept. 2, 2009, another Pfizer unit, Pharmacia & Upjohn, agreed to plead guilty to the same crime. This time, Pfizer executives had b...

Health Care Reform Bill: Cost, Details, Changes Released

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional Democrats have released a final version of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul bill in advance of a House vote planned for Sun...

FDA: Cautious on food safety - reckless on prescription drug safety

Sidney M. Wolfe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sidney M. Wolfe

The new guard at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has brought welcome, increased focus and action to protect people from unsafe or possibly unsa...

Health Care Discussions: Where's My Money Going?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Al did his research before his next call. "I read that Americans spend two to six times more on health care per person than other wealthy countries b...

I Feel Good

Denis Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Denis Leary

I believe in prescription drugs -- in feeling better. But I also believe if you're sitting at the blackjack table wearing an adult diaper with a fat, bloated face and a 4-hour erection, maybe it's time to slow down a bit.

Gas Odor Leads To $5 Million Drug Bust

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

FAIRVIEW, N.J. — Police investigating the source of a gas odor at a northern New Jersey home instead found thousands of pills and other prescrip...

Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy: Seventh Grader Suspended For Touching Adderall Pill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A seventh grader who touched a prescription drug pill while at school has been suspended for a week because of her school's interpretation of their ze...

Do Health Care Advances Make Us Healthier?

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

Last week's CDC report, "Health, United States, 2009" confirms that Americans are increasingly turning to medications, scans, and procedures to improve their health. Exercising, eating right, and weight loss: not so much.

Is Strattera Getting Too Easy To Prescribe For ADHD?

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Laskoff

Generally, I only write about my ADHD when there's a news 'hook'. That's because I treat my ADHD with an amphetamine based medication called Vyvanse, ...

Billy Tauzin Leaving Pharma: Top Lobbyist For Drugmakers Stepping Down

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The head of the influential trade association for drug manufacturers announced Thursday night that he is leaving his job. The deve...

Eco Etiquette: How Can I Fight Prescription Pill Pollution?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. Is there a proper way to ...

Health Care Reform Business: Expect Hospital And Insurance Mergers, Less Revenue For Drugmakers

Bloomberg | Alex Nussbaum and Meg Tirrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Insurers, drugmakers and hospitals will likely slash costs and merge companies to maneuver through a U.S. health-care landscape marked by rising medic...

Zumante Lucero, 9 Year Old Boy, Dies After State Makes Error Processing Medicaid Case

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Zumante Lucero, a 9 year-old Denver boy with asthma, died in July after a severe attack. His family had previously been on Medicaid, but was unexpect...

ReThink Interview: Cevin Soling, Director of the War On Kids

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The War On Kids, a documentary by Cevin (pronounced "Kevin") Soling, goes inside the American public school system to reveal some unsettling truths --...

More Seniors Eligible for Big Medicare Drug Subsidy

Mark Miller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Miller

The Extra Help Program - administered by the Social Security Administration - subsidizes Medicare Part D prescription drug premiums for eligible seniors. While the program isn't new, eligibility rules have changed in a way that expands availability dramatically.

Americans on Drugs

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

The number one problem doctors report about treating patients is failure to take prescription medications correctly, regardless of patient age.

A Tribute to a Friend I Never Knew

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

Perhaps it's because Brittany Murphy suffered from the same health condition or simply because she died on my birthday. Regardless, I am compelled to write a tribute I hope might save others.

Medicalization is the New Happy Hour

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Elissa Stein

We are becoming, or perhaps we now are, a society of quick fixes. Of convenience. Of taking the easy way out. Inconvenienced by periods? Sign up for Lybrel. Can't get it up anymore? Take Viagra.

Big Pharma Raises Prices 10% Even As It Promises To Cut Nation's Drug Costs

New York Times | DUFF WILSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as drug makers promise to support Washington's health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation's drug costs after the legislatio...

Ryan Grim

Doughnuts For Dorgan: Drug Reimportation Killed In Deal That Might Get Cheaper Drugs For Seniors

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama and the Senate leadership can't whip up the votes necessary to pass a public option or even a Medicare buy-in compromise, but they did...