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High Prices, Massive Profits, No Transparency: The U.S. Health Care System According to Steven Brill

Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Time magazine this week is out with a mammoth, 24,000-word story on the state of the U.S. health care system written by Steven Brill. According to the story, Brill spent seven months researching why health care costs so much in America.

What a Pain to Manage Pain

Karen Firestone | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Firestone

The medical profession faces the dueling challenges of addressing the acute pain that accompanies almost all medical procedures and also reducing any unintentional drug addiction.

Drug Costs For Medicare Beneficiaries Lower Under Obamacare: Report

Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Health care reform may have been suffered some bruises at the hands of Congress and the Supreme Court that could shorten its reach and Medicare may fa...

Fighting Cancer: New Uses for Old Drugs

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

Opportunities are being missed, and time and money are being wasted. We all know people who are struggling with cancer and the intense challenges of the current treatment protocols. The needs are urgent and the time to act is now.

Why Do We Take So Many Drugs?

The GypsyNesters | Posted 03.22.2013 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

We are taking way too many drugs for dubious or exaggerated ailments. What the drug companies are doing now is promoting drugs for long-term use to essentially healthy people.

Asthma and Arthritis Medications Are Drug Muggers

Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Suzy Cohen, R.Ph.

Corticosteroid treatment has been associated with many side effects. The most noted is increased loss of bone mineral density, causing a predisposition to osteoporosis.

NYPD Wants GPS Devices In Pill Bottles

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 03.17.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacie...

How She Overcome Prescription Drug Addiction (VIDEO)

Posted 04.12.2013 | Teen

Nineteen-year-old Alicia Clouse started experimenting prescription pills and marijuana when she was in the eighth grade. Eventually, the Florida teen ...

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.

Prescription Painkillers Mixed With Alcohol: A Deadly Mix

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

High schools and colleges across our nation need to be aware of this growing threat and the need to educate students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse along with excessive drinking and illegal drug abuse.

Doctor Charged With Manslaughter In Two Overdose Deaths

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — A doctor at a New York City pain clinic – already accused of writing prescriptions for a man convicted in a fatal pharmacy hold...

Zach Carter

10 Ways Obama, Congress Could Cut U.S. Budget Without Raising Income Taxes Or Slashing Entitlements

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just about every policy lawmakers are considering for a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff would involve either raising individual...

Natural Living Is in Short Supply

Yogi Cameron Alborzian | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Yogi Cameron Alborzian

When we consider many of the medicines that have been cited as being in short supply, such as injections for chemotherapy or injections inhibiting blood clotting, we are considering medications that are likely the product of a modern Western life far removed from the natural order of things.

Jeffrey Young

Patients Bill Of Rights: New Rules Spell Out Obamacare's Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.21.2012 | Business

Health insurance consumers won't be discriminated against because of pre-existing conditions, can't be charged more because of gender and will be guar...

Death By Prescription: The Danger of Overprescribing Opioids

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.20.2012 | Health News

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15,000 Americans die annually from overdosing on prescription painkillers, know...

Illegal Prescription Drugs Delivered Right To Your Door

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO -- The nation's two largest shipping companies said they are targets of a criminal probe related to their dealings with online pharmacie...

New DPA Report Highlights the Impact of the War on Drugs on Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

Daniel Robelo | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Daniel Robelo

The government response to this crisis has not only been too late; it's also been too little. For today, we must redouble our efforts to care for those who have worn the uniform, and do everything we can to prevent them from joining the growing list of the drug war's casualties.

Is Managed Care Pushing America's Deadly Opiate Addiction?

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Susana Duncan, M.D.

As I reflect on why this wave of opiate addiction is so rapidly gaining hold in America, I realize that the answer lies in the new realities of how doctors must practice to earn their livelihood.

Jeffrey Young

Drugstores Struggle To Fill Prescriptions In Areas Hard-Hit By Hurricane Sandy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.01.2012 | Business

Hundreds of drugstores across New York and New Jersey remain closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as pharmacists, corporate chains, independent ...

School Nurse Stole Kids' ADD Drugs, Replaced With Prescription Painkillers

Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

Dallas school nurse Rebecca Baily-Long is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing prescription drugs from students. Bailey-Long is ac...

Kathleen Miles

Shocking Prescription Drug Ring

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.19.2012 | Los Angeles

A federal grand jury has charged 16 defendants with running an Oxycontin trafficking operation in Southern California in a superseding indictment anno...

Demanding 'Tolerance' While Being Intolerant And Selfish Won't Achieve Equality (Or Lower Life-Saving Drug Prices)

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 12.17.2012 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

It's only the men and women I see working through non-gay equality and social-justice groups who seem to care about interests other than their own, and among LGBT-rights advocates there is an angry intolerance of anyone who isn't willing to toe the line.

How to Compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Because all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans can change their costs and coverage each calendar year, comparing plans every year during the open enrollment period (which is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7) is still the best way to ensure you don't miss out on your best deal for 2013.

The Power to Solve the Drug Overdose Crisis Is in Our Hands

Kathie Kane-Willis | Posted 12.15.2012 | Chicago
Kathie Kane-Willis

We need to make sure that we are educating our young people, our parents, our doctors, and our health care workers about heroin and opioids. We need to involve more allies in overdose prevention.

The Democratization of Health Care: The Open Formulary Movement

Gary Puckrein | Posted 10.12.2012 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

The primary concern is controlling wages while, to the disadvantage of patients and consumers, broader medical needs such as slowing disease progression or reducing acute events are subordinated.