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WATCH: What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe

Ben Goldacre | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Goldacre

2013-04-05-goldacrepullDoctors need the results of clinical trials to make informed choices, with their patients, about which treatment to use. But the best currently available evidence estimates that half of all clinical trials, for the treatments we use today, have never been published.

NYC Doctor Charged In $10M Oxycodone-Trafficking Ring

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 05.28.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — A New York City doctor was charged with running an interstate smuggling ring that trafficked $10 million worth of oxycodone across se...

Anxiety and the Working Woman's Paradox

Kate Schmier | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Kate Schmier

A couple of weeks ago, a friend emailed me about Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. "Anyone planning on reading this?" she asked my group of girlfriends, all young professionals between the ages of 28 and 30. "Book club?"

The Supreme Court and the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Laura Etherton | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Laura Etherton

Competition from generic drugs is a critical way to reduce drug prices, with a generic typically costing 85 to 90 percent less than its brand-name equivalent. But consumers wait years longer than they should to see those savings when drug companies pay to delay competition.

State Lawmakers Crack Down On So-Called 'Pill Mills'

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia's lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing p...

STOPP-ing Prescription Drug Abuse

Rep. Nick J. Rahall | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Nick J. Rahall

Every year, at least 16,000 Americans die from overdosing on prescription pain drugs, more than from heroin and cocaine combined. Preventing these deaths should be a national priority, and two measures that could help to reduce these tragedies are an excellent way to start.

Adverse Effects Attributed to Medications May Be From Food for Some People

S.Z. Berg | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

People with medical conditions such as celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or food allergies should know that they may not be sensitive or allergic to the medicine to which they reacted. Rather, their reactions may have been from the food contents in the drugs.

5 Factors to Consider Before Popping a Pill

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Medications can be lifesaving and life-improving, but they often come with risks and side effects. Many people don't know how well their kidneys are functioning, so they don't realize that they may need to make modifications to their treatment regimen.

Drugmakers Ramp Up Battle Against Massive Counterfeit Market

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business

-- More than two dozen of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have agreed to provide funding and other support to Interpol's battle against ...

Medicare Means Tested -- Who Knew?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

There's no need to debate whether the rich should be asked to shoulder more of the burden of financing Medicare because they already do. The question of the moment is how much more.

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...