No cure for Alzheimer’s disease in my lifetime

In most cases, scientists are still unsure of what causes Alzheimer’s disease. FGC / Shutterstock.com Biogen recently announced that it was abandoning its late stage drug for Alzheimer’s, aducanumab, causing investors to lose billions of dollars. They should not have been surprised. Not only have there been more than 200 failed trials for Alzheimer’s, it’s […]

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States Weigh Banning A Widely Used Pesticide Even Though EPA Won’t

Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market. The pesticide, chlorpyrifos, kills insects on contact by attacking their nervous systems. Several studies have linked prenatal exposure of chlorpyrifos to lower birth weights, lower IQs, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and […]

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Association Insurance Pushes On Despite Court Ruling

When the Trump administration in June issued rules making it easier for small employers to band together to buy health insurance, “we started looking immediately,” recalled Scott Lyon, a top executive at the Small Business Association of Michigan. Although he offered traditional small-group health insurance to his association’s employees and members, Lyon liked adding a […]

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Pain Clinics’ Doctors Needlessly Tested Hundreds Of Urine Samples, Court Records Show

A Tennessee-based chain of pain clinics that abruptly shut down last summer faces five whistleblower lawsuits accusing it of defrauding Medicare and other health insurers by billing for hundreds of unnecessary urine drug tests and other dubious health services, newly unsealed court records show. The federal suits target Tennessee-based Comprehensive Pain Specialists, also known as […]

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Americans Overwhelmingly Want Federal Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

Three-quarters of the public — including a majority of Republicans — want the federal government to protect patients from being stuck with surprise medical invoices after they are unwittingly treated by doctors or medical facilities that are out of their insurance network, a poll released Wednesday found. These unexpected bills, which can be financially crippling, […]

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Amid Opioid Prescriber Crackdown, Health Officials Reach Out To Pain Patients

[protected-iframe id=”31f0950691ddbf0df76c49e7ca63079e-7618883-99279322″ info=”https://www.npr.org/player/embed/715194105/715266732″ width=”100%” height=”250″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes last week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied on to regularly fill […]

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The Homeless Are Dying In Record Numbers On The Streets Of L.A.

A record number of homeless people — 918 last year alone — are dying across Los Angeles County, on bus benches, hillsides, railroad tracks and sidewalks. Deaths have jumped 76% in the past five years, outpacing the growth of the homeless population, according to a KHN analysis of the coroner’s data. Health officials and experts […]

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