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Opinion: National Support For ‘Red-flag’ Gun Laws Could Prevent Many Suicides
While red-flag gun laws might prevent some mass shootings, they would spare many more lives from suicide. Their impact would be greatly magnified if mental health providers were allowed to…
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Opinion: The Hidden Danger Of Letting AI Help You Find A Mental Health Therapist
Finding a mental health therapist who looks like you may sound like a good move, but choosing someone who is different has the potential to gently challenge preconceptions. That's a…
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Mental Health Apps Are Scooping Up Your Most Sensitive Data. Will You Benefit?
Mental health apps can put patients’ privacy at risk, and makers of some tools are using the data collected to create products that have nothing to do with health care.
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Amid Privacy Concerns, Startup Becomes First Consumer DNA Company To Offer Anonymous Sequencing
Nebula will offer anonymous testing amid public concerns about the privacy of genetic data and law enforcement use of public DNA databases to identify suspects.
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Opinion: Health Care Providers: Canaries In The Coal Mines Of American Society?
For hundreds of years, health care providers have been on the front lines of social change. Think Margaret Sanger, a nurse who championed women’s rights and started the organization that later became Planned Parenthood, or Max Recamier, one of the ph
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Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Plan Would Let Medicare Negotiate Prices For Up To 250 Drugs
The new legislation is more aggressive than prior concepts that had circulated among lobbyists and congressional staff this year.
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Opinion: Eliminating ‘Tensions’ In Health Care: A Litmus Test For Innovation
The challenge in applying the term innovation in health care is that the relationship between the "buyer" (patient) and the "seller" (provider) is convoluted by many other players.
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Democrats Still Have Questions About Nancy Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Plan
Nancy Pelosi has spent the week pitching her drug pricing plan to Democrats — without actually showing Democrats her drug pricing plan.
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Listen: Unicorn Growth Spurts, Amgen’s Future, & Mice On Twitter
Who puts horns on unicorns? How do graying drug companies find green ideas? And what would mice tweet? Find out on the new episode of "The Readout LOUD." Listen now:
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Trump Says It’s ‘Great To See’ Pelosi’s Drug Pricing Plan
President Trump said it was “great to see” Pelosi’s new drug pricing plan — the same one many other Republicans called “socialist” on Thursday.
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Number Of Vaping-related Illnesses In U.S. Has Spiked, CDC Says
While many of the people who have developed lung problems reported using THC — the active ingredient in cannabis — a number have said they did not vape THC.
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Opinion: Constant, Rapid Testing Is Key To Creating The ‘Learning Health System’ Of The Future
The view that health care systems of the future will be "learning health systems" is inspiring. Routine experimentation to identify what works and what doesn't is the way to make…
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Canada Investigating A Case Of Vaping-related Illness
Health officials in London, Ontario, are investigating a case of vaping-related illness in a youth who suffered severe respiratory problems that have been linked to e-cigarette use.
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Opinion: Dreamers Like Me Fill Critical Gaps In Mental Health Care. The Dream And Promise Act Will Let Us Keep Doing That
Passing the American Dream and Promise Act to give Dreamers a pathway to citizenship would benefit not just the Dreamers but also the health care system and all of the…
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Opinion: Why Didn’t Nonprofits And The NIH Require ‘Reasonable’ Pricing For Zolgensma? That May Happen In France
U.S. tax-exempt charities and the NIH should insist on reasonable pricing agreements for the medicines they help make. It's crazy that they don't.
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‘Please Know You’re Not Alone’: For Dementia Caregivers, A Place To Share With Strangers — And Be Honest
It was an indescribable relief to finally connect with someone who understood what, exactly, it was like.
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Opinion: Tech Companies’ Dangerous Practice: Using Artificial Intelligence To Mine Hidden Health Data
Like modern day alchemists turning lead into gold, tech companies use machine learning to transform our digital traces into valuable and unprotected health data.
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With Ominous TV Spots And A Senior ‘Strike Force,’ AARP Launches An All-out Attack On Pharma
AARP’s white-haired “strike force,” as the organization calls them, is on the offensive like never before.
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TV Personality Dr. Oz Is Now On The Board Of A Biotech Company
Dr. Oz, a surgeon turned Emmy-winning daytime television talk show, is now also a member of the board of a biotech company.
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Opinion: Ease Financial Toxicity By Putting Electronic Medical Records To Work
Clicking away on an electronic health record in the digital darkness of my exam room, I epitomize the moral injury of modern medicine as I systematically dispense doses of financial…
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Lasker Award Recipient Had Retracted Some Of His Work — a Sign Of Strength, Not Sloppiness
While retractions are usually seen as black marks on a career, a signal of sloppy or dishonest research, sometimes the opposite is true.
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Health Officials Are Hunting For The Culprit Behind Vaping-related Illnesses. Here Are Five Questions About The Outbreak
What’s causing it? And do all the cases represent the same illness? Those and other big, looming questions about the recent spate of vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
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Purdue Pharma Filed For Bankruptcy. What Does It Mean For Lawsuits Against The Opioid Manufacturer?
Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy. What does it mean for lawsuits against the opioid manufacturer?
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Could Editing The DNA Of Embryos With CRISPR Help Save People Who Are Already Alive?
There is a little-discussed potential application of CRISPR: tweaking its DNA of embryos to help save someone who is already alive.
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Purdue Pharma, Maker Of OxyContin And Other Drugs, Files For Bankruptcy
Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that it helped spark the opioid addiction crisis, privately held Purdue Pharma announced it had filed for bankruptcy,
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Couple Stole Trade Secrets From U.S. Children’s Hospital To Market Their Chinese Biotech, Prosecutors Say
Prosecutors say a San Diego couple stole trade secrets from a U.S. children’s hospital and then used the information to market their Chinese biotechnology firm.
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Opinion: A Dangerous View: Why It’s A Mistake For Medical Schools To Ignore Social Justice
An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal called for getting back to basics in medical school and forgoing teaching on gun violence or other social issues. The author has it…
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FDA And EMA Are Now Probing Carcinogen In Zantac And Other Heartburn Meds
At issue is NDMA, an organic chemical that was once used to make rocket fuel and is an unintended by-product of certain chemical reactions.
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An FDA Advisory Panel Is Reviewing Aimmune’s Peanut Allergy Therapy. Here’s What’s Happening
STAT's @adamfeuerstein will be watching watching a live feed of today’s FDA advisory panel to discuss a peanut allergy treatment. Follow along for updates.
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Opinion: Wider Use Of Assisted Outpatient Treatment Could Help Individuals With Mental Illness
Many states still rely on laws that require individuals to become dangerous to themselves or others before they can be treated without their consent. We need laws that that prevent…
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