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SCOTUS declines to hear Arizona opioid case against Sackler family

December 13, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a rare case brought by Arizona accusing members of the Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, of funneling out billions of dollars from the company before filing for bankruptcy as part of a settlement over its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save feds a net $5B—and slow down drug development

December 12, 2019


A provision in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drug pricing bill that would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate prescription drug prices would save the federal government about $456 billion from 2020-2029, but the bill would raise federal spending in other areas, according a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

FDA can regulate e-cigarettes, appeals court panel rules

December 12, 2019


An appeals court panel on Tuesday ruled that FDA is able to regulate e-cigarettes just like it does traditional cigarettes, saying the products are "indisputably highly addictive and pose health risks, especially to youth, that are not well understood."

How to break your bad habits, in 3 steps

December 12, 2019


Whether a person is trying to give up midnight snacking or surfing Instagram at work, "[b]reaking habits is hard," Judson Brewer of Brown University's Schools of Public Health & Medicine writes in Harvard Business Review—but Brewer shares three ways to overcome bad habits in one's personal and professional life.

Are hair dyes, straighteners harmful? New study shows link to breast cancer among women.

December 11, 2019


Women who use permanent hair dye or chemically straighten their hair might be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer—but cancer researchers are cautioning that the findings do not show causation and should be viewed in the appropriate context.

This doctor survived 11,000 volts of electricity. Here's how it shape his approach to medicine.

December 11, 2019


B.J. Miller, a palliative care physician at the University of California-San Francisco's Cancer Center, climbed on top of a commuter train during his sophomore year at Princeton University and was shocked with 11,000 volts of electricity—and his close brush with death inspired him to become a palliative care physician.

With opposition from industry, the future of surprise billing legislation remains uncertain

December 10, 2019


The White House on Monday expressed support for a new, bipartisan agreement to address so-called "surprise" medical bills, but the proposal's future is uncertain, as it faces opposition from the provider industry and has yet to receive an endorsement from congressional leadership.

This man has two sets of DNA. How is that possible?

December 10, 2019


Four months after Chris Long—a cancer patient from Reno, Nevada—received a bone marrow transplant, forensic scientists found that his body contained the DNA of a man who lived thousands of miles away, raising questions about how cases like Long's could change the way investigators solve crimes.

The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, mapped

December 9, 2019


The latest edition of America's Health Rankings ranks how healthy each state is overall and in a number of subcategories. See how your state fared with our interactive map.

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