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Novo Nordisk to launch lower-cost, generic insulin in US

September 11, 2019

Novo Nordisk on Friday announced that it will offer generic versions of its insulin drug Novolog at 50% of the drug's current list price in the United States, making it the last of the so-called "Big Three" insulin drugmakers to offer lower-cost insulin products to U.S. consumers.

How diabetes patients are cutting their Rx costs, charted

August 23, 2019

About 13% of the nearly one in 10 U.S. adults diagnosed with diabetes did not take their medication as prescribed in 2018 because of the drug's cost, according to a CDC brief released Wednesday.

The health benefits of a single vacation day

August 19, 2019

People who use their vacation days are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to a study published in Psychology & Health.

What sugar really does to your body (and why it's so hard to kick the craving)

August 13, 2019

Numerous studies show that the regular consumption of free sugars, particularly in sweetened drinks, can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and premature death—and Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biology researcher at the University of California, says the peculiar way the body handles fructose might be a driving factor behind people's "sweet tooth."

23andMe wants your lab results. Here's what it wants to do with them.

July 24, 2019

23andMe is piloting an effort to collect more health data from its customers, including lab results, prescription information, and medical history.

Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019

FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

Employer health costs are on the rise again—leading some to reimagine their approach to insurance

June 25, 2019

Employer health care costs are expected to reach a four-year high in 2020, in part due to rising prescription drug prices—and that is prompting many employers to re-think their approach to health insurance, according to a PwC Health Research Institute report released this month.

After 60 years of progress, more middle-aged US residents are dying of heart disease. What reversed the trend?

June 25, 2019

The United States over the past century saw a 70% decline in deaths from heart attacks and strokes, but progress has stalled in recent years, and heart attack deaths now are rising among middle-aged U.S. residents.

Alexander, Murray just released updated legislation to address 'surprise' medical bills. Here's what made the cut.

June 20, 2019

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday formally introduced a wide-ranging bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would establish a benchmark provider payment rate for out-of-network services, instead of the arbitration process favored by hospital industry groups.

Why these diabetes patients are caravanning to Canada

June 19, 2019

U.S. residents increasingly are visiting Canada to purchase insulin, as costs for the diabetes treatment in the United States have spiked in recent years.

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