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  • Why Prescription Drug Prices Are So HighWhy Prescription Drug Prices Are So High
    The public is angry about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Surveys have shown that high drug prices rank near the top of consumers’ health care concerns. What’s not as clear is exactly why prices have been rising, and who is to blame. For the last four months, The New York Times…
  • Selfie App Detects Pancreatic Cancer by Looking Into Your EyesSelfie App Detects Pancreatic Cancer by Looking Into Your Eyes
    Smartphones have revolutionized more than just the way we communicate: we now use them to read books, pay our bills, and even monitor our health. Mobile technology has become the future of medicine with the development of apps that can detect various health problems before they become visible. Researchers at the University of Washington have […]
  • Chocolate: Daily Piece Good for HeartChocolate: Daily Piece Good for Heart
    Chocolate often gets a bad reputation for how it treats your waistline and your teeth, but a new Italian study found that a daily serving of dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil was good for participants’ heart health, and lowered their risk for cardiovascular problems down the road. Before you get too excited, […]
  • Dubious Doomsday Scenarios for Health Care Spending DebunkedDubious Doomsday Scenarios for Health Care Spending Debunked
    Fair pricing activists applauded the news earlier this month that the FDA approved another drug to cure hepatitis C. That this new medicine is cheaper and treats people quicker than the existing hepatitis C drugs goes to show how fast healthy competition can change the outlook on health spending. Not long ago, health economists were […]
  • Bernie Sanders Pharmacology Bill Would Save BillionsBernie Sanders Pharmacology Bill Would Save Billions
    Allowing Americans to purchase lower-priced medicines from other countries would save the federal government alone more than $6 billion, according to a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The report comes as the pharmaceutical industry has ramped up its lobbying — including against a legislative initiative that would let Americans purchase lower-priced medicines from […]
  • 3D Printed Heart Passes First Trials3D Printed Heart Passes First Trials
    A new 3D printer is being used to create a fully functioning artificial heart, a technology that researchers say will enable millions of people across the globe to live normal lives after suffering from heart failure.
  • Conjoined Twins Connected at Head Separated in Rare SurgeryConjoined Twins Connected at Head Separated in Rare Surgery
    After a successful operation, a pair of 10-month-old conjoined twins are now separated. The girls, Erin and Abby, were connected at the the top of their heads, a rare condition called craniopagus. But, they are now able to live separate lives thanks to a multidisciplinary team at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP). “Separating conjoined […]
  • Can This New Test Detect Dormant HIV?Can This New Test Detect Dormant HIV?
    Despite extensive efforts, there’s still no cure for HIV. Since the virus often lives dormant in cells, it’s difficult for doctors to deem a person is cured. But, a newly developed test may be sensitive enough to identify “hidden” HIV, according to research published in Nature Medicine. The scientists at the University of Pittsburgh who […]
  • Marijuana May Help Those Fighting Alzheimer’sMarijuana May Help Those Fighting Alzheimer’s
    As I’ve noted, I don’t smoke pot, but I have friends that do. Like me, they’re aging baby-boomers. Unlike me, they’re retired and don’t have to meet daily deadlines. So why the heck shouldn’t they? That question took on new urgency recently with reports that pot might play a major role in warding off Alzheimer’s […]
  • Magic Mushrooms: The Almost Safest Illegal DrugMagic Mushrooms: The Almost Safest Illegal Drug
    Just kidding, they’re illegal. Okay, so this isn’t an actual mushroom—it’s a soap bubble. But if you were high right now you’d totally think it was a mushroom. Pashminu/Wikimedia Commons Disclaimer: Popular Science does not endorse the use of illegal drugs. If you’re looking to play it safe when it comes to illicit substances, look […]

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