Medicine

It treats a rare condition called spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, which strikes about 400 babies born in the U.S. each year.
Novartis via AP
May 24, 2019 - 5:31 pm
(AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common type of the disease within a couple of years. The treatment is priced at $2.125 million. Out-of-pocket costs for...
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Taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke is associated with an increased risk of bleeding in the skull in people without a history of those conditions, according to a new report.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images via CNN
May 13, 2019 - 3:39 pm
By Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez and Sandee LaMotte, CNN (CNN) - - Taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke is associated with an increased risk of bleeding in the skull in people without a history of those conditions, according to a new report. Researchers analyzed data from 13...
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A supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds a poster of him during a rally in Urena, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.
Fernando Llano/AP Photo
February 12, 2019 - 9:48 am
By Christine Armario and Scott Smith, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent demise. Dozens of...
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FILE- In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks about proposed reforms to Medicare Part B drug pricing policies at the Brookings Institute in Washington.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File
January 31, 2019 - 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Thursday unveiled a plan to channel now-hidden prescription drug rebates directly to patients, saying it would bypass middlemen and lower prices for consumers. The proposed regulation from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar would eliminate...
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The FDA is warning of shortages of blood pressure medicines containing valsartan, losartan and irbesartan. A growing list of these drugs have been recalled because they are linked to an increased risk of cancer.
FDA via CNN
January 27, 2019 - 9:34 am
Kevin Flower, CNN (CNN) -- The US Food and Drug Administration is warning of a shortage of a class of drugs used by millions to treat high blood pressure. The drugs known as ARBs, or angiotensin II receptor blockers, contain valsartan. "Valsartan products are in shortage, and we know that other...
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CHOP Healthy Weight Program
Hadas Kuznits/KYW Newsradio
Hadas Kuznits
January 23, 2019 - 2:22 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is opening a new feature of their Food Lab program with the launch of a new program to promote nutrition and address food insecurity. "We’re calling it a 'food pharmacy,' different than a food pantry. We’re actually seeing food as...
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Doylestown Health recently added a medication disposal box in the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department lobby.
Doylestown Health
Lynne Adkins
December 25, 2018 - 4:00 am
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Your medicine cabinet is stocked with old pills and outdated liquid medications, and now is the time to clear it all out. Old or unused medications can be dangerous when they get in the wrong hands, or simply get tossed out, according to Dr. Christine Roussel,...
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MDMA
Drug Enforcment Adminstration
May 02, 2018 - 8:03 am
By Susan Scutti, CNN (CNN) -- MDMA -- the active ingredient in the banned street drug ecstasy -- is safe and enhances the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder when administered during psychotherapy, according to a new clinical trial. More research is needed to fully assess the drug, caution...
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Medical research
Hadas Kuznits
April 26, 2018 - 3:00 pm
While Israel accounts for just over .01 percent of the world population, the country is a leader when it comes to innovation. Perhaps that's why professionals here in Philadelphia are partnering with Israelis to come up with creative solutions to medical and technological problems. From the...
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