The WHO Knows Insulin Is Too Expensive. How It Plans To Drive Down The Price

Johnpeter Mwolo was 15 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His body, unable to produce the hormone critical for regulating blood sugar, would now rely on manufactured insulin. He learned to give himself the treatment — four injections a day. But as he was growing up in Tanzania, insulin was expensive and not

What Is Chronic Kidney Disease, The ‘Global Killer In Plain Sight’?

Have you ever heard of chronic kidney disease? Perhaps not. But statistics suggest rates are increasing. The condition is where the kidneys stop working as well as they should. It progresses over time and, in some cases, the kidneys can fail completely – but many people are still able to live long lives. The issue

Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills?

Every politician condemns the phenomenon of “surprise” medical bills. This week, two committees in the House are marking up new surprise billing legislation. One of the few policy proposals President Trump brought up in this week’s State of the Union address was his 2019 executive order targeting them. In the Democratic debates, candidates have railed against

Why hand washing really could slow down an epidemic

When it comes to preventing viral infections — especially those that spread via droplets from coughs and sneezes — washing the hands is always the first-line measure. Now, in the midst of the recent coronavirus outbreak, correctly washing the hands remains public health officials’ top advice when it comes to controlling infection rates. In their guidelines

Ageism negatively affects elderly health, Yale study finds

Scientists have long known that old age can bring about disease, but new research suggests old people are also susceptible to a larger force at play — ageism. According to a study from the Yale School of Public Health, age-based discrimination is linked to poor health outcomes in elderly people. The comprehensive review, which was

Targeting cancer is about to get easier – thanks to DNA sequencing

The greatest knowledge of cancer genetics yet will help advance the field of precision cancer medicine – in which the genome of a patient’s tumour is sequenced, and drugs are designed to target its vulnerabilities. Cancer is a genetic disease that occurs when mutations in DNA cause cells to divide and grow uncontrollably. Some cancer

Landmark study to transform cancer treatment

More than a thousand scientists have built the most detailed picture of cancer ever in a landmark study. They said cancer was like a 100,000-piece jigsaw, and that until today, 99% of the pieces were missing. Their studies, published in the journal Nature, provide an almost complete picture of all cancers. They could allow treatment to

Medical Breakthrough: Sponge detects deadly cancer

A new way to detect the beginnings of a potentially deadly cancer can be done in just minutes at a doctor's office. This year, 20,000 people will be told they have esophageal cancer. GERD is a chronic condition that causes acid reflux and heartburn which can be an early sign of esophageal cancer. David Brown

Lithium microdose could stop Alzheimer’s from advancing

Some recent studies in rodents have suggested that lithium may help treat Alzheimer’s disease. A new study in rats adds to this evidence, showing that a microdose of the compound can halt the progression of this neurodegenerative condition, even in its later stages. In 2017, Medical News Today reported on a study that proposed that the mood stabilizer lithium

The ‘forever chemicals’ fueling a public health crisis in drinking water

n 2002, the French multinational Saint-Gobain boosted production of chemically weatherproofed fabrics that it produced in its Merrimack, New Hampshire, plant. Soon after, serious health problems began hitting residents living near the facility. The Merrimack Citizens for Clean Water (MCCW) advocacy group says people there suffer from high levels of cancer, cardiovascular issues, autoimmune disorders,

Healthy habits ‘deliver extra disease-free decade’

Women can gain 10 and men seven years of life free of cancer, heart problems and type-2 diabetes from a healthy lifestyle, a study in the BMJ suggests. They must exercise regularly, drink in moderation only, have a healthy weight and good diet and not smoke. The US research is based on 111,000 people tracked

Americans spend more on health care but die earlier

Americans shell out far more on health care than other wealthy countries, but it's not helping them live longer lives. In the US, health care spending accounted for 16.9% of the economy in 2018, nearly twice as much the average developed nation, according to a new study released Thursday by The Commonwealth Fund. Americans spend more than

Young Workers Need Companies to Prioritize Mental Health

Nadiya Hussain is one of Britain’s most famous chefs. Since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, she has hosted or contributed to a wide variety of cooking and other popular television shows in the United Kingdom. More recently, however, she has also become known for publicizing the mental health struggles, especially with anxiety, that have

Could AI replace the finger prick blood sugar test?

Some recent reports in the media suggest that the pace of AI development is slowing down. Despite this, AI developers continue to design cutting-edge technology that promises to, someday, make daily life easier for everyone. Certain AI technologies are being tailored to improve treatments for specific health issues. For example, scientists recently developed an AI system

Blues Health Insurers Back Venture to Lower Generic Drug Prices

A group of Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers is investing $55 million in a venture that aims to offer cheaper prices to their members on generic drugs that currently have little or no competition, the companies said on Thursday. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and 18 Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurers are

The disease always gets a head start: how to handle an epidemic

A patient presents at an emergency department somewhere in the world. They are feverish and vomiting. Doctors suspect it is influenza, but they are wrong. When the outbreak of a virulent new disease such as the coronavirus is identified, the starting gun is fired on a vast, multimillion-dollar international effort to try to contain it. But nothing

Lyme disease patients fight for their lives while academics fight each other.

For patients, there is often nothing more soul-crushing than being inexplicably sick with doctor after doctor having no answers, or getting the wrong diagnosis and being led down the wrong path with the wrong drugs. But for patients with Lyme disease, either or both is common, because its every aspect has been so bitterly contested

Immune Discovery ‘May Treat All Cancer’

A newly-discovered part of our immune system could be harnessed to treat all cancers, say scientists. The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have "enormous potential". Experts

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: What we know and don’t know

The US will start screening at three airports for passengers with the mysterious, new virus originating in Wuhan, China that’s caused two deaths and dozens of people to fall sick with pneumonia. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection announced the new measure, which will

New Generics Wait Too Long To Get on Formularies, Says Trade Group

If generic drugs are supposed to be a smart cost-saving alternative for patients and health plans, why aren’t they made available more quickly on Medicare Part D formularies? That’s the key question raised in a September report by the Association for Accessible Medicines, a trade group for manufacturers of generics. It found an average lag