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Gaming a Drug Law and the Patent System

By Randy Barrett for Tarbell.org   Manufacturers find advantages in the Orphan Drug Act and intellectual property protections to keep prices high. There is clear evidence the pharmaceutical industry manipulates well-intentioned laws to increase prices and profits. We’ll use two laws as our case studies, the […]

Many Women Miss Out On Lifesaving CPR

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) — America’s hang-ups over sexuality and gender could cost women their lives when their heart suddenly stops, a new study suggests. Simply put, women suffering from cardiac arrest in a public setting are less […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during a health care rally on September 22, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Postcards From Canada: Bernie Sanders Gets Hero’s Welcome…

TORONTO — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wasn’t scheduled to come onstage to talk health care until after 11 a.m. But college students started lining up as early as 5 a.m. — the Sunday morning of Halloween weekend, no less — in the hopes of scoring […]

Sallie Cutler, left, and her mother, Alyce Cheatham, attended a 2012 luncheon for Oregon Health and Science University’s Center for Ethics in Health Care, which conducts research regarding Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Cheatham, a longtime advocate of the program, relied on instructions in her POLST form after a severe stroke in May. She died a week later at age 96. (Courtesy of Erin Grace Photography)

In Oregon, End-of-Life Wishes Are Just A Click Away

Sallie Cutler, left, and her mother, Alyce Cheatham, attended a 2012 luncheon for Oregon Health and Science University’s Center for Ethics in Health Care, which conducts research regarding Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Cheatham, a longtime advocate of the program, relied on instructions in […]

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Documentary “States Of Grace” is powerful!

Dr. Grace Dammann’s life was forever altered when a driver crashed head-on into her car on the Golden Gate Bridge. After a seven-week coma and numerous surgeries, Grace miraculously regained consciousness, with her cognitive abilities almost entirely intact, but her body left shattered and severely […]

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What Happens If You’re Forced To Switch Health Plans When You’re Sick?

Pauline Bartolone Joanna Joshua, 39, panicked when she opened a letter from her family’s insurer, Cigna, only to learn it was pulling out of California’s individual market next year. The Santa Clarita resident would have no choice but to change health plans. “What am I […]

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Liberals Strike Back… Against Single Payer

With the explosive growth of the movement for single payer healthcare, it should not be a surprise to see the Empire Strike Back.

In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. There are many ways to achieve “universal coverage,” we’re told. “Overhauling” the entire system is too hard, healthcare is too big a part of the economy, and politicians will not take out the health insurance companies.

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Scope Maker Olympus Hit With $6.6 Million Verdict In Superbug Outbreak Case

By Chad Terhune and JoNel Aleccia A jury ordered the giant medical scope maker Olympus Corp. to pay a Seattle hospital $6.6 million in damages tied to a deadly superbug outbreak — and told the hospital to pay $1 million to a deceased patient’s family. But […]