Crystal Simanek

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America's Broken Health Care System: The Role of Drug, Device Manufacturers

Health care costs are dramatically higher in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. Yet our health care outcomes – from life expectancy to infant mortality – are average at best. There is little dispute over these facts.<p>The real debate comes when we ask why. While there isn’t one single answer, …

Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus

<i>UPDATE at 4:17 p.m. Friday: Saudi Arabia has confirmed 313 cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including 92 deaths, the Ministry of Health said Friday. Of note, one of the 14 new patients caught the virus while working as a hospital receptionist.</i><p>The latest medical acronym to fear is …

2016: A Bush-Clinton rematch?

Two families, two political parties -- one family business.<p>It's hard to understate the depth of the Bush-Clinton impact on American politics. Think of it this way: For 32 years, there was either a Bush or a Clinton in the White House or the Cabinet. And in 2016, the families could be competing …

Coffee may reduce risk for type 2 diabetes

Need an excuse to drink yet another cup of coffee today? A new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes.<p>The apparent relationship between coffee and type 2 diabetes is not new. Previous studies have found that drinking a few cups or more each day …