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Prescription drug costs are up; So are TV ads promoting them

Laura Ries was moved to action when she saw a TV commercial that portrayed a woman enjoying time with her grandchildren after taking Lyrica, a prescription medication for diabetic nerve pain. Ries’ elderly mother suffered from just that problem.<p>“The ad showed someone who was enjoying life again,” …

Medicine

Naturopath is cleared in Alberta baby’s meningitis death

The College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta has dismissed a complaint against a member who became caught up in the investigation into the death of Ezekiel Stephan, a 19-month-old boy who died in 2012 after his parents failed to get him adequate medical care.<p>The college said it dismissed the …

Alternative Medicine

A new kind of doctor's office charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine

He took some time off, then one day he got a call asking if he'd be up for doing a house call for a woman whose son was sick. He agreed, and by the end of that visit, he realized he wanted to treat patients without dealing with any of the insurance requirements.<p>Then he learned about a totally …

Health Care

Breaking Free From Fossil Fuels: Costa Rica Has Been Powered By Renewables For Over 200 Days

Costa Rica has long been a tropical hideaway, a lush paradise of incredible wildlife. It’s also one of only a few countries on this planet with …

Everything You Need to Know About Gut Health

Have you ever felt like you’re doing everything right and you still feel bad? You’re cooking healthy recipes, working out, and all-around taking care of yourself — but you still feel less than amazing? According to Dr. Prudence Hall of The Hall Center, poor gut health may be to blame. We talked …

Northwestern doctor developed website for managing the last chapter of life

At least once a day, Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist gets an urgent phone call.<p>“Mom fell and is in the hospital,” a concerned middle-aged son might report.<p>“Dad got lost with the car, and we need to stop him from driving,” a distraught middle-aged daughter may explain.<p>“We don’t know what to do.”<p>Lindquist, …

How Hospitals Kill Our Loved Ones And Conceal It

And what you can do to protect your loved ones.<p>The title above is not quite complete. The full title for this piece is: <i>How Hospitals Conspire to Kill Our Loved Ones and Conceal It Even From Themselves</i>. It was a bit too long.<p>The distinction, though, is important. This is not about a nefarious …

Medicine

How One Tech Company Is Reinventing Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is a term that is thrown around a lot these days, but what does it really mean? For PatientPop, a Santa Monica based healthcare software company, it’s about creating an environment that promotes a culture of health, morale, and camaraderie, in ways that might surprise you. In an …

Tsimané of the Bolivian Amazon have world's healthiest hearts, says study

Heart attacks and strokes are almost unknown amongst the Tsimané thanks to a high carbohydrate, low protein diet and active lifestyle, say researchers<p>A high carbohydrate diet of rice, plantain, manioc and corn, with a small amount of wild game and fish – plus around six hours’ exercise every day – …

Holistic Medicine

Monsanto isn’t feeding the world, it’s killing our children

Two new reports issue indictments of U.S. and global regulatory systems in collusion with chemical companies<p><i>“How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?”</i> —<i>Dr. Jane Goodall</i><p>Two new reports published in recent weeks add to the already large and convincing body …

Who Really Needs Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Drugs

Experts agree that high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase the risk of having a heart attack. So you might think they also agree on when …

Regulator clears naturopath in Alberta boy’s meningitis death that saw parents criminally convicted

Alberta regulators have thrown out a disciplinary complaint against the naturopath who prescribed Echinacea for a toddler suffering from a fatal …

Naturopathic Medicine

Trump voters would be among the biggest losers in Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan

Americans who swept<p>President Trumpto victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace theAffordable Care Act, according to a Times analysis of county voting and tax …

Health Care

Weight loss research says morning ravers who wake up to party at dawn might be onto something

In 16 cities across the globe, people are waking up at the crack of dawn to get their dance and fitness on. And they're doing it stone-cold sober.<p>Daybreaker, a 3-hour morning party thrown in cities including San Francisco, New York, London, and Tokyo, is part of what its creators call a "movement." …

Fitness

How U.S. Health Care Was Built by a Series of Accidents

One of the best lessons on the law of unintended consequences begins in Washington during World War II.<p>As a Republican-controlled Congress struggles to make good on its promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan is quietly pushing a revolutionary change in the way that …

Health Care

Ties to Gilead, AbbVie and BMS raise questions about hep C drug value studies

For years, Big Pharma has utilized the help of academic experts at Precision Health Economics (PHE) to carry their message that groundbreaking …

Biotechnology

Residence for city's hard-to-house slashes reliance on hospitals, EMS

'Patience and compassion for our people goes a long way'<p>A program designed to house the city's most desperate homeless people has dramatically cut …

Medical expenses rise along with life expectancy

A study published in the renowned British medical journal The Lancet, in October 2015, brought some very good news about improved health and …

Here's How Much My Miscarriage Cost—And Why I'm Sharing My Story

Janie Faville, 27, wants to remind people that miscarriages—as devastating as they can be—often come with a price tag. The Kansas City, Missouri, …

Can community projects offer a way to affordable care?

<b>With health and social care budgets feeling the squeeze, the need to find ways to care for people that are both affordable and effective is one of the country's biggest challenges.</b><p>Around the UK many attempts are being made to deliver care in different ways and here are three different approaches to …

Social Work

'Hacking for Health' prize awarded to Kenyan team in Berlin

Almost half of all Kenyans can't afford to consult a doctor when they fall sick. A team of young Kenyan IT specialists came up with a prize-winning …

Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future

<i>This piece is part of a Globe and Mail/</i>OCAD University <i>summer series highlighting</i> <i>design thinking, issues and innovation.</i> <i>Previously: There's no innovation agenda without design thinking</i><p><i>Ian Clarke is an artist, brain-cancer stem-cell scientist, urban farmer and biomimicry design researcher. He is</i> …

'Feeling full' hormone increase in seniors may explain 'anorexia of aging'

Elderly adults often experience loss of appetite, resulting in weight loss and undernutrition. Now, researchers suggest this may be down to increased …

Greenpeace sounds alarm over China's long-distance fishing fleet

China’s vast, long-distance fishing industry has expanded to more than 10 times the size of America’s and its growth is depleting fisheries and creating conflicts, according to a Greenpeace report.<p>From 2012 to 2014, the number of Chinese vessels involved in “distant water fishing” [DFW] – …

China

Cancer: Thousands surviving in UK decades after diagnosis

<b>More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive, a report by Macmillan Cancer Support has suggested.</b><p>People are twice as likely to survive for at least a decade after being diagnosed than they were at the start of the 1970s, the charity said.<p>It …

Cancer

So You Wanna Get Strong and Lose Weight? Try Working Out LESS

I do not like to exercise. I repeat, I do not like to exercise, at all. But I drag my sorry ass out of bed and do it anyway. Because I like the way …

Meat Eaters Should Have Been Listening To Vegetarians All Along

If you can't stop eating meat, at least stop wasting it.<p>Next time you throw out a half-eaten pork chop, keep in mind that you’re wasting a lot more than a dead pig.<p>Meat waste is worse for the environment than vegetable or grain waste because animal-based foods typically require more energy and emit …

Agriculture

Opinion: Independent patient advocates are another sign of two-tiered health care

The back door is open, letting pale sunlight pour into my friend’s living room.<p>My friend is lying on her couch, wrapped in blankets, wearing a bright …

Health Care

Stem cell trial suggests damaged heart tissue could be regenerated

Small-scale study that injected stem cells into patients’ hearts during surgery offers hope to those with cardiac disease<p>People suffering from heart disease have been offered hope by a new study that suggests damaged tissue could be regenerated through a stem cell treatment injected into the heart …

Medical Research