Sunday, August 18, 2019
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General Healthcare News

Mylan Hasn’t Just Been Price Gouging Individual Consumers – They’ve Been Screwing Medicare and Medicaid As Well

Pharmaceutical company Mylan has been facing some hard questions about its price gouging over the last few years, as it has raised the price of its EpiPen (a device used for people suffering severe allergic reactions) by some 500%. CEO Heather Bresch was grilled last week by Illinois Representative...

Why Is the U.S. Failing At Keeping Mothers Alive During Childbirth?

Despite flaunting advanced science and investments into quality of life, the United States is still woefully behind much of the developed world when it comes to keeping mothers alive during childbirth.As ProPublica notes, while other advanced nations continue to see their maternal mortality rates drop, the U.S. has seen...

Racial Disparity in Health Care: A Legacy of America’s Tragic History of Slavery

A 1995 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicated that at that time African-American women were more than three times more likely to die in childbirth than their white counterparts. That figure has not changed significantly since then. Even today, black infants are more than twice as...

3M Wins Round One in Bair Hugger Litigation, But One Ohio Plaintiff Vows to Hold Someone Accountable

“I want people to know what they did to me.” Those were the words of Cincinnati businessman Tim Hopkins, who lost his right leg to an infection he says was caused by 3M’s Bair Hugger, a surgical warming blanket used in 80 percent of U.S. hospitals. Currently, this device...
Ciguatera Poisoning

Ciguatera Poisoning – What It Is, How To Avoid It and What To Do If You Get It

It is relatively rare (approximately 50,000 cases are reported every year worldwide), but those who eat reef fish from tropical and sub-tropical waters run the risk of ciguatera poisoning. This is a biotoxin that shows up primarily in predator fish near the top of the food chain, such as...

About Time: 20 States Go After Six Big Pharma Companies Over Anti-Trust Violations

Six major drug manufacturers have been targeted in a lawsuit by twenty states' attorneys general, who are accusing them of conspiracy to “artificially inflate and manipulate prices.” These allegations are the culmination of a two-year long investigation (still continuing as of this writing) that began in Connecticut and has...

If Harry Truman Had His Way With Medicare For All Charlene Dill and Countless Others Would Still Be Alive

Medicare for all isn't a new idea, it was proposed by Harry Truman over a half century ago. Would Charlene Dill and the countless Americans like her have been able to experience those very American rights, life, liberty and the American Dream if they had access to healthcare? Thom...

Sugar: a Sweet Addiction With Serious Health Consequences

According to the American Heart Association, adult males should eat no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day. The recommended limit for women is 6 teaspoons per day, while a child’s daily consumption should not exceed 3 teaspoons. Yet on the average, Americans consume a whopping 20 teaspoons (that's over 100...

While Preventable Disease is on the Rise, “Anti-Vaxers” are Making Inroads in State Legislatures

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control reported 86 cases of measles across the country. The following year, there were 120. Between January 1st and December 29th of 2018, that number had more than tripled, to 372. The count for 2018 so far is 228 – and we're not even three...

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Stop Drugging Immigrant Children

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop dosing immigrant children held in Trump’s detention camps with psychotropic drugs. The practice has been carried out without parental consent and without the children knowing exactly what is happening, and many of these drugs come with dangerous, sometimes deadly,...