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Medical Groups Question Price of New Hep C Drug

By Matthew Perrone | Tuesday Mar 11, 2014
The high cost of an innovative hepatitis C drug that was only recently hailed as a breakthrough treatment is causing skepticism from some health care providers.

UK Seeks Public Input on Making 3-Parent Embryos

By Maria Cheng | Friday Feb 28, 2014
Britain is inviting the public to weigh in on draft rules allowing scientists to create embryos using DNA from three people -- a man and two women -- to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases.

U.S. Doctors Urge Wider Use of Cholesterol Drugs

By Marilynn Marchione | Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
The nation’s first new heart disease prevention guidelines in a decade focus more broadly on risk and moving away from specific targets for cholesterol.

DC on Fast Track to Decriminalizing Pot Possession

By Ben Nuckols | Sunday Nov 3, 2013
The D.C. Council is poised to approve a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, and Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray announced last month that he supports it. He could sign the bill into law as early as January.

California to Test Pill for HIV Prevention

Thursday Apr 19, 2012
California will test an HIV-prevention pill in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease in the state, researchers announced Tuesday.

Medical Schools Teaching Little About Gay Health

By Carla K. Johnson | Wednesday Sep 7, 2011
Future doctors aren’t learning much about the unique health needs of gays and lesbians, a survey of medical school deans suggests.

Abbott withdraws diet pill in US, Canada

Monday Oct 11, 2010
Abbott Laboratories says it is withdrawing its diet pill Meridia in the U.S. and Canada, almost a year after studies showed the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of heart disease.

Court OKs US-funded stem cell research for now

By Nedra Pickler | Wednesday Sep 29, 2010
An appeals court ruled Tuesday that government funding of embryonic stem cell research can continue for now.

Prenatal Treatment May Change Sexuality in the Womb

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Aug 16, 2010
A drug treatment for fetuses with an adrenal disorder may also prevent unborn babies from growing up to become lesbians.

Cholesterol drugs for the healthy still debatable

By Carla K. Johnson | Tuesday Jun 29, 2010
Should healthy people with low cholesterol take a pill to lower their cholesterol even more in hopes of preventing heart problems? The question is dividing heart doctors and confusing patients.