House Subcommittee Hears Personal Stories of the Opioid Epidemic

House Subcommittee Hears Personal Stories of the Opioid Epidemic

Brian Mendell committed suicide at age 25 because he was ashamed of his opioid addiction, despite not having used drugs in more than a year, his father told a House subcommittee Thursday as he demanded that Congress pass laws to fight the epidemic. Mendell is one of...

How can patients take hold of their health costs?

In an age of 15-minute doctor appointments, finding a chance to ask your doctor the necessary questions can be challenging. But when a $2,000 bill shows up in the mail months down the road, you’ll probably wish you had asked them.

So why is it so hard?

New season, new strain: Why a universal flu vaccine is still a long way off

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the “Spanish flu” pandemic, the 1918 global outbreak that killed an estimated 50 million people around the world. Public health has come a long way since then, so we’re not on track for anything even approaching that this year.

But though scientists and the pharmaceutical industry are working hard to develop a “universal” flu vaccine that fights the virus’ constantly changing strains – and at least two of these potential vaccines are in early-stage trials in the U.S. and Britain – it may be years before they actually become an everyday reality.

Here, we try to explain why that is.

The rise of a superbug: A crisis for many hospitals in 10 states

When she first received the samples at her lab, Anuradha Chowdhary figured it was a local problem. It was 2009, and the fungus, which had been isolated in two intensive care units in Delhi, India, couldn’t be identified by routine methods. So samples were sent to the...

Budget Compromise Provides $6 Billion to Fight Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan budget agreement reached in the Senate yesterday, which appears headed for a vote on Capitol Hill, would provide $6 billion over the next two years for opioid addiction and mental health treatment. The opioid epidemic has reached virtually...

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