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Drug costs.
Cost of Care

Drug Prices 'Work Against Patients,' Pharma Exec Admits

High Rx costs are no new thing. But pharmaceutical execs actually copping to it? It happened yesterday. In a hearing in D.C., senators grilled top executives from pharma companies about list prices of medications, some of which can be life-saving for patients.

Doctor talking to a teenage patient.
Healthy Conversations

Fewer Than Half of US Youth Discuss Sensitive Topics With Docs

Fewer than one-half of U.S. young people are discussing sensitive issues like sexual health, mental health, and gun safety with their health care providers, according to a study published in Pediatrics.

Artificial intelligence.
Diagnosis

UTI, Robot: Can AI Detect Urinary Tract Infections?

New artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to identify and help reduce UTIs, which are a common reason why people with dementia are hospitalized.

Happy woman.
Treatment

Got Anxiety? Looking on the Bright Side May Help (No, Really)

Looking for something good in a bad situation can actually be effective in reducing anxiety. And the less money you make, the more effective this tactic could be.

Scientist analyzing genetic test.
Tests

Gene Test for Cervical Cancer Is 100 Percent Effective, Researchers Say

While Pap smears and HPV tests have been fairly effective in detecting cervical cancer, a cervical cancer test based on epigenetics is basically fool-proof — and more affordable.

Neurons firing.
Prevention

Alzheimer's Disease: A Brain Cell That May Make You Susceptible

Researchers found that the excitatory neurons, or brain cells that are more likely to trigger an action, are more susceptible to a build-up of an abnormal tau protein that is believed to be linked to Alzheimer's.

Senior woman checking her phone reminders.
Technology

Can Electronic Reminders for Glaucoma Patients Help Reduce Vision Loss?

The use of electronic health record (EHR)-linked reminder systems for patients is becoming more and more common — but do patients actually find them helpful?

Doctor checking a hospital patient's vitals.
Medicaid

Hospitalizations in Homeless Americans Are Rising

In the U.S., an estimated 553,000 people per night are homeless. Among this population, hospitalizations are on the rise, according to a December 2018 study in Medical Care.

Sources of magnesium.
Supplements

Want to Regulate Your Vitamin D? Take Magnesium, Too

The benefits of vitamin D are well established — from healthy bones to a strong immune system — so it's important to have optimal levels. One way to accomplish that? Magnesium.

Anitha Shrikhande, M.D.
Doctor & Patient

One Allergist Shares the Challenges of Treating Chronic Hives

Learn about how one allergist treats chronic hives in this interview with Anitha Shrikhande, M.D.