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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.

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.

Pediatrician weighing a patient.
Risk Factors

Obesity May Raise Kids' Asthma Risk

Could reducing childhood obesity also help reduce rates of childhood asthma? These researchers say it could.

Happy and health woman.
Risk Factors

Do You Have a Healthy Personality? Here's How to Find Out

Want to know whether your personality traits are considered healthy? Researchers at the University of California, Davis, defined what makes a healthy personality and explain that they’ve developed a test you can take to assess yours.