health & medicine
New research out of California indicates there may be a link between two powerful chemicals, trichloroethylene, or TCE, and PERC, or perchloroethylene. The research came from looking at 99 sets of twins, one with Parkinson's and one without.
Drug makers 50 years ago finally removed the drug thalidomide from the market as evidence mounted that it caused terrible birth defects, especially in Europe. But for an alert, determined FDA employee, it could have been as bad or worse in the United States.
Two governors want the federal government to "down-schedule" marijuana as a drug with approved medical uses. But the Health and Human Services administration is resisting. Opponents of down-scheduling say there are marijuana-based medications already on the market that are safe and effective.
An 8-year-old Ohio boy was taken from his parents and his home because he's overweight. He weighs nearly 200 pounds when a typical third grader weighs 60 pounds. Now the state has put him in foster care, but many are wondering if it's going to help — and if it's even right.
After 20 years being the only game in town, Pfizer, the manufacturer of Lipitor, is about to get some competition in the space for treating those with chronic high cholesterol. The patent expired Wednesday and one generic drug is ready to hit the market. Others should arrive in six months.
Romania's public healthcare system is under fire for being woefully inadequate. According to many, the poor will wait years for even basic services, doctors are leaving the profession or going overseas to practice medicine.
Late last week, the FDA ruled that Avastin could no longer be marketed as treatment for breast cancer. But Medicare and virtually all private insurance providers will continue to pay for just that use of the drug. It's a mixed message that has raised some eyebrows.
An international effort to raise money for and awareness of men's health has taken root on men's faces around the world.
The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it would consider whether President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation is constitutional — and they've booked 5.5 hours for the discussion in the spring.
Erin Curtiss, a midwife in Seattle, went to Haiti to help train more midwives. What she found, though, shocked her and disappointed her, but left her wanting to help more.