The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug that treats cystic fibrosis by addressing an underlying cause of the disease. But the medicine, called Kalydeco, will cost nearly $300,000 a year.
A class-action lawsuit claims Monsanto spread dioxin and other toxic substances when it made a primary ingredient for Agent Orange in West Virginia. Dioxin has been linked to cancer and other illnesses. At issue is whether Monsanto must pay millions to monitor the health of everyone in the case.
The breast cancer charity says it has stopped the grants because of a congressman's investigation into whether Planned Parenthood has used public money to provide abortions. Planned Parenthood says Komen is bowing to political bullying.
Hospitals see a huge drop in drug mistakes when doctors use a computer to write prescriptions, instead of pen and paper. Software can correct miscalculations, warn of allergic reactions and eliminate doctors' notoriously poor handwriting. But few hospitals have adopted the technology so far.
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