Health

RSS Feed
NPR

Novartis Ruling Reverberates Past India's Borders

India's Supreme Court says drug maker Novartis can't hold onto its patent for the pricey cancer drug Gleevec simply by tweaking its chemical formula. That means generic drug makers can keep making a form of the drug at a tenth of Novartis's price. Consumer advocates call it a major advance for access to generic drugs. The drug industry says it will chill companies' willingness to produce innovative products.
NPR

New Medical School Wants To Build Ranks Of Primary Care Doctors

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., is spending $100 million to open a medical school in the fall. Its goal is to have more than 50 percent of its graduates go into primary care.
NPR

Eat Fish And Prosper?

In a 16-year study, adults age 65 and older who ate fish regularly were observed to live longer and were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. It's the latest finding to bolster doctors' recommendations that people should eat one to two servings of fatty fish per week.
NPR

Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century

Anthropologists find that the use of "emotional" words in all sorts of books has soared and dipped across the last century, roughly mirroring each era's social and economic upheavals. And psychologists say this new form of language analysis may offer a more objective view into our culture.
NPR

What's In A Name? More Drugs For Babies If It's GERD

Some pediatricians are worried that babies who spit up are being misdiagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, and that's causing parents to opt for unnecessary prescription medications. Researchers found that using the word "disease" to describe spitting up can have a powerful effect on parents.
NPR

Newark Doctor Aims To Be Education's 'Michael Jordan'

Dr. Sampson Davis had a tough upbringing in New Jersey. But then he turned his life around, went to medical school, and became an E.R. doctor. He now treats patients in the same town where he grew up. Dr. Davis talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about his new memoir, Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Task Force Weighs Changes To Mental Health Laws

A group appointed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is evaluating potential changes to mental health laws that could prevent future incidents like the Newton, Conn., shooting.

Pages