Are generic drugs being delayed to market by so-called “pay for delay” deals between drug companies? The deals happen after generic drug companies challenge the patents on brand-name drugs. The settlements include a date that the generic drug can enter the market, and in some cases, a payment from brand company to the generic company. Continue reading
In May, Colorado became the first state to pass a so-called ‘right to try’ law, allowing terminal patients access to experimental drugs without FDA approval — and Missouri is about to follow suit. NewsHour Weekend examines the issue by speaking with the Missouri bill’s sponsor and his daughter, who is suffering from cancer. Continue reading
Tech titans like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple already have made huge investments in artificial intelligence to deliver tailored search results and build virtual personal assistants. That approach is starting to trickle down into health care too, thanks in part to the push under the health reform law to leverage new technologies to improve outcomes and reduce costs, and to the availability of cheaper and more powerful computers. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is a lover of games played on hard courts, baseball diamonds and in 10-yard increments. His two daughters are active in sports and, like many parents with children on athletic teams, he worries about their safety.
But unlike many of those parents, Obama is uniquely positioned to help address the concerns.
At the White House on Thursday, Obama hosted a summit with representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, young athletes, researchers and others to call attention to the issue of youth sports concussions. Continue reading
First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied for congressional passage of a child nutrition law in 2010. Continue reading
The process, which is being called “emergency preservation and resuscitation,” replaces all of a patient’s blood with a cold saline solution in order to induce hypothermia and stop almost all cellular activity in the body. In the cooler body temperature, cells require less oxygen and processes slow down to give surgeons more time — up to four hours — to fix potentially fatal damage. Continue reading
For the second year in a row, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs conducted a survey of attitudes towards long-term care among those over age 40. The survey, funded by a grant from The SCAN Foundation which is also a PBS NewsHour underwriter, found that 58% – a 7% increase from last year – now favor a government-administered long-term care insurance program and 81% favor tax breaks to encourage saving for long-term care. Continue reading
A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they have a net loss on school food programs for six months in a row. Continue reading