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Health Sep 15FDA weighs whether to resume AstraZeneca vaccine trials after patient’s serious side effect
The Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to follow British regulators in resuming a coronavirus vaccine trial that was halted when a participant suffered spinal cord damage, even as the National Institutes of Health has launched an investigation of…
Health Sep 02Fauci says COVID-19 vaccine trials could end early if results are overwhelming
The nation’s top infectious disease official is confident that an independent panel will base vaccine approval on science, not politics.
Health Jun 03Rubber bullets are supposed to be ‘less than lethal,’ but they can still kill or maim
The use by police of rubber bullets has provoked outrage, as graphic images have flashed on social media showing people who have lost an eye or suffered other injuries after being hit.
Health Dec 30Are health care claims overblown about artificial intelligence?
Many health industry experts fear AI-based products won’t be able to match the hype.
Health Apr 04Why expensive, unproven stem cell treatments are a new health care trend
Critics suggest the hospitals are exploiting desperate patients and profiting from trendy but unproven treatments.
Health Jun 12Why cancer patients don’t have enough information to make decisions about their treatments
At a time when expensive new cancer treatments are proliferating rapidly, patients have more therapy choices than ever before. Yet they are largely kept in the dark because their doctors either can’t or won’t communicate clearly. Many patients compound the…
Health Jun 03As government-funded cancer research sags, scientists fear U.S. is ‘losing its edge’
Less and less of the research presented at a prominent cancer conference is supported by the National Institutes of Health, a development that some of the country’s top scientists see as a worrisome trend.
Health Jan 10One in three women may receive unnecessary mammograms, study says
The study raises the uncomfortable possibility that some women who believe their lives were saved by mammograms were actually harmed by cancer screenings that led to surgery, radiation and even chemotherapy that they didn’t need.
Health Dec 08Obama vows to sign this sweeping mental health bill Congress passed
The bill strengthens laws mandating parity for mental and physical health care and includes grants to increase the number of psychologists and psychiatrists, who are in short supply across the country.
Health Nov 21Dementia rates decline sharply among senior citizens
A new study finds that the prevalence of dementia has fallen sharply in recent years, most likely as a result of Americans’ rising educational levels and better heart health, which are both closely related to brain health.