This Addiction Treatment Works. Why Is It So Underused?

An approach called contingency management rewards drug users with money and prizes for staying abstinent. But few programs offer it, in part because of moral objections to the concept.

#addiction-psychology, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #methamphetamines, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

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Voting in a Covid Pandemic: Wear a Mask and Bring Your Own Pens

A new C.D.C. report cites lessons learned from Delaware’s primary and suggests that voters could use some instruction in the right way to wear a mask.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-elections-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-machines, #your-feed-healthcare

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Two Companies Restart Virus Trials in U.S. After Safety Pauses

AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have restarted their late-stage trials after finding that serious illnesses in a few volunteers appeared not to be related to the vaccines.

#astrazeneca-plc, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #johnsonjohnson, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Experts Tell F.D.A. It Should Gather More Safety Data on Covid-19 Vaccines

In a highly anticipated meeting of the agency’s vaccine advisory board, some said that the current guidelines, which require two months of safety data after a volunteer has been vaccinated, were not enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #polls-and-public-opinion, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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The Trump Administration Shut a Vaccine Safety Office Last Year. What’s the Plan Now?

The office was dedicated to the long-term safety of vaccines. Experts say plans to track coronavirus vaccines are fragmented and “behind the eight ball.”

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The F.D.A. Wanted to Ban Some Hair Straighteners. It Never Happened.

In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales

The Justice Department announced an $8 billion settlement with the company. Members of the Sackler family will pay $225 million in civil penalties but criminal investigations continue.

#fines-penalties, #justice-department, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #purdue-pharma, #your-feed-healthcare

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How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President

After months of caving to pressures from the White House, Commissioner Stephen Hahn and a band of agency scientists have eked out a few victories.

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Antibody Treatments, Though Promising, Will Be in Short Supply

All the weak points of American health care — testing delays, communication breakdowns, inequity — are working against this potential treatment.

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N.Y. Accuses Religious Health Cost-Sharing Group of Misleading Consumers

Regulators say a major group is misrepresenting cost-sharing plans, saddling people with unpaid medical bills.

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Some Signs of Recovery From Severe Covid Lung Damage

In two early studies, researchers said some patients showed signs of healing just weeks after leaving the hospital.

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Drug May Extend A.L.S. Patients’ Lives by Several Months, Study Finds

The two-drug combination invented by college students is one of many potential therapies being tested for this paralyzing fatal condition.

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Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence

Dutch researchers say the “impact was real,” adding to hopes that doctors will learn more about factors contributing to preterm birth.

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Biden’s Covid Response Plan Draws From F.D.R.’s New Deal

Mr. Biden has staked his campaign on a more muscular federal role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But some of his big government proposals may be difficult to put into effect.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Eli Lilly’s Antibody Trial Is Paused Over Potential Safety Concern

The drugmaker’s experimental antibody treatment is similar to the one President Trump received from Regeneron.

#astrazeneca-plc, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #johnsonjohnson, #your-feed-healthcare

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The First Covid Vaccine Will Not Make Life Normal Again

Come spring, Americans may have their choice of several so-so coronavirus vaccines — with no way of knowing which one is best.

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Nevada Revokes Halt on Rapid Antigen Testing in Nursing Homes

The reversal came just hours after the federal government threatened the state, calling the prohibition on the tests “illegal.”

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Can Trump Really Speed Approval of Covid Treatments?

Emergency-use authorizations, a formerly obscure corner of regulatory law, have become a centerpiece of the government’s response to the pandemic.

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Federal Official Threatens Nevada for Halting Rapid Tests in Nursing Homes

Nevada health officials had found that two rapid tests had led to a high number of false positives in nursing home residents.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-state-relations-us, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare

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Workers With Health Insurance Face Rising Out-of-Pocket Costs

A new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows annual premiums for a family now top $21,000, and deductibles have more than doubled since 2010.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #kaiser-family-foundation, #labor-and-jobs, #your-feed-healthcare

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Nevada Halts Use of Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Nursing Homes

Two tests made by Quidel and BD repeatedly delivered false-positive results, prompting the state to stop using them.

#abbott-laboratories, #becton-dickinsonco, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #food-and-drug-administration, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #nevada, #nursing-homes, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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‘I Won’t Be Used as a Guinea Pig for White People’

Mistrust of vaccines runs deep in African-American communities. Against formidable odds, Father Paul Abernathy and his teams are trying to convince residents of Pittsburgh’s historic Black neighborhoods to volunteer for trials testing a Covid-19 shot.

#black-people, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #pittsburgh-pa, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Trump Says He’s Beaten Covid-19. Doctors Aren’t So Sure.

Mr. Trump’s physician has given an incomplete, upbeat picture of his health. Medical experts warn that the president is entering a pivotal, unpredictable phase.

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In Reversal, White House Approves Stricter Guidelines for Vaccine Makers

The guidelines make it highly unlikely that a coronavirus vaccine will be given emergency authorization by Election Day.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Kamala Harris and the Push to Cut Hosptal Bills in California

She took on the drug and hospital industry as California attorney general, seeking consumer relief from anti-competitive pricing.

#attorneys-general, #consumer-protection, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #health-affairs-journal, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sutter-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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The White House Bet on Abbott’s Rapid Tests. It Didn’t Work Out.

Federal officials relied too heavily on the tests, then took the results for granted, experts say.

#abbott-laboratories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #tests-medical, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j, #white-house-building-washington-dc, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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White House Blocks New Coronavirus Vaccine Guidelines

The F.D.A. proposed stricter guidelines for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine, but the White House chief of staff objected to provisions that would push approval past Election Day.

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‘Don’t Be Afraid of Covid,’ Trump Says, Undermining Public Health Messages

Experts were outraged by the president’s comments about a disease that has killed nearly 210,000 people in the United States.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #your-feed-healthcare

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Nearly 1/3 of Covid Patients in Study Had Altered Mental State

The hospitalized patients showed signs of deteriorating neurological function, ranging from confusion to coma-like unresponsiveness, new research indicates.

#brain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #nerves-and-nervous-system, #neurology-journal, #northwestern-memorial-healthcare, #research, #your-feed-healthcare

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Trump’s Covid Treatments Suggest a Serious Condition

Outside experts pointed to the therapies as signs that the president’s health may not be as good as his doctors said. His age, weight and gender put him at high risk.

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Will President Trump Get Antibody Treatments for Covid-19?

Regeneron and Eli Lilly wouldn’t say whether Mr. Trump would receive their experimental antibody drugs. Regeneron’s C.E.O. has known the president for years.

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Rapid Coronavirus Spit Tests Aren’t Coming Soon

You won’t be buying a rapid spit test anytime soon. But nose-swab versions might be on the way.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e25bio-inc, #orasure-technologies-inc, #research, #tests-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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Will Pfizer’s Vaccine Be Ready in October? Here’s Why That’s Unlikely.

Despite slim chances that its vaccine will be ready by October, Pfizer has big incentives to hint that it might be.

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Cats Shed More Than Dogs. The Coronavirus, Not Fur.

A new experiment confirmed that cats can spread the virus to one another, and found dogs did not shed the virus. There’s still no evidence that pets transmit it to humans.

#cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dogs, #ferrets, #pets, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-healthcare

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Studies Begin to Untangle Obesity’s Role in Covid-19

People with extra weight may struggle to mount a robust immune response to the coronavirus — and may respond poorly to a vaccine.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #obesity, #race-and-ethnicity, #vaccination-and-immunization, #weight, #your-feed-healthcare

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‘The Drug Became His Friend’: Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Deaths

In the months since the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the opioid epidemic has taken a sharp turn for the worse. More than 40 states have seen increases in overdoses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #vermont, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Deaths

In the months since the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the opioid epidemic has taken a sharp turn for the worse. More than 40 states have seen increases in overdoses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #vermont, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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Workers Face Looming Cutoffs in Health Insurance

Coverage is a major expense for employers, especially those in small businesses, as they deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout. Many may face end-of-year renewal deadlines that are harder and harder to afford.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #small-business, #supreme-court-us, #your-feed-healthcare

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As Covid-19 Looms, Some Workers Face Loss of Health Insurance

Coverage is a major expense for employers, especially those in small businesses, as they deal with the pandemic’s economic fallout. Many may face end-of-year renewal deadlines that are harder and harder to afford.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #small-business, #supreme-court-us, #your-feed-healthcare

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Obamacare Returns as Galvanizing Issue After Ginsburg Death, Barrett Nomination

The health law had slipped in voter priorities, but the Supreme Court vacancy and November arguments in a case challenging its constitutionality, have given the Affordable Care Act new urgency.

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Losing Your Hair Can Be Another Consequence of the Pandemic

Doctors are seeing a huge increase in patients who have been shedding abnormal amounts of hair, and they believe it is related to stress associated with the coronavirus.

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F.D.A. Requires Stronger Warning Label for Xanax and Similar Drugs

Benzodiazepines — commonly prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, seizures and panic disorders — are highly addictive and come with health risks, especially when combined with other drugs.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #your-feed-healthcare

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Johnson & Johnson Begins Phase 3 Trial of Covid-19 Vaccine

Unlike some of its competitors, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine does not need to be frozen and may require just one shot instead of two.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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F.D.A. to Release Stricter Guidelines for Emergency Vaccine Authorization

The new guidelines underscore the fact that a vaccine is highly unlikely before the election.

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Despite Claims, Trump Rarely Uses Wartime Law in Battle Against Covid

The president often criticized the Defense Production Act as anti-business. Now he’s campaigning on having frequently used the law to ramp up production of medical gear.

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If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean

The Affordable Care Act touches the lives of most Americans, and its abolition could have a significant effect on many millions more people than those who get their health coverage through it.

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‘This Does Not Look Good for Children’: Fires Pose Risk to Young Lungs

The wildfires blazing in the West could hinder developing lungs, worsen asthma and even lead to the condition in those who don’t have it but are genetically disposed to it.

#air-pollution, #asthma, #california, #children-and-childhood, #lungs, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #wildfires, #your-feed-healthcare

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Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

The gap between rates set for private insurers and employers vs. those by the federal government stirs the debate over a government-run health plan.

#finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rand-corp, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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The Good, the Bad and the ‘Radically Dishonest’

Lying and cheating behavior comes in several distinct flavors, a recent study found.

#cheating, #lying, #psychology-and-psychologists, #rumors-and-misinformation, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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