Tag: Medicine

Hepatitis C linked to higher rates of head, neck cancers

Right now, there are as many as 3.5 million people currently suffering from the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) within the United States. Most people contract the disease by sharing needles used for drugs, or through sexual transmissions and blood transfusions. Here is a scary thought: Most people who are infected have absolutely no idea, since… Read More

Turing Pharmaceuticals somehow gets even more unpopular, meet the $1 Daraprim pill

The San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals announced on Thursday that they have developed an alternative to the $750 drug Daraprim, and it will only cost about $1 per pill.   Turing Pharmaceuticals started a big controversy in September, after they increased the price of their toxoplasmosis medication Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Many were… Read More

The staggering cost of orphan drugs in the United States

Turing Pharmaceuticals faced public outrage after the company’s CEO, Martin Shkreli, raised the price of the drug Daraprim by over 5,000 percent.     Daraprim helps treat toxoplasmosis, which can be a dangerous disease to people with weak immune systems. Turing Pharmaceuticals purchased Daraprim from Impax Laboratories for $55 million in August and quickly increased the… Read More

Doctors making housecalls: New apps bring medical professionals to your door

Doctor holding a cell phone

Several startups throughout the United States are attempting to make medical care more convenient by bringing doctors to your door. Apps for your smartphone or tablet, such as Heal in Los Angeles and San Francisco or Pager in New York City, will send a physician to your residence upon request.   On-demand medical care apps… Read More

Let them eat pot: Canada legalizes all forms of medical marijuana

Cannabis oil extract

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada officially ruled that patients who were prescribed medical marijuana can legally use the drug in all of its forms.   Before the ruling, patients were only able to smoke dried marijuana, which can be problematic with some illnesses, such as lung cancer. Patients now have more options to… Read More