This week CVSHealth  offered $66 billion to purchase Aetna. Let that thought wash over you for just a moment; the corner pharmacy is about to buy the 3rd largest health insurance company, the largest merger of 2017.
In preparation to write my fifth and final article in the "Lessons from a Novice Marathoner" series, I looked to my friends who know much, much more about running marathons than I do.
I asked a few people I know, who have run dozens of marathons between them, to give me some last minute advice as I approach the big day. Some of the advice is practical while some is sentimental. But every single piece of advice is very good and will be very helpful come marathon day.
There is no right answer to the question "what does organic mean?" That's because it depends on who you ask, a farmer or a chemist. And even then it's not always straight-forward.
It's hardly a secret that men find women with long legs attractive. What is less obvious is that the reverse also appears to be true: Even after controlling for height, women find men with slightly longer legs than average to be more attractive.
A recent article in Newsweek would have you believe that you're being poisoned by pesticides on apples. But you're not. It's just another example of "scare by omission of dose." Nothing new here. Nothing to worry about either.
A recent report from the CDC provides targets for smoking cessation education. Overall, only about 15 percent of working adults are smoking cigarettes. But the prevalence varies by occupation, with over 20 percent of those in the construction and repair industries reporting cigarette use.
In NYC, drug stores are both ubiquitous and the main source for buying anything and almost everything.
Diapers? check. Milk? I'll pick it up on my way home. Advil? A midnight run and I'll be back home with it in five minutes. Whatever we need, the 24-hour pharmacy on the corner is the place to go.
The media often uses the words "opioid" and "opiate" interchangeably. However, there are subtle but important differences between them.
The term opioid refers to any drug that acts on opioid receptors in the brain1, resulting in a wide range of pharmacological effects, especially analgesia (stopping pain). Other common uses for these drugs are suppressing a cough and stopping diarrhea. The term opioid encompasses all drugs -- synthetic, semi-synthetic, or naturally occurring -- which act on opioid receptors.
Furans may or may not be in your food, but it gave some rats cancer when it was injected into them. Does that make it a health concern for humans? Science says no but EFSA says yes.
Philadelphia has opted to tax sugar-sweetened beverages, which, one might expect, will raise the price that consumers pay. But in the Philly airport, at least, stores that aren't in the taxation area also raised their prices.
During a panel discussion I was once asked, if I could change one thing about agriculture in Canada what would it be? My answer, I would remove labels. I would get rid of the arbitrary distinction that separates “organic” from “conventional” so we can instead focus on the bottom line: sustainability.
Like an Obama birther, the NYT's Eric Lipton will continue spouting conspiracy theories about the biotech and chemical industries despite the evidence, ensuring that his boss's wife who serves on the board of Whole Foods remains wealthy.
China may have a gigantic, looming health crisis on its hands. According to a new and startling study conducted by Yale University and Chinese researchers, more than 1 in 3 adults have high pressure – with 95 percent not receiving the proper treatment or medication for the condition, placing hundreds of millions at significant risk.
A case report of 22-month-old conjoined twins evaluated and operated on last year at Massachusetts General Hospital was published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The staff and family faced impossible choices requiring a bioethics committee's input.
Leverage. Leveraging. While these might seem like terms associated with Hollywood movies like Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps or The Wolf of Wall Street, the reality is that leveraging is an integral part of academic science and policy research in the 21st century. With fiscal demands upon governments at the state/provincial and federal levels having increased dramatically over the past 20-30 years, innovative strategies were needed to ensure that the public sector’s high level of research (not to mention quality and importance) were not sacrificed.
Few economic opportunities, poor health outcomes, and higher death rates (both natural and self-inflicted). It is difficult to overstate the severity of the crisis facing rural America.
Actor Sean Hayes of television’s Will & Grace fame disclosed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show his recent health scare. His "small intestine burst open." Learn more about gastrointestinal perforations here.
A recent report on a pilot program to increase the availability of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) underscores a current anti-doctor climate in healthcare. Undervaluing physicians and replacing them with substandard care ultimately places the patient at risk. That is unethical.
People with or recovering from pancreatic diseases may develop a third type of diabetes — formerly called diabetes 3c. But a recent English study suggests that clinicians often mis-diagnose this condition, and thus might not treat it appropriately.
If you've never had a massage, chances are that due to the activity's immense popularity someone you know has. And those who swear by massages, and how good they make them feel, often create the impression that it's an integral, indispensable component to better health.
However, when you get past the obvious – that someone kneading all of your muscles for upwards of an hour makes you feel good – specific evidence supporting beneficial health claims is hard to come by.