Panel: The FDA Desperately Needs to Review its Approach to Opioids

A panel of experts has released a comprehensive report detailing the ways in which the FDA should consider going about tackling the nation’s opioid crisis.


Medical Marijuana for Treatment of PTSD Gets Green Light in Colorado

After many failed attempts, medical marijuana is a legal treatment for PTSD in Colorado now that Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17.


California Senate Passes Bill Banning Drug Company Gifts to Doctors

A bill is on its way to the California Assembly that would ban drug companies from giving doctors gifts, such as airline tickets and lavish meals.


Getting a Second Opinion About Health Issues Could Save Your Life

A recent study says that 88 percent of people who seek opinions from different doctors about a health issue receive different or revised diagnoses.


Study Finds Pharma Reps Influence Doctor Prescription Decisions

A new study suggests that in teaching hospitals that restrict drug reps, doctors prescribe more generic drugs than branded drugs.


Top Cardiologists: Saturated Fat NOT the Cause of Heart Disease

Three of the world’s top doctors say that saturated fat does not cause heart disease, and that people are too obsessed with their cholesterol numbers.


This County Cut Sugary Drink Sales by 20% Without a Soda Tax

Howard County, Maryland cut soda and fruit sales by 20 and 15 percent, respectively, between January 2013 and December 2015 WITHOUT levying a soda tax.


Washington City Sues OxyContin Maker over Opioid Epidemic

The maker of OxyContin is being sued by the town of Everett, Washington, which wants the company to pay for its massive opioid problem.


World’s Top Medical-Ethics Body Just Installed a Corrupt President

AnIndian urologist has been inaugurated as president of a worldwide medical-ethics group, even as he faces corruption and conspiracy charges.


Thousands of U.S. Deaths from Superbugs go Unreported

Poor training, impatience, and fear of malpractice suits keeps many doctors from reporting superbug deaths to the CDC. Yes, this is a problem.


British Scientists Close to Finding a Cure for HIV

A team of British researchers may have successfully designed a new therapy that could actually wipe out the HIV/AIDS virus.


Doctors in Canada Get the Green Light to Prescribe Heroin

Doctors are now able to prescribe medical-grade heroin to severely addicted patients who haven’t been able to get clean via other methods.


Fentanyl Maker is Fighting Legal Marijuana in Arizona with Big Bucks

An embattled pharmaceutical company that manufactures fentanyl donated $500,000 to stop marijuana from being legalized in Arizona.


Study: People Save Antibiotics for Later Use, and it is Not Good

Many people in the United States hang on to leftover antibiotics and say that if they got sick, they’d use them without going to the doctor, a new study finds.


Study: Doctors’ Hand Washing Habits Putting Patients at Risk

A study found that healthcare professionals often neglect proper hygiene, and dramatically increase hand hygiene compliance when being openly evaluated.


84-Page Report Outlines 9 Ways to Beat Antibiotic Resistance

Economist Jim O’Neill has finally released a report which lays out a plan for tackling the dire problem of antimicrobial resistance.


Good News: Opioid Prescriptions Down for 1st Time in 20 Years

For the first time since OxyContin hit the market in 1996, prescriptions for opioids are down. Are doctors finally heeding government warnings?