Johnson & Johnson has appointed Arthur Caplan, a nationally known bioethicist, to create a panel that will make decisions about patients’ requests for potentially lifesaving medicine, responding to an emotional debate over whether companies should allow desperately ill people to have access to the drugs before they are approved

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A study released Monday offers some comfort, finding that when hospitals shut down, death rates and other markers of quality generally don’t worsen

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At a hospital in Kenya, Dr. David Barash remembers watching an obstetrician perform a cesarean section while at the same time instructing a nurse on how to deliver anesthesia. Then at another hospital in Nigeria, Barash saw women left unattended, lying on beds in the hallway, to recover on their own after C-sections.

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Carlton Scott thinks the court should “leave it like it is. I mean, what are people going to do? Get sick, go to the hospital [and say], ‘I don’t have insurance. Won’t you please help me anyway?’ ” It just won’t happen, he says

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Choosing between dinner and a medical test

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The Cost of Pure Water

April 14, 2015

Ghana has plenty of water. So why do its people buy plastic pouches from street vendors? Shaun Raviv investigates

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Cancer drugs are more expensive in America than anywhere else, and their cost rises every year, causing serious economic consequences for people undergoing cancer treatment. This is especially true for Americans without health insurance who, according to a research, are asked to pay from two to 43 times the price insured patients spend on the same treatments

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Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi strains programs for the poor; Texas didn’t pay for it last year

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