Physician, Regulate Yourself

September 12, 2019

If doctors won’t help fix the problems of health care, they shouldn’t be outraged when outsiders try to do it for them.

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Evidence-based medicine has made progress since doctors’ infamous bloodletting of George Washington, but less than you might think

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It’s launching their physicians into uncharted territory. Corner-store cannabidiol “scares the bejesus” out of Dr. Jacqueline French. French, a neurologist, tries to steer her patients away from sprinting to the neighborhood bodega to buy versions of the hemp derivative that’s better known as CBD

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Congress wants a single ALS patient to get a therapy never tested in humans. A family in Iowa believes the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether their only surviving daughter lives or dies, and they’ve been on a monthslong crusade to break through its bureaucracy. And they’re succeeding

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Cancer drugs that speed onto the market based on encouraging preliminary studies often don’t show clear benefits when more careful follow-up trials are done, according to research published Tuesday

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Some biotech companies are offering a new way to soften the shock of drug prices: Insurers pay only if the patient improves

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But that can hurt you. Few people are familiar with the term “step therapy,” but most Americans have health insurance policies that adopt it. Step therapy programs, also known as “fail first policies,” require patients to try less expensive treatments before insurers agree to pay for more costly alternatives

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Outbreaks of once-controlled diseases such as measles are rising around the world. A look at the misinformation behind the growing anti-vax movement

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