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With a flagship treatment that helps fewer than 11,000 people, how is Alexion making so much money?

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Over the last 25 years, China, Ethiopia, the Maldive Islands, Peru, South Korea and Turkey had the greatest improvements in “deaths avoidable through health care at their economic level,” a complex but intriguing new measure of global mortality described last week in the Lancet

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On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who died in service to the country. In the past 5 years, a large proportion of these deaths have been suicides. Popular media often link military suicide with PTSD. However, clinicians have identified an additional cluster of symptoms that are related to both military deployment and suicide risk but do not fit the criteria for PTSD. These symptoms fit with what has been called “moral injury.”

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IBS patient Linda Buonanno knew the pills she was given contained no active drugs, yet they had an immediate effect on her condition. So can placebos play a useful medical role?

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Browse through some turn-of-the-century American cookbooks, and it’s obvious that popular tastes have changed (such as the presence of fried cornmeal mush and the absence of cilantro). But more striking than the shift in flavors and ingredients is the focus on feeding those who are sick — or, to use the parlance of the time, “cooking for invalids.”

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“I was just totally gobsmacked,” says Brendan Saloner, an addiction researcher and faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Saloner says that Price’s own Department of Health and Human Services displays information online that contradicts his comments. The HHS website includes a link to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s information page about medication-assisted treatment

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GlaxoSmithKline says it has treated a child with Strimvelis, its gene therapy for immune deficiency

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Ketamine can ease depression in hours, but researchers might have misjudged how it works

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