As it readies for battle with President Trump over drug prices, the pharmaceutical industry is deploying economists and health care experts from the nation’s top universities. In scholarly articles, blogs and conferences, they lend their prestige to the lobbying blitz, without always disclosing their corporate ties

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Jeantine Lunshof insists she is not the “ethics police.” It says so on the door to her closet-sized office at Harvard. She doesn’t find reasons to reflexively shut down experiments. She doesn’t snoop around for deviations from ethical guidelines. But when scientists discuss their research in the twice-weekly lab meetings she attends, “I will say, hmm, that raises some good questions,” Lunshof said

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Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment

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South Korean women will be the first in the world to have an average life expectancy above 90, a study suggests. The US also performs poorly and is on course to have the lowest life expectancy of rich countries by 2030. “[Society in the US is] very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected – it is the only country without universal health insurance.” added Prof Ezzati

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Neither truck drivers nor bankers would put up with a system like the one that influences medical residents’ schedules

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Gene-Editing Gets A Go-Ahead

February 22, 2017

Those in the know call CRISPR “one of the greatest life science inventions ever.” It has revolutionized the ability to make precise changes to human DNA, opening the door to revolutionary ways to treat disease – but also to ethical questions about engineered designer babies. This hour On Point, the brave new world of human DNA editing and CRISPR. Guests include our Jeffrey Kahn

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Our Nancy Kass writes “There are different political philosophies about the responsibilities of states regarding whether to accept refugees. While there is a political philosophy that might be called Nationalist in perspective that says, essentially, “Not my Problem,” the predominant philosophy globally is different.”

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Another bird flu is on the rampage in China. Already this winter there have been 424 cases in humans, more than a third of all those identified since the virus emerged in 2013. And it is spreading. This week it was announced that it seems poised to acquire mutations that could make it a much worse problem

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