The Liberian government recommended on Saturday that survivors of Ebola practice safe sex indefinitely, until more information can be collected on the length of time the virus might remain present in body fluids including semen

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The Cost of a Cure

March 30, 2015

Medicare spent $4.5 billion last year on new, pricey medications that cure the liver disease hepatitis C. Medicare’s spending on drugs to treat hepatitis C soared more than 15 fold from 2013 to 2014 as new breakthroughs came to the market, according to previously undisclosed federal data. The drugs cure the disease, but taxpayers are footing the bill

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A Starbucks For Medicine

March 30, 2015

Company thinks it has answer for lower health costs: customer service

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The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the US

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Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine

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Liberia–U.S. partnership planning Phase 3 trial and study of Ebola survivors

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Maureen Carrigg, who lives in Wayne, Neb., was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago. Even though she says she was meticulous about staying within her insurer’s network for care, she still ended up owing $80,000 in out-of-pocket costs

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Precision medicine implies that “if you know somebody’s genes, you’ll be able to fit the treatment to them, which is reductionist,” said Zackary Berger, MD, PhD, faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Still, Berger noted in an interview, “it’s hard to be against more money for research. You don’t want to poison your own well.”

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