- Report: Drug maker was focused on profits, not patients
WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000 pill that cures the liver-wasting disease, Senate investigators said Tuesday.
- Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alternating the promise of cures for intractable diseases with anxiety about designer babies and eugenics, hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world began debating the boundaries of a revolutionary technology to edit the human genetic code.
- UN: Polio outbreak in Ukraine is a state of emergency
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The World Health Organization is urging Ukraine's health ministry to declare a state of emergency due to a polio outbreak, a move meant to prompt more action from the government in Kiev.
- Cuba imposes travel permit for doctors to limit brain drain
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government announced Tuesday that it is re-imposing a hated travel permit requirement on many doctors, requiring them to get permission to leave the country in an attempt to counter a brain drain that it blames on the United States.
- Rising cigarette taxes tied to lower infant deaths: Study
CHICAGO (AP) — When it costs more to smoke, fewer babies die, according to a new study that links rising cigarette taxes with declines in infant mortality, especially among blacks.
- Express Scripts offers low-cost alternative to Turing drug
The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager is muscling back into the debate over soaring drug costs by promoting a less-expensive alternative to a life-saving medicine with a list price of $750 per pill.
- Artist sucks up Beijing air to draw attention to air quality
BEIJING (AP) — For four hours every day, for 100 days, Chinese artist Wang Renzheng held up the attachment of an industrial vacuum cleaner to suck in Beijing's notoriously polluted air at various landmarks.
- Top carbon culprits US, China, India debate nuances of roles
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Call them the culprits of carbon.
- Officials say influential health survey needs to slim down
NEW YORK (AP) — When the government launched what would become most influential survey to monitor the nation's public health, there were just 75 questions — and 95 percent of those asked agreed to sit for it.
- From AIDS to x-rays, survey's questions covered the gamut
NEW YORK (AP) — As federal health officials work on a redesign of the National Health Interview Survey, it's interesting to look back on the clever queries that built its reputation.