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To Fight Obesity W.H.O. Urges Tax on Sugary Drinks

The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks to battle the growing obesity epidemic and presented new data on the beneficial health effects of such a tax. A tax on sugary drinks raising their price 20 percent would result in a proportionate reduction in consumption of such drinks, […]

EpiPen maker settles $465 million lawsuit

Sept. 21, 2016: Mylan CEO Heather Bresch holds up EpiPens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Oversight Committee hearing on EpiPen price increases.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Drugmaker Mylan will pay $465 million to settle allegations that it overbilled Medicaid for its life-saving EpiPen, ending one of the controversies over […]

Striking new study links birth control to depression

“Today in vindication,” wrote a woman on Twitter on Tuesday, summarizing the way many have received a striking new study that found those who use birth control — especially teenage girls — may be at a significantly higher risk of experiencing depression. The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, has been heralded as groundbreaking for its depth and breadth, […]

Polio-Like Disease Is on the Rise in the U.S., Causing Paralysis in Children

A polio-like disease is on the rise across the U.S., health officials reported this week. The rare condition has been documented in 24 states, with the majority of cases (90 percent) affecting children, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been monitoring cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) since 2014. “It’s something that’s […]

The 5 Most Addictive Drugs

Ranking drugs based on how addictive they are is tough work, since we all react differently to distinct substances. Nevertheless, a group of addiction experts including specialists from the Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as chemists, forensic scientists, and pharmacologists recently took a stab. Their ranking is published in the journal The Lancet. The results might surprise […]

Hacker group creates $30 DIY Epipen

In response to the corporate insanity surrounding Epipen (company Mylan purchased the rights to Epipen in 2007 and raised the prices from $57 to $318), medical hacking collective, Four Thieves Vinegar, has established a DIY version of the life-saving injector for $30. The epipen works by spring load injecting epinephrine into someone that is suffering […]