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What Doctors Know and Patients Don’t

May 23, 2017
What Doctors Know and Patients Don’t

Doctors know a lot about how our health care system operates. Knowing some of what they do can make you a more informed patient and improve your own health care.

Can You Trust a New Drug?

May 9, 2017
Can You Trust a New Drug?

A new study finds that nearly 1 out of 3 drugs approved by the FDA has a safety issue after it hits the market. Why is this the case and what can be done?

Can Pregnant Women Be Trusted to Make Their Own Medical Decisions?

May 2, 2017
Can Pregnant Women Be Trusted to Make Their Own Medical Decisions?

Concerns that labeling changes on anesthesia might discourage pregnant women from getting medical procedures are unwarranted.

Who’s Responsible When a Generic Drug Kills?

April 25, 2017
Who’s Responsible When a Generic Drug Kills?

A loophole that allows generic drugmakers to avoid liability when patients experience side effects may be coming to an end thanks to a ruling in an antidepressant suicide lawsuit.

Why Drugs Should Take a Long Time to Get to Market

April 18, 2017
Why Drugs Should Take a Long Time to Get to Market

Drug companies, politicians and patient groups are clamoring for faster approval of drugs. But doing so could bring potentially harmful drugs to market.

Are Disease Advocacy Groups Industry Fronts?

April 11, 2017
Are Disease Advocacy Groups Industry Fronts?

A new study finds that many patient advocacy groups receive heavy funding from industry, creating a serious conflict of interest.

From Snip to Tear

April 5, 2017
From Snip to Tear

Episiotomies used to be a standard procedure with vaginal births. That’s changing as the procedure is seen as over-medicalization.