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Greenwich Village plaque honors first female doctor in US

A new plaque in Greenwich Village honors Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree and the founder of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation unveiled the plaque this week at 58 Bleecker St...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:21pm

Another fallout of Hurricane Maria: A shortage of saline in mainland U.S. hospitals

The United States Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that they’re sending more equipment and crews to the island of Puerto Rico to help get the country’s aging infrastructure fixed after Hurricane Maria blasted the island in October. According to The Associated Press, more than...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:48pm

International doctors are more likely to keep patients alive, study shows

President Donald Trump’s quest to limit immigration into the United States might have an impact on health care, according to a recent study published in the BMJ. For the study, researchers from Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health found that patients under the care of foreign-born...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:38pm

Sleeping pills don't actually help you sleep, or put you to sleep at all

Imagine this scenario: You’ve been in bed since 11:00, but your mind is still racing a thousand miles a minute. You glance at the clock: It’s 1:38 a.m. and you have to be up again at 5 to make it to work on time. Forget about eight hours; you just want one hour of sleep, so you take a...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 3:49pm

Is a cure for the common cold finally coming?

First it starts with sneezing and a running nose. Then comes the cough, the congestion and watery eyes — and maybe even some chills thrown in for good measure. Yep, you’ve got a cold. Again. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that most of us suffer through two or three...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:40pm

The majority of anticancer drugs don't work, study shows

Medicine is supposed to either alleviate symptoms of a disease or help improve quality of life for those who take them, but a new study by researchers in Britain and Latvia show that most of the anticancer drugs on the market don’t do either. The study — published this month in the...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 2:32pm

Women pay $90K more than men for healthcare — and often get treated worse

The so-called “pink tax” — or the additional costs women pay for everyday products — isn’t just limited to tampons and razors. Women, per capita, pay $361,200 over their lifetimes for healthcare, compared with $268,700 for men. But better care doesn’t come with...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:14pm

Greater Philadelphia: The future of healthcare

The Greater Philadelphia region has always been a hub for the life sciences. This hub was established hundreds of years ago with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1765, it stood as the first and only medical school in the original 13 colonies of our country. In Surgeon Hall on...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 5:06am

Coded Amazon reviews show people are taking antibiotics intended for fish - yes, really

Healthcare is expensive, but is it so expensive that people are bypassing doctors altogether and opting for other health alternatives? One look into the depths of Amazon seems to show that it’s true. “How bad is American healthcare?” writer Rachel Sharp tweeted on July 30....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3:08am

You might soon be able to get your prescriptions on Amazon, too

Amazon sells everything from televisions shows to toilet paper, but there’s one thing you can’t get from the mega online retailer: prescription medication. That might soon change, according to recent reports. The ecommerce giant has toyed with the idea of selling prescriptions for...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 11:55am

Here's how your recreational drug habit is going to put you in the emergency room

In the words of Mr. Mackey on “South Park,” “Drugs are bad, mmmkay,” but when it comes to some of the most popular recreational drugs, it turns out some are worse than others. Whether or not there’s a safe way to use drugs is up for debate, but the 2017 Global Drug...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 8:35pm

Taking this common medication can increase your risk of heart attack by 50 percent

You might want to think twice before popping yet another Advil: Some common painkillers like ibuprofen can increase your chances of having a heart attack, a new study shows. Five nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (known as NSAIDs) are associated with a 20 to 50 percent increased risk of a...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:51am

What is microdosing?

Ten years ago, if you told your doctor that a notorious club drug could treat the depression your Zoloft prescription couldn't dent or quell your debilitating anxiety that Xanax didn’t quite alleviate, he'd ask if you were tripping balls. Now, he'd be impressed you'd done your...

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:15pm

A pill to replace exercise? Researchers are zeroing in

Those of you who love-just-love to exercise, feel that it makes you truly feel alive, etc. — you're great; keep it up. For the rest of us, there may soon be a pill to render unnecessary the most painful life experience besides childbirth and Chainsmokers concerts: Going to the gym. That...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:31pm

A conversation with the Boston Marathon's medical care man

A marathon is brutal on the body. From heat exhaustion to dehydration to muscle cramps and chaffing, runners get battered during those 26.2 miles. At Monday’s Boston Marathon, backaches, breakdowns and blowouts are bound to occur. To assist the 30,000 runners who will take part, the...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:42am

These states are best — and worst — for doctors: WalletHub

Health care, especially in the wake of the Republicans’ recent failure to pass their replacement for Obamacare, remains a hot topic for many Americans, but how one group is faring amid the great insurance debate seems to have fallen to the wayside: doctors. While they are among the most-...