Will greed doom Big Pharma?


At this point, one can only hope.

The recent deal announced by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to in effect leave the United States for the purpose of evading corporate taxes calls into question why Congress continues to protect this industry.

Many in Congress, particularly Republicans, have resisted efforts to permit Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate for bulk pricing for drugs Americans need. The system is broken and we’re all paying for it.

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Finally some health care sanity: End of life planning to be covered by Medicare


Sarah Palin has become a joke for most people of the years, but there was a time when her stupidity was taken seriously by millions of Americans. Probably the worst example was her popularization of the term “death panels” in response to the rational proposal to reimburse doctors for end of life planning with their patients.

Now, six years later, it appears that sanity has won out and Medicare will finally begin to cover such critical services.

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Killing Cancer using hated viruses

Can we really uses hated viruses to cure cancer? Watch this stunning documentary from Vice and see how doctors are using HIV, measles and genetically-engineered cold viruses to mark cancer cells for destruction by out immune system.

These breakthroughs have the potential to completely change how we fight cancer, in perhaps may lead to actual cures.

Ebola Hysteria

Ebola is a very serious disease and obviously a very serious public health issue. It’s something that should be taken very seriously, and as we’ve seen even the CDC makes mistakes.

But there are way too many people out there trying to gin up fear and hysteria over this issue. That includes media members trying to generate clicks or eyeballs, and politicians trying to capitalize on the fear.

The reaction to this photo is just one example. Read this article, and hopefully you’ll be able to keep calm while taking this seriously.

Soda companies finally relent

Coca Cola

In a stunning announcement today, the largest soda companies in the United States have agreed to find ways to have consumers drink less soda loaded with sugar. Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper/Snapple have entered into a voluntary agreement with the Clinton Global Initiative to cut beverage calories consumed per person in the US by 20% by 2025. This is a stunning development and it’s an acknowledgement that these beverages contribute to the obesity crisis in this country and around the world.

The approach will be through a variety of tactics, involving marketing, packaging and distribution. Of course, the companies will do this in large part by marketing low-calorie or zero-calorie beverages that they own. The trends away from sugary soft drinks have become more pronounced, though in poorer areas not much has changed. Still, by changing the sizes of soft drinks and encouraging consumption of water and low-calorie drinks, this move can have a huge impact on public health over the years.

So if you have your own bad habit of consuming sugary soft drinks every day, now is the time to stop!