Richard Knox en WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C Authors of the first-ever global guidelines for treating hepatitis C went big Tuesday, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world.<p>The <a href="">new guidelines</a> from the World Health Organization give strong endorsement to the two newest drugs. Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week course of treatment. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Richard Knox 58085 at Cholesterol Guidelines Could Mean Statins For Half Of Adults Over 40 When sweeping new advice on preventing heart attacks and strokes came out last November, it wasn't clear how many more Americans should be taking daily statin pills to lower their risk.<p>A <a href="">new analysis</a> provides an answer: a whole lot. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Richard Knox 56586 at Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.<p>"We should have been doing a lot more research to find out just how useful it is, how it affects the brain, et cetera, et cetera," according to <a href="">Dr. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Richard Knox 55042 at Deadly MERS Virus Circulates Among Arabian Camels Scientists have gotten close to pinning down the origin of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a dangerous respiratory disease that emerged in Saudi Arabia 17 months ago.<p>It turns out the MERS virus has been circulating in Arabian camels for more than two decades, scientists report in a study published Tuesday.<p>So far MERS has sickened more than 180 people, killing at least 77 of them — an alarming 43 percent. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:09:00 +0000 Richard Knox 54733 at Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals As flu-watchers like to say, you can always count on influenza virus to surprise.<p>The <a href="">latest revelation</a> is that scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from. The dogma is that they always incubate in wild migratory birds, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals — especially pigs and humans.<p>If novel flu viruses acquire the ability to transmit readily in humans — boom! — you've got a pandemic on your hands. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Richard Knox 54203 at Judge Dismisses Assisted Suicide Case Against Pennsylvania Nurse A Pennsylvania county judge has thrown out an assisted suicide case against a 58-year-old nurse named Barbara Mancini, who was accused of homicide last year for allegedly handing her 93-year-old father a bottle of morphine.<p>The <a href="n%09https:/">decision</a> is the latest in a series of <a href="n%09http:/">recent developments</a> signaling a reluctance of courts and state legislatures to criminalize medical care that may hasten death Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:16:00 +0000 Richard Knox 54015 at Maker Of $1,000 Hepatitis C Pill Looks To Cut Its Cost Overseas An effective new medicine is developed as a cure for a major disease. The drug company prices the medicine at tens of thousands of dollars for a course of treatment. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:52:00 +0000 Richard Knox 53777 at Popular Testosterone Therapy May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack There's new evidence that widely prescribed testosterone drugs — touted for men with flagging libidos and general listlessness — might increase the risk of heart attacks.<p>A <a href="">study</a> of more than 55,000 men found a doubling of heart attack risk among testosterone users older than 65, compared with men who didn't take the drug.<p>The research was inspired by a <a href="">smaller study</a> published in 2010 that hinted at an elevated risk among frail, older men who were Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Richard Knox 53029 at Surgeon General Adds New Risks To Long List Of Smoking's Harms Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak is the latest in a long line of surgeons general who have tried to pound the final nails into the coffin of America's smoking habit.<p>"Enough is enough," Lushniak <a href="">says</a>. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:03:55 +0000 Richard Knox 52917 at Worries About Bird Flu Curtail Chinese New Year Feasts As China gets ready to usher in the Year of the Horse on Friday, millions of them will find it hard to buy chicken for traditional Lunar New Year feasts. That's a mark of the nation's growing anxiety about a poultry-borne flu virus called H7N9.<p>On Tuesday, Hong Kong agricultural workers will <a href="http:/">begin destroying</a> 20,000 chickens. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Richard Knox 52865 at