Health

People often share more about their health and medical experiences on Facebook than they do with their own doctors. They talk about their experiences with illness, their symptoms, the medications they're taking, the side effects, what works, what doesn't, even various treatment options. It turns... Read more
4 comments Posted 12 May 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Big pharma is one of the main scapegoats for the steeply rising costs of medical care. This might make sense when you learn how staggering the pricetag on necessary processes—like clinical trials—can be. According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the U.S.... Read more
0 comments Posted 5 May 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Could patent restrictions in biotech be compromising millions' health, safety, and standards of living when we should be benefiting from new diagnostic tests or improved medicines?
1 comment Posted 2 May 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Many of us, at some point in our lives, have had to deal with a variety of different healthcare professionals for an episode of care. Perhaps your primary physician has referred you to a specialist, or the ER doctor required you to see your primary physician for follow-up, or you've been admitted... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Apr 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
What do you do when the profitable market for a drug is small, but the medical need is huge? You open source it.
1 comment Posted 21 Apr 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Medical costs are rising dramatically. Few consumers would dispute that. The U.S. government spent more than $2.3 trillion on healthcare in 2008, more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980—all according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
5 comments Posted 15 Apr 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, national chain restaurants, bakeries, grocery stories, convenience stores, and even vending machines will soon be required by law to display calorie counts on all standard menu items.   It's all part of an effort to fight obesity,... Read more
1 comment Posted 14 Apr 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Tell us why you voted the way you did on calorie labeling on menus.
4 comments Posted 14 Apr 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Tell us why you voted the way you did on calorie labeling on menus.
4 comments Posted 14 Apr 2011 by Lori Mehen (Red Hat) Feed
Google Health is approaching its second birthday, and according to some, also near death. I can't help but speculate that if it is indeed shuffling off the digital coil, that its demise has something to do with a general unwillingness to hand over such sensitive information to a company that... Read more
3 comments Posted 13 Apr 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed

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