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State of the Union - Health

Jan 31, 2006
President Bush delivers his State of the Union address tonight. Among other things, he plans to propose new initiatives for health insurance. John Dimsdale has a preview.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Why health savings accounts are a bad idea

Jan 31, 2006
Commentator Zanny Minton-Beddoes says the health savings accounts President Bush is expected to tout in his State of the Union speech today could end up costing more money than they save.
Posted In: Economy, Health

Understanding health savings accounts

Jan 31, 2006
President Bush expects to make health saving accounts a highlight of his State of the Union speech tonight. But how exactly do they work at the consumer level? Helen Palmer has the details.
Posted In: Health

British prostitution

Jan 27, 2006
A leading medical journal in Britain advocated today for legalized prostitution there. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports that health costs were a primary reason behind the endorsement.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Health Savings Accounts

Jan 27, 2006
President Bush is expected to make health savings accounts the centerpiece of his healthcare reform proposals. New numbers out yesterday indicate a three-fold increase in enrollment in similar programs over the past 10 months. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Health

Agent Orange compensation

Jan 26, 2006
Today, a South Korean court ordered two US manufacturers of Agent Orange to pay $62 million in medical compensation to Korean veterans of the Vietnam War. Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Health

No more free drug samples

Jan 24, 2006
A new study out today in a prominent medical journal calls for an end to the drug industry's practice of handing out drug samples to doctors. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Health

J&J mulls new Guidant offer

Jan 24, 2006
Johnson&Johnson is likely to escalate the bidding war over Guidant Technologies today. As Helen Palmer reports, the red-hot medical device market makes Guidant attractive, despite its liabilities.
Posted In: Health

New diet drug

Jan 23, 2006
A diet drug, now available only by prescription, could soon be on store shelves if it wins approval from FDA, which takes up the issue today. Andrea Gardner has more.
Posted In: Health

Tamiflu warning

Jan 19, 2006
Contradicting advice from the CDC, British researchers today warned people not to take Tamiflu for seasonal flu symptoms for fear indiscriminate use could give rise to a treatment-resistant flu strain that could trigger a pandemic. The warning comes at time when the US has already earmarked $1.8 billion to stockpile Tamiflu, and sales of the drug have sky-rocketed. Helen Palmer has more.
Posted In: Health

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