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Study: Cholesterol drug lowers risk of death, heart attack

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors that might persuade insurers to cover the pricey treatment more often. Results on the drug, Praluent (PRALL-yoo-ent), were announced Saturday at an American …

Spruce Beer – Gastro Obscura

This Christmas tree elixir kept Vikings and Captain Cook alive. If the only fruit in your house during the holidays is fruitcake, fear not. There’s another way to stave off scurvy without eating the artillery you’ve been saving for the annual Great Fruitcake Toss. For centuries, indigenous North Americans, Vikings, and …

What We Mean When We Say Evidence-Based Medicine – The New York Times

People understand different things by this term, and the arguments don’t divide along predictable partisan lines, either. In medicine, the term “evidence-based” causes more arguments than you might expect. And that’s quite apart from the recent political controversy over why certain words were avoided in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget documents. The arguments don’t …

Pills get overprescribed as people age but there can be bad side effects for seniors – The Washington Post

Consider it America’s other prescription drug epidemic. For decades, experts have warned that older Americans are taking too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors, for dubious or unknown reasons. Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure …

A small-town doctor wanted to perform surgeries for transgender women. He faced an uphill battle. – The Washington Post

PULLMAN, Washington — The surgeon had spent several years preparing — reading medical journals, finding someone to train him, practicing on cadavers — until only one hurdle remained: getting permission for the medical procedure he wanted to bring to this small community on the Washington-Idaho border. “Vaginoplasties,” Geoff Stiller remembered telling …