Canada’s best weapon in a US trade-war: invalidating US pharma patents

As the US-Canada trade war heats up, Canada finds itself in an asymmetrical battle, vastly overmatched against a country with an order of magnitude population advantage. (more…)

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There’s a Cure for Hepatitis C, but Insurance Companies Don’t Want to Pay for It

True cures in medicine are surprisingly rare. But for nearly five years, doctors have had one available for hepatitis C, an often chronic, life-shortening viral disease that wreaks havoc on the liver. The only problem, as a depressing study published Thursday in Open Forum Infectious Diseases highlights, is that… Read more…

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Dentist Threatens to Report Parents for Neglect Unless They Bring in Their Kids (and Wallets)

A dental practice in Pennsylvania has a novel method for guaranteeing return business: Threaten to turn parents in for neglect if they stop bringing in their kids. Smiles 4 Keeps, which has three offices in the state, insists that its threats are being misinterpreted.

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Are You Sure You Want Medicare for All?

I hate it when the reality of economics interferes with the myth of free for all…….

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to unveil his long-awaited ” Medicare for all ” proposal for government-controlled, single-payer health care. His colleague, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is all-in on the scheme . “Medicare for All is one way that we can give every single person in the country access to high quality health care,” she writes. “Everyone is covered.

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It’s okay for Arkansas to block Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood, U.S. appeals court rules

Today, a U.S. appeals court reversed a previous ruling that barred the state of Arkansas from halting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, after the release of setup videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion, hard-right media provocateurs. (more…)

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