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So, do some Congress members have Alzheimer’s? Pharmacist lands in hot seat

Wednesday morning, Stat published a piece on the quaint, old-school pharmacy that hand-delivers prescription medications to our hardworking Congress members on the Hill each day. While the piece was focused on the history and workings of the pharmacy, the Internet zeroed in on one eye-popping section: Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said […]

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The mysterious nocebo effect: A drug’s side effects may hinge on its price tag

The mind is a powerful medicine. Given an ineffective treatment, patients can experience real health improvements by simply believing that the treatment works—the placebo effect. But this blissful delusion has a dark side: when a harmless placebo becomes effective, it becomes harmful, too, causing side-effects seen in actual therapies. In a new study exploring this […]

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Philip Morris sets up $80M research foundation; WHO flips them the bird

The World Health Organization (WHO) is fuming over Philip Morris International’s (PMI) efforts to go smokeless—and the second-hand moves it’s using to do it. As cigarette sales decline worldwide, the tobacco giant is scrambling to restructure and embrace potentially more profitable “smoke-free” products. The revamp involves setting up an $80 million foundation called the Foundation for […]