Habeeb Ahmad went through 2 failed courses of drugs for his COVID-19 infection. And then his family failed to get a third drug, remdesivir, theWashington Post reports.   The 41-year-old ophthalmologist and father of 3 remains intubated and unconscious in an ICU in Long…

COVID-19’s lethal invasion in late 2019 has turned the world inside out. Yet, another disease, tuberculosis, has been plaguing humans since the Upper Paleolithic era, some 20,000 years ago. In fact, many infection-prevention precautions promoted for the coronavirus—coughing…

The FDA is approving new drugs faster and with less evidence of their safety and effectiveness, according to a new JAMA study

They live in the country that spends by far the most on health care—yet for the past decade more young Americans have been dying in the prime of their lives. A “strikingly bleak” JAMA report counted 33,000 “excess deaths” since 2010, and the trend spans gender, racial and…

Africa is home to the most genetically diverse population in the world. Yet just 2% of genetic materials used in pharmaceutical research comes from the continent; 90% comes from Caucasians.   Abasi Ene-Obong is looking to change that with 54gene, the first biobank of…

In the urgent search for multipronged, coordinated solutions to the opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S., blockchain might be just the powerful weapon we need.

The White House wants to slash the ranks of the uniformed public health corps by 40%—reducing the corps of 6500 doctors, nurses, engineers and others to 4000.  The administration would replace members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with civilians who…

The ads take clear aim at stressed, hassled moms. “Breathe,” one ad encourages moms. “Pour a glass of wine … Prepare your family the chicken. Whether the label says ‘no antibiotics’ or not, the meat and milk you buy is free of harmful residues from antibiotics.”

Egypt, the country with the highest prevalence of hepatitis C, is leading the way in treating the disease with revolutionary new drugs deployed at a scale unmatched by its wealthier counterparts. The secret? Savvy negotiating, and systematic deployment of affordably-priced…

Wastewater treatment plants that take runoff from drug manufacturing sites are laced with anti-fungals, anti-histamines, anti-inflammatories and other drugs.